Health Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics is designed to provide students scientific knowledge on biomedical information and data, its storage, retrieval and optimal use for effective problem solving and decision making in healthcare. Health Informatics is the intersection of health information, computer science and healthcare systems designed to benefit public health and research. Courses are offered on-campus and online.

Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics
12 Credits
Admission Requirements
  • Students who wish to obtain a graduate certificate from USU without being enrolled in a degree program may apply for graduate admission to Graduate Certificate Status.
  • The College of Health Sciences requires a GPA of 3.0 for admission
  • Prospective students must complete a graduate certificate application
  • Credits acquired through this certificate may be transferred to the USU Master of Science in Health Sciences
Program Requirements

*Students must earn a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students receiving a grade below a B must retake the course before credit is given.

*All required units of credit count toward the Master of Science in Health Sciences. We encourage students to apply within one year from their last course session – otherwise, the file closes and the student must reapply.

Tuition & Cost

Per Credit Hour: $325
Estimated Tuition: $3,900

Completion Time

2 semesters/4 months·       


MHS 524: Fundamental of Health Informatics

Evolution of health informatics to improve quality and enhance patient safety. Includes definitions, theories, technologies, workflow and expectations in the informatics field, tools and professional organizations. Prerequisites: No

MHS 515: Information System in Healthcare

Overview of various health information systems with emphasis on case studies like patient-care, clinical decision-support, disease and demographic surveillance, imaging and simulation, and safety and environmental assessment. Fundamentals of proposing, reporting, and refereeing evaluation studies are covered. Legal and ethical issues related to training, security, confidentiality, and the use of informed consent are also addressed. Prerequisites: None

MHS 525: Strategic Planning and IT Management

Strategic planning addresses long-term goals and the allocation of IT resources. Tactical plans outlining specific steps and timetables to achieve the strategic goals including hardware and software architecture, and end-user computing resources are. Topics include budget and risk management controls. Prerequisites: None

MHS 527: Data Standard and Analytics

With major provisions for electronic health records with the Affordable Care Act, there will be a reduction in costs, in errors, improved and standardized data, and the meaningful use of such data improving the quality of care. Design of a better disease management strategy leading to lifestyle adjustments and wellness measures will follow. The grand challenge problems healthcare of connecting medicine and computational thinking will be elucidated. Prerequisites: None