Health Informatics Certificate

The field of health informatics continues to evolve at a fast pace. There is an ongoing need in the job market for informaticists with up-to-date skills in health information technology.  Health care organizations, government agencies, information technology companies and consulting firms continue to hire those with health-related work experience and advanced education in health informatics. 

About the Program

  • The health informatics graduate certificates of the Duke University School of Nursing provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in clinical information systems, strategic planning, project management, and a variety of technologies.
  • Knowledge builds on concepts of data-information-knowledge meta-structures and incorporates systems lifecycle planning and expert clinical domain modeling.
  • The curriculum combines online instruction, on campus sessions and an intensive individualized practicum in a health care organization in which students complete a project under the mentorship of an experienced clinician in the informatics specialty.
  • The curriculum is designed to be completed in one year (3 semesters), starting in the fall.
  • There are 2 certificates available, depending on the applicant’s background:


Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) with Major in Health Informatics:

The Post-Graduate Certificate program provides the opportunity for students who already have a master’s degree to gain specialized knowledge in Health Informatics. This program is open to registered nurses who possess a master’s degree from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited nursing school, or who possess a master’s degree in another discipline acceptable to the specialty faculty

More information on the Post-Graduate Certificate

Health Informatics Certificate (HIC, Post-Bachelor's Certificate):

The Health Informatics Certificate program is available to those with at least one year of health-related work experience who have a bachelor’s or graduate degree.

Selection will be based on the applicant’s qualifications, intellectual curiosity, potential for professional growth, and contributions to the profession.

The minimum admission requirements for admission to the program are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution; and
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; one year minimum health-related work experience in nursing, medicine, engineering, computer science, health administration, public policy, life sciences, or other health care fields.
Required Courses for PGC and HIC
Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
N715Database Systems in Healthcare: Design, Management and Connectivity3
N716Introduction to Health Informatics3
N717Health Information Exchange Standards, Methods, and Models3
N726Clinical Data Analytics3
N721System Design, Implementation , Evaluation, & Maintenance3
N725Synthesis of Specialty Practice4
Fall semester start only; courses offered in sequence over 3 semesters (fall, spring, summer)
Required on-campus intensives fall and spring (2 days each)
Minimum Requirement for Certificates in this Major: 19 credit hours




N715 Database Systems in Healthcare: Design, Management and Connectivity


N717 Health Information Exchange Standards, Methods, and Models


N721 System Design, Implementation , Evaluation, & Maintenance


N716 Introduction to Health Informatics

3N726 Clinical Data Analytics3

N725 Synthesis of Specialty Practice

Required On-Campus Intensives fall and spring (2 days each)
Minimum Requirement for HIC & PGC in this Major: 19 credit hours


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