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Certificate in Health Informatics & Health Information Management

Effectively Manage Health Care Information to Improve Patient Care


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 1 or 2 Years
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: TBD

Next start date:

September 29, 2021

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About this Program

Modern health care is heavily reliant on information — huge volumes of patient data that must be tracked, managed and analyzed using complex systems and technologies. This has created a large and growing demand for trained experts who can administer these systems effectively and produce better health outcomes.

In this certificate program, you’ll gain the specialized skills to manage health information and electronic records in a variety of health care settings. We’ll explore the major tools, technologies and processes used for the secure collection, organization and evaluation of personal health information. You’ll also investigate legal, regulatory and compliance issues; delve into financial management and quality assurance methods; and hone your leadership abilities. 


Individuals with a bachelor’s or higher degree in any discipline, especially allied health sciences, nursing, business or information technology, who want to enter the field of health informatics and health information management.

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What you'll learn

  • Major health information systems and the technology infrastructure and standards that affect them
  • Tools to lead information management efforts in the delivery of high-quality health care
  • The organization of health care services across the spectrum of governmental and private sector delivery systems
  • Legal principles and policies connected to health information management
  • Core functions involved with health information governance and data management

Get Hands-On Experience

You will complete a project in health informatics or information management for a health industry partner.

Prepare for Certification

By completing this program, you’ll be eligible to take the exam to become a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), a nationally recognized credential that affirms your expertise in health informatics and health information management. The exam is administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA),


Depending on your background, you can complete the certificate program in one or two years of part-time study. After you’re accepted, program faculty will design a custom study plan that factors in your previous academic coursework, certifications and professional experience. Custom study plans generally range from 43 to 78 credits. Contact the program office to discuss your potential study plan. 



This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Program Overview

Depending on your background, you can complete the certificate program in one or two years of part-time study. After you’re accepted, program faculty will design a custom study plan for you.


You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details. 

Learning Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

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