Graduate Certificate Health Informatics

New Mandates Create Demand for Health Informatics Experts

The days of paper medical records being stored in cardboard folders are over. Today’s health information professionals are expected to know how to manage digital databases of information. This includes understanding the principles of digital healthcare data privacy and security.

Now you can be among the first generation of professionals trained to meet the high demand for health informatics — one of the fastest growing fields today. USF Health’s Morsani College of Medicine is the only medical school in the country offering a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics 100% online. Health informatics is a great field for technically savvy individuals who want to work in the healthcare industry. And you can earn your graduate certificate in as few as six months.

According to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), health informatics jobs are surging as employers look for very specific, hard-to-find skills to fill key positions. With a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, you’ll learn how to create, analyze and manage health and medical information to promote better collaboration among healthcare providers and improve patient outcomes.

Health informatics professionals are in high demand right now. As part of the transformation of healthcare delivery in the United States, physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers are mandated to demonstrate the “meaningful use” of electronic health records or face reduced reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, beginning in 2015. Health providers throughout the country are seeking professionals to help them comply with these new government standards. Being one of the first to obtain these skills puts you in high demand!

A February 2012 study by PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute revealed that 70% of health insurers, 48% of hospitals and 39% of pharmaceutical/life sciences companies plan to increase hiring of technical informatics professionals through 2014.

See Student Disclosures page for important information on industry growth

Your First Step Toward a Master's Degree

With a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, the credits you earn can be applied toward a Master of Science Health Informatics, should you choose to continue your studies.* In fact, the four courses you take in the certificate program are the first four courses in the master's program, so upon acceptance into the master's program, your transition will be seamless.

*Students must be accepted into the master’s program for the credits to be applied.

Learn From a Top-Tier Medical School 100% Online

When it comes to stepping into the future of healthcare, no one can prepare you better than a top-tier medical school. Earning your Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics from USF Health's prestigious Morsani College of Medicine means learning from faculty medical professionals and information technology experts who work daily in the healthcare environment. Best of all, you can take advantage of this career-building program 100% online and conveniently balance your coursework with your current career and family life. USF's online certificate program features streamed video learning, live chat rooms and downloadable MP3 and MP4 lectures, offering you anytime, anywhere, 24/7 learning that works with your busy schedule.

Why the University of South Florida?

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the University of South Florida as one of the top National and Regional universities in its America’s Best Colleges listing. USF also ranks among U.S. News & World Report’s best online schools, best public colleges and universities and most “up and coming” universities (2014).
  • U.S. News & World Report lists USF Health’s Morsani College of Medicine as one of 2015’s Best Medical Schools.
  • USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine is known nationally for its innovative curriculum with an emphasis on improving healthcare through interprofessional education, research and clinical activities.
  • USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine is uniquely equipped to focus on integrating health informatics with modern healthcare delivery. Trained clinicians with experience working in hospital wards, emergency rooms and clinics are best qualified to blend informatics with medical knowledge and have special insight into the tools required for healthcare decision making.
  • USF Health already partners with the federal government on the federally-funded "Paper Free Florida" initiative designed to recruit and train a workforce in basic health informatics, including primary care physicians in 11 Florida counties. The initiative also aims to establish continuing education for physicians, nurses and clinical staff in health informatics.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks 19 USF graduate programs among the top 100 Best Graduate Schools (2015).

USF Health's What You'll Learn

USF Health's Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics addresses both clinical informatics and health information systems informatics, with a focus on the integration and interoperability of technology. Students will learn how to:

  • Acquire, store and interpret information of interest to healthcare professionals
  • Integrate electronic medical records with patient care and provide a higher quality of care through better management and availability of medical information.
  • Develop and assess the tools used to represent medical data
  • Assess the functions, limitations, opportunities and challenges of information technology in the healthcare environment
  • Use informatics to help make medical decisions
  • Define medical language and classification systems

Where Your Certificate Can Take You

Upon completion of your Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, you will be eligible for positions such as:

  • Health Information Technician
  • Medical Coder
  • Clinical Documentation Specialist
  • Improvement Analyst
  • Health Information Manager
  • IT Consultant

See Student Disclosures page for important information on suggested careers.

Who Should Enroll

Whether you are already working in health informatics, but looking to advance your career with new credentials on your resume – or whether you are interested in transitioning into health informatics from another career – a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics positions you to meet the growing demand for health informatics experts. This program is especially designed for:

  • Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Mental Health Workers
  • Other Healthcare Providers
  • IT Professionals

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