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Health Care Informatics Certificate

Become a Qualified Health Care Informatics Professional

Learn to apply technologies and assist in the design, development and ongoing modification of computerized health care systems. Communicate effectively with both health care providers and IT professionals in this intensive one-year certificate program.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for informatics nurse specialists and medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase 21% from 2010-2020, faster than the average for all occupations.  And, the 2013 Compensation Survey from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) indicates that the average salary for health care IT professionals is $113,269.

For updated information in the field, read a recent San Diego Business Journal front-page story on the federal mandate requiring hospitals to install electronic medical record (EMR) systems; Medical Marketplace; and a 2014 San Diego Union Tribune front-page story on health care informatics, which points out that these days health care is all digital: Digital changes spawn new health careers.

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Learner Outcomes

  • Adeptly manage health care information systems
  • Understand the specific business needs of health care organizations
  • Integrate health care information systems into clinical workflow and care delivery
  • Serve in hospital systems, clinics, technology-driven companies

Who Should Attend

Health care practitioners, researchers and educators, as well as, computer science and systems professionals interested in entering the health care sector.

Course Format

This certificate program is conducted in the Classroom format.

Technical Requirements: The Health Care Informatics program has a strong emphasis on use of technology and mobile devices as learning platforms. The iPad has been selected as the learning platform for use across the HCI program. Each student is required to purchase an iPad air, which is in addition to other technology (such as laptop or desk top computer). The iPad air is utilized for individual course tests and class assignments. Students may purchase an iPad air through the USD bookstore and additional software (iPad apps) are assigned on an individual course basis. During program orientation information about use of the iPad and additional software will be discussed. Accessories such as keyboards and stylus may be required on an individual course basis. Questions regarding program technology may be directed to Jonathan Mack Ph.D. RN NP, program Coordinator:


Jonathan Mack, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor, USD Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Jonathan is also the Academic Director of the Health Care Informatics Program and oversees all residency programs.

Courses are taught by either School of Nursing faculty or expert practitioners currently working in the health care informatics field. Their expertise and insight about this emerging industry provides students with relevant information and expectations about the health care informatics field.


The curriculum in this program focuses on data and knowledge management for health care systems.  Students can enroll in individual core or elective courses or complete the certificate requirements listed below. Classes are typically held from 6:00 – 8:55 p.m. one day per week.  Students who choose to do so may take two courses per semester.

HCIN students attend classes with degree-seeking students and participate in the same course activities and requirements.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Health Care Informatics (HCIN). An integrative field experience that allows students to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills they have obtained is a critical part of this program. Students can complete the certificate in one year, and courses taken for the certificate program may be applied toward a graduate degree in HCIN.  Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Prerequisite: Complete HCIN-U541 for individuals who do not have at least two years of experience in a hospital or clinical setting
  • Complete 5 core courses
  • Attend 70% of scheduled classes

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Schedule & Fees

Health Care Informatics Schedule

  Core Courses Required for the Certificate - To Enroll and Learn More Click a Course Below 
Minimum Required:  5  Course(s)
    HCIN-U540   Introduction to Health Care Information Management
    HCIN-U542   Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics
    HCIN-U543   Database Design and Knowledge Management
    HCIN-U544   Advanced Health Care Information Management
    HCIN-U545   Residency in Health Care Informatics Capstone
  Related Courses (Not Part of the Certificate) - To Enroll and Learn More Click a Course Below 
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    HCIN-U550   Health Care Six Sigma Green Belt
    HCIN-U551   Introduction to Geohealth
    HCIN-U552   Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems
    HCIN-U553   Clinical Documentation Systems: Specialist Role
    HCIN-U554   Telehealth and Emerging Technology
    HLTH-X810   Medical Terminology
  Prerequisite Course Required for Students Without Two Years Hospital or Clinical Setting Experience 
Minimum Required:  0  Course(s)
    HCIN-U541   Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems
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