Become a Qualified Health Care Informatics Professional

Health Care Informatics CertificateLearn 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. The curriculum in this program focuses on data and knowledge management for health care systems developed and delivered by the University of San Diego's Hahn School of Nursing and Health Services.

Current Career Trends

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 2014 Compensation Survey from HealthITJobs confirms that health IT professionals can earn a great salary, obtain job security and achieve a high level of job satisfaction.

For updated information in the field, read the 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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Certificate Benefits
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Learner Outcomes

  • Adeptly manage health care information systems
  • Recognize 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.

Prerequisites: A bachelor's degree, basic computer and information management skills, Microsoft Office, Medical Terminology, and a minimum of 50 hours in an acute care setting (for Non-RNs). 


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Course Format

This certificate program is conducted in the Classroom format. HCIN students attend classes with degree-seeking students and participate in the same course activities and requirements. Additionally, certificate students could transfer up to six units (2 courses) towards a graduate degree in Health Care Informatics.

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:


Courses are taught by either a Hahn School of Nursing and Health Services 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 health care informatics.


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.

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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Federal Financial Aid Available: