Program Overview

The graduate certificate for Public Health Informatics available from Michigan State University is offered to those who are interested in learning more about application of information and computer science and technology to areas in public health. Most of public health informatics takes place at the state and local levels, or in the departments of health in state, county, or community levels.

The five courses in which students will participate are Introduction to Public Health Informatics, Methods in Public Health Informatics, Legal/Ethical Issues in Public Health Informatics, Informatics and Information Technology, and Advanced Topics in Public Health Informatics Management. This course requires completion of all of these 3-credit hour classes for a total of 15 credit hours.

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to competently complete tasks such as collecting and storing vital statistics, collecting communicable disease reports from different health care settings, collecting child immunization and screening information, collecting and analyzing daily emergency room data, and collecting hospital capacity information.

Those who complete this course will be prepared to compete for the Public Health Informatics Fellowship program that is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a 2-year applied training fellowship for those who hold a master’s or higher degree.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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