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Public Health Informatics Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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School of Public Health, MMC 819 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 or 1-800-774-8636; fax: 612-624-4498)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 13
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Courses are available both on campus and in a hybrid format where students attend classes remotely using WebEx or similar technology.
  • Degree: Public Health Informatics PostBaccalaureate Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The certificate in public health informatics (Cert-PHI) is a 9-12 month program designed to prepare professionals for leadership positions that bridge information technology and public health. Students who complete the certificate will be able to implement and manage public health information systems, including: vital statistics systems, online analytic processing tools that support decision-making, immunization registries, population health surveillance, community health information networks, and electronic public health data interchange. This certificate is awarded upon successful completion of 12 credits. We expect students who complete the Cert-PHI to have expanded and supplemented their current domain knowledge in a way that opens up new corridors of discovery and employment for them.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Baccalaureate degree or higher
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
In addition to the required courses specified below, Cert-PHI students are strongly encouraged to take the following course as most work in PHI involves projects: PUBH 6805 - Project Management for Health Professionals (2.0 cr).
Required Coursework
HINF 5430 - Foundations of Health Informatics I (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6813 - Managing Electronic Health Information (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6814 - Data and Information for Population Health Management (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6876 - Public Health Systems Analysis and Design (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6877 - Public Health Systems Analysis and Design - Practicum (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6880 - Introduction to Public Health Informatics (2.0 cr)
 
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HINF 5430 - Foundations of Health Informatics I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
An introductory survey of health informatics, focusing on foundational concepts. Topics covered include: conceptualizations of data, information, and knowledge; current terminologies, coding, and classification systems for medical information; ethics, privacy, and security; systems analysis, process and data modeling; human-computer interaction and data visualization. Lectures, readings, and exercises highlight the intersections of these topics with electronic health record systems and other health information technology. prereq: Junior, senior, grad student, professional student, or instr consent
PUBH 6813 - Managing Electronic Health Information
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Managing health information is a central function of health care organizations. Information is used for managing population health, profiling providers, and measuring quality. This course describes relational data theory, normalization, and Structured Query Language (SQL) will be used to create and query databases. Students will be introduced to the basic programming skills necessary to manage data in research projects. Programming aspects of the course will use SQL procedure in the SAS language. prereq: Admission to a University of Minnesota Masters program or Permission of instructor.
PUBH 6814 - Data and Information for Population Health Management
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Information is used for managing population health surveillance, profiling providers, measuring quality, measuring resource use, and managing population health. This course describes the organizational context of health information and how to use health data to manage population health. Sources and types of health information, organizational processes affecting information quality, consistency, completeness, and accuracy, methods for organizing information, use of information for decision making, and how data can be used to provide usable information, will be discussed. prereq: Completion or concurrent enrollment in PubH 6813, Managing Electronic Health Information, 2cr contains the skills necessary for completing the assigned paper/project in this course, PubH 6814, OR instructor permission.
PUBH 6876 - Public Health Systems Analysis and Design
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Basic knowledge/skills to design, develop, implement public health information systems. Systems development lifecycle, including problem definition, feasibility analysis, logical modeling, system architecture/implementation. Develop communication, analysis, management skills needed to develop information systems that meet user needs. prereq: Grad or professional student or instr consent
PUBH 6877 - Public Health Systems Analysis and Design - Practicum
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Hands-on group project to practice skills of design, development, and implementation of public health information systems. Project teams employ site visits, interviews, surveys, and other data collection methods to gather system requirement specifications. Experience full system development lifecycle, including problem definition, feasibility analysis, logical modeling, and system architecture implementation. prereq: Grad or professional student or instr consent, [completion of or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in 6876]
PUBH 6880 - Introduction to Public Health Informatics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: School of Public Health student or graduate student
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Information is key to effective public health administration. Surveillance systems provide information on infectious disease tracking, disease clusters, food-borne outbreaks, and injuries. Environmental monitoring systems provide information on health risks such as toxic chemicals or airborne pollutants. Registries contain information on vital statistics such as birth, death, and immunization. e-Public Health integrates information from electronic health records to use in improving population health. Introduction to Public Health Informatics describes these public health information systems and key issues in managing this information effectively, such as data standards, common functions, decision support, meaningful use, health information exchange, privacy and security. prereq: School of Public Health student or graduate student