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Health Informatics is the application of technology to healthcare delivery, population and public health, and community-based clinical research. With the potential of big data and analytics, heath informatics will transform the field. Health informatics can provide insights into the impacts of rapidly changing and emerging technologies that pervade health care delivery. Within a framework of theory and practice, students will explore the critical issues and challenges within the field including interoperability, privacy, risk analysis, big data, and data analysis.

The SOIS Certificate in Health Informatics provides: 

  • A theoretical foundation of informatics fundamentals, health information environments, and data analytics 
  • A practical foundation that equips students with the skills necessary to design, develop, and implement technologies at every level of healthcare including delivery, management, and planning. 

Certificate in Health Informatics Program flyer (pdf opens in a new window)

Certificate completion requires 18 graduate credit hours, including three required courses:
  • IM 784 Foundations of Health Informatics
  • IM 720 Data Analytics for Information Professionals 
  • LIS 758 Community Informatics* 
or LIS 749 Crisis Informatics*

*Whichever course is not taken as a required course may be taken as an elective

Complete 9 semester hours from the following courses:
  • HLTC 750 Health Care Management
  • HLTC 752 Contemporary Issues in Health Care 
  • LIS 732 Introduction to Critical Race information Theory (CRiT)
  • LIS 758 Community Informatics* or LIS 749 Crisis Informatics* (whichever course was not taken as a required course)
  • LIS 762 Critical Race information Theory (CRiT): Power of the Capture Moment
  • IM 704 Data Structures and Representation 
  • IM 760 Human-Computer Interaction 
  • IM 799 Internship/Practicum 
  • IM 801 Independent Study
  • QUAN 504 Foundations in Statistics 
  • QUAN 755 Predictive Analytics 

*If a student takes either LIS 758 or LIS 749 as a required course, that same course cannot be applied to fulfill elective course requirements

View course descriptions.

Additional Information

Certificates are offered for students currently pursuing a master of library and information science degree, a master of science in information management degree, or a master in business administration degree as well as a post-master degree accreditation for returning scholars who want to add the specialization to a completed master’s degree.

Students who graduate with a Dominican master’s degree lacking one or more courses towards a certificate can enroll in the course(s) any time within five years of graduating in order to add the certificate to their degree. Students must enroll as a student-at-large (credit-bearing), not as an auditor (non-credit-bearing). Students seeking two certificates may use courses that "count" toward more than one to fulfill requirements for both certificates. In other words, if a course is eligible for two certificates the student need only take it once, and may apply its credit toward both. Students may also combine this certificate with other coursework toward the Master of Professional Studies

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