Enhancing public health through informatics

Quick facts

  • Program type: Graduate certificate
  • Academic home: School of Medicine | Department of Health Management and Informatics
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 12
  • Estimated program cost: $4,911.00*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the certificate you deserve

There is growing demand for professionals trained in public health informatics, and a significant shortage of qualified workers for the field. At this time, only a few programs are available in the United States that provide the necessary education and skills. MU’s online IPH graduate certificate provides a unique focus on the knowledge and expertise needed by public health informatics officers, information officers, health care workers and community professionals servicing the public health field. Those currently working full time in a public health capacity, as well as those who aspire to work in the public health field, will find the certificate valuable for their careers.

Career prospects

Employment growth
Median salary

Source: Burning Glass Technologies. 2018. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Epidemiologist, Health Educator / Coach, Healthcare Administrator, Patient Advocate / Navigator, Policy Analyst, Public Administrator, Social Science Researcher.

Potential careers

  • Public health surveillance informatics specialist
  • health care administrator
  • Public health analyst
  • Informatics research assistant
  • Clinical analyst
  • Informaticist (population health, geographical, public health)
  • Data scientist

Program structure and topics

This program is available 100 percent online. The graduate certificate requires completion of a total of four courses (12 credit hours). Students must complete two required courses and either two core courses or one core course and one elective course. Students typically will complete the program in two to four semesters.

Course work covers

  • Public health informatics
  • Methods in public informatics
  • Health information technology
  • Consumer health informatics
  • Health database management and public health data systems

In-state tuition rates

As a distance learner in a University of Missouri graduate program, you qualify for in-state tuition rates, regardless of where you live.

This program is administered by the Department of Health Management and Informatics.