Community Health & Sustainability

Graduate Certificate Programs in Health Informatics and Management

HI+M Certificate Requirements

The Health Informatics and Management (HI+M) program offers four-course Graduate Certificates in three different areas:
  1. Health Management
  2. Health Informatics
  3. Health Policy
Many students complete one of these Certificates before seeking admission to the HI+M Master’s degree program, as the Certificate courses are accepted as credits toward the Master’s degree. Moreover, students who complete a Graduate Certificate with a grade point average of 3.5 or better are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam in applying for admission to the MS program.
UMass Lowell is one of the largest accredited online education providers in New England. As developed under a blended learning grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and its Sloan-C initiative, the HI+M program offers graduate studies in a new blended format that offers the “best of both worlds”—combining face-to-face and online classes—providing a more accessible program of study for busy healthcare and IT professionals.

Admission Requirements

  1. Official transcript indicating graduation from an accredited baccalaureate institution.
  2. A one-page statement of purpose indicating career plans, interests and objectives in pursuing a graduate degree.
  3. A professional resume.
  4. TOEFL scores must be submitted if a citizen of a non-English speaking country and have not earned an academic degree in the United States (Minimum 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 Internet-based).
  5. A personal interview, either in-person or via phone.
Although a background in health is not required for admission, applicants with significant health industry experience are given preference when program capacity is limited. For other applicants, one’s academic record and professional work experience are especially important. Applications can be submitted and evaluated at any time. We nevertheless recommend that those seeking admission for the Fall semester have applications complete by May15, and that those seeking admission for the Spring semester have applications complete by December 15. All application materials go to Graduate Admissions.

Health Management Certificate

The Health Management Certificate is offered primarily as a continuing education opportunity for health industry professionals interested in pursuing career advancement. It teaches core skills required in healthcare management and helps students gauge interest and prospects for continuing with a full 12-course MS program.

Required Courses:

  • 32.511 Healthcare Finance
  • 32.514 Healthcare Management
Elective Courses (choose two):
  • 32.506 Quantitative Methods in Health Management
  • 32.502 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare 32.506 Quantitative Methods in Healthcare Management
  • 32.531 Health Informatics
  • 32.607 Healthcare Information Systems
  • 32.512 Operations Analysis and Quality Improvement
  • 32.515 Applied Health Economics
  • 32.616 Law and Ethics in Healthcare
  • 32.625 Health Policy
  • 32.527 Planning and Marketing in Healthcare
  • 32.626 Leadership in Healthcare
  • 32.627 Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health
  • 32.632 Health Information Systems Planning
  • 32.633 Healthcare Database Design
  • 32.635 Healthcare Project Management
  • 32.638 Strategic Planning in Healthcare and HIT

Health Informatics Certificate

The Health Informatics Certificate is primarily meant to provide healthcare professionals with the requisite skills and understanding required to support health IT initiatives where they already work.

Required Courses:

  • 32.531 Health Informatics
  • 32.607 Healthcare Information Systems

Elective Courses (choose two):

  • 32.632 Health Information Systems Planning
  • 32.633 Healthcare Database Design
  • 32.635 Healthcare Project Management
  • 32.638 Strategic Planning in Healthcare and HIT

Health Policy Certificate

The Health Policy Certificate is offered as a continuing education opportunity for healthcare and public health professionals interested in pursuing career advancement within public health agencies, non-profit community organizations and NGOs.

Required Courses:

  • 32.625 Health Policy
  • 32.672 Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health