Ohio University

Clinical Informatics Certificate

What is a Certificate?

A certificate program provides students and working professionals the opportunity to expand their education through a set of specialized courses. These comprehensive sources are designed to build upon and advance the students' knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study. Earning a unique healthcare certificate from Ohio University can lead to a wide range of career opportunities, empowering students to exhibit leadership, initiative and a distinctive skill set and knowledge to compete for their desired career path. 

Clinical Informatics Certificate Overview

Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions offers a 100% online, graduate-level Clinical Informatics Certificate, which focuses on how clinicians store, retrieve and analyze health information. In practice, knowledge of clinical informatics transforms the delivery of healthcare by creating information and communication systems to help clinicians design, implement and analyze health data to enhance individual and population health outcomes, improve patient care and foster efficient and effective clinician-patient interactions.  

As medical facilities continually advance their electronic medical records systems, more skilled and trained clinical informatics professionals will be needed in the rapidly-growing healthcare industry. Employers hiring clinical informaticians often require at least a baccalaureate degree in a healthcare-related field and a graduate-level certificate in informatics.  

At Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions, you can obtain your Clinical Informatics Certificate at an affordable cost and in a 100% online format. View program flyer here (PDF)

Opportunities upon Completion:  

The American Health Informatics Management Association (AHIMA) estimates that the demand for skilled workers will increase by 20% (www.ahima.org downloaded 10/25/11). A report prepared by Batelle Technology (November 2011) for the Ohio Third Frontier, noted that high growth is expected in healthcare information technology that includes business process management and clinical healthcare. Upon applying for graduation (for degree-seeking students) or completion of the certificate requirements (for non-degree students), you must contact the program coordinator for verification of completion and the awarding of the certificate. 

Required Courses: 

IHS 5513-Health Informatics for the Health Professions 

HLTH 6801- Health Information Systems and Applications 

IHS 6803- Program Planning and Evaluation in Healthcare 

Graduation Requirements: 

1) Minimum semester hours required: 9 

2) Thesis requirement: No 

3) Qualifying exam: No 

4) Expected time to completion if studying full time: 1.5 semesters 

5) The Clinical Informatics Graduate Certificate consists of three courses for a total of nine semester credit hours. Upon applying for graduation (for degree-seeking students) or completion of the certificate requirements (for non-degree students), you must contact the program coordinator for verification of completion and the awarding of the certificate. 

Admission Requirements: 

The Clinical Informatics Graduate Certificate program will accept students in two categories: (1) those who have been admitted to an advanced degree program at Ohio University and (2) those who possess a bachelor’s or advanced degree but are not currently in a degree program at Ohio University. 

1) Students who have already been admitted to an advanced degree program at Ohio University (degree-seeking graduate students). 

  • Complete an Application for Update of Graduate Academic Program. This application can be obtained online or in person from the Graduate College. The certificate code is CTCING. 
  • The completed application, including the signature of an advisor (if applicable) should be submitted to the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies, in Grover W182, or emailed to Stephanie Johnson (johnsos1@ohio.edu) to obtain the certificate director signature.  
  • After the certificate director has signed the form, it will be sent to the Graduate College for processing.  

2) To apply for the certificate program as a non-degree student 

  • Submit a non-degree application to the Graduate College. Admission requirements include the following:  

Fall applications for admission will be accepted until October 25, 2019.

Spring applications for admission will be accepted from October 26, 2019-March 20, 2020.

Click here to visit the Graduate College for more information.