Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics

This certificate is designed for healthcare professionals who possess a health services related bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in a health or business related discipline, and wish to have a deeper understanding of health informatics. The course of study will emphasize health informatics’ principles, methods and applications. It will provide an overview of how data, information and knowledge are represented and utilized in healthcare organizations. Healthcare professionals will further develop their health informatics skills to enhance their contributions to the healthcare industry. Those not familiar with healthcare, such as business professionals, will not only gain an overall understanding of healthcare, but will also become conversant with health informatics concepts and be able to interact effectively with clinical departments as well as Information Technology.

Courses for the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics are offered in an accelerated format. Each course is 7.5 weeks in length and is delivered online.

A Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics Provides Expertise in:


  • Data Standards and Terminology
  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • System Design, Selection and Implementation
  • Knowledge-based Clinical Decision Making
  • Evaluation and Decision Making Regarding Future Health Informatics Trends

Why Health Informatics?

Is A Graduate Certificate In Health Informatics Right for Me?

With the high demand for health informatics professionals, you will be part of the transformation of healthcare delivery.  As an individual with an intense interest in technology, you will be prepared to create, analyze and manage health information by leveraging technology’s power to improve patient outcomes. In addition, with a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, the credits you earn can be applied toward a Master in Health Services Administration degree, should you decide to continue your education.


What Can I do With a Certificate in Health Informatics ?

This certificate program prepares you to fulfill the ever growing need for specific, hard to find, health informatics skills. Healthcare systems are anxious to identify skilled professionals who can develop, manage and integrate health information. With the national trend toward implementing meaningful electronic health records, healthcare organizations are seeking skilled health informatics professionals to join their organizations.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), health informatics managers fall into the employment category of medical and health services managers. Employment of health informatics professionals is expected to grow faster than average, estimated to increase by 22% between 2010 and 2020.*

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics -


What Will I Learn?

This graduate certificate program is appropriate for students meeting the following criteria:
Required: A health services related bachelor’s degree, with one year of healthcare experience, or a master’s degree in a health related discipline.

All courses may be applied to a Master of Science in Health Services Administration (MHSA).

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Certificate in Health Informatics

Semester Hour Credit

HSA5205 Evaluation and Management of Healthcare

HSA5205- Evaluation and Management of Healthcare - 3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the structure and function of the healthcare industry. Emphasis is on the various stakeholders in the system.

HSA6211 Healthcare Informatics

HSA6211 - Healthcare Informatics - 3 Credits

This course examines, from a manager’s perspective, the clinical and administrative applications of information systems used to improve the delivery of healthcare. An overview of the various applications is provided. Managerial applications of production planning and control decisions are covered. Also discussed are the legal and ethical issues surrounding biomedical informatics.

HSA6222 Data Standards/HC Informatics

HSA6222 - Data Standards/HC Informatics - 3 Credits

This course addresses different strategies for representing data, information and knowledge including description logic, information models, data elements, terminologies and ontologies. A variety of vocabularies, terminologies, standards, and classification systems will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on the data, information, and knowledge framework for solving problems in health informatics.

HSA6234 Clinical Data Support Systems

HSA6234 - Clinical Data Support Systems - 3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the design, evaluation and application of clinical decision support systems. Topics include clinical vocabularies used, evidence based guidelines and performance measurement techniques.  .

HSA6246 Future Trends in HC Informatics

HSA6246 - Future Trends in HC Informatics - 3 Credits

This course explores the diverse definitions for informatics and the differences between public health, population health and clinical informatics. Industry-changing trends in Health Informatics will be emphasized as well as regulatory initiatives


Total Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics


How is Hodges Certificate in Health Informatics Different?

Faculty Experience

The School of Allied Health faculty are highly experienced and qualified in the field. Their real-world, applied knowledge is an invaluable resource for students studying to begin or advance their careers. Our faculty members recognize students as individuals and provide personal attention.

Flexible Scheduling

You can obtain your degree completely on line. In addition, beginning in January, 2016, some courses will be offered in the weekend residency format.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Graduate Bulletin.


What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all graduate credit hour courses is $660.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist students in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

" I have learned an enormous amount and feel prepared to work in my field!" - School of Allied Health Graduate

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