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Public Health Informatics

Overview

The goal of the Public Health Informatics (PHI) Certificate Program is to offer grounding in methods and concepts of health informatics and health information technology for application to public health and population health. It is designed for current and future public health professionals who wish to develop PHI expertise or specialization to work in policy or management.

Educational Objectives

After completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate strategic direction for public health informatics within an organization;
  2. Match data standards to their proper use;
  3. Identify knowledge, information, and data needs of project or program users and stakeholders;
  4. Describe information system development, procurement, and implementation that meets public health program needs;
  5. Evaluate information systems and applications;
  6. Recognize use of informatics to integrate clinical health, environmental risk, and population health; and
  7. Implement solutions that assure confidentiality, security, and integrity while maximizing availability of information for public health.

Eligibility

This certificate is intended for students currently enrolled in the School of Public Health, and also for non-degree seeking students working in related fields who require in-service education to align their skills with the current health informatics demands of their occupations.

Admissions Process

Applicants must review the How to Apply page for important deadlines and information about the application process, including links to the declaration of intent form that current JHSPH students must complete.

The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.

Note: The certificate requires formal acceptance and enrollment, and only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.  The certificate includes a required practicum; planning and advising are necessary for successful and timely completion.

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 21 term credits.  All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grad and a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all Certificate courses is required.  The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

The student must submit a Notification of Completion to the certificate's administrative contact after completing all of the certificate requirements.  The student's transcripts will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar.

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered.  The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below and some courses are only offered every other year.  Students should also check for pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term

Campus Term

 

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses

0

1,2,3,4

Summer

-

550.860

Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.

0

1,2,3,4

Summer

-

Required Courses:

315.707

Introduction to Public Health and Biomedical Informatics

3

1

-

315.708

Health Information Technology Standards and Systems Interoperability

3

3

-

315.700

Health Information Systems: Design to Deployment

3

2

-

309.631

Population Health Informatics

3

2

-

315.862

Public Health Informatics Certificate Practicum

V

4, S

4, S

Select one of the following:

315.703

Leading Change Through Health IT (formerly: Health Sciences Informatics: Evaluation)

3

3

-

300.713

Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy

4

-

4

309.616*

Introduction to Methods for Health Services Research and Evaluation I

2

3

-

309.617*

Introduction to Methods for Health Services Research and Evaluation II

2

4

-

Select one of the following courses:

221.637

Health Information Systems in Public Health

3

2

-

ME600.906

Real Time Disease Surveillance (course is offered at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

3

M

-

315.709

Health Sciences Informatics: Knowledge Engineering and Decision Support

3

4

-

140.662

Spatial Analysis and GIS I

3

-

3

221.649

E-health and M-health: Using Technology to Improve Health in Low and Middle Income Countries

3

3

-

Additional Approved Elective Options:

ME600.905

Clinical Informatics (course is offered at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

3

-

M

V = Variable credit
S = Course held in the summer term
* = These courses are companion courses; you cannot take one without the other.

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health Policy and Management

Faculty Sponsor/Director
Name
Jonathan Weiner
Email jweiner1@jhu.edu

Associate Director and Academic Advisor
Name
Edward Bunker
Email ebunker@jhu.edu

Administrative Contact
Name
Pamela Davis
Phone (410) 614-1580
Email pamela.davis@jhu.edu

Gainful Employment Program Information

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.