Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics

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UMass Lowell's Online Graduate Certificate Program in Health Informatics is intended for individuals with a background in healthcare who wish to apply current computer technology to the management of healthcare data through the secure collection and maintenance of personal health data. Coursework emphasizes information management and the ways in which health and computer sciences are coupled with information resources and integrated into the management of health care data for clinical, financial or analytical purposes.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics at UMass Lowell with a GPA of 3.5 or higher may waive the GRE requirement if applying to the Master's Degree in Health Informatics and Management. Upon acceptance into the master's degree, the courses from the certificate for which the student received a grade of 3.0 or higher may be transferred into the Master's Degree in Health Informatics and Management.

For specific questions on this program, please call Dr. Robert Holmes at 978-934-5318 or email Robert_Holmes@uml.edu.

Required Courses:

  1. PUBH.5310 Health Informatics - Available Spring 2017!
  2. PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems - Available Spring 2017!

Elective Courses (choose two):

  1. PUBH.6320 Health Information System Planning
  2. PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design - Available Spring 2017!
  3. PUBH.6350 Healthcare Project Management - Available Spring 2017!
  4. PUBH.6380 Strategic Planning in Healthcare and HIT (Health Information Technology) - Available Spring 2017!
  5. PUBH.6390 Electronic Health Record Systems - Available Spring 2017!

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0; Have your official transcript sent directly from your Bachelor's degree institution to: UMass Lowell, Office of Graduate Admissions, 1 University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854-5130.
  • Complete the Certificate Application Form pdf or Apply Online;
  • Citizens of non-English speaking countries who have never earned an academic degree in the United States must submit TOEFL scores.

Registering for Courses

New Students:

Print and complete the Non-Degree Course Registration Form or print and mail-in/fax-in the completed pdf form following the instructions on the form.

Current Students:

Register online using your UML student account at https://www.uml.edu/enrollment/sis/

For additional registration information, please see our Registration Information page.

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    Course Descriptions

    PUBH.5310 Health Informatics

    The course provides healthcare professionals with a conceptual and practical understanding of information and communication systems, and how they are used. It also addresses the systems analysis, development and implementation challenges in optimizing today's complex healthcare systems designs to improve both use and clinical outcomes. Students learn the theory, techniques and systems used for transforming clinical data into information useful for decision-making. The current and future role of the health care informatics professional is discussed. 3 credits.

    PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems

    This is the introductory, first-recommended course in health informatics. It provides a broad-ranging overview of the healthcare information systems industry, its history, recent developments and continuing challenges, and a practical understanding of healthcare information systems acquisition and implementation. Topics include meaningful use, EMR, CPOE, and health information exchange. 3 credits.

    PUBH.6320 Health Information System Planning

    A course examining contemporary healthcare information system requirements and focusing on the design, implementation, and modification of these systems. Actual or hypothetical health system related projects are used to support the theoretical framework. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

    PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design

    A practical approach to the design, and development of a relational database with an emphasis on healthcare. Analyzing the requirements of the database proceeds to the design of the structure of the relational database, which is then developed in a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). Microsoft Access is used as the RDBMS platform. 3 credits.

    PUBH.6350 Healthcare Project Management

    A graduate level course providing a comprehensive foundation for project management as it applies to healthcare. Students will be introduced to the theory and concepts of project management, and the tools to manage projects with a specific focus on health information technology. 3 credits.

    PUBH.6380 Strategic Planning in Healthcare and HIT (Health Information Technology)

    A graduate-level course introducing healthcare professionals to strategic planning for the information systems organization. Skills learned in this course will enable the student to work effectively with and support the information systems planning effort and assure business alignment. 3 credits.

    PUBH.6390 Electronic Health Record Systems

    The course addresses Electronic Health Records (EHR) integration with patient care flow, clinical decision making and patient engagement, as well as clinical quality reporting. The students also learn core EHR functions. The course uses industry-leading EHR software as a learning tool to demonstrate how electronic health record technologies are used in a clinical setting. 3 credits.

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Apply Into the Program

Apply online or download an application at http://www.uml.edu/grad

For further details visit UMass Lowell's Graduate Admissions.

Register for Courses

Approximately 2 months prior to the start of each semester, Online and Continuing Education posts the new course schedule to the website. Once you've decided which course(s) you would like to take, returning students can register using SIS self-service, while new students must use the Non Degree Registration Form.
Note: If you previously completed an academic program through UMass Lowell
but haven't already applied and been accepted into this program, please use the Non Degree Registration Form to register.

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Email our Student Support Center for assistance, or call for advising at (800) 480-3190 and press 1 to speak with an advisor. See links at the bottom of this page for technical assistance with your online course.

Certificate Completion

Once you have completed all the courses in this graduate certificate program, please complete and either mail or fax the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form to the Registrar's Office.

The Benefits of Learning Online with UMass Lowell

The University has built a solid reputation by offering one of the largest selections of online programs available through a traditional university. Courses are taught by full-time faculty who are experts in their fields, and by adjunct faculty who, as practicing professionals, bring real-world experience to the online class discussions.

At UMass Lowell, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, affordable online programs that make earning your degree or certificate more convenient than ever before. Our students have access to online course technical support 24X7, and our academic advisors and program coordinators are happy to help you with your questions.