What is Informatics?

The study of informatics in Dominican's SOIS blends technology skills with the study of the socio-cultural consequences of information and communication technologies. As rapidly changing and emerging technologies pervade the majority of people's work and home lives, it is increasingly important that we have a greater understanding of the human dimension of information and communication technologies—the impact that these technologies have on individuals, organizations and society.

Many industry-specific specializations have arisen within the study of informatics, including information access, information architecture, information retrieval, health informatics, crisis informatics and community informatics.

Informatics Careers

Informatics is particularly relevant for LIS professionals with responsibilities as:

  • Web developers
  • Crisis information managers
  • Information officers
  • Online community builders and content managers.

Students may combine this certificate with other coursework toward the completion of the Master of Professional Studies.

Degree Requirements

The certificate is offered for students currently pursuing an MLIS at the School of Information Studies (SOIS) or to returning students who want to add the specialization to a completed Dominican MLIS degree or its equivalent from an ALA-accredited graduate library program. Candidates work in collaboration with a faculty advisor to shape a plan of study.


Certificate completion requires 15 graduate credit hours.


Visit the Dominican University Bulletin for course listings and descriptions.