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College of Communication and Information

Health Informatics

Course Delivery
100% online
Total Credits
Approximate Tuition Cost
$725 in state
$735 out of state
Time to Completion
Graduate in as little as 1 year
Certificate Program Overview

Your analytic skills and commitment to quality healthcare can earn you rich rewards in the fast-growing, well-paid field of health informatics (HI).

Gain essential interdisciplinary knowledge in this healthcare specialty that is revolutionizing all aspects of healthcare delivery with our targeted skills development courses. Make professional connections with the world-renowned Northeast Ohio healthcare system that will help you advance your career.

Our health informatics online certificate program:

  • Is open to people with bachelor’s degrees
  • Offers asynchronous online flexibility
  • Has a part-time workload with focused, 7-week courses

See the Courses

Earning your health informatics certificate online could be just the beginning of your professional education. You can transfer 12 credits from Kent State’s online certificate in health informatics to the Master of Health Informatics (MSHI) degree when you decide to continue.

Our admissions process focuses on your work and goals, not test scores. You only need to tell us about your education and your plans for the future. Then document your work with transcripts and references in our straightforward application process. An Admissions Outreach Advisor will be happy to help you with your application.

Kent State Is a Top-Ranked Military Friendly® School

Kent State has been helping students realize their dreams since 1910, and we launched our first online course almost 20 years ago. We’re committed to helping you reach your goals, and that shows in our accreditation and rankings. We’re proud to be recognized with the Military Friendly® gold designation.

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Make Time for Your Future

Between work and family obligations, making time for graduate-level classes can be challenging. We understand that and have designed our programs to accommodate you. Earn your online certificate in health informatics from Kent State in as little as one year. Our flexible, 100% online courses make it easy to schedule your studies around your life.

Professionally Connected Faculty

Professionally connected innovators and thought leaders, our health informatics online certificate faculty are widely published and have developed courses on a range of digital health and health informatics topics. Collectively, they have led research projects for hospitals, universities, businesses, non-profit organizations and the National Science Foundation. They’re active in industry associations, including:

  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine
  • Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)
  • LeadingAge Center for Healthcare Technologies (CAST)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES)
  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMI
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Integrating Disciplines

Our faculty integrate real-world experiences and case studies from the field, blending theory and practice within the program’s curriculum. The field of health informatics draws from several domains, including the social and behavioral sciences, healthcare, technology and information sciences. The courses in our curriculum reflect the diversity of influences.

Core courses for the health informatics online certificate synthesize information about diverse aspects of health information systems and informatics management, providing a solid conceptual grounding for further study on subjects tailored to your needs and professional interests.

What Can You Do With a Health Informatics Certificate?
Clinical Data Manager
Health Informatics Specialist
Administrative Manager

Is a Health Informatics Certificate Worth It?

The graduate certificate in health informatics is a wise investment for many reasons. Because Kent State is a public research university, our low tuition rates make the health informatics certificate cost very affordable. The certificate carries the same prestige as a credential earned on campus while saving you time and money. You don’t have to relocate, commute or even attend classes at a set time. And you can apply most of your credits to a future Kent State master’s in health informatics. So if you want to be part of the evolution of healthcare management, the health informatics online certificate is definitely worth it.

Skills You Will Develop

Our online certificate in health informatics can help you thrive professionally in patient care, services administration or systems design and implementation. In as little as one year, you’ll be ready to manage healthcare records, support clinical decisions, and conduct clinical analytics.

After completing the two core classes that give you a comprehensive introduction to the field, you can customize the coursework to focus on a range of topics, including:

  • Clinical decision support systems
  • Clinical analytics
  • Knowledge management
  • Semantic analysis
  • Information architecture
  • Project management
  • Business process management

You may also pursue individual investigation of health informatics subjects that interest you.

Opportunities in Many Sectors

Our health informatics online certificate can help you optimize digital healthcare technology and data management to improve health outcomes. Leverage your skill set at the individual, systems or population level across economic sectors, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Educational services
  • Scientific/other professional services
  • Technology
  • Government

Sample Job Titles

A few more typical health informatics job titles are:

  • Pharmacy Informatics Coordinator
  • Clinical Informatics Specialist
  • System Analyst
  • Medical And Health Services Manager
  • Information Systems Manager

Learn more about potential careers in health informatics.


Courses are each seven weeks long, and you can take two courses sequentially each semester. This curriculum design allows you to study part-time, focusing on each subject individually and complete the program in as little as one year.

Required Courses
6 Credits


Covers the areas encompassing health informatics management including the planning, selection, deployment and management of electronic medical records (EMR), management decision-support and tracking systems (DSS), and other health information technologies (HIT).


Prerequisite: HI 60401

Introduction to information systems and their applications in healthcare used for managerial and clinical support. Study the fundamentals of information systems, including electronic medical records (EMR), and information security. Understand the role of standardized codes, vocabularies and terminologies used in health information systems. Analyze management and enterprise systems, and identify the key elements to manage information resources effectively and the trends affecting the development of health information systems and networks.

Elective Courses
Choose 12 additional credits from the following courses:


Prerequisite: HI 60401 Introduction to the fundamentals of law for health informatics and information management. Elements of the course include general legal principles and healthcare; legal electronic medical records (EMR); Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rules and security rules; access, requests and disclosure of health information; required reporting and mandatory disclosure laws; risk management and quality improvement; compliance; workforce overview; and related ethics and social issues.


Prerequisite: HI 60401

Conceptual foundations and practicum for health records management, including the planning, implementation and operation of electronic medical records (EMR); the management of EMR in management and enterprise systems; identifying, selecting and evaluating EMR and health information systems, applications and repositories; and issues of data quality, integrity, migration and interoperability.


