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Public Health Professionals Graduate Certificate

The Public Health Leader training program prepares public health professionals to develop, procure and implement information systems that meet public health program needs. This includes

  • Supporting the development of strategic direction for public health informatics within the enterprise
  • Using informatics standards
  • Managing and monitoring IT operations
  • Evaluating information systems and their applications
  • Contributing to the development of interoperable public health information systems
  • Implementing solutions that ensure the confidentiality, security, and integrity of captured data while maximizing the availability of information for public health

The scope of this program is designed to meet the core competencies for public health informaticians as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based upon this guidance, ideal eligible students entering this program will have a graduate or doctoral level preparation in public health, including demonstrated course work in epidemiology and data analysis.

The requirement for masters or doctorate level preparation may be waived by the demonstration of significant public health experience through years of service and a leadership role at a public health agency. Public health professionals without an advanced degree can apply this certificate coursework to an M.S. in Health Informatics or an MPH in Public Health Informatics.

The Public Health Professionals Graduate Certificate will be awarded through Indiana University’s Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering in Indianapolis.

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Plan of Study

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of a 3.00, with a grade of a B- or better in all individual coursework.

Core Courses (6 credits)

Electives (9 credits)

Choose 3 courses. One course must be an informatics course and one course must be a public health course.


Public Health

  • PBHL-E 645 Information Exchange for Population Health
  • PBHL-E 647 Population Health Analytics
  • PBHL-H 521 Management Science for Health Services Administration
  • PBHL-H 628 Health Care Information Systems

Learning Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Informatics for Public Health Professionals prepares you to successfully lead the deployment and use of health IT to transform and improve the quality, safety, and outcomes of public health services, increasing their value.

  1. Understanding Technology and Methodologies for Processing Information Health Care:
    • Explain concepts of information and communication technologies
    • Integrate data from disparate systems such as clinical data, surveillance data, etc. for public health decision making
    • Implement standards and terminologies for documenting  public health events and exchanging protected health information for improved surveillance
  2. Information Literacy for Health Care:
    • Determine the nature and extent of the information needed for public health decisions
    • Access needed information effectively and efficiently
    • Evaluate outcomes of the use of information in public health
  3. Information Management:
    • Verbalize the importance of health information systems to public health surveillance
    • Have knowledge of various types of health information systems and their potential use in public health surveillance
    • Evaluate when confidentiality of protected patient health information is superseded by public health needs
    • Assure access control in the use of health information systems for public health needs
    • Assure the security of health information systems


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