Health Informatics

Interdisciplinary Studies Certificate Program

The field of health informatics explores the intersection of information technology and health care to improve access to safe, quality health care services, maximize operational efficiency, and reduce costs. Students learn from experts in clinical, administrative, regulatory, and technology who have been instrumental in driving innovative solutions and establishing national health care informatics standards.

Students enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Health Informatics leverage their backgrounds and further their knowledge in the field of health informatics.

Applicants must possess a graduate degree in order to be considered for this program.

The application for this program will be available in mid-May. You can contact the admissions advising team directly for additional information about the program or the admission process.



About the Health Informatics Certificate Program

Health Informatics Course Schedule

The Health Informatics Certificate Course Schedule page provides you with detailed information on the program's offerings.

Health Informatics Faculty

You can find a full listing of our instructors in this certificate program on the Health Informatics Faculty page.

Admission for the Health Informatics Certificate Program

Applicants to this certificate program must hold a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college, university or its foreign equivalent. A competitive graduate record that indicates strong academic ability is required. Work or research experience in clinical, computing or information technology fields is highly desirable but not a requirement for admission.

This certificate program requires prerequisite coursework or knowledge. For more information, view the "additional information" section on the program overview page of your chosen certificate.

A list of admission requirements can be found on the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study Admission page.

Health Informatics Certificate Tuition

Tuition costs can vary for each of our programs. For the most up-to-date information on financial obligations, please visit our Health Informatics Certificate Tuition page.

Health Informatics Certificate Registration Information

Our Health Informatics Certificate Registration page outlines important dates and deadlines as well as the process for adding and dropping courses.

Additional Information

This program is intended for people with a graduate degree and some familiarity with medical or health informatics. Applicants wanting a more comprehensive course of study should consider the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree.

Health Informatics Certificate Course Options

To earn the certificate, students must successfully complete any four courses from the MS in Health Informatics curriculum, provided student has met prerequisites through course enrollment or course waiver.

Please note that courses completed in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree.

MHI 401 – American Health Care System

The course provides knowledge of the key components of health care in the United States—the policy, economic, and societal forces that shape health care delivery. The course serves as an introduction to elements of the American health care system, including the provider components, the financing of health care, the basic structure of public policy making and public health systems, a comparative analysis of the American system to health care systems of other countries, and the legal and regulatory framework within the American health care system functions. In addition to the structural components of the system, the course reviews current issues within the American health care system, including public health, preparedness, quality of health care, health reform, payment mechanisms, and consumerism.

MHI 402 – Introduction to Clinical Thinking

Provides insight into the clinical care process. Designed for students not previously involved in clinical medicine as a nurse, pharmacist, or physician, as well as those trained in medicine outside the U.S. Includes basic medical terminology and introductory psychophysiology. Topics include eliciting information from patients, synthesizing history and physical examination, decision making for ordering tests, establishing diagnoses, treatment planning, integrating evidence-based medicine, and using an intelligent medical record in a complex environment.

MHI 403 – Introduction to Health Informatics

The course is an introductory survey of fundamentals of health information technology. Topics center on how information technology enables patient care, how information technology is used by healthcare providers and caregivers, and it’s use to fuel modern health care organizations. This course provides an overview of health informatics with emphasis on the factors that helped create and sustain this new field, the key players involved, and the impact health information technology is having on the delivery of care in a rapidly changing healthcare marketplace.

We explore a range of critical health care informatics topics, including: electronic health records, health information exchange, how health information technology impacts quality of care and patient safety, big data and predictive analytics, clinical decision support and knowledge management, regulatory issues, consumerism and technology, systems integration, and virtual health. The course also explores emerging and new uses of technology.

MHI 404 – Health Care Operations

This course examines various aspects of healthcare delivery, with a special focus on healthcare operations and its management to confront the many challenges faced by modern healthcare organizations today with the limited resources at their disposal.  Students learn about the role of strategic planning and governance, interdisciplinary care, patient safety and quality improvement, emergency preparedness, cybersecurity, finance, change management, information technology and data analytics. 

Recommended taking after MHI 401- American Health Care System and MHI 403 - Introduction to Health Informatics

MHI 405 – HIT Standards and Interoperability

This course provides concepts and practical examples of health care information interoperability, standard terminologies, messaging standards, health information exchanges (HIEs), and projects deploying these capabilities. Topics covered by the course include the importance of standards; information architecture and application programming interfaces (APIs); principles and examples of standard terminologies; current messaging standards; and their use in health information exchanges for coordination of care and payment reform. Core principles, challenges, benefits, and limitations will be discussed in each of these topics.

MHI 406 – Decision Support Systems

This course provides an introduction to decision analysis with an emphasis on medical decision-making and elements of human cognition under uncertainty. Topics include structuring decision problems and developing creative decision options, quantifying uncertainty and preferences, and combining them to arrive at optimal decisions. Also provides the foundation needed to apply the methods of decision analysis in decision support systems and intelligent systems. Students become familiar with the graphical display of medical information, decision analysis and modeling, evidence-based medicine, Bayes' theorem, knowledge-based systems, learning systems, lexicons, coding and structured data entry, and data mining techniques.

MHI 407 – Legal, Ethical & Social Issues

The American health care landscape is incredibly dynamic, rapidly evolving, and highly regulated. This course explores the intersection of compelling legal, ethical, and social facets that impact the health care enterprise. The content, research, and group discussions support informaticists in building knowledge they need to navigate competing interests, underlying ethical principles, and key regulatory requirements. The course integrates changing financing paradigms, reimagined health care services delivery systems, the tension between precision medicine and population health, and evolving consumer expectations in the digital age. The challenges of safeguarding individual privacy rights and data security are assessed, along with the promise of innovative public-private partnerships that are shaping health informatics in the Learning Health Care System.

MHI 408 – Information System Acquisition & Lifecycle

A practical course on acquiring and assessing new medical technology, either as a vendor who needs to know how to meet the expectations of customers and their acquisition requirements or as a customer/practitioner who must know how to validate technology selections and implementations. Topics include cost analysis and justification, economic models, capital purchase, leasing strategies, the application service provider or risk-sharing model, purchase agreements and contracts, writing a RFP, analyzing a RFP response, and industry business trends.

MHI 413 – Consumer Digital Health

In this course, we will introduce you to the emerging practice area of Consumer eHealth, the aim of which is to empower consumers to better manage and influence their health and wellness, access healthcare services, and improve interactions with their caregivers by leveraging digital health solutions and services.  Topics include solutions that emphasize the consumer experience (CX), new consumer access models and modalities, consumer-oriented technologies and systems such as APPs and health and wellness devices and platforms, HIPAA-compliant cloud based services, the use of innovative wearables (i.e., electronic tattoos), internables/ingestibles and consumables, and behavioral management solutions such a Digiceuticals and PHRs.  Additional topics include patient generated healthcare data (PGHD) and the evolution of consumer driven healthcare in the United States: specifically, evaluating how a connected society will enable previously unattainable levels of patient/provider inter-activity.

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