Health Informatics Graduate Certificate Online

Improve patient care while advancing your career in a fast-growing field.
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Today’s Health Informatics professionals are expected to know how to support technological innovation and improve healthcare delivery and operations.

As hospitals, health insurers and pharmaceutical companies continue to onboard health informatics professionals, those who obtain proper education and training are more likely to realize the benefits of having multiple employment opportunities.

Our Health Informatics Graduate Certificate can help clear the path for entry into one of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare. This 100% online program offers the chance to earn graduate-level credit without committing to a full degree track, and the best part is, if you want to continue and earn your degree, all 12 credits will apply!

According to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), health informatics jobs are on the rise 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 manage health data and medical information, supervise the electronic health record acquisition and implementation process, as well as explain how information systems assist healthcare organizations to achieve their strategies for improving care delivery and patient outcomes.

Is a Health Informatics Certificate Right for You

Having the right education and training is critical to landing a position and advancing in this quickly growing field. While a master’s degree in health informatics is highly valued in the healthcare industry, USF Health’s Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics can be an ideal solution for experienced and busy, professionals who may not need a master’s degree to launch a health informatics career.

For example, a graduate certificate may be perfect for a career shift into health informatics for those who already have a degree or experience in healthcare, information technology or an analytical discipline.

Hospitals and other healthcare organizations may extend job offers to internal clinical staff such as RNs contingent upon earning additional health informatics training that a certificate could satisfy. Due to the changes that health informatics is driving in how patient information is recorded and stored, medical coding and records specialists may also benefit from earning a certificate.

Many pharmacists who are looking for a change from the retail pharmacy industry are also excellent candidates for a graduate certificate. The same holds true for those involved in peripheral healthcare occupations, such as medical device sales or pharmaceutical sales. Of course, it’s best to explore local resources and job markets to determine specific opportunities available.

What You'll Learn

Students will have exposure to a wide range of health informatics activities through USF Health’s Morsani College of Medicine. By integrating informatics in the modern patient-care setting, the University of South Florida’s Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics gives students the education and knowledge needed to thrive in the fast-growing health informatics field.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics is a useful credential for entry into the field of health informatics. Graduates from the program learn the latest processes for electronic storage and secure sharing of vital patient medical records, as well as integrating informatics and clinical sciences with quality patient care.

Covered topics include:

  • Introduction to Health Informatics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Health Data Management
  • Integrated Electronic Medical Records

Who Should Enroll

Whether you’re a health informatics professional looking to advance your career potential with new credentials or you’re interested in transitioning into health informatics from another career, a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics helps position you to meet the growing demand for health informatics experts. This program is especially designed for:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Mental Health Workers
  • Other Healthcare Providers
  • IT Professionals
  • Health Information Managers

Health Informatics Careers

An education from USF provides excellent preparation for a career in healthcare. Our Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics helps prepare students who can pair their education with the necessary experience for careers in both the private and public sector of the healthcare industry.

Job titles may include:

This program also opens the door for tech-savvy medical professionals who want a career change.

Why the University of South Florida

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks a number of USF’s graduate programs among the top 100 Best Graduate Schools (2021).
  • 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 and best public colleges and universities (2021).
  • U.S. News & World Report lists USF Health’s Morsani College of Medicine as one of 2021’s Best Medical Schools: Research.
  • 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 and IT professionals 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 is a HIMSS Approved Education Partner (AEP), a distinction reserved for institutions that meet HIMSS’ rigorous standards for delivering world-class, effective healthcare and health IT education.
  • USF is also a member of the HIMSS Academic Organizational Affiliate (AOA) program, qualifying eligible students for a complimentary HIMSS student membership, Learning Center access, and a variety of discounts offered through HIMSS.


The University of South Florida (USF) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of South Florida.

The master’s degree in health informatics program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. Information provided is not intended to represent a complete list of hiring companies or job titles, and degree program options do not guarantee career or salary outcomes. Students should conduct independent research for specific employment information.
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Academic Calendar

SUMMER 1 – 2021

Application Deadline April 16, 2021
Start Date May 3, 2021
End Date June 27, 2021

SUMMER 2 – 2021

Application Deadline June 11, 2021
Start Date June 28, 2021
End Date August 22, 2021

FALL 1 – 2021

Application Deadline August 6, 2021
Start Date August 23, 2021
End Date October 17, 2021

FALL 2 – 2021

Application Deadline October 1, 2021
Start Date October 18, 2021
End Date December 12, 2021

SPRING 1 – 2022

Application Deadline December 17, 2021
Start Date January 10, 2022
End Date March 6, 2022

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