Beyond the Health Informatics Certificate Program

Can credits from this certificate program be transferred to other degrees?

Check out our partnership programs below for educational opportunities that meet workforce competencies and can be taken alongside the Certificate in Health Informatics. These online and traditional face-to-face programs at UWF accept some or all of the health informatics courses as technical electives in their programs.

To get an idea of the potential for the various degrees, we  strongly suggest you contact each of the advisors of the graduate programs we have partnered with that interest you. Schedule a brief meeting or phone call and get their take on the benefits of the degrees and current job market trends. Please also check out our new Landing a Job in Informatics site.

Take advantage of as many of the steps on that page as possible to research and network with other professionals to help guide your decision-making on educational plans and secure possible contacts for future job prospects along the way!

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (ONLINE)
    • Consider this program if you have an interest in becoming more involved in IT-related projects or IT decision-making in your organization. You will learn about practical and up-to-date technologies that have the potential to significantly improve communication, patient safety, and quality of care in health care and/or public health arenas.
    • Choose the Medical Information Technology track. All certificate courses will count as technical electives for this track.
    • Academic Advisor: Dr. Angela Hahn at

  • Master of Arts in Communication Leadership
    • Consider this program if you are interested in using communication effectively in organizational advocacy, decision-making, strategy-building, innovative message design, image management and ongoing improvement. You will learn how to identify public, organizational and promotional challenges with an eye toward formulating communication solutions that advance changes in knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors in public audiences.
    • This program allows one of the Certificate courses to count as a technical elective.
    • Academic Advisor: Dr. Gretchen Norling at

  • Master of Public Health (ONLINE)
    • Consider this program if you have an interest in the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals. You will learn about local and global issues and informatics-based areas involving geographical information system, disease surveillance and monitoring, and environmental impacts.
    • Choose a Special Topics course that is a core or required course in the MPH program.
    • Academic Advisor: Dr. Justice Mbizo at

  • Master of Science in Administration - Biomedical/Pharmaceutical (ONLINE)
    • Consider this program in you are interested in the administrative side of the biomedical/pharmaceutical industries. You will learn about managerial economics, financial management, marketing management, and management and organizational behavior, in addition to ethical issues in biomedical/pharmaceutical sciences, the latest advances in biomedicine, development, manufacturing and testing of pharmaceuticals, and IT applications in the biomedical/pharmaceutical sciences.
    • The Introduction to Bioinformatics course also counts a core track course in this program.
    • Academic Advisor: Dr. Angela Hahn at

  • Master of Science in Administration - Health Care Administration (ONLINE)
    • Consider this program if you are interested in leadership roles in public, nonprofit and private organizations in the field of health care administration. You will learn about social marketing theory and practice and gain an understanding of federal and not-for-profit structures and processes as well as the political/economic/organizational environment in which the health care administrator works.
    • The Introduction to Medical Informatics course counts as an elective in this program.
    • Academic Advisor: Dr. Debra Vinci at

  • Master of Science in Software Engineering (ONLINE)
    • Consider this track if you enjoy working with computers and software development teams. You will learn about process, specification, analysis, design, implementation, verification, validation, software project management for the development of high-quality software systems that meet client needs.
    • Choose GIS Applications in Public Health for the Special Topics course. The Computer Science Project course with a health care or public health-based emphasis and completion of this degree substitutes for the competencies in the Introduction to Bioinformatics course.
    • Academic Advisor: Dr. Laura White at

(ONLINE) indicates program is online!

As indicated above, the number of courses accepted varies for each program, so check with the advisors for these programs to confirm any programmatic constraints. Acceptance of course credit for programs at other institutions is at the discretion of advisors at those institutions. If you are interested in any of the listed graduate programs, please be sure to consult with your graduate program's academic advisor regarding minimum scores needed for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or possible equivalent admissions tests such as the GMAT or MAT.

UWF does not currently have any plans to offer a graduate degree in the field of medical informatics. Alternatively, the focus of our certificate program is to provide high quality and cost-effective hands-on training for those currently working in the health care arena and for students who are interested in becoming involved in the decision-making in medical informatics at various levels. The partnerships we have established above with other programs at UWF are designed to enhance or create interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees that address national workforce needs.

Is this Certificate program accredited?

Graduate courses taken as part of the Certificate in Health Informatics program are part of the accreditation UWF has with SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). For the current status of UWF's SACS accreditation, see our FAQs.

Graduate courses are also part of the accreditation UWF has with CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health), for those students applying the courses to the online Master of Public Health program. For the current status of UWF's CEPH accreditation, see our Masters of Public Health program.

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