Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (PHI)

 

Public Health Informatics is an emergent area that has been defined as the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice and research. Public Health Informatics is distinguished from other healthcare informatics specialties in its focus on population /community health, prevention orientation and the role of government agencies in public health practice.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (PHI) program is offered by the Gillings School of Global Public Health (SPH) as a 12 credit hour specialized educational option to prepare graduates for a variety of public health informatician roles.

Combining the existing strength of the SPH curriculum and the informatics curriculum at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), it will offer focused education with emphasis on public health information systems, information management and manipulation as well as evidence-based public health policy.

The PHI certificate is envisioned as either complementary to a graduate degree from SPH, SILS and other UNC programs or as post-Baccalaureate advanced specialization training for members of current public health workforce.

Interested students should contact Bill Gentry, PHI certificate administrator, at wgentry@unc.edu.

 

Table 1: Certificate in Public Health Informatics Course Details
At least 6 of the 12 credit hours must be from SPH courses.

Course Title

Instructor(s)

Course #

Credits

Public Health Informatics Core Courses

 

 

7

Intro to Public Health Informatics (PHI)
Systems Analysis

Ising
Haas

EPID 795
INLS 582

1
3

Data Mgmt in Clinical and PH Research or
Health Care Quality & Info Management or
Database Systems I (pre-req 582 or test)

Roggenkamp
Mandlekehr
Haas / Mostafa

BIOS 613
HPM 760
INLS 523

3
3
3

Public Health Informatics Practicum
Students will be required to pick or include a PHI related work arrangement for their certificate practicum.

 

 

2

Electives: CHOOSE ONE FROM THE LISTS BELOW

 

 

3

School of Public Health  (SPH)

Data Mgmt in Clinical and PH Research*
Public Health Studies
Sampling Methodology
Adv Functions of Temporal GIS
Epi Research Using Healthcare Databases
Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance
Implementing PHI Initiatives
Diagnosis and Design of PH Intelligence
Health Care Quality & Info Management*
Project Management Strategy & Application

Roggenkamp
Couper
Kalsbeek
Serre
Brookhart
Irwin
Shea
Carney
Mandlekehr
Evarts

BIOS 613
BIOS 668
BIOS 664
ENVR 468
EPID 690
EPID 750
HPM 620
HPM 625
HPM 760
PUBH 784

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

School of Information and Library Science  (SILS)

Database Systems I* (pre-req 582 or test)
Information Security
User Interface Design (pre-req INLS 582)
Electronic Health Records

Haas / Mostafa
Adams
Bergquist
Mostafa

INLS 523
INLS 566
INLS 718
INLS 890

3
3
3
3

Total

 

 

12

* IF NOT TAKEN TO SATISFY DATA MGMT CORE COURSE REQUIREMENT

 

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in a health related field; applicants with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in non health-related fields can still qualify with equivalent professional experience in a health-related setting.
  • Completion of the application for the Graduate Certificate Program with academic program advisors permission.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Personal statement from the applicant (one page, reason for applying and how the certificate education fits into future research / work plans).
  • Personal interview with program administrator.

For more information or to apply, contact Bill Gentry, program administrator, at: wgentry@unc.edu.


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