Clinical Information Science Certificate

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Certificate in Clinical Information Science

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Information Science (CIS) is a specialized educational track which prepares graduates for a variety of clinical informatician roles. Building on the existing strength of the health related curricular options within the School of Information and Library Science, this program will offer focused training with an emphasis on clinical information systems analysis, data management and manipulation, as well as support of clinical decision making.

The CIS certificate is available as either complementary to a graduate degree from a number of UNC programs or as a post-baccalaureate advanced specialization program for professionals in healthcare and related fields of work.

For UNC students, only two courses can count towards the degree being earned and towards the certificate.

Cost/Tuition

The CIS certificate is available as either complementary to a graduate degree from a UNC program or as a post-baccalaureate advanced specialization program for professionals in healthcare and/or related fields. Many students choose to pursue it on a part-time basis. For all staff of UNC and for many employees of organizations in the RTP area, the certificate can be paid for through employee training benefit programs (please check with your employer or check with us!). For the most up to date information on tuition and fees check http://cashier.unc.edu/tuition-fees/.

Program Structure

The program consists of four courses and a internship. The coursework is further subdivided into the informatics core (two courses, required) followed by two clinical focus courses. For the latter, the students have some flexibility in selecting a clinical systems/data course and a health-focused statistics course that better fit their individual needs. Course substitution for an alternative elective course is possible for students who have completed similar coursework in prior education. The internship is aimed at applying the theoretical and methodological skills acquired through coursework to a real clinical data project and is customized to student’s interests and career goals.

Informatics Core
Systems Analysis* (fall and spring) INLS 582 3
Database Systems I: Introduction to Database Concepts and Applications (fall and spring) Prerequisite: INLS 161(261)** INLS 523 3
Clinical Focus
Health Care Informatics (fall) NURS 870 3
or
Electronic Health Records (spring and summer) INLS 725 3
or
Health Focused Statistics
Statistical Methods for Health Policy and Management (fall) HPM 470 3
Elective
Elective 3
Industry Internship
Research Internship in Clinical Data Analysis*** INLS 793 3
Total 15

* Students are required to pick a healthcare related topic for their course project.

** Also please note that students will have to test-out or enroll in INLS 161(261) which is the pre-requisite for INLS 523. Useful information regarding passing the tech-test can be found here.

*** A 3-credit internship is to be completed under the supervision and guidance of an academic advisor and an industry mentor.


 

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