Certificates of Health Informatics
2014-2016 Student Handbook

Program Description and Goals Admission to the Health Informatics Certificate Programs
Course of Study for the Health Informatics Certificate Program Course of Study for the Public Health Informatics Certificate Program
Course of Study for the Applied Health Informatics Certificate Program

Program Description and Goals

The School offers various Certificates of Health Informatics designed for self-motivated professionals working in the health care and information technology fields. A certificate requires the student to complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours.

The certificates provide professionals with an increased understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved in technology integration into healthcare. They will be able to participate in designing, planning, implementing and evaluating new software and hardware solutions at their institutions. See below for certificate program details.

SBMI is experienced in providing education to working professionals. The certificate program is designed to provide quality education to professionals on their schedule. The courses are offered online for convenience of working professionals.

Upon completion of the 15 semester credit hour certificate, students will be awarded a certificate of completion from UTHealth. A transcript showing graduate credits may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

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Admission to the Health Informatics Certificate Programs

The admission process to the certificate programs is designed to get the professional working applicant into the Program by meeting minimal requirements. Each applicant must submit to the Registrar’s Office the following:

  1. A completed certificate application online
  2. $60 application fee
  3. Letter of Reference

Application deadlines:

Fall admission - July 15
Spring admission - November 15
Summer admission - March 15

Successful completion of the program requires passing each course with a grade of a “C” or above. Students may not earn more than two “C” grades. Earning a third grade of “C” results in automatic dismissal from the certificate program. Students who complete the course of study will receive a certificate of completion. The coursework earned is at the graduate level. This coursework may be transferred into a degree-seeking program. No grade lower than a “B” will be accepted to transfer into the master’s or doctoral program.

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Course of Study for Health Informatics Certificate Program

The Health Informatics Certificate program offers two different options. Option 1 is a set of five predetermined courses with an emphasis in Clinical Informatics:

HI 5300 Introduction to Health Informatics
HI 5313 Introduction to Electronic Health Records
HI 5314 Technology Assessment in Healthcare
HI 5360 Clinical Decision Support Systems
HI 6340 Health Information Visualization & Visual Analytics

HI 5300 Introduction to Health Informatics should be taken in the first semester. The other four courses can be taken in any order.

Option 2 is the student’s choice (with advice from the certificate director) of five courses selected from the course set of the school’s Master of Science program. This option allows professionals to customize their studies to meet their background and needs.

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Course of Study Public Health Informatics Certificate Program

The Public Health Informatics Certificate Program offers the following course of study:

HI 5300 Introduction to Health Informatics
HI 5380 Principles and Foundation of Public Health Informatics
PH 2610 Introduction to Epidemiology
PH 1610 Introduction to Biostatistics

The fifth course is the student’s choice of one of the following courses:

HI 5313 Introduction to Electronic Health Records
HI 5381 Methods in Public Health Informatics
HI 5382 Synthesis Project of Public Health Informatics
PH 1110 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Community Health
PH 2110 Overview of Environmental Health
PH 3715 Introduction to Management and Policy Sciences
PHWM 2120 Man’s Impact on the Environment

PH 1610 Introduction to Biostatistics, PH 2610 Introduction to Epidemiology, HI 5310 Foundations of Health Information Sciences I, or HI 5380 Principles and Foundation of Public Health Informatics should be taken in the first semester.

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Course of Study for Applied Health Informatics Certificate Program

The Applied Health Informatics Certificate Program requires completion of five graduate courses. The program offers two different options. Option 1 is a set of five predetermined courses with an emphasis in Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

HI 5300 Introduction to Health informatics
HI 5301 The U.S. Healthcare System
HI 5306 Security for Health Information Systems
HI 5313 Introduction to Electronic Health Records
HI 5328 Systems Analysis and Project Management

HI 5300 should be taken in the first semester. The other four courses can be taken in any order.

Option 2 is the student’s choice (with advice from the certificate director) of five courses selected from the course set of the school’s Master of Science program concentration in Applied Health Informatics. This option allows professionals to customize their studies to meet their background and needs.

Address application inquiries to:
School of Biomedical Informatics Office of Academic Affairs
7000 Fannin Street Suite 650 Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-3591 SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu

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