Health Informatics Certificate

About the Health Informatics Certificate at Loyola

Electronic health records (EHRs) contain vast amounts of data—data that can be used to improve patient care, health care operations, and equality in health care systems. However, only 20 percent of that data can be readily extracted, creating barriers to effective, equitable, and efficient health care delivery.

Loyola University Chicago's Certificate in Health Informatics empowers you to help address this issue and enhance our health care system. In the program, you will learn to use machine learning, research methods, natural language processing, and database management to access the other 80 percent of unstructured health data and create meaningful change in health care organizations.

Program Structure

The health informatics certificate is an online, 15-credit program. It can be pursued full time or part time.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Certificate in Health Informatics?

At Loyola, you will join a flexible, respected health informatics certificate program, learning alongside experts in data science, health care, artificial intelligence, and health care administration.

A flexible health informatics certificate program

Complete your certification in health informatics online. Our program is fully online and offered full or part time so you have the flexibility you need for your busy schedule.

Join our program regardless of your background. While experience in health care is helpful, we encourage any student passionate about improving patient health to apply.

Learn and practice health informatics with real data. We partner with several organizations to provide a hands-on, real-world health care database of more than two million patient encounters over a 12-year period.

Learn health informatics from experts in health care and medicine. Our faculty have held clinical, administrative, and academic positions, allowing you to gain exposure to multiple perspectives, experiences, and research interests.

Learn how to address inequities in health care and improve community outcomes. Our Jesuit foundation means we teach and emphasize social justice, advocacy, and ethical behavior, all of which are critical to providing effective, equitable health care.

Study at an established leader in health care education. The Certificate in Health Informatics is delivered through the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, which has a proven history of producing successful health care professionals.

Health Informatics & Data Science Department

The Department of Health Informatics & Data Science gives faculty and students the tools they need to develop problem-specific solutions that improve patient care and advance systems-level change. Find more information on the department and stories showcasing current Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health students and graduates from the Health Informatics Certificate program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Health Informatics Certificate program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Health Informatics Certificate program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Health Informatics Certificate learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Health Informatics Certificate totals $18000.00, or 15 credit hours at a cost of $1,200.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Robert and Betty Parkinson Scholars Award

Named for Loyola alumni Robert (“Bob”) and Betty Parkinson, the Parkinson Scholars Award honors their commitment to helping ensure access to quality health care and the recognition that such health care is a basic human right. Bob and Betty Parkinson took to heart the Ignatian value of “being persons for others.” The Parkinson Scholars Award supports exceptionally talented students with demonstrated financial need who are dedicated to being “persons for others” and will use their Parkinson education to improve the health and health care of individuals, communities, and systems.

Awarded each semester to up to 10 Parkinson students, it includes an $8,000 tuition-restricted scholarship and additional funds to support scholarly activity. Scholars are selected to represent the broad range of the Parkinson School’s disciplines.

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More information about scholarships can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Whether you’re just beginning your search, in the midst of the application process, or eager to explore our graduate and professional programs, our admissions staff is here to assist you every step of the way.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Health Informatics Certificate are listed below. We encourage you to apply early for priority review. Please note that decisions may take longer during busy periods.

Fall Early Action: February 1
All applicants meeting this deadline will receive an admission decision no later than 3 weeks after the Feb 1 deadline and will be eligible for the Parkinson scholarship.

Fall Priority: May 15
All applicants meeting this deadline will be considered for admission. Any applications received after May 15 will be considered until Parkinson reaches enrollment capacity for the fall.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Health Informatics Certificate include:

  • Transcripts

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

International Student Requirements

Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page. This program does not qualify international students to receive the F1 student visa.

Additional Details

For general information and a step-by-step guide to applying for graduate and professional study, please visit our Admission Process page. There is no fee to apply to graduate programs at Loyola.

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