Health Information Technology Certificate

The FSU School of Information Health Information Technology Certificate program prepares students to be leaders in the Health IT field by strengthening skills in information management, technology integration and implementation, information organization, and information leadership. As information technology becomes seamlessly integrated with healthcare delivery, there is an increased demand for health professionals who can fully utilize and add value to clinical and public health data.

At its core, the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information forms the basis of enhancing quality of care, reducing costs of delivery and improving access. The certificate is specifically designed to develop technical, leadership, and analytical skills that will facilitate success. Students will gain a detailed overview of health informatics, providing them with an entry point into the industry and with knowledge and skills that will help them integrate emerging technologies into practice. The courses provide a broad understanding of the industry, current issues and events, such as the “meaningful use” of electronic medical record systems, and eHealth approaches for health promotion and patient self-management.

Certificate Overview

The program is designed for entry-level students (undergraduate level) and is open to all majors. Courses are offered face-to-face. Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the “health informatics” professional within the current healthcare system
  • Articulate the role of data/information in the healthcare delivery process
  • Describe new technology and communication approaches for healthcare delivery and health promotion
  • Participate in the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of healthcare data systems
  • Discuss the process of and issues related to health IT implementation and management
  • Explain the process of technology adoption at the organizational and individual levels
  • Integrate various stakeholder viewpoints in designing health informatics systems
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in interacting with various stakeholders including health care providers, administrators, patients and health consumers

Admission Requirements

The Health Information Technology certificate is open to degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students at FSU who are in good academic standing.

Current FSU Students:

Students who are currently enrolled at FSU (as either degree-seeking or non-degree seeking) must complete the iSchool Certificate Application prior to completion of the 2nd course required for a certificate.

Prospective Students:

Step 1: Apply to Florida State University. Non-FSU students must first apply and be accepted to the University through the FSU Office of Admissions.

Students interested in pursuing only the certificate should apply to the University as non-degree seeking. Contact the FSU Office of Admissions for additional information on admission requirements for the University.

Step 2: Submit the iSchool Certificate Application.

Admission and completion of the certificate does not guarantee admission to a bachelor’s degree program. Non-degree seeking students may, however, apply up to 15 hours of credit earned toward a bachelor’s degree with approval from their academic dean.

Certificate Requirements

Students must take 3 CORE classes and 1 or more electives for completion of the certificate.

The following 9 credit hours of core classes are required. No other courses may be substituted for any of the courses listed below.

  • LIS 4785 Introduction to Health Informatics (3 credits)
  • LIS 4776 Advanced Health Informatics (3 credits)
  • LIS 4940 Internship (3 credits)

Electives include:

  • LIS 4772 Intro to Consumer Health Informatics (3 credits) OR IFS 3037 Empowering Health Consumers in the eHealth Era (3 credits)
  • NUR 3076 Communication in Healthcare (3 credits)

Check the Undergraduate Course Rotation Schedule for projected course offerings. Other electives will be considered by the program coordinator. Core courses cannot be substituted.

Certificate Completion

To receive the certificate, students must:

  • Apply and be approved to pursue the certificate;
  • Complete 12-credit hours of course work (four courses) from the approved list of courses,
  • Earn a C or higher in each of the four courses taken for credit; and
  • Submit the Certificate Completion Form at the beginning of the semester in which all requirements for the certificate will be completed. Students must request completion of the certificate before completion of the bachelor’s degree. Certificates cannot be awarded or posted once the degree-seeking program has been completed.

Course Descriptions

IFS 3037 Empowering Health Consumers in the eHealth Era

This course explores the use of emerging technologies for health information seeking, health promotion and disease prevention, and for supporting the treatment and management of chronic illnesses. It promotes an interdisciplinary, user-centered and evidence-based approach for developing health IT systems to support health consumers. Students will learn how to assess users’ information needs, competencies, and health behaviors in order to develop accessible, useful, and effective solutions. They will also study issues and concerns influencing adoption of these technologies at different levels. NOTE: This Upper-Division Scholarship in Practice course can substitute for LIS 4772 Intro to Consumer Health Informatics for those pursuing a Certificate in Health Information Technology.

LIS 4785 Introduction to Health Informatics

This course presents how theory and practice in health care, strategy, information technology, communications, and law are integrated in the management and delivery of health care in various situations. The course focuses on the emerging specialization in the health-care industry that combines expertise in health care, information technology, and information management.

LIS 4776 Advanced Health Informatics

Prerequisite: LIS 4785. This course builds and extends the foundations presented in LIS 4785, while introducing practical solutions for the health IT professional. Students apply IT knowledge to address real-life problems in the medical community. The course provides students with a solid practical set of skills to enter the health industry.

LIS 4772 Introduction to Consumer Health Informatics

This course explores the design and use of emerging technologies for health promotion and disease prevention, and for supporting the treatment and management of chronic illnesses. It promotes an interdisciplinary and user-centered approach for developing applications for health consumers. Students will learn how to assess users’ information needs, competencies, and health behaviors in order to develop accessible and effective solutions. They will also study issues and concerns influencing adoption of these technologies at different levels. The concepts discussed in this class are drawn from various disciplines including communication, information studies, human-computer interaction, medicine, psychology, and public health.

LIS 4940 Internship

(S/U grade only) An opportunity to learn how to apply principles and techniques from HIT courses and Consumer Health courses in a professional setting. A minimum of forty-five (45) hours on the job per semester hour earned is required. May be repeated – maximum of six hours for credit.

NUR 3076 Communication in Healthcare

This course examines professional behavior, communication and relationship skills that are applicable to health care practice. The course emphasizes the development of interactive skills to facilitate effective communication with diverse health care populations and health professionals in a variety of settings about health issues. It provides an opportunity for the validation of each student’s interpersonal competence through a range of public speaking and interviewing experiences related to health care.