The KU Health Informatics program is an applied health informatics program with an interprofessional focus. Students of all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Healthcare experience is desired but not required.
This certificate program is for students who already hold a master's degree in another field. It consists of applied clinical informatics courses and requires 19 credit hours. All courses are offered online with the exception of the practicum which can be taken at a location near the student, provided that all advance requirements are met.
This certificate program is designed to prepare students to:
- Apply health informatics using a theoretical, conceptual, and experiential knowledge base
- Articulate a vision of health informatics in the context of multidisciplinary practice and complex healthcare delivery systems
- Implement and evaluate information systems that support multi-professional clinical/administrative practice
- Facilitate the delivery of evidence-based practice at point of care, and
- Sit for applicable nursing, M.D. or graduate-level certification exam as an expert informatician
IPHI 820 - Project, Program and Communication Planning (2 credits)
IPHI 850 - Introduction to Health Informatics (2 credits)
IPHI 851 - Transforming Health Care through the Use of Information Systems & Technology (3 credits)
IPHI 852 - Health Data: Theory & Practice (3 credits)
IPHI 853 - Abstraction & Modeling of Healthcare Information (3 credits)
IPHI 854 - Knowledge Management in Healthcare (3 credits)
IPHI 856 - Health Informatics Practicum - final course (3 credits)
Note: This schedule is subject to change.
Key for Course Delivery Format I = Internet course P = practicum site
* The practicum (IPHI 856) requires a total of 3 credit hours (200 clock hours) which can be taken over 1-3 semesters. These semesters must be consecutive and taken at the conclusion of the program.
- A master's degree
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
Deadlines for Priority Applications
April 1 for Fall semester September 1 for Spring semester
Admission decisions for each semester are finalized approximately 8 weeks after the application deadline. All applicants are notified of their admission status with mailed letters from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
Enrollment Deposit: To verify admission acceptance and secure enrollment, admitted students must submit a $400 non-refundable enrollment deposit. This deposit is applied to the first semester's tuition and is not an additional fee.
The following materials are needed to complete the application.
- Online Application
- Official transcripts from every college or university attended. Transcripts must show conferral of degrees, including a master's degree. These transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope directly from each institution to the KU Center for Health Informatics, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, MS 4043, Kansas City, KS 66160 or if your institution offers electronic delivery, have transcripts sent to HealthInformatics@kumc.edu.
- Three letters of reference on the forms provided in the online application packet. Preferably, the references will be from a former instructor, current employer, and professional colleague. Submit these references online with the application.
- Resume - submit with online application
- Personal statement. This is a brief essay outlining the applicant's reasons for wanting to pursue a post-graduate certificate in health informatics, career objectives, and any other information that would help the admissions committee get to know the applicant. Submit this statement in your online application.
- An informational on-campus or telephone interview with a program representative. To schedule an appointment, call 913-588-1619.
- $75.00 application fee (non-refundable).
- After being accepted into the program, all incoming students are required to:
- Complete a satisfactory criminal background check. A one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. Instructions will be emailed to students when they are accepted to the program.
- Pay a non-refundable $400 admission deposit to reserve their place in the program. This deposit will then be applied to the student's first semester tuition.
- Meet health requirements for enrollment.
Due to the number of required online courses, the Health Informatics program at KUMC does not meet the U.S. student visa requirements at this time. Therefore, we are unable to accept individuals who are on student visas. If you received your university education outside of the U.S. or are in the U.S. on another type of visa, please contact HealthInformatics@kumc.edu for additional application requirements.
The Center for Health Informatics endeavors to fulfill its responsibilities to the changing needs of society by selecting applicants who, in the judgment of the admissions committee, demonstrate the academic achievement, maturity, integrity, and motivation necessary for successful advancement. In addition, the committee looks for applicants who will contribute academic, nonacademic, and socioeconomic diversity to the class. The committee is interested in evidence of capacity for mature and independent scholarship. One of the essential functions of a university is to help all individuals realize their potential. In an effort to foster this activity, the Center for Health Informatics subscribes to the KU Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.
Tuition and Fees
For a complete list of tuition and fees, please refer to the KUMC information in the KU Comprehensive Fee Schedule.
Costs for the program vary and are subject to change. Based on spring 2019 tuition and fees, an estimate for completion of the health informatics post-graduate certificate program is approximately $13,500 for Kansas residents and non-residents alike. This estimate does not include the cost of books, supplies, insurance, or living expenses. Because all courses are online, only limited campus fees apply (i.e. student health, student records, library, and counseling/education support). This amounts to approximately half the normal campus fee amount for spring and fall semesters. No campus fees apply during a summer semester since all courses are taken online.
Computer Competency and Standards
Students entering all programs of study at the University of Kansas Medical Center are expected to have basic skills in using a computer. Please refer to the recommendations for purchasing computers. During your studies in health informatics you will be participating in simulations in Second Life (www.secondlife.com/) so be sure you have a microphone/headset and a video card that is capable of carrying the graphics in Second Life. You will be expected to have access to Microsoft Office, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Visio in order to complete assignments.
KU Center for Health Informatics
3901 Rainbow Blvd, Mail Stop 4043
Kansas City, KS 66160