SMBS : Department

Advanced Graduate Certificate Program
Medical/Health Informatics

Program Description

Medical/Health InformaticsThe program is an intensive introduction to the field of Medical/Health Informatics. The focus is on the issues surrounding the use of information technologies and information management systems in healthcare and public health settings, as well as the systems required to help patients understand and manage health information to maintain health or cope with injury or disease.


This field is essential to understanding and promoting the effective organization, analysis, management, use, and exchange of information in health care, and is closely related to, but not the same as bioinformatics, which focuses on the biomedical applications of computer science and statistics.

Medical/Health Informatics is more broadly concerned with the decision sciences (probability theory, decision analysis and the psychology of human problem-solving), cognitive science, information sciences, and the management sciences as they are applied to managing information in human health care and public health settings.


Major Issues in the Field

  • Patient privacy
  • Telehealth (preventive, promotive, and curative aspects)
  • Development and use of medical ontologies (taxonomies, categories, controlled vocabularies)
  • Use of medical data exchange systems
  • Practice of evidence-based medicine
  • Electronic health records management

Medical/Health Informatics

For more information about the field of Medical/Health Informatics you may want to explore the websites of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Application information for International Students