• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

There is growing demand for professionals trained in public health informatics, and a significant shortage of qualified workers for the field. At this time, only a few programs are available in the United States that provide the necessary education and skills. MUs online IPH graduate certificate provides a unique focus on the knowledge and expertise needed by public health informatics officers, information officers, healthcare workers and community professionals servicing the public healthcare field. Those currently working full time in a public healthcare capacity, as well as those who aspire to work in the public health field, will find the certificate valuable for their careers.

Potential careers:

  • Public health surveillance informatics specialist
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Public health analyst
  • Informatics research assistant
  • Clinical analyst
  • Informaticist (population health, geographical, public health)
  • Data scientist

Program structure and topics

This program is available 100 percent online. The graduate certificate requires completion of a total of four courses (12 credit hours). Students must complete two required courses and either two core courses or one core course and one elective course. Students typically will complete the program in two to four semesters.

Course work covers:

  • Public health informatics
  • Methods in public informatics
  • Health information technology
  • Consumer health informatics
  • Health database management and public health data systems

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or better for all undergraduate and graduate course work
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Résumé or CV.
  6. A statement of purpose that (a) outlines the applicant’s professional plans and career objectives, (b) explains how educational, work or other experiences led to the decision to pursue a graduate certificate in informatics for public health and (c) includes specific issues and challenges in public health informatics that are of strong personal interest. (Length should be page/page and a half.)
  7. Two references. Your application must include two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues. You will supply only the names and contact details of your references; Graduate Studies will instruct them on how to upload their letters to your application.
  8. An interview (either on-campus, by telephone, or Skype) with program faculty may be requested.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so, you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

July 15
December 15
April 1


  • *Required Courses (6 credit hours)
  • HMI 7431Foundations of Public Health Informatics3 Credits

    This course will cover foundational knowledge relevant to Public Health Informatics (PHI). The purpose of this course is to expose students to emerging research and application areas in the field of PHI. It will enhance abilities to know when and how to use theories, concepts and tools of informatics applied to public health. The emphasis of the course is on the use of informatics tools and practices in public health and the existing and evolving relationship between clinical and public health systems. The focus is on PHI including topics such as data exchange and standards, interoperability, use of informatics tools, applying informatics to public health communication and dissemination, surveillance systems, public health policy and project management.

  • HMI 8545Methods in Public Health Informatics3 Credits
  • *Core Courses (select 1 or 2 courses)
  • HMI 7432 Health Database Management and Public Health Data Systems3 Credits
  • HMI 7435 Health Information Systems & Technology3 Credits
  • HMI 8610 Consumer Health Informatics3 Credits
  • *Electives (select 0 or 1 courses)
  • HMI 8550Data Analytics3 Credits
  • P_HLTH Geographical Information Systems in Public Health3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $513.77
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1541.31
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $500.00
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $513.77
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1500.00
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1541.31
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

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