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HIMSS Approved Education Partner SealThe University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston (SBMI) offers three graduate-level certificates: Biomedical Informatics, Applied Biomedical Informatics, and Public Health Informatics.  These certificates are designed for self-motivated health care professionals seeking informatics education as well as other professionals and recent graduates who want to transition into the health care industry via informatics.  Each certificate requires the completion of five selected courses (15 semester credits hours), which can be finished in as little as two semesters.  Semester credit hours earned in the certificate programs are transferable to the corresponding master's program.

* Students pursuing a certificate as their only academic program are not eligible for financial aid. Certificate students may be eligible for SBMI scholarships if funds are available.

Types of Certificates

Students can choose between a certificate in biomedical informatics, applied biomedical informatics or public health informatics. All certificates consist of five courses (three semester credit hours each), totaling 15 hours of graduate credit once completed. 

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS

The certificate in biomedical informatics focuses on the opportunities and challenges in integrating technology in modern health care. It is designed to introduce students to basic and practical solutions in developing health information solutions. The certificate can be completed online or in person. 

Option 1 - A set of five predetermined classes:

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

Option 2 - BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics* and the choice of any four courses from the catalog with advice from the certificate program coordinator(s). This option allows professionals interested in a specific area of study to explore one of our concentrations including Bioinformatics, Human Factors Engineering, or Clinical Informatics.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN APPLIED BIOMEDICAL INFORMATICS

The certificate in applied biomedical informatics is a fully online program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate, implement and maintain electronic health records and health information systems.

Option 1 - A set of five predetermined courses with an emphasis in Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

  • BMI 5300 - Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
  • BMI 5301 - The US Healthcare System
  • BMI 5306 - Security for Health Information Systems
  • BMI 5313 - Introduction to Electronic Health Records
  • BMI 5328 - Systems Analysis and Project Management

Option 2 - BMI 5300 Introduction to Biomedical Informatics (required) and the choice of any four courses from the catalog with advice from the certificate program coordinator(s). This option allows professionals interested in biomedicine or learning and technology to customize their certificate to meet their needs.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATICS

The certificate in public health informatics is offered in conjunction with The University of Texas School of Public Health. Students will learn how information science and technology are applied in disease prevention and intervention in public health practice. The certificate can be completed online or in person.

  • BMI 5300 - Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
  • BMI 5380 - Principles and Foundation of Public Health Informatics
  • PH 2610 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • PH 1690 - Foundations of Biostatistics

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

  • BMI 5313 - Introduction to Electronic Health Records
  • BMI 5381 - Methods in Public Health Informatics
  • BMI 5382 - Synthesis Project of Public Health Informatics
  • PH 1110 - Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
  • PH 2110 - Public Health Ecology and the Human Environment
  • PH 3715 - Management and Policy Concepts in Public Health

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH DATA SCIENCE

The certificate helps students who want to expand their understanding of the interrelatedness of healthcare, data analysis and data visualization. Students studying health data science gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively analyze, interpret, and present health care data to increase quality, reduce costs, and improve operations.

  • BMI 5300 - Introduction to Biomedical Informatics
  • BMI 5007 - Methods in Health Data Science
  • BMI 5304 - Advanced Database Concepts in Biomedical Informatics
  • BMI 5353 - Biomedical Data Analysis
  • BMI 6340 - Health Information Visualization and Visual Analytics
  • Application Form
  • $60 Application Fee
  • Baccalaureate or higher degree
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended (international applicants see additional requirements following below)
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): no minimum GPA requirement. Majority of successful applicants have a GPA of 2.75 or greater and 3.0 or greater for the Public Health Informatics Certificate.
  • Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae
  • One Letter of reference
  • Additional requirement for Publich Health Informatics Certificate applicants - Two page, double spaced Goal Statement.
  • Please note: Students on an F-1 student visa are not eligible to enroll in the Certificate in Applied Biomedical Informatics. F-1 sponsorship is available for students in the Certificate in Public Health Informatics and Certificate in Biomedical Informatics programs.

Contact Information

For more information about the certificate program please contact:

Office of Academic Affairs
713.500.3591 or
SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu

Admission Deadlines

For a summary of the admission requirements for the degree and non-degree programs click here.

Fall - July 1
Spring - November 1
Summer - March 1

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