The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Analytics (HIA) is designed to introduce individuals to the core concepts of data management and analysis in healthcare. The certificate requires 15 credit hours of coursework and demonstration of competence through several non-credit activities. Courses leading to the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Analytics are delivered in both face-to-face and online formats; thus, it is possible to complete the program fully online, fully in class, or mixed formats. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with a related graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte. This Graduate Certificate represents the first part of the Professional Science Master’s program in Health Informatics and Analytics (HIA PSM); thus, allowing students who want to continue their studies a smooth transition into the HIA PSM. Students may apply all of the credits earned in the HIA certificate towards the M.S. in Health Informatics and Analytics degree.
Students transitioning to other master’s programs at UNC Charlotte should contact that program’s director to determine which and how many courses might be applicable to that program. Students concurrently pursuing another degree can double count a maximum of 9 credit hours toward both this certificate and the other degree. However, transfer credit cannot be applied to this certificate program.
Applicants must meet the general Graduate School requirements for admission to Graduate Certificate programs. Applications must include all of the materials listed by the Graduate School as typical for Graduate Certificate application submissions. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in computer sciences, health sciences, information systems, or life sciences or in an informatics discipline or a closely related field is required for study toward the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Analytics.
The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Analytics program requires 15 graduate credit hours. By the end of the first semester of matriculation in the program, students must complete (or be excused from based upon prior training and/or experience) non-credit asynchronous training modules in computer vocabularies, programming systems, health vocabularies, and classification systems.