The Department of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Medical Epidemiology's online Graduate Certificate in Health Care Project Management provides participants an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of project management and its application to health care.

A problem-based approach is used to frame both the theoretical underpinnings of project management and hands-on learning, including agile project management. The core HMI 7580 Project Management course prepares students to successfully complete a CAPM or PMP exam to become a certified project manager.

The 100 percent online certificate program is designed for health care and informatics professionals desiring a non-residential program to obtain project management expertise for current employment and for future career development. This graduate certificate is also appropriate for participants from non-health care disciplines, such as computer science, bio-medical engineering, and industrial engineering transitioning to health care by adding project management skills and an industry-recognized certificate. Current graduate students and others desiring an entirely in-person format also have the option to pursue the certificate in on-campus mode.

Any of the below listed job titles would be enhanced by this Graduate Certificate in Health Care Project Management.

  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Physicians Group/Practice Managers
  • Project Managers/Project Office Administrators
  • Management Analysts
  • Technology Project Managers
  • Registered Nurses/Nurse Administrator
  • Informatics Nurse Specialists
  • Chief Medical Informatics Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Clinical Data Managers/Administrators
  • Financial/Business Analysts
  • Administrative Services Managers
  • Quality Control Systems Managers
  • Software Developers

Students could also potentially qualify for the following professional certifications:

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAP-M)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Agile Certified PM (PMI-ACP)

To earn the certificate, students must complete a minimum of four courses (12 graduate credit hours).

Graduate Certificate in Health Care Project Management Courses

Core Courses (both required/6 credit hours)

  • HMI 7580 – Project Management
  • HMI 7880 – Agile Project Management

Elective Courses (select two)

  • HMI 7410 – Introduction to the US Health Care System
  • HMI 7430 – Introduction to Health Informatics
  • HMI 7436 – Telehealth
  • HMI 8435 – Information Security, Evaluation, and Policy
  • HMI 8443 – Enterprise Information and Solutions Architecture for Strategic Healthcare Operations
  • HMI 8450 – Methods of Health Services Research
  • HMI 8573 – Decision Making for Health Care Organizations
  • HMI 8610 – Consumer Health Informatics

Additional elective course options are available for students pursuing the certificate in on-campus format. Other elective options may also be available depending on individual student needs.

Current students may check MyZou for up-to-date schedule information.

See the course descriptions

Apply to the Health Care Project Management Graduate Certificate Program

Certificate-seeking students apply to the Graduate Certificate Program in Health Care Project Management by completing and submitting the Graduate Studies online application. The application and admission requirements include:

  • A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Transcripts
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A personal essay that (a) outlines the applicant's professional plans and career objectives, (b) explains how educational, work, or other experiences led to the decision to pursue a graduate certificate in health informatics, and (c) includes specific issues and challenges in health care that are of strong personal interest
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework
  • International students whose native language is not English must submit test scores from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 100 or better on the internet based exam or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) of 7.0 or better, or Duolingo scores of 120 or better
  • Application fee of $40
  • If one or more elements of an application for admission fall short of the above standards (e.g., GPA is less than 3.0), then the Admissions Committee may approve "Conditional Acceptance" into the graduate certificate program
  • An interview (either on-campus or by telephone) with program faculty may be requested
  • Standardized test scores, such as the GRE, are not required