IBHE-Approved Certificate in Health Informatics

Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Prior Degrees At minimum, a bachelor’s degree  from an accredited institution that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s and a master’s or professional degree from any accredited graduate program is required. For those with an MBA, the degree must be granted either by UIC or another school accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • Transcripts An official transcript sent in a signed, sealed envelope from each postsecondary institution attended.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the terminal degree work.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL If the applicant has taken the paper-based TOEFL, minimum scores in the range of 585–600 will be considered; in addition, the applicant must take the Test of Written English and submit scores in the range of 5–6. Applicants taking the iBT Internet-based TOEFL must have a minimum score of 95, with subscores of Reading 24, Listening 22, Speaking 24, and Writing 24. OR,
    • IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 51, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Personal Statement The statement should address questions on the form provided in the application.
  • Resume Applicant should submit a resume that highlights education and work experience (applicant should have at least two years of work experience in industries that can directly translate to health informatics, such as healthcare, IT, health information management, consulting, or law. This excludes academic student jobs).
  • Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website at http://grad.uic.edu/deadlines.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

This certificate requires completion of the following prerequisite courses (or equivalent course work or professional experience). These courses are most typically taken upon admission to the certificate program.
Foundations of Health Information Management
Medical Terminology for Health Information Management
Introduction to Health Informatics
  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 24.
  • Course Work
Required Courses
Health Care Data
Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences
Health Care Information Systems
Management of Health Care Communication Systems
Health Information Systems Analysis and Design
Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics
Topics in Health Informatics

Technical Requirements

  • Computer Literacy All students enrolled in this program are expected to have working knowledge of the following: microcomputer operating system, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic mail, Internet browsers.
  • Technology Recommendations The student should have access to a computer with the following minimum requirements:

PC Users

  • Processor Any current i5 or i7 processor
  • Video Card Built-in graphics card acceptable for most cases, but will not be sufficient for high-end graphics work. Any current mid-range ($300-$400) graphics card should be acceptable for most graphics work.
  • Memory 4 GB RAM minimum, 8–16 GB recommended
  • Hard Drive 250 GB or more with 100 GB free space preferred
  • Modem A cable or DSL connection
  • Sound Card Any current sound card is acceptable
  • Monitor 17-inch minimum, larger recommended
  • Operating System Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  • Software
    • An active antivirus program and an office suite such as Microsoft Office 2013
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or later http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
    • Internet Explorer 11.x or later OR Mozilla Firefox ESR
      • Flash plug-in (latest version)
      • Java plug-in (latest version)
  • High speed broadband access Wireless networks are acceptable for static web pages but are not sufficient for working in a learning management system.

MAC Users

  • Processor Intel i5 or i7 processor, running Mac OS 10.9.5 or higher
  • Memory Minimum of 8 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive 500 GB Serial ATA HD; 128 GB or 256 GB solid state drive recommended
  • Software
  • High speed broadband access Depending on the bandwidth requirement for course work applications, wireless networks may or may not be sufficient for working in a learning management system.