Emerging technologies are fundamentally changing the way we manage and apply knowledge. In addition, healthcare organizations must meet the challenges of the HITECH Act and Meaningful Use, HIPAA changes, as well as regulatory influences such as The Joint Commission and IOM. As a result, the need for trained healthcare informaticians has increased dramatically over the last few years. In order to appropriately select and use technology to improve healthcare and to meet the requirements of regulating bodies, health informatics professionals need training in the use informatics concepts and methodologies. 

The Health Informatics Post-Graduate Certificate program meets this need by preparing students to:

  1. Apply healthcare informatics using theoretical, conceptual, and experiential knowledge base
  2. Articulate a vision of healthcare informatics in an organization in the context of multidisciplinary practice and complex healthcare delivery systems
  3. Implement and evaluate information systems that support multi-professional clinical/administrative practice
  4. Facilitate the delivery of evidence-based practice at point of care, and
  5. Sit for national Nursing, MD or graduate level certification exam as an expert informatician, as appropriate.

The advantage of this certificate program is that it offers an interprofessional learning experience and is open to graduates in all fields.

The application process for the Health Informatics Post-Graduate Certificate program is an online process. Detailed instructions on how to apply are posted on the Center for Health Informatics website.  Students are admitted for the fall and spring semesters only. Applications for the fall semester must be received by April 1st and by September 1st for the spring semester.

Admission Requirements:

  • A master's degree from a regionally accredited institution documented by submission of official transcript indicating the degree has been conferred before entering the program. Official transcripts from institutions attended both pre and post-baccalaureate are required.
    Students with degrees from outside the U.S. may be subject to transcript evaluation indicating the degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree and meets the minimum cumulative GPA requirements.
  • A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants, who are not native speakers of English, whether domestic or international, must demonstrate they meet the Minimum English Proficiency Requirement.
  • A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.
  • Successful completion of a graduate level statistics course, which may be completed prior to admission or during the first semester of enrollment.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess your academic and professional background and potential for success in a post-master's certificate program.
  • A personal statement regarding applicant's career objectives and purpose.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Satisfactory phone or in-person interview.

Applicants will be assessed on the above criteria and selected applicants will in the judgment of the admissions committee, demonstrate the academic achievement, maturity, integrity, and motivation necessary for successful advancement. In addition, the committee looks for applicants who will contribute academic, nonacademic, and socioeconomic diversity to the class. The committee is interested in evidence of capacity for mature and independent scholarship.  

After an applicant has been admitted, the program may defer an applicant's admission for one year after which time the applicant must submit a new application.  Admission requirements are subject to change. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».

Certificate Program Information:

No student may work toward a graduate certificate without being accepted as a graduate certificate student in a specific graduate certificate program. Graduate certificates are not granted retroactively. An individual who is not currently a degree-seeking graduate student at KU must apply and may be admitted directly to a graduate certificate program.

The graduate certificate program is not a means of entry into a graduate degree program. If students admitted to a graduate certificate program are later admitted to a graduate degree program as degree-seeking, applicable courses taken for the graduate certificate program may, upon recommendation of the department and within general guidelines, be approved by the Office of Graduate Studies to be counted toward the degree.

While the courses comprising a graduate certificate may be used as evidence in support of a student’s application for admission to a graduate degree program, the certificate itself is not considered to be a prerequisite and does not guarantee admission into any graduate degree program. The certificate program is not intended to serve as a default system for students in a degree program who find that they are not able to complete the degree for academic or other reasons. Should a student drop out of a degree program and seek admission to a certificate program, all certificate admission requirements must be followed for admission and conferral.

Graduate credit from another institution may not be transferred to a graduate certificate program.

The Health Informatics Post-Graduate Certificate program consists of 19 credit hours.  The graduate certificate program focuses on the theory and application of informatics, computer technology, knowledge management, and evidence-based practice that supports healthcare informatics and clinical decision-making. The program culminates with a mentored practicum experience and project.

Certificate requirements:

  • Certificate requirements are normally completed within one (1) year of admission to the program although a maximum of 4 years is allowed.
  • Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 for all KU graduate certificate coursework.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour the semester the program is completed.  Graduate certificates may not be granted retroactively.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of 19 credit hours.
  • Successful completion of the following courses:
    IPHI 820Program, Project, and Communication Planning2
    IPHI 850Introduction to Health Informatics2
    IPHI 851Transforming Health Care through Use of Information Systems and Technology3
    IPHI 852Health Data: Theory and Practice3
    IPHI 853Abstraction and Modeling of Healthcare Information3
    IPHI 854Knowledge Management in Healthcare3
    IPHI 856Health Informatics Practicum (total of 3 credit hours required which can be taken over 1-3 semesters)3
    Total Hours19

A total of 200 clock hours is required to complete the practicum IPHI 856 minimum of three credit hours.  The practicum course may be taken as 1-2 credit hours over consecutive semesters or taken as three credits in the final semester.

Students entering all programs of study at the University of Kansas Medical Center are expected to have basic skills in using a computer. Please refer to the recommendations for purchasing computers. During your studies in health informatics you will be participating in simulations in Second Life so students must have a microphone/headset and a video card that is capable of carrying the graphics in Second Life. Students will be expected to have access to Microsoft Office, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Visio in order to complete assignments.

Graduate credit from another institution may not be transferred to a graduate certificate program.

Certificate requirements and course descriptions are subject to change. Any courses taken as an equivalent must be approved by the Graduate Director and the Office of Graduate Studies. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».

Typical Plan of Study

The Health Informatics Post-Graduate Certificate program consists of 19 credit hours. A total of 200 clock hours is required to complete the practicum IPHI 856 minimum of three credit hours.  The practicum course may be taken as 1-2 credit hours over consecutive semesters or taken as three credits in the final semester.

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
IPHI 851 (offered Fall only)3IPHI 820 (offered Spring only)2IPHI 8561
IPHI 853 (offered Fall only)3IPHI 850 (offered Spring only)2 
IPHI 8561IPHI 852 (offered Spring only)3 
 IPHI 854 (offered Spring only)3 
 IPHI 8561 
 7 11 1
Total Hours: 19