Health InformaticsDepartment of BioHealth Informatics

Health IT Graduate Certificate for Public Health Professionals

The Public Health Leader training program prepares public health professionals to develop, procure and implement information systems that meet public health program needs. This includes

The scope of this program is designed to meet the core competencies for public health informaticians as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based upon this guidance, ideal eligible students entering this program will have a graduate or doctoral level preparation in public health, including demonstrated course work in epidemiology and data analysis. The requirement for masters or doctorate level preparation may be waived by the demonstration of significant public health experience through years of service and a leadership role at a public health agency. Participants will complete a mentored project in health informatics with a focus on a public health research or community project.

Training includes two core courses, three specialized courses, and a mentored practicum.

General Course Requirements

18 graduate credit hours are required, including:

Core Courses (6 credits)

Specialization (9 credits)

Mentored Practicum (3 credits)

The mentored practicum focuses on participation in the development of knowledge management tools for the public health enterprise, ensuring that the knowledge, information, and data needs of the project, program users and other stakeholders are met, applying public health informatics research, and supporting the use of informatics to integrate clinical health, environmental risk and population health.

Additionally, all training participants are expected to participate in the Indiana Center of
Excellence in Public Health Informatics (ICEPHI) monthly work-in-progress seminars.
The ICEPHI brings together the expertise of the following institutions:

After training participants complete their mentored practicum, they are required to present their outcomes at a monthly ICEPHI meeting.