Professional Certificate in Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare Green Belt


This programme will provide experienced healthcare professionals with practical experience of leading and managing a change project within a dynamic healthcare environment within their own organisation


Professional Certificate in Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare (Green Belt). NFQ Level: 8; ECTS credits: 10. Module Places: 28
The module is based on our experience of implementing Lean Six Sigma in healthcare and utilises real case studies and examples. The approach focuses on healthcare-specific examples to demonstrate Lean tools and techniques. This enables the student to lead on Lean Six Sigma initiatives within their own healthcare organisation.

Where is the training delivered?

The training is delivered in UCD Health Sciences.

How is the training delivered?

The module is delivered through workshops, clinical placements and reference site visits. Academic assessment is by individual and group assignments. Full support and coaching is provided by our Black Belt team in delivering a Lean healthcare-based project.

Who should attend?

Healthcare professionals who have completed the Fundamentals of Lean (White Belt) with the Mater Lean Academy or another provider. The applicant will register as a UCD student.

Duration - 6 months part time

Requirements to successfully complete the Green Belt programme:


Programme attendance dates are on the application form

  • One full day and seven half days
  • One half day exemplar site visit
  • Day for group oral examination

Self-Directed study:

  • Two individual academic assignments
  • Self-directed learning and group work following each classroom session
  • Group Gemba exercises
  • Value stream mapping


On completion of the UCD Programme, the student will receive a UCD Professional Certificate In Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare award (10 ECTS credits, NFQ level 8)

Learning Outcomes

On completion the student will:

  • Understand the principles, philosophy and benefits of Lean healthcare
  • Gain proficiency in Lean Six Sigma tools and practices
  • Appreciate the role of cross-functional teams in the successful roll-out of Lean
  • Distinguish between value-adding and non-value-adding elements in a process and categorize types of waste in the process
  • Identify and complete well-defined projects that solve real issues affecting an organisation
  • Generate sustainable improvements through active engagement of colleagues within the organisation using the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC methodology
  • Be able to apply technical and creative tools to solve process problems within their own organisation
  • Be able to work effectively as a leader of a cross-functional, problem-solving team
  • Have a good appreciation of the importance of effective communication in managing organisational change
  • Demonstrate, through successful completion of a project, that they understand the DMAIC approach and can deliver on financial targets agreed as part of the project

Assessment Strategies

  • Two UCD academic assignments
  • Tollgate MCQs
  • Incremental project development
  • Final Group project presentation to UCD exam panel (candidates must pass this assessment to be eligible for the award of Professional Certificate in Lean Six Sigma for healthcare)

Further Study

The UCD Professional Certificate is a pathway to further study with UCD Health Systems. Upon completion of your studies with the Academy, you may choose to use your academic credit toward an MSc in Leadership, Strategy and Management for healthcare.

For information on the Graduate Diploma in Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare (Black Belt) see here:

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Vanessa Kelly

- Mater Lean Academy, Transformation Office, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Eccles St., Dublin 7

- Tel: - Tel: +353-1-8607729

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Next Green Belt will commence in October 2018

Applications are processed on a first come first serve basis.