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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, MSIM, or MPS at the School of Information Studies (SOIS) or to returning students who want to add the specialization to a completed post-graduate degree. Candidates work in collaboration with a faculty advisor to shape a plan of study. Certificate completion requires 15 graduate credit hours.


Certificate completion requires 15 graduate credit hours, including:

  • LIS 754 Systems Analysis and Design
  • LIS 758 Community Informatics or LIS 749 Crisis Informatics (if both courses are completed, one can count as an elective)
  • LIS 768 Social Media and Emerging Technologies

Complete six semester hours from the following:

  • LIS 732 Introduction to Critical Race information Theory (CRiT)
  • LIS 750 Information Storage and Retrieval
  • LIS 755 Information Policy
  • LIS 759 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 762 Critical Race information Theory (CRiT): Power of the Capture Moment
  • LIS 769 Research Methods
  • LIS 786 Advanced Web Design
  • LIS 799 Practicum
  • LIS 801 Independent Study in Library and Information Science
  • LIS 805 Special Topics
  • LIS 884 Big Data and Competitive Intelligence
  • LIS 889 Digital Curation

View course descriptions.

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