The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics provides learners with the skills necessary to participate in the selection, use, and evaluation of information technology applications throughout the health services industry. The certificate program is designed for physicians, nurses, managers, information system designers, consultants, and others committed to the application of information technology for improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of health services.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics is designed to serve as either a stand-alone certificate program for non-degree learners interested in health and biomedical informatics or an integrated certificate program for degree-seeking University of Missouri students who are enrolled in a graduate degree program. All four courses may be applied toward the ultimate completion of the Master of Science (MS) in Health Informatics degree.

Students may pursue the certificate through either the Executive mode, an online distance-learning format that incorporates on-campus weekend meetings, or the Residential mode, which includes traditional in person classes that meet two times per week.

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

Health Informatics Certificate Courses

Required

  • HMI 7430 - Introduction to Health Informatics

Students must choose and complete three additional courses from the following list

  • HMI 7440 - Health Information Technology
  • HMI 7566 - Health Informatics Ethics
  • HMI 8435 - Information Security, Evaluation, and Policy
  • HMI 8437 - Data Warehousing and Data/Text Mining for Health Care
  • HMI 8441 - Biomedical and Health Vocabularies and Ontologies
  • HMI 8443 - Enterprise Information Architecture
  • HMI 8550 - Health Data Analytics
  • HMI 8571 - Decision Support in Health Care Systems
  • HMI 8610 - Consumer Health Informatics
  • HMI 8870 - Knowledge Representation in Biology and Medicine

For course descriptions, see http://catalog.missouri.edu/courseofferings/hmi/. Current students may check MyZou for up-to-date schedule information.

Apply to the Health Informatics Graduate Certificate Program

Non-degree (post-baccalaureate) students apply to the Graduate Certificate Program in Health Informatics 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
  • Official transcripts sent directly from each university or college attended
  • 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
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues
  • International students whose native language is not English must submit test scores from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of at least 550 on the paper-based version, 215 on the computer-based version, or 100 on the internet-based version
  • Application fee of $65 for domestic applicants and $90 for nonresident international applicants
  • 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 for non-degree graduate applicants.