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What is Public Health Informatics?

Health informatics, healthcare informatics or medical informatics is the intersection of information science, computer science and health care.

It deals with the resources, devices and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in health and biomedicine.

Health informatics tools include not only computers but also clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information and communication systems. It is applied to the areas of nursing, clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and (bio)medical research.

Public health informatics has been defined as the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice, research and learning.

Public health organizations are faced with the challenge of collecting and analyzing data related to the health of a population, and managing this data to maximize efficiency and efficacy. The Certificate in Public Health Informatics is designed to develop experts in the systematic application of information technology to public health practice, research and learning.