The Health Informatics and Management (HI+M) program offers four-course Graduate Certificates in two different areas:
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.
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 May 15, and that those seeking admission for the Spring semester have applications complete by December 15. All application materials go to Graduate Admissions.
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.
Elective Courses (choose two):
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.
Sandra Guy VanAmburgh
Department of Public Health
Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences