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)


Certificate completion requires 18 graduate credit hours, including:

IM 784 Foundations of Health Informatics
IM 720 Data Analytics for Information Professionals 
LIS 758 Community Informatics 

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:

IM 704 Data Structures and Representation 
QUAN 504 Foundations in Statistics 
QUAN 755 Predictive Analytics 
HLTC 750 Health Care Management
HLTC 752 Contemporary Issues in Health Care 
IM 760 Human Computer Interaction 
LIS 758 Community Informatics
LIS 749 Crisis Informatics 
IM 799 Internship/Practicum 
IM 801 Independent Study

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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