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UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics introduces certificate in Applied Health Informatics

HOUSTON-(May 31, 2012)- Beginning in fall 2012, the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics will offer a certificate in Applied Health Informatics.

This certificate will help create an educated workforce in Health Information Technology by providing students the knowledge and skills to assess, implement, maintain, and evaluate Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and computerized health information systems.

“We are very pleased to participate with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in this effort to achieve