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Certificate in Health Informatics

Certificate in Health Informatics
This program is designed for those with an undergraduate or graduate degree who seek knowledge of Health Informatics principles, methods, and applications. This short introductory level program provides an overview of the field of Health Informatics and foundational information about how data, information, and knowledge are represented and used in health applications. The five courses for the Duke Certificate in Health Informatics program include:

  • Introduction to Health Informatics
  • Data, Information, and Knowledge Representation
  • Health Information Exchange Standards, Methods, & Models
  • Health Systems Project Management
  • System Design, Implementation, Evaluation and Maintenance

 Students also complete a hands-on practicum experience in their area of interest. A total of 18 credit hours is required for completion of the Certificate.

 The distance-based curriculum (courses and the practicum may be taken as distance (on-line) courses) requires two days on campus a total of two times during the program.

This program is offered through the Duke University School of Nursing.  Interested applicants should email for more information, or apply on-line at:

 Admission Requirements for the Certificate in Health Informatics:

  1. Bachelor’s or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. One year minimum health-related work experience in clinical sciences, engineering, computer science, health administration, public policy, life sciences, or other health care fields.
  3. Personal interview. Other arrangements will be made when distance is a factor.

Applicants must submit:

  1. One official copy of all post-secondary educational transcripts. Official transcripts must be submitted from all universities attended. International transcripts should be sent to a credential evaluation agency such as World Education Services (
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  3. Two letters of reference attesting to academic ability, professional competency, and personal qualifications. Use the Duke University School of Nursing reference forms.
  4. Personal statement from the applicant. (For details consult the online application.)
  5. $50 non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online, or by mailing a check or money order made out to "Duke University School of Nursing" to Duke University School of Nursing, Office of Admissions and Student Services, Box 3322, Durham, NC 27710. Do not send cash. No application will be processed until the application fee is paid.

To be successful in the program, applicants need the following:

  1. Physical and mental skills and abilities necessary to successfully complete the courses required in the curriculum.
  2. Must have basic computer skills.
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