The Courses Required for a Health Informatics Certificate

Typically 1-2 courses in the Health Informatics program are scheduled each semester. Students working full-time are typically encouraged to take 1 course at a time, completing the graduate Certificate in 4 semesters (approximately 1.5 years). Most courses consist of about 12 modules of content released weekly over a 12-16 week semester. During the week of content release, students work independently, alongside team-based exercises that are also scheduled throughout the semester. In addition to the graduate Certificate, we offer an Advanced Certificate explained in section B below.

A. Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics

The four courses in the Certificate may be taken in any order, but we recommend taking the Current Topics in Health Informatics course first, if possible.  

Prerequisite Knowledge

Students in this certificate program generally have the following background:

  • Working knowledge of medical terminology and/or willingness to Google new medical or IT terms as they arise in course content.
  • Working knowledge of how to use personal computers, including knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheet packages and Internet searching.
  • For some courses, you will need a working knowledge of statistics and/or a willingness to complete an additional online tutorial in this area within the first module of this course.
  • Academic training in an information systems/technology, engineering, occupational safety, or health care-related field at the Associate's or Bachelor's level. Students currently pursuing related degrees at the Associate's or Bachelor's level are also eligible to apply. RN's at any level (diploma, Associate's or higher) are also welcome. Permitted substitution: Students may substitute 3-5 years’ experience in an information systems/technology, engineering, occupational safety, or health care-related organization for this academic training requirement. 

Students will be provided with UWF eLearning accounts to complete all on-line course modules. Students without this background but still interested in the Health Informatics Certificate Program should contact for possible alternative substitute courses or training.

To receive graduate credit, graduate-enrolled students may have comprehensive reading, exams and assignments. Students generally must submit point papers and special projects in many of the required courses.  

Students pursue the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics for a number of reasons:

• To enhance their CV beyond undergraduate level training for new career opportunities
• To collaborate with other students and faculty at the graduate level
• To prepare for future graduate work or to apply courses to a current graduate program
• To earn graduate credits for future teaching credentialing opportunities

Graduate courses in the Certificate are listed with a course number at the 5000 or 6000 level.

B. Advanced Certificate in Health Informatics

Students interested in pursuing an advanced certificate in Health Informatics complete an additional 6 semesters hours (2 courses) of graduate work, for a certificate including these courses:

Course Number

Course Name


HSA 5197

Introduction to Health Informatics


HSA 5198

Electronic Clinical Record Systems


PHC 6196

Computer Applications in Public Health


PHC 5050

Biostatistics for Public Health


HSA 599X

Advanced Topics in Healthcare Information Technology OR


BSC 5459

Introduction to Bioinformatics


Choose one of the following:

PHC 6251

Disease Surveillance and Monitoring


PHC 6194

GIS Applications in Public Health


The six courses in the Certificate may be taken in any order. 

To apply to the 6-course program, submit the required Intent to Pursue form from ourApplication Procedures and Cost page and indicate this option on your application. For this program, you would earn each Certificate as you complete the required courses, recognizing that the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Medical Informatics Teaching and Integration includes the basic Graduate Certificate in Medical Informatics

How many hours per week should I expect to commit for each course?

Regarding time commitment per week, each course requires 48 contact hours of online content. Contact hours per week are distributed depending on the length of the course in a given semester. As an example, 8-week courses would have about 6 contact hours per week. For each contact hour in a course, students are expected to spend 1-3 hours outside the course studying materials and/or completing assignments. Depending on a student's learning style, more or less time for each contact hour may be required.

Are computer classes required in order to start the program?

No specific computer classes are required to be accepted into the Certificate in Health Informatics program. However, if you have never taken an online class, you need to be prepared to spend a significant amount of time online in the first two weeks of the class completing tutorials to help introduce you to the online environment and various electronic resources or support tools.

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

Many online and traditional face-to-face programs at UWF accept the Health Informatics courses as technical electives in their programs. Please visit the Beyond the Certificate site for more information.

Do you accept transfer credits from other programs into your certificate program?

We do not accept transfer credits into our certificate program due to the constantly evolving content of the informatics field. Given this, all courses required for our certificate program must be taken at UWF.

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