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

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 Score: 79).

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:

  • PUBH.5110 Healthcare Finance
  • PUBH.5140 Healthcare Management

Elective Courses (choose two):

  • PUBH.5060 Quantitative Methods in Health Management
  • PUBH.5020 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare 
  • PUBH.5310 Health Informatics
  • PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems
  • PUBH.5120 Operations Analysis and Quality Improvement
  • PUBH.5150 Applied Health Economics
  • PUBH.6160 Law and Ethics in Healthcare
  • PUBH.6250 Health Policy
  • PUBH.5270 Planning and Marketing in Healthcare
  • PUBH.6260 Leadership in Healthcare
  • PUBH.6270 Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health
  • PUBH.6320 Health Information Systems Planning
  • PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design
  • PUBH.6350 Healthcare Project Management
  • PUBH.6390 Electronic Health Record Systems

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:

  • PUBH.5310 Health Informatics
  • PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems

Elective Courses (choose two):

  • PUBH.6320 Health Information Systems Planning
  • PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design
  • PUBH.6350 Healthcare Project Management
  • PUBH.6380 Strategic Planning in Healthcare and HIT
  • PUBH.6390 Electronic Health Systems

For General Questions

Robert Holmes, Ph.D.
Southwick 328 A
Phone: 978-934-5318

For Program-Specific Questions

Kimberly Flodin, MSHMP
HIM Program Student Advisor
Department of Community Health & Sustainability
College of Health Sciences
Phone: 978-934-6628