HPM, SPH: Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (CPHI Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
HPM, SPH: Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (CPHI Residential)

The focus of our nationally top-ranked Department of Health Policy and Management is twofold: to train the next generation of leaders in management, policy making, and research to address the complex challenges of health-care delivery and to produce cutting-edge research to contribute to the improvement of health-related quality of life, domestically and globally. In both roles, we are committed to ensuring that all people, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or economic resources, have access to high-quality health-care services.

We weigh multiple factors in admissions decisions. If you have questions about your qualifications for the program, please contact us.

Overview of HPM, SPH Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (CPHI Residential)

Program Focus

This 12-credit hour specialized educational option prepares 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 complementary to a graduate degree from SPH. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
12
Not a stand-alone certificate. Students may earn the certificate in the context of a dedicated degree program. 12 credit hours that (3) may be utilized as approved electives for graduate degrees.
Expected Duration:
1 yr
Learning Environment:
Residential
Application Cycle:
Fall; Spring
See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Current, residential School of Public Health graduate student who has an interest in informatics or is working on an informatics related concentration.
Applications Received:
~10
Applicants Admitted:
~10
Enrolled Student Demographics:
School-wide demographics:
  • 70% / 30% female to male
  • 38% minority, including 20% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 10% international
  • mean age of 31
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~10
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 0-5

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
Cost included in tuition & fees for full-time, degree-seeking students.
Cost is included in UNC-Chapel Hill tuition and fees. Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
Cost included in tuition & fees for full-time, degree-seeking students.
Cost is included in UNC-Chapel Hill tuition and fees. Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Funding:
For 2011-2012, students in this program received funding from various UNC sources, including department, School and University. Data below include only funding administered by UNC. Categories are not mutually exclusive.
School-wide:

  • 42% of students received some tuition support.
  • 13% of students received grants.
  • 27% of students received some loans.
  • 18% of students received non-service awards.
  • 31% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Undergraduate degree required.
Required Prerequisites:
None
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
None required
Letters of Recommendation Required:
Not required
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Not required
Work Experience Required:
Informatics experience is preferred, but not required. Must have advisor approval to apply.
Visit Opportunities:
The department hosts a recruiting visit in the fall for promising prospective students. There are also School-wide conference calls and orientation opportunities.

During the Program

Required Courses:
  • PUBH 711 Critical Issues in Global Public Health | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/pubh711_syllabus_2013_fall.pdf
  • PUBH 712 Global Health Ethics | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/pubh712_syllabus_2014_spring.pdf
  • PUBH 713 Global Infectious Disease Epidemiology | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/pubh713_syllabus_2013_fall.pdf
  • PUBH 714 Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/pubh714_syllabus_2013_summer.pdf
See our curriculum page.

Learn more about HPM courses.

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Comprehensive exams per course.
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Practicum paper in capstone format is required as a 2-hour credit course.
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Practicum in informatics related field or project is required. The practicum can be in conjunction with an existing graduate internship or research position.
Global Options Available:
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School's courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

NOTE: Certificate students don't have opportunity for global study outside courses comprising program.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
Future clinicians for leadership roles including CMIO, CNIO, clinician champion for Health IT implementations, and Health IT directors for clinical or public health departments.
Example Job Responsibilities:
Clinical/Public Health Leader role; Health Information Management and Exchange Specialist; Programmer and Software Engineer; Health-IT sub-specialist

Program Contact:

Kim Sieler
Assistant Registrar
(919) 966-7364
120-A Rosenau Hall
CB 7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411
USA
Bill Gentry
Lecturer
(919) 966-4228
115 Rosenau Hall
CB 7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411
USA