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Health Informatics, Graduate Certificate

The program in Health Informatics is a joint venture between the College of Computing and Informatics, the College of Health and Human Services, and the Graduate School.  The program offers both a Graduate Certificate and a Master of Science degree  designed to prepare students for the complex and rapidly changing healthcare and technology sectors.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics (HI) is designed to introduce individuals to the core concepts of data management and analysis in healthcare. The certificate requires 15 credit hours of coursework. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with a related graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte. Students may apply all of the credits earned in the HI Certificate towards the Health Informatics PSM.

Admission Requirements

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, the following are required for study toward the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics.

  1. A bachelor’s degree in a related field, including, but not limited to, a life science, health science, health administration, business administration, or computing discipline
  2. Knowledge of applications of information technology, including an understanding of computers, database management, and basic programming skills (the adequacy of a student’s background is determined by the Graduate Program Director)

Program Requirements

Foundation Courses (3-6 credit hours)

Students with an adequate informatics background will take the “Foundations in Health” course sequence. Similarly, students with an adequate healthcare background will take the “Foundations in Informatics” course sequence. In all cases, a minimum of 3 credit hours of Foundations courses are required.


The adequacy of a student’s background is determined by the Graduate Program Director. Students who are determined by the Graduate Program Director to lack an adequate background in both healthcare and informatics will be required to take courses from both Foundation sequences (Foundation General) for a maximum of up to 6 hours.

Core Courses (9 credit hours)

All students complete three required Core courses that provide a strong general background in health informatics.

Core Elective (3 credit hours)

Students must take 3 credit hours of Core elective coursework from the following set, complementary to the student’s base Foundation coursework.


This Graduate Certificate represents the first part of the Health Informatics PSM (HIPSM) program, thus allowing students who want to continue their studies a smooth transition into HIPSM.

Transfer credits cannot be applied to this certificate program.