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Health Informatics Certificate Online

Gain critical, in-demand skills and a deeper understanding of how to interpret and apply data to drive healthcare change. Improve patient outcomes as you expand your own career opportunities.

01/03/23 Next Application Due Date
01/09/23 Start Classes

Program Overview

Add career value with the Health Informatics Certificate online program

$9,648 Total Tuition
As few as 6 months Program Duration
18 Credit Hours

Bolster the efficiency and efficacy of healthcare systems with the strategies, insights, and skills you will gain in the Health Informatics Certificate online at NKU. This affordable, fast-paced program will help future-proof your career and prepare you quickly for a wide range of roles in a burgeoning field. As an online student, you will benefit from the experience of NKU’s College of Informatics, which has proven expertise in building competencies in the use of data to drive meaningful change and effective decision-making.

Designed for working professionals, this health informatics certificate program features 100% online coursework with a career-relevant focus, enabling you to apply newly gained knowledge and practices immediately. Explore the connection between the clinical and business aspects of healthcare and use technology to improve the accuracy and accessibility of electronic health records, healthcare data, and research to boost overall population health and individual patient outcomes. Prepare for roles such as Clinical Informatics Analyst, Health Informatics Consultant, and Health Information Technology Project Manager, or pursue a master’s by transferring the credits earned in this health info certificate program into our Master of Science in Health Informatics online program.

In this online program, you will:

  • Learn the fundamental terminology, practices, and procedures found in the interaction of clinical and business operations
  • Explore the core concepts and principles of information systems as related to healthcare clinical and organizational decision making
  • Apply the basics of empirical health informatics research and be provided with the conceptual framework to develop your own research projects
  • Gain relevant skills needed for electronic health records, healthcare information systems, health database management, systems analysis and design, and project management
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Kevin Kirby

"Informatics is all about seeking human meaning in a world of data. It is how we find, process, protect, and share information."

– Kevin Kirby, Dean of the College of Informatics


Benefit from the value of our affordable tuition

The Health Informatics Certificate online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

Tuition breakdown:

$536 Per Credit Hour
$9,648 Program Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Total With Fees
Health Informatics Certificate $536 $9,648
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Set a calendar reminder for these key deadlines

With six start dates a year, the Health Informatics Certificate online program is flexible and convenient. View the calendar to find the best start date for you, along with corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

01/03/23 Apply By
01/09/23 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 1 01/09/2023 01/03/2023 01/05/2023 01/06/2023 01/09/2023 02/24/2023
Spring 2 03/13/2023 03/01/2023 03/06/2023 03/09/2023 03/13/2023 04/28/2023

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?


Gather these items to apply for the Health Informatics Certificate

The admission process is the first step toward earning your certificate online. Requirements for the Health Informatics Certificate online program include:

Official transcripts of all coursework from accredited institutions
2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
Professional resume which includes relevant experience

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Health Informatics Certificate Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Bachelor’s degree (at minimum) with official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from accredited institutions
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Professional resume that includes relevant work experience, community service, leadership positions, and other professional activities

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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Preview the topics you will study in your health informatics courses

In order to earn the Health Informatics certificate online, students must complete six courses for a total of 18 credit hours.

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In order to prepare students to be competent informatics practitioners within the healthcare industry, this course introduces students to the fundamental terminology, practices, and procedures found in the interaction of clinical and business operations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This core course provides an introduction to concepts and trends in the Health Informatics field both locally and nationally. The course provides an overview of networks, software, and computers in healthcare with a particular focus on their use in interoperable systems. Applications include electronic health records, computerized physician order entry, and digital imaging.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the core concepts and fundamental principles of information systems in the context of healthcare clinical and organizational decision making. This will include a survey of the information systems discipline and an explanation of its importance in healthcare organizations. The key objective of the course is to give the student a good understanding of how managers can manage and exploit the potential of information technology for their own career and for the benefit of their organizations.

Students must choose three of the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Develops an understanding of tools, techniques and methods for analysis, design and implementation of information systems. Uses theory and applied projects to build effective interpersonal and communication skills that are essential to interact with clients, users and other team members involved with development, operation and maintenance of information systems. Approaches to systems development such as Rapid application Development (RAD), Joint Application Development (JAD) and other techniques to create quality systems are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In depth investigation of intelligent database management systems in support of business decision making. This course includes an investigation of all aspects of data modeling, database design and implementation of relation-al, object-oriented and semantic databases.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of software development project management practices, context and processes of software development projects, project risks and failures, managing technical personnel, and issues relating to project outsourcing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to quantitative and qualitative research methodologies within the health industry with an emphasis on evidence-based practices. Students will learn the basics of empirical health informatics research and will be provided with the conceptual framework to develop their own research projects. Topics include research design, data collection, data analysis, data mining, and issues concerning privacy and the treatment of human subjects.

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