Program Overview

Kent State University offers an online certificate program in the advanced study of Health Informatics.  The program is designed to build on the already learned foundations from a Bachelors level of education.  The certificate in Health Informatics introduces students to the necessary competencies required when performing professionally in the medical field.  Health informatics is the process by which health and medical information is gathered, recorded, analyzed, managed and redistributed.  

The certificate program delves into the advanced understandings of management principles, health care delivery, public health, patient safety, information science and computer technology.  The important role of a well-educated and supportive health informant is critical in the medical industry, the massive amounts of information need to be efficiently and effectively processed in order for nurses, doctors and other staff members to administer the correct medicines and assistance measures.  

Graduates will use the advanced certification to set high standards within a health organizations record keeping methods as well as be able to educate and advise other staff on compliance, patient privacy and information security procedures.  The program will include a capstone course, to ensure a student’s complete comprehension of the core objectives from the Health Informatics curriculum.  Graduates wishing to proceed on to earning a Master’s level degree may use the credit hours from the certificate program towards the required courses.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Resume. Goal statement. Two letters of recommendation.


    Not all of Kent State's online programs are available in every state. Students should check prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    Kent State University is a large public university with its main campus located in Kent, Ohio. In addition to its main campus, Kent State also has campuses throughout Ohio in Burton, Salem, Warren, New Philadelphia, Ashtabula, Jackson Township, and East Liverpool. Founded in 1910 as the Kent State Normal School, it began as a school to train teachers. Over the years, the university has expanded and today offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many different areas of study including liberal arts, history, journalism, business and several others.

    Kent State offers students many different areas of study and degree levels, including certificates, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and a doctoral program in nursing available in online formats.


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