About the Certificate
The Health Informatics (HI) certificate is a 12-credit graduate certificate program designed to provide students with the skills and competencies needed to embark on or advance a career in health informatics. The certificate program provides hands-on skills taught by industry leaders. The program is designed to expand students' understanding of privacy and security requirements, the role of standards and data exchange, and fundamentals associated with managing health information technology. In addition, approximately 50 hours of training and assignments are conducted in an educational electronic health record (EHR) setting, providing the student with hands-on skills.
Courses taken in the certificate program count toward the MS in Health Informatics, if the student continues in the master's program.
Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 2 years
Campus Location: Online
Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate may be completed on a part-time basis.
Non-Matriculated Student Policy: The certificate program is not open to non-matriculated graduate students.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall and Spring admissions are on a rolling basis. Apply at https://sophasexpress.liaisoncas.com/.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree, having earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, from an accredited college or university. Transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended must be uploaded at SOPHAS Express.
Standardized Test Scores:
Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:
- TOEFL iBT: 79
- IELTS Academic: 6.5
- PTE Academic: 53
Laptop: All incoming students in the College of Public Health are required to have a laptop. Academic programs in the college are technology intensive. They incorporate statistical and database analyses; utilize specialized tools for athletic training, kinesiology and physical therapy; stream audio and video for communication sciences; facilitate online interactive counseling for social work; and foster clinical experiences and online assessments. The laptop requirement enables the College of Public Health to improve opportunities for active learning and provide greater access to specialized software and required tools in and out of the classroom, better preparing students for the workforce. Learn more about device specifications and suggested vendors. Students can use excess financial aid (i.e., funds that are reimbursed after all tuition and fees are paid) to meet student needs, including the purchase of a laptop. Scholarships may also provide funding.
Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12
|HIM 5101||Fundamentals of Health Informatics||3|
|HIM 5112||Health Information Systems: Design and Decision Making||3|
|HIM 5127||Privacy and Security: Protecting Healthcare Data||3|
|HIM 5128||Health Data: Standards and Interoperability||3|
|Total Credit Hours||12|
GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum
Certificate Program Web Address:
Dept. of Health Services Administration and Policy
524 Ritter Hall Annex
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6005
Submission Address for Application Materials:
CPH Office of Admissions
Bari Dzomba, MS, PhD
Huanmei Wu, PhD