Informatics for public health

Graduate certificate University of Missouri-Columbia
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Transform your health care or policy career with an online graduate certificate in informatics for public health from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou).

Data continues to advance health care and policy sectors — from electronic medical records to analyzing trends in population, community and environmental health. This 12 credit-hour, fully online certificate program meets the growing demand for health care professionals, information officers and community professionals trained in health informatics, health information technology and database management. 

Bring more value to your current role, move up in your field or give yourself an edge in the job market. With courses tying these core informatics competencies to population health and care delivery, you’ll be ready to use your newly acquired health informatics knowledge in surveillance, prevention and health promotion. You’ll develop, assess and uncover solutions to current and future public health and policy issues.

Mizzou designed the online graduate certificate in informatics for public health as a standalone program for existing and aspiring health care, policy and public health workers with at least a bachelor’s degree. Credits cannot be applied to other graduate degree programs. Students currently enrolled in the master of science in health informatics or the master of public health program have the option of earning this certificate on top of their degree. 

Quick facts

Official name

Graduate certificate in informatics for public health

Campus

University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Graduate certificate

Academic home

School of Medicine | Department of Health Management and Informatics

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours

12

Estimated cost

$5,412.00

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

Advance your career with an online graduate certificate in informatics for public health

Informatics shapes how the health care and health policy industries manage and access data, influencing medical records management, research, program development, care delivery and trend prediction. The University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Department of Health Management and Informatics not only notes these shifts and respective skill demands but pioneers their applications in and beyond the classroom. Course work emphasizes real-world use in health care, public health, policy and research. Faculty members, meanwhile, participate in or provide industry consulting. 

As an introduction to the possibilities of public health informatics, this online graduate certificate enhances your knowledge of data collection, surveillance, reporting and health information exchange. Step up to the challenge in your organization or your first public health role by drawing meaningful insights from data, identifying trends, and influencing health services and community programs.

You’ll be equipped to:

  • Connect informatics and information technology to improve public health research and services by analyzing data and influencing projects and strategic decisions
  • Collect, process, store, use, manage and analyze data for public health purposes
  • Uphold data standards, including for security, integrity, privacy and usage
  • Develop, evaluate and deploy information systems designed to aid public health, health care and policy efforts
  • Use informatics to gather information and make predictions involving clinical, environmental and population health
  • Aid public health, policy and health care research efforts regarding disease prevention, preparedness and evaluation
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Career prospects

Informatics has swiftly changed the delivery of health services and efforts to examine community trends. Expand your skillset as an information officer, health care administrator, researcher or community health worker to meet an increasing need for industry professionals well-versed in informatics, data and information system technology. Reflecting this, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 9% more positions for medical records and health information specialists between 2020 and 2030.

Possible job titles include:

  • Public health surveillance informatics specialist
  • Health care administrator
  • Public health analyst
  • Informatics research assistant
  • Clinical analyst
  • Informaticist (population health, geographical, public health)
  • Data scientist
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13.71%
Employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. 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.
$83,000
Median salary

Program structure

The online graduate certificate in informatics for public health involves four courses totaling 12 credit hours. You’ll take two required courses before exploring additional topics through two core courses or one core paired with one elective course. All courses are 100% online, and no on-campus visits are required. 

Students typically complete the program in two to four semesters.

Courses

The structure of the online graduate certificate in informatics for public health exposes you to:

  • Foundational public health knowledge, tools and theories used for research, communication, project management, surveillance and data exchange
  • Statistical concepts and tools for data analysis
  • Database and information system management tools and usage
  • Python and SQL languages for using databases and analyzing data
  • Consumer health informatics patterns and models
  • Techniques for analyzing health care data
  • Use of geographic information systems in public health

 Review all required, core and elective courses and accompanying descriptions.

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

2 to 4 semesters

Typical course load

Varies if full time or part time

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Learn more about this program

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