University of Southern Indiana

Health Informatics Certificate Program

Description of Program

Welcome to the Health Informatics Certificate Program. The ever-changing world of healthcare continually affords new opportunities in clinical practice whether in the in-patient or out-patient setting. The challenge for practicing healthcare professionals is to be able to interact with this environment in a way that impacts the care they deliver. The rapidly evolving field of health informatics requires the acquisition of changing tools and knowledge. This program is designed to assist the healthcare professional to understand, implement, manage, and evaluate information technology within healthcare.

Who Should Enroll in this Program
This program is designed for English-speaking healthcare professionals who have, or want to prepare for, responsibility in monitoring and managing informatics.

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully integrate the knowledge and skills of health informatics into their clinical practice.  After successful completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

-       Describe basic principles necessary to utilize health information technology for knowledge management

-       Understand skills necessary to contribute to strategic and tactical planning in utilizing health information systems

-       Understand principles of organizational needs and readiness for adoption of health information technology solutions

Successful completion of this program does guarantee expertise in the field of informatics. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of informatics are necessary to attain competency. One can view information on a national certification exam, which can be obtained through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The website is

Course Schedule
This ten-week activity is offered two times a year. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to the start date.

Offering dates for 2016:  February 1 & September 12 

For more schedule information, call toll free 1-877-USI-HLTH (874-4584) or 812-461-5217 or e-mail

We reserve the right to cancel any offering if there is insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified will in advance if this occurs.


Ethel Elkins, DHSc, MHA, MA

Ruth E. Metzger, MBA, BA, BSN

Gabriela Mustata Wilson M.Sc., Ph.D.

Erin Reynolds, PhD, MPA

M. Jane Swartz RN, DNP, ACNS-BC

Delivery of Program Content

For delivery of program content, the Informatics certificate program utilizes the most current resources available in Health Informatics. Also, the program utilizes instructor outlines, current guidelines, video/audio presentations, web resources, discussion boards, and instructor feedback to augment the teaching process. These instruction methods ensure the flexibility in completing the study guides.

Structure of Modules

Each module may be subdivided into units. Each unit has a corresponding study guide for students to complete. Within each unit, students will find the following components: overview, objectives, assignments, the instructor provided outline, references. Students may also see presentations and case studies to enhance their experience. Suggested due dates to submit assignments are provided to help students progress through this finite program. The study guides will be submitted to instructors via Blackboard.

Instructors are expected to review study guides within three business days. Students are encouraged to participate in discussion boards. These interactive tools allow participants to share ideas and resources related to students’ interest in informatics.

Comprehensive Examination

After the completion of all modules, the participant will take an on-line examination. The exam is 75 questions with a two-hour time limit.


We recommend that students do not use their work e-mail address for taking this course. Many businesses, especially government agencies, utilize security firewalls. Communication from the instructor, the University, or other students may not get through, and students will not see the message. We also do not recommend the use of AOL, for similar reasons. AOL accounts include spam prevention-type filters and our communication with students may be filtered-out. We recommend that students obtain a separate e-mail account for their course work, such as:,, and offer free e-mail accounts.

Telephone Consultation
Faculty will be available by telephone to assist learners.

Why Enroll in an Interactive Internet Program?

The convenience of on-line instruction allows the participant to "attend" class at any hour or day of the week during the seven-week period. Participants will learn from experts in the area of informatics and have the opportunity to network with other course participants from across the country. Internet instruction provides an opportunity for personal interaction with course faculty while providing the comfort of learning in your own home or office.

Continuing Education Credits

Upon satisfactory completion of all assignments, attaining a score of 70% on the final, and completion of program evaluation, the participant will receive a certificate of completion. Nurses will receive 48 contact hours.


ANCC Accredited Distincion Logo V6 Provider

The University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited with distinction through November 30, 2018 as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is an enduring program which expires annually in December unless guidelines or recommendations are released.

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.  California nurses will receive 40 hours.


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