Health Informatics & Administration

Health Care Informatics Certificate


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 students to understand, analyze, and evaluate information technology used to perform administrative and clinical tasks within a health care organization. This Certificate is of particular value to students in the health professions, information studies, or those seeking careers with hospitals, clinics, insurance and pharmaceutical firms, as well as vendors who design, develop, and install health care information systems.

Offered as a cooperative program between the Department of Health Informatics & Administration, Health Care Administration and Health Care Informatics Programs, and the School of Information Studies, Information Resources Program, the Certificate provides a basic foundation in health care informatics.

Coursework focuses on:

  • 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 M.S. Health Care Informatics and the Ph.D. 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.


Course Number Course Name Credits
HS 222 Language of Medicine (F/S)
Prerequisites: none
HS 224
Introduction to Microcomputers for Allied Health Professions (F/S)
Prerequisites: completion of HCI certificate
Introduction to Information Sciences (F/S)
Prerequisites: none
INFOST 230 Organization of Knowledge (F/S)
Prerequisites: INFOST 110 or HS 224
INFOST 250 Internet Communication & Information Transfer (S)
Prerequisites: none
HCA 537 Introduction to Healthcare Databases and Technologies (F)
Prerequisites: HCA 224 or INFOST 110 and Senior standing in CHS
HCA 541
Healthcare Information Systems Analysis and Design (S)
Prerequisites: HCA 537
Information Architecture II (F/S)
Prerequisites: INFOST 240
HCA 542 Healthcare Database Design and Management (F)
Prerequisites: HCA 541 or INFOST 340
INFOST 465 Legal Aspects of Information Products & Services (F)
Prerequisites: Junior standing

F, S, SU (fall, spring, summer) refers to semesters
in which courses are taught

Forms for declaring an intention to complete the certificate in Health Care Informatics must be completed in the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs, NWQB 6451. Certificates are awarded upon completion of all requirements or at time of graduation for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.

This certificate program is subject to federal gainful employment regulations. For more information please visit

See also: Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information