Clinical Informatics Executive Certificate

The Executive Certificate in Clinical Informatics is intended to meet the needs of students who desire a deep introduction to health and biomedical informatics for professional careers, but do not need a master’s degree or do not wish commit to a full master’s level program.

Ideal Candidates for the this Certificate

As a student interested in pursuing this certificate, you may fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • You are a clinician, such as a nurse or physician, and want a rapid and deep immersion in the field in order to move into a clinical informatics or nursing informatics position in a hospital or medical center where you already work.
  • You are a computer science or engineering student with a strong quantitative background who works with, or would like to work with health data.
  • You are a hospital administrator or executive who oversees departments that include clinicians and IT specialists. Our certificate program will allow you to speak the language of these groups.
  • You would like as much training in health informatics as possible but are unsure if you can commit to a full master's program.
  • You are planning to apply to medical school, a graduate program in nursing or another clinical field, or a PhD program in a field related to health and biomedical informatics.

Certificate Curriculum

Four courses chosen from the core or elective courses offered in the master's program are required for the certificate. Selected relevant courses in the School of Nursing and Health Professions may be substituted with approval of the program director. You may also choose to take any of the more advanced electives offered in the Health Informatics program if you meet the prerequisites.

The Executive Certificate in Clinical Informatics requires any four of the following:

  • HS 608: Computer Science for Health Informatics Professionals | 3 credits (Prereq: none)
  • HS 609: Global Health Informatics | 3 credits (Pre- or co-req: HS 610)
  • HS 610: Perspectives on Health Informatics | 3 credits (Prereq: none)
  • HS 611: Semantic Organization of Health Informatics and Data Standards | 3 credits (Prereq: HS 608)
  • HS 614: Clinical Decision Support and Health Data Analytics | 3 credits (Prereq: HS 608)
  • HS 615: Health Data Security, Privacy and Confidentiality | 3 credits (Pre- or co-req: HS 610)
  • HS 616: Statistical Computing for Biomedical Data Analytics | 3 credits (Prereq: HS 610 or permission)
  • HS 617: Projects in Statistical Computing for Biomedical Data Analytics (not offered in 2018; 1 unit; co-req: HS 616)
  • HS 618: Advanced Computing for Biomedical Data Analytics (Prereq: HS 608 or permission)
  • HS 619: Natural Language Processing (Prereq: HS 618 or equivalent)
  • HS 620: Digital Health Entrepreneurship (Pre- or co-req: HS 610 or equivalent)
  • HS 621: Clinical and Business Context for Medical Informatics (Pre- or co-req: HS 610 or equivalent)
  • HS 622: Mobile Health Applications Design and Development | 3 credits (Prereq: HS 610)
  • HS 630: Bioinformatics (Prereq: 608 or permission of the instructor) (3-4 units)
  • HS 6xx: Biosignal analysis (prereq: 614 and 616, or 618)
  • HS 6xx: Clinical Research Informatics (Prereq: HS 610, 611, 616 or permission)
  • HS 6xx: Biomedical Software Engineering (prereq: HS 618)
  • PsyD 755: Quantitative Research Design, Measurements and Analysis | 3 credits (Prereq: graduate standing)
  • MPH 612: Biostatistics in Public Health | 4 credits (Prereq: none)
  • CS 640: Bioinformatics | 4 credits (Prereq: none)

Contact Info

School of Nursing & Health Professions

Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-2806