Health Informatics Certificate

About the Health Informatics Certificate

The certificate in health informatics will equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for employment and success in the emerging field of health informatics. 

The program is designed for health care workers who have no informatics training and for information technology workers who have no health care experience and may wish to seek employment in health care as health informaticians.  The objective is to expand upon the student's current knowledge skills to make them more capable and well trained in the field of health informatics.

The certificate program is available part-time or full-time and can be completed online, face-to-face, or hybrid.

Completion of the Health Informatics Certificate program does not make a student eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) exam.

Program Goals

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to work at the intersection of health care and information technology. In the case of current health care workers who have health care related degrees, exposure to certificate courses should increase their skill set for practice in an information intensive health care environment. For students with computer or information technology degrees, the certificate courses will expose them to the uniqueness and complexity of work processes in health care. Specifically, candidates who successfully complete the certificate should be able to:
  • Understand how the U.S. health care system is organized
  • Identify how health informatics improves health care effectiveness and efficiency
  • Distinguish the roles of electronic health records
  • Evaluation methods, e-Health, decision support, and database systems as important information technologies for supporting health care decision making.

Course Sequence

The Health Informatics Certificate is available to all students holding a baccalaureate degree. Students who have not previously passed a graduate health care systems course must first complete COHE 6000 prior to taking any other courses. The certificate requires successful completion of 15 s.h. from the following courses:

Foundations Course (3 semester credit hours)

  • HIMA 6060: Health Informatics (3 – Fall and Spring)
    HIMA 6060 is a co-requisite for all other courses and must be taken the first semester

Elective Courses (12 semester credit hours)

  • COHE 6410: Electronic Health Records (3 – Spring)
  • COHE 6420: Evaluation Methods in Health Informatics (3 – Fall)
  • COHE 6430: Database Systems in Health Care (3 – Spring)
  • COHE 6440: E-Health Care Information Systems (3 – Summer 11)
  • COHE 6450: Decision Support in Health Care (3 – Spring)
Certificate students may transfer credits to other graduate programs but acceptance into the certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into other programs.

Students need to apply for certificate graduation during their last semester of courses.  Students will not be allowed to repeat a failed course.

Admission Information

Admission into the certificate program is on a rolling basis. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in their undergraduate or post-graduate studies. Applicants must submit a one-page statement of purpose as to why they wish to acquire a certificate in Health Informatics, along with their official transcripts from all the institutions they have attended. Students must create an account on the ECU Graduate School Web-Site, complete an application form and submit an application fee.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact

Terri Stansbury
Student Services Specialist, Health Informatics Program
Department of Health Services and Information Management
College of Allied Health Sciences
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina 27834