Health care organizations employ a vast and complex array of information systems. To utilize and maintain these systems, health care organizations need knowledgeable and skilled employees. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Certificate in Health Care Informatics prepares you to understand, analyze and evaluate information technology that is used to perform the administrative and clinical tasks within a health care organization.

The Certificate is offered as a cooperative program between the College of Health Sciences Health Care Administration and Health Care Informatics Programs and the UWM School of Information Studies Information Science & Technology Program.

Why choose us?

  • You can complete the Certificate online!
  • This unique learning opportunity is taught by world-renowned faculty members and offers a wide range of comprehensive, interdisciplinary and in-depth courses.

What can you do with a Certificate in Health Care Informatics?

The UWM Certificate in Health Care Informatics is of particular value to those in the health professions, information sciences or those seeking careers with hospitals, clinics, insurance and pharmaceutical firms, as well as vendors who design, develop and install health care information systems.



The Certificate in Health Care Informatics is an 18 credit certificate that will prepare you to meet the diverse and adaptive needs of a career in the health and information science professions.

Undergraduate students may prepare for graduate study available through UWM’s MS Health Care Informatics Program. You may integrate the Certificate with your undergraduate major or pursue the Certificate post-baccalaureate.

To obtain the certificate, you must complete, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, 18 credits in approved certificate courses of which 12 must be earned in residence at UWM.

HS 222: Language of Medicine (F/S/SU) OR
BMS 205: Introduction to Diagnostic Medicine (F)
HS 224: Computational Tools for Healthcare Professionals (F/S) OR
INFOST 110: Introduction to Information Science & Technology (F/S)
INFOST 315: Knowledge Organization for Information Science and Technology (F/S/SU) OR
INFOST 370: Data Analysis and Visualization for the Information Professional (F/S/SU)
HCA 537: Health Information Technology and Management (F)3
HCA 541: Healthcare Information System Analysis and Design (S) OR
INFOST 340: Introduction to Systems Analysis (F/S/SU)
INFOST 465: Legal Aspects of Information Products & Services (F/S) OR
HS 311: Law and Ethics for Healthcare Professionals (S)
Total Credits:18

F, S, SU (fall, spring, summer) refers to semesters in which courses are taught.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if the Certificate in Health Care Informatics is a good fit more me?
Our advisors provide information and guidance to help you make informed educational decisions. You are encouraged to meet with your advisor, Angela Kowalski, at least once each semester. To schedule an advising appointment call 414-229-2758.

How can I apply?
To apply to the Certificate in Health Care Informatics, please email the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs at

Is there a deadline to apply?
No, the enrollment period is rolling. You can apply at any time. Deadlines only surround class schedules.

Is the Program online?

Are there prerequisite requirements for this Certificate?
Yes. The required courses have prerequisites. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes for course prerequisites.

What courses do I take to get the Certificate?
Certificates are granted to students who successfully complete each of the required courses listed in the Coursework section above, with a minimum grade of C and whose cumulative GPA across all required courses is at least 2.500. Certificates are awarded upon completion of all requirements or at the time of graduation for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.

How much does the Certificate Program cost?
For the most up-to-date information, visit the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website . Be sure you are viewing the Undergraduate Fee Schedule for the appropriate semester.

In addition to regular tuition, there are also mandatory/segregated fees which are funds earmarked for the support of certain student services. See the Mandatory/Segregated Fees document for the appropriate semester on the UWM Enrollment & Financial Services website .

There may also be additional course fees that could include differential tuition, distance education fees, or special course fees. To see if your courses have additional fees, go to .

How long do I have to complete the Certificate Program?
You must complete all certificate courses within 1.5 years of initial enrollment in the certificate program.