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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Certificate in Public Health Informatics Course Details
NOTE: At least 6 of the 12 credit hours must be from SPH courses.
|Public Health Informatics Core Courses||Credits|
|EPID 795: Intro to Public Health Informatics (PHI)||1|
|INSL 582: Systems Analysis||3|
|BIOS 669: Working with Data in Public Health Research|
HPM 760: Healthcare Quality and Information Management
INSL 523: Introduction to Database Concepts and Applications (see information about pre-req test)
|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|
|School of Public Health (SPH)|
|BIOS 664: Sample Survey Methodology||3|
|BIOS 668: Design of Public Health Studies||3|
|BIOS 669: Working With Data in a Public Health Research Setting*||3|
|ENVR 468: Temporal GIS and Space/Time Geostatistics for the Environment and Public Health||3|
|EPID 750: Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance||3|
|EPID 766: Epidemiology Research with Healthcare Databases||3|
|HPM 620: Implementing Health Informatics Initiatives||3|
|HPM 760: Healthcare Quality and Information Management*||3|
|PUBH 784: Project Management Strategy and Application||3|
|School of Information and Library Science (SILS)||3|
|INLS 523: Introduction to Database Concepts and Applications (INLS 161 pre-req or test)*||3|
|INLS 767: Information Assurance||3|
|INLS 718: User Interface Design (INLS 582 pre-req)||3|
|INLS 725: Electronic Health Records||3|
|* If not taken to satisfy the data management 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 email@example.com.