Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Informatics

Degree Awarded: 
Graduate Certificate
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The graduate certificate in healthcare informatics (HI) is designed to offer core healthcare informatics content to healthcare managers and other healthcare professionals. The graduate certificate in HI is taught in a learning environment where students with management and professional experience can supplement their existing practical knowledge with new theoretical knowledge of healthcare organizations, healthcare information management, healthcare informatics, healthcare decision support and related healthcare administration topics. The graduate certificate in HI includes six courses (18 semester hours) which are taught online, using both synchronous and asynchronous methodology.

Admission Requirements: 

Applicants applying for the graduate certificate in HI must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have at least two (2) years of work experience in a healthcare organization.  Applicants must provide a current resume during the application process.

Once accepted, students must complete a six-course (18 semester hour) program of study with a 3.0 or better GPA and no grade lower than “C”. In most cases, coursework taken for the graduate certificate with an earned grade of “B” or better can be transferred to the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program if the student is admitted to the MHA program and the courses meet degree requirements.

Other Information: 
Plan of Study

Required courses include:

Semester 1
HA 510 Foundations of Healthcare Administration 3
HA 520 Advanced Health Information Systems 3
  Total 6
Semester 2
HA 565 Information Systems Life Cycle 3
HA Elective Elective 3
  Total 6
Semester 3
HA 665 Healthcare Informatics 3
HA 667 Decision Support Systems for Healthcare Organizations 3
  Total 6
  Total HA Credits with Elective 18


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Tuition Assistance

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