Health Informatics


Health Informatics has been defined as the science that underlies the academic investigation and practical application of computing and communications technology to healthcare, health education and biomedical research. This certificate is designed for students who are interested in the rapidly growing field of health informatics, a field that has recently received considerable attention from the federal government as part of the reorganization of health care delivery in the United States. The certificate is focused on pre-professional students in the health sciences, medical students, practicing clinicians and other health-care providers in addition to information technology professionals seeking advanced training in health informatics. Participants will extend their knowledge in the area of health informatics, integrated medical records, managerial communications and the development of electronic models for health care delivery.

Course Delivery

The certificate is offered online.


Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college preferably in any of the biological sciences, information systems or computer science with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


A total of 12 credit hours are required.

HIM 6118 - Introduction to Health Informatics (3)
HIM 6114 - Integrated Electronic Medical Records (3)
HIM 6930 - Health Data Management (3)
HIM 6667 - Foundation in Management Information Systems (3)


None are required

Time Limit

Courses must be completed within two years.

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credit may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized tests

GRE testing is not required for admission to the certificate program. However, the GRE is required for admission to the graduate degree programs. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Michael J. Barber
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Dana S. Tirrell (Advisor)
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