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Public Health Informatics Certificate


The Public Health Informatician works closely with other public health professionals to improve population health by effectively managing the information that is used for assessing, assuring, and advocating for population health. This is a collaboration to provide them the data to monitor, manage and improve public health programs and to work closely with public health policy-makers to present the information required for effective policy development and evaluation. The Public Health Informatician helps manage a number of core public health information systems.

The Certificate in Public Health Informatics (Cert-PHI) will provide you with compact acquisition of key competencies in the field of Public Health Informatics (PHI), over a period of 9-12 months, including:

  • the ability to conceive, design, develop, implement, and use IT by applying informatics skills in the public health domain,
  • the systems engineering technical skills necessary to lead the development of public health information systems; and
  • key technical and leadership skills necessary
to manage information systems within an organization, or organizational networks such as community health information networks and health information exchanges.



The Cert-PHI was designed to fit with the Applied Public Health Informatics Curriculum (APHIC) and offers an excellent choice for those interested in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public health data and systems. The Cert-PHI program is offered both in-person and through distance learning.

Faculty and Expertise

The School of Public Health has faculty active in a variety of Public Health Informatics areas, such as public health informatics systems and interoperability (Priya Rajamani), decision science (Karen KuntzEva Enns), complexity science (Matteo Convertino,  Eva Enns)  mobile applications (Simon RosserKeith Horvath), surveillance (Craig HedbergGurumurthy Ramachandran), Medicare medical claims data (Marshall McBeanBeth Virnig), economics and organization of health information technology (Jeffrey McCulloughDouglas Wholey), and information systems to support quality improvement and care processes (Sandra PotthoffDouglas Wholey).

The School hosts the Research Data Assistance Center (RESDAC) that supports the use of Medicare data for health care evaluation and research. The faculty teaching Public Health Informatics courses have extensive experience with public health informatics, health care quality improvement, public health systems, systems analysis and development, and using large health care databases for surveillance, quality measurement, and policy development.

The Public Health Informatics program collaborates closely with the University of Minnesota’s Nursing Informatics and Biomedical Health Informatics programs and the Institute for Health Informatics. Elective informatics courses and faculty informatics expertise are available from all programs.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Daniel Chan

How to Apply:

Students who complete the certificate will be able to implement and manage public health information systems, including: vital statistics systems, online analytical processing tools that support decision-making, immunization registries, population health surveillance, community health information networks, and electronic public health data interchange.

This certificate is awarded upon successful completion of 13 credits. We expect students who complete the Cert-PHI to have expanded and supplemented their current domain knowledge in a way that opens up new corridors of discovery and employment for them.

Required certificate courses (13 credits)

PubH 6813, Managing Electronic Health Information (2 cr)
PubH 6814, Data and Information for Population Health Management (2 cr)
HINF 5430, Health Informatics I (3 cr)
PubH 6876, Public Health Systems Analysis and Development (2 cr)
PubH 6877, Public Health Systems Analysis and Development Practicum (2 cr)
PubH 6880, Introduction to Public Health Informatics (2 cr)

Certificate students are strongly encouraged to take the following course as most work in PHI are projects.
PubH 6805, Project Management for Health Professionals (2 cr)

Other PHI-related courses of interest:

PubH 6800, Information Visualization and GIS in Public Health (2 cr)
PubH 6705, Community Health Assessment (3 cr)
PubH 6025, E-Public Health: Design, Development and Testing of Effective Online Public Health Interventions (3 cr)
PubH 6742, Ethics: Research and Policy (1 cr)
NURS 7108, Population Health Informatics (2 cr)
PubH 6727, Leading Change in Multiple Contexts for Public Health Professionals (2 cr)
HINF 5520, Clinical Informatics and Patient Safety (2 cr)
HINF 5540, Interprofessional Health Informatics (2 cr)
HINF 5116, Consumer Health Informatics (1 cr)
HINF 5431, Health Informatics II (3 cr)

All the courses for the Public Health Informatics Certificate must be taken for a letter grade (A/F).

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