The Certificate in Health Care Informatics prepares students to understand, analyze and evaluate information technology used to perform administrative and clinical tasks within a health care organization.

This Certificate can be completed in an online format and provides a basic foundation in health care informatics. It is offered as a cooperative program between the College of Health Sciences Department of Health Informatics and Administration, Health Care Administration and Health Care Informatics Programs and the UWM School of Information Studies, Information Resources Program.

Like a departmental minor, certificate programs offer a specific academic focus but differ by being interdisciplinary, allowing students to combine related courses in different disciplines to explore a common theme.

Why choose us?

  • UWM’s College of Health Sciences is widely known for its excellent teaching and student learning environment, innovative research programs, community engagement and service to various health care professions.
  • This unique learning opportunity is taught by world-renowned faculty members and offers a wide range of comprehensive, interdisciplinary and in-depth courses.
  • The online format provides flexible scheduling options.

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

This Certificate is of particular value to students in the health professions, information studies or those seeking careers in many settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Insurance and pharmaceutical firms
  • Businesses and vendors who design, develop and install health care information systems



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.

With a Certificate in Health Care Informatics, you will be better prepared to meet the diverse and adaptive needs of a career in the health and information studies professions.

You will gain classroom experience in the following content areas, among others:

  • Introduction to Information Technology Theory and Application, with a Special Emphasis on Internet Communication
  • Analysis and Design of Information Systems in a Health Care Environment
  • Design, Creation and Management of Health Care Database Systems
  • Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services

With the Certificate in Health Care Informatics, undergraduate students may prepare for graduate study available through UWM’s MS in Health Care Informatics and the PhD in Medical Informatics Programs. Students may choose to integrate the Certificate with their undergraduate major or pursue the Certificate post-baccalaureate.

Certificates are granted to students who successfully complete each of the following required courses with a minimum grade of C and whose cumulative GPA across all required courses is at least 2.500.

Total Credits:24
HS 222: Language of MedicineF/S3
HS 224: Introduction to Microcomputers for Allied Health Professions OR
INFOST 110: Introduction to Information Science & Technology
INFOST 230: Organization of KnowledgeF/S3
INFOST 250: Internet Communication & Information TransferF3
HCA 537: Introduction to Healthcare Databases and TechnologiesF3
HCA 541: Healthcare Information Systems Analysis and Design OR
INFOST 340: Introduction to Systems Analysis
HCA 542: Healthcare Database Design and ManagementF3
INFOST 465: Legal Aspects of Information Products & ServicesF3

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?
Professional advisors provide information and guidance to help students make informed educational decisions. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor at least once each semester. To schedule an advising appointment, contact:

College of Health Sciences
Office of Student Affairs
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6425
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-2758

How can I apply?
To apply to the Certificate in Health Care Informatics, please email the CHS 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 Certificate Program online?
No, at this time only about half of the courses are offered online.

Are there prerequisite requirements for this Certificate?
Yes, you can see prerequisites in the coursework listed above.

What courses do I take to get the Certificate?
Certificates are granted to students who successfully complete each of the required courses listed 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 time of graduation for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.

How much does the Certificate Program cost?
Tuition fee information may be found at the UWM Business and Financial Services Office under Tuition and Fees information.

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