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Health Informatics Graduate Certificate

Admission Term: Fall Only
Enrollment Mode: Distance-Based, Part-time only

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics is designed to respond to the growing need for trained health informaticians through 2018. The program offered at Duke, recognizes the importance of leveraging electronic health care data to improve human health and incorporates interdisciplinary informatics education into its curriculum.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics trains health professionals to:

  • Apply technology to improve human health
  • Improve data, information, and knowledge use in health care
  • Understand requirements for health information systems
  • Design, implement, and evaluate health information systems
  • Become a leader in the field

Why Choose the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics

  • Distance-based curriculum that requires just two days on campus for a total of two times during the program. Most students are employed full-time and find that although they are busy, they can manage the course workload.
  • Innovative and personalized instruction that uses synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods. In addition to using learning management systems, we also use webinars to discuss and present class content.
  • Emphasis on clinical informatics and real-world application.
  • Diverse and applied learning activities throughout the curriculum.
  • Faculty with expertise in nursing informatics, health informatics, biomedical informatics, and other fields.
  • Practicum in informatics provides the opportunity to increase competence in the informatics role.
  • The American Nurses' Credentialing Center offers a generalist exam for nursing informatics and Health Information Management Systems Society offers two exams: CAHIMS and CPHIMS – Certificated Associate or Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems. You may sit for the exams when you meet the eligibility requirements upon completing Duke's Nursing Informatics program.


Nineteen (19) credits in the courses below are required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics. View the sample matriculation plan for more information about the curriculum, including the credits per semester and estimated completion time frame.

  • N410. Health Information Exchange Standards, Methods and Models
  • N412. Health Systems Project Management
  • N414. Data, Information, and Knowledge Representation
  • N415. Introduction to Health Informatics
  • N416. System Design, Implementation, Evaluation and Maintenance
  • N498. Synthesis of Specialty Practice

Admission Requirements

The program is open to health care professionals with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited school. The minimum admission requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics is as follows:

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • One year minimum health-related work experience in clinical sciences, engineering, computer science, health administration, public policy, life sciences, or other health care fields.

Application Materials

In order for an application to be submitted for faculty review, the following documents must be received by the Office of Admission and Student Services. Please note that the GRE is NOT required for the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics.

  • Application for admission.
  • $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Official copy of all post-secondary educational transcripts. Official transcripts must be submitted from all universities attended.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Two recommendations that highlight the applicant's health care experience and attest to academic ability, professional competency, and personal qualifications.
  • Personal statement.

Application Review Process

Complete applications are forwarded to the faculty for review at which time interview offers will be issued. Accommodations can be made to interview by phone or Skype if an on-campus interview is not possible.

Tuition Cost

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics is eighteen credits. Please visit the tuition and financial aid pages to learn about our current per credit fees and financial assistance.

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