Prerequisite: HI 60401 or MIS 64936

The use of well-defined and well-integrated clinical analytics throughout the healthcare value chain can be transformative. Through careful implementation of health analytics, hospitals can transform unwieldy amalgamations of data into information that can improve patient outcomes, increase safety, enhance operational efficiency and support public health. Given the immense size of the data challenge, the distinctness and geographic spread of many healthcare-related activities, and the fact that so many healthcare activities are conducted by different entities which must interact with each other, there is really no other way to provide operations management tools necessary to deliver personalized medicine and to control spiraling costs. Since clinical analytics is an immature discipline, we carefully examine the practices of those institutions who are standard setters in the industry.


Prerequisite: HI 60401

Provides a practical survey of clinical decision support systems that collect clinical data and enable the transition to clinical knowledge in real world applications intended to improve quality and safety of patient care. Students become familiar with the basic requirements for clinical decision support systems and the challenges associated with the development and deployment of new applications within the healthcare setting.


Prerequisite: HI 60401 Designed to cover the process of change management in large healthcare organizations in light of current trends. Topics related to technology requirements, technology implementations, risk assessment and buy-in are among those covered.


Prerequisite: HI 60401, with a minimum grade of C

Provides students with the foundational principles of usability and human factors as applied to safety and quality in health informatics technology. Course readings and materials review the concepts of human factors, usability and the cognitive consequences of health information technology on clinical performance and decision making. Attention is given to the role of mobile computing in healthcare, as well as information visualization.


Prerequisite: HI 60401, with a minimum grade of C

Provides a foundation for understanding research in health informatics with a focus on user and experience design research. Through lectures, readings, discussions and assignments, students review user research methods, data collection techniques and communication strategies within the healthcare context. Students then apply this knowledge to creating a research plan for assessing health information technology and communicating results to key organizational stakeholders.


This course uses a policy analysis lens to critically examine issues related to the use of information technology in healthcare from an ethical, political and regulatory perspective. The primary focus will be on the United States, but international approaches will also be discussed. Legislation affecting the health information technology area will be examined including the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, HITECH section; the Affordable Care Act; and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Topics and issues related to health informatics including the structure of health administrative and delivery systems, the assessment of population health, models of health care delivery, access and quality of care will also be discussed.


Public health informatics (PHI) is an emergent, interdisciplinary field that focuses on the systematic management and dynamic application of information resources to enhance public health practice, education and research. As an emerging subset of health informatics, PHI is practiced by individuals, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations at the international, national, regional, state and local levels. PHI deals with the collection and analysis of vital statistics data through surveillance; information creation; information storage and retrieval; visualization and graphics; dissemination; and the use of information for policy, decision-making and trend tracking. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introductory overview of the vast and dynamic field of PHI, including definitions, approaches, competencies, applications and informatics principles applied in public health settings.


As the volume and complexity of health data continues to grow, analysis of that data requires more advanced tools to transform it into meaningful information for clinical decisions. Not only is data from electronic medical records (EMRs) growing at a rapid pace, but new types of data, such as genomic data and patient-generated data, are available for analysis. These advanced analytic tools break down into three areas: new data warehousing techniques to manage big data, new analytic tools including cognitive computing and predictive analytics, and new ways to visualize the data. All of these techniques transform the raw data into use cases, such as, population health, precision medicine and clinical decision support using artificial intelligence and machine learning.


Introduce various types of standardized healthcare terminologies (controlled vocabularies) used in electronic health records (EHR) and the Health Information Exchange (HIE). Presents the benefits of using standardized terminologies, as well as the interoperability and meaningful use (MU) requirements and standards. Explain the purposes, structures, components and application of the most widely implemented standardized terminologies such as ICD, CPT, SNOMED CT, LOINC, RxNorm, ICNP and UMLS.


(Repeatable for credit) Advanced research by students who are qualified to examine problems of certain special areas related to concentrations of study in health informatics.


Supervised work experience in health informatics of a professional nature of not less than 100 clock hours (for 2 credit hours) or 150 clock hours (for 3 credit hours) with directed preparation of a reflection paper. In-progress (IP) mark permissible. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) graded.


(Repeatable for credit). Offered irregularly as resources and/or opportunities permit. Topics could include current or emerging issues in health informatics. Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes.


(Repeatable for credit). Research or individual investigation in areas not covered by the existing curriculum for master’s level students. A maximum of six credit hours may be applied to the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree. In-progress (IP) mark permissible.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics consists of 18 credits.

Ohio ResidentsOut of State
Per Credit Hour$725$735
Approximate Program Cost $13,050$13,230

An additional distance learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs, please contact Kent State’s Financial, Billing & Enrollment Center at 330-672-6000 or via our website Contact Us link.

We recognize that pursuing a graduate degree is a significant investment. Your Admissions Outreach Advisor can answer your questions on program costs, discuss how a Kent State degree compares to others and connect you with financial aid representatives when you are ready to discuss your financial options.

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Admissions Requirements
  • Completed online application
  • Complete bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of 2.75 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), from an accredited university
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers
  • Application fee: $45
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • No GRE required for admission
Important Dates
Application Deadline
Spring 2024 Term
First Day of Classes
Spring 2024 Term
Application Deadline
Summer 2024 Term
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I am a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?

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Division of Graduate Studies
Kent State University
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I am not a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required documents should be submitted to the Office of Global Education at or by mail to:

Office of Global Education
Kent State University
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625 Loop Rd.
Kent, OH 44242

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Important Admissions and Application Deadlines
Application Deadline
Spring 2024 Term
First Day of Classes
Spring 2024 Term
Application Deadline
Summer 2024 Term