Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics

The Certificate in Health Informatics joins the expertise of the School of Public Health and the School of Information. The Certificate exposes students to key concepts related to the use of data and technology in designing, evaluating and implementing healthcare policy and interventions in support of individual and population health. Students must receive a B- or higher in each of the courses they plan to use to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate and a minimum overall B average in all certificate courses.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics is not a stand alone certificate or terminal degree. The certificate is an opportunity for currently enrolled U-M graduate students to supplement their main degree program. Students looking to be leaders in Health Informatics should pursue the Master of Health Informatics program, a 52 credit terminal degree, by contacting Annie Knill, Assistant Director, at hi.inquiries@umich.edu.

If you are interested in pursuing the Certificate in Health Informatics, please determine your eligibility and review the certification process.

For advising and additional information about the certificate, email hi.certificate@umich.edu.

The Certificate in Health Informatics is designed to expose students to key concepts related to the use of data and technology in designing, evaluating and implementing healthcare policy and interventions in support of individual and population health.

Goals

The Certificates core goals include:

  • Develop, study and apply theories, methods and processes for the generation, storage, retrieval, use and sharing of medical and health data, information, and knowledge.
  • Build on computing, communication and information sciences and technologies and their application in medicine and public health.
  • Serve as a bridge between basic and clinical research and practice and the healthcare industry.
  • Recognize that people are the ultimate users of health information and draw upon the social and behavioral sciences to inform the design and evaluation of technical solutions and the development of complex economic, ethical, social, educational, and organizational systems.

Competencies

Upon completion of the Health Informatics Certificate, students will have acquired experience in the following competencies:

  • Assess the needs and resources of individuals, organizations, and communities where individuals live and work--to ensure that information technology deployed to improve health will sustainably meet these needs.
  • Design socio-technical interventions that employ forward looking and human-centered methods, are novel and creative, are usable, fit to context, and thereby carry high probability of successful deployment.
  • Appropriately utilize theories of individual behavior, social science, health management, and organizational change in the design and implementation of socio-technical interventions.
  • Implement and manage socio-technical innovations in ways that respect the prevailing culture, organizational context, and policies relating to health.
  • Evaluate information technology interventions to ascertain their effects and improve them over time.

Areas

The Certificate in Health Informatics bridges the School of Public Health and the School of Information. Students will have a Public Health focus or an Information focus depending on their current degree program.