The online Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics offers an accelerated path to a career in the administration of health care information. Consisting of the first four courses in the master’s program, the informatics certificate program provides you with the foundational knowledge and skills to prepare for positions in an expanding area of healthcare.
Healthcare organizations are undergoing pressure to cut costs and be more efficient, as well as maintain and improve patient outcomes. At the same time, they continuously work to meet the federal government’s call to fully transition to an electronic medical records system.
This results in a large demand for administrative professionals who can assess and implement information technology — including medical systems, software and databases — within the healthcare context. The learning outcomes in this program can be applied to all medical fields, including:
- Outpatient facilities and clinics
- Public health
- Occupational/physical therapy
Healthcare Informatics Certificate Curriculum Details
The Certificate in Health Informatics focuses on the theoretical knowledge and practical application of IT for record-keeping, communication and workflow processes with four, 3-credit courses:
- HINF 520 - Introduction to Health Informatics
- HINF 530 - Healthcare Knowledge for Health Informatics
- HINF 535 - Principles of Computer Science and Software Development
- HINF 540 - Information Technology for Health Informatics 3 credits
Credit for the certificate courses can also be applied toward the full Master’s in Health Informatics program if you choose to continue your education in this area.
Applicants without a background in health care or IT may have to complete one or both of two foundational modules (one credit each):
- HINF 501 - Introduction to Healthcare
- HINF 502 - Computer Information Technology for Health Professionals
Upon successful completion of the informatics certificate program, you will:
- Know how computers store, access, and process data.
- Use software applications to solve simple but meaningful real-world problems.
- Be aware of today’s computer security issues including viruses, spam, phishing and spyware.
Efficient health care and its delivery rely on technology. Learn to guide health care organizations toward IT solutions that support their needs. Request more information about The University of Scranton’s online Certificate in Health Informatics or speak with a Program Manager at 866-373-9547.