Health Informatics, Graduate Certificate
Data is changing the future of healthcare. Learn how to harness it to improve treatmentIn partnership with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, the USciences Online graduate certificate in health informatics will give you the skills needed to impact clinical decision making and patient outcomes in a variety of healthcare settings. Take courses in health informatics, health information systems, data management and utilization, and strategic planning. Benefit from a wealth of data and resources from Geisinger: the MyCode Community Health Initiative, which analyzes the DNA of patient-participants, to improve understanding and tailor treatment based on genetic influences on health; and Proven Portfolio, focused on delivering the best care every time with every patient. If you have a background in information technology or are a current clinical or administrative healthcare professional, this 100% online certificate can open up your career opportunities.
Throughout this four-course program, you’ll deepen your understanding of data collection and analysis, policies and regulations, strategic planning, and more. Each eight-week course is taught by an accomplished practitioner in the field and will explore essential topics addressing real-world challenges. You’ll also gain access to internships that provide valuable hands-on experience.
Upon completion, you’ll be able to:
- Identify the structure of data flow in electronic health records.
- Address existing and potential challenges facing healthcare professionals.
- Describe the issues surrounding data management, quality assurance, and data integrity as they apply to electronic health records.
- Manage and synthesize solutions for information technology-related problems.
- Apply knowledge of the fundamentals of health information technology to decision-making in varied healthcare environments.
You can transfer up to three credits of coursework with a 2.3 GPA or better to the certificate. Credits earned during the program count toward the USciences Online MS in Health Informatics.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 11% growth in medical records and health information technician employment from 2018 to 2028—more than twice the average growth for all other occupations. Expertise in health informatics is valuable in a variety of environments including healthcare systems, hospitals, medical centers, medical practices, physicians’ offices, insurance companies, and colleges and universities. You might also be able to pursue a career as a medical and health services manager—a job expected to grow 18% during the same time period.
* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics