Health Informatics Graduate Certificate Overview
Prepare to acquire, analyze, interpret, and transform data into accurate, and timely information while balancing the strategic vision with day-to-day operations. The University of West Florida provides hands-on instruction for future health informaticists in an online health informatics certificate.
In four courses over 12 months, you’ll become an engaged healthcare professional who can use evidence-based strategies and applied skills that better the industry.
By the time you complete the health informatics certificate, you’ll be able to translate healthcare data taken from the clinician-patient bedside interaction and turn it into reportable metrics using data analysis and programming techniques.
Candidates for This Program Include
- Health professionals seeking career advancement
- Professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree, but who are not yet seeking a master’s
You Will Be Able To:
- Evaluate the role of health information technology in improving healthcare delivery
- Appraise the technologies that comprise health information technology
- Summarize the advantages and challenges related to the evolving field of health information technology
Courses and Requirements
The certificate requires completion of the following health informatics online courses with a grade of C or higher. Participants must earn a combined grade-point average of 3.0 or higher for the required courses in the certificate.
- HSA 6197 - Health Informatics
3.0 Credit Hours
This course discusses the multifaceted, interdisciplinary nature of health informatics. Topics covered include computer applications in medicine, health data classification and coding and legal and ethical issues (including documentation, security and regulatory requirements). Additional avenues for further credentialing will be covered.
- HSA 6752 - Quantitative Foundations and Data Analysis for Health Admin
3.0 Credit Hours
Quantitative Foundations and Data Analysis for Health Admin
This course will introduce the methods for description and analysis which provide healthcare professionals with useful tools for making sense from data. The course will cover how healthcare data is dependent on analysis, categorization, and management.
- HSA 5198 - Electronic Clinical Record Systems
3 Credit Hours
Electronic Clinical Record Systems
Explores the use and evaluation of a commercially available electronic medical records system. Healthcare workflow issues will be addressed in the context of impacts on billing, collections, HIPAA and scheduling in a healthcare practice. Working knowledge of personal computers, including knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheet packages and internet research. Offered concurrently with HSA 4192; graduate students will be assigned additional work.
- HSA 5990 - Healthcare Data Analysis Using Python
3 Credit Hours
Healthcare Data Analysis Using Python
This course will provide students in the health and medical domains the foundational programming skills to create software to manage and analyze clinical data. Working with the Python programming language, students will learn how to write procedural and object-oriented programs to process raw healthcare data. Analytical principles relevant to medical data science will be reviewed through programming examples and problems. Prerequisite is HSA6752 or demonstration of data analysis skills.
- HSA 6197 - Health Informatics
To be considered for admission to the University of West Florida’s online Health Informatics Graduate Certificate program, you must be admitted to the University as a graduate, non-degree seeking student.
How to Apply
To begin a certificate program, fill out a graduate application. Once accepted as a graduate student, contact the College of Education and Professional Studies Advising Center to speak with an advisor about course availability and scheduling. Then, complete the online Graduate Certificate Declaration Form on MyUWF.
Have questions about this program or the admissions process? Contact our graduate admissions team at email@example.com. If you are a current UWF student, please reach out to the department’s academic advisor.
Costs & Financial Aid
|In-State Tuition||$218.98 per credit hour||$2,627.76|
|Out-of-State Tuition||$648.37 per credit hour||$7,780.44|
|75% Out-of-State Tuition Waiver||$341.67 per credit hour||$4,100.04|
Tuition waivers cover up to 75 percent of the non-resident portion of your tuition and are available to non-Florida residents (including international students) admitted to online programs and registered for online courses in active pursuit of that degree or certificate. You must pay all other assessed tuition and fees.
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes up to three semesters to complete, depending on course availability.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Alabama Differential Out-of-State Tuition
Residents of Alabama are eligible for Alabama Differential Tuition, a reduced out-of-state tuition rate. For more information and to verify residency status for tuition purposes, new undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and new graduate students should contact the Graduate School. Current enrolled students should contact the Office of the Registrar.
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With the online Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, you can advance your role in healthcare to positions that are dedicated to improving healthcare operations, quality of care, affordability and access.
Health Informatics Specialist
As a health informatics specialist, you’ll work to establish and maintain the technology systems for your organization. This role may include debugging a system, training others to use a current system or establishing requirements, testing, implementation and training. According to Payscale.com, they earn a median annual salary of $64,789.
In healthcare, an information analyst, or data analyst, helps their organization improve the cost and quality of care as well as the patients’ experiences. They derive insights from patient surveys, cost reports, electronic health records and more. According to Payscale.com, they earn a median salary of $61,921 per year.
Data Modeling and Visualization Analyst
Data and visualization analysts use healthcare data to establish administrative needs and meet their goals. They’ll investigate data to find patterns, establish trends, and present models of outcomes. According to Payscale.com, they earn a median annual salary of $63,550.