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 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?

  • The certificate can be completed online.
  • This unique learning opportunity is taught by world-renowned faculty members and offers a wide range of comprehensive, interdisciplinary and in-depth courses.
  • 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.

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

This Certificate is of particular value to students 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.



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 science professions. Coursework focuses on:

  • an introduction to information technology theory and application;
  • the analysis and design of information systems in a health care environment;
  • the design, creation and management of health care database systems; and
  • the 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 Health Care Informatics and the PhD 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:18
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)3
HCA 537: Introduction to Healthcare Databases and Technologies (F)3
HCA 541: Healthcare Information System Analysis and Design (S) OR
INFOST 340: Introduction to Systems Analysis (F/S)
INFOST 465: Legal Aspects of Information Products & Services (F) OR
HS 311: Law for Healthcare Consumers and Professionals (S)

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 you make informed educational decisions. You are encouraged to meet with your advisor 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 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 Program 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 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 . Students enrolling exclusively in audit or off-campus classes are not charged segregated fees and will not be able to use some campus facilities or obtain a University bus pass. If you fall into one of these categories, but want full access to all campus facilities, you may pay an additional fee based on the number of credits taken.

There may be additional course fees (in addition to regular tuition) 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.