Chatham University

Healthcare Informatics Graduate Certificate

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for health information managers is expected to grow by 23% from 2012-2022, with consumers, technology and legislation paving the way. And the integration of healthcare and technology is only increasing.

Be prepared - and stay ahead of the curve - with Chatham's Healthcare Informatics Graduate Certificate - a 12-credit, fully online graduate certificate that prepares professionals to thrive in areas where business, technology, and healthcare meet.

Students take a core group of three courses, which focus on project management, integrating technology into a healthcare environment, and database management, and fine-tune their expertise through an elective in virtual engagement, healthcare policy, or delivery systems.

The Certificate can be completed in two or three semesters. Chatham, a leader in health science graduate education for over 25 years, also offers a fully online, 30-credit Masters of Healthcare Informatics degree, which your certificate can help you earn.

Why earn a graduate certificate?

Most industries these days require that employees gain new skillsets, but it's not always the right time to pursue a graduate degree. Graduate certificates allow students to increase expertise (and value to their employer) a quantifiable way at what is often a lower cost and lower time commitment than a formal degree.

In addition to its immediate benefits, a graduate certificates can also be a stepping stone into a Master's degree. Students in the HICC can easily transfer their credits into the MSIH program, gaining familiarity with the instructors and general material that make for an exceptionally smooth graduate experience.

Tuition and Fees

$500 per credit, 12 credits


Required Courses: (all three required)

HCI 504 Project Management I: This course introduces basic project management principles needed when altering workflow processes to include technology in various health practice settings (outpatient, inpatient, community health). Change management, quality assurance, and system redesign is introduced. By end of course, students will begin identifying a topic for their final informatics immersion project.

HCI 631 Integrating Technology into a Healthcare Environment: This course will introduce students to key factors to be considered when integrating new technology within a healthcare environment. Understanding how to successfully create change, define current process, design future processes and complete a gap analysis using the four stages of a systems life cycle to successfully integrate or change technology.

HCI 651 Database Management for Evidence-based Decision Making: This course will assist the student in understanding the various database systems used within a healthcare setting. Key to this course is understanding how healthcare professionals can collect and extract data from database systems to assess the organizations performance and impact on patient outcomes.

Elective Courses: (only one required)

HCI 502 Healthcare Delivery Systems: In this course, students will be engaged in dynamic content to gain an understanding of the role of information systems within healthcare delivery. The course provides an introduction to the use of information technology, information systems, data, and informatics in regards to health care delivery system entities and functions.

HCI 583 Virtual Engagement to Improve Health: This course introduces students to a virtual world where technology is driving change, impacting the way healthcare is delivered and managed through the use of the Internet, social media and mobile technologies. Students will engage in virtual activities that transform the traditional roles of interprofessional healthcare providers.

HCI 506 Health Policy and Informatics: This course will explore health care policy and how it relates to informatics. Students will describe the history and development of health care policy while comparing U.S. health care policies to other countries. Legal, privacy, storage, and security issues will be discussed regarding.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Strengthen communication and collaboration skills when integrating technology into a health related setting
  • Improve the healthcare delivery processes involving technology through workflow analysis and change management
  • Apply data management and analytic skills in decisions-making
  • Integrate project management concepts when changing current processes

Admission Requirements

  • Completed free online application
  • A bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts showing highest degree obtained

Admissions materials may be submitted to:

Chatham University
Berry Hall
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Fax: (412) 365-1609

Contact info

Graduate Admission
Chatham University
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Phone: 412-365-1825
Toll free: 866-815-2050
Fax: 412-365-1609

You may also contact Debra M Wolf, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, program coordinator
Phone: 412-365-1547

Healthcare Informatics Graduate Certificate

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