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Graduate Catalog | 2018-2019 
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Health Informatics and Analytics, Graduate Certificate

The Health Informatics and Analytics program offers a Professional Science Master’s program leading to the M.S. degree and a Graduate Certificate, and contributes to other campus programs, including Early Entry and Dual Degree programs.


The Health Informatics and Analytics program leverages its position within the University’s Data Science Initiative and capitalizes on the strength of its parent colleges, the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Computing and Informatics, to prepare national and international students to advance the professional practice of health informatics through a thorough grounding in data science, system architecture, and health analytics.

This mission is pursued through education, research, and service efforts that:

  • Provide qualified and motivated students from a variety of disciplines, levels of experience, and backgrounds - with a special emphasis on individuals and groups historically underrepresented in graduate education - the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become exemplary practitioners of and advocates for health informatics;
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge related to the design, operation, and analysis of healthcare information systems; and
  • Apply expertise to support health leaders and the communities they serve in, advancing the public’s health.


The Health Informatics and Analytics program is the nation’s premier program in developing practitioners who bridge data sciences and analytics in support of optimal population health.

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, an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in computer sciences, health sciences, information systems, or life sciences or in an informatics discipline or a closely related field is required for study toward the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Analytics.

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Analytics program requires 15 graduate credit hours.  By the end of the first semester of matriculation in the program, students must complete (or be excused from based upon prior training and/or experience) non-credit asynchronous training modules in computer vocabularies, programming systems, health vocabularies, and classification systems.

Foundational Core Courses (6 credit hours)

Within the first year of matriculation into the program, students must complete these foundational core requirements. The Graduate Program Director may approve substituting another HCIP course for either or both of these classes in cases where the student demonstrates having successfully completed comparable undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.

Total = 15 Credit Hours


  • This Graduate Certificate represents the first part of the Professional Science Master’s program in Health Informatics and Analytics (HIA PSM) ; thus, allowing students who want to continue their studies a smooth transition into the HIA PSM.
  • Students transitioning to other master’s programs at UNC Charlotte should contact that program’s director to determine which and how many courses might be applicable to that program.
  • Students concurrently pursuing another degree can double count a maximum of 9 credit hours toward both this certificate and the other degree.
  • Transfer credit cannot be applied to this certificate program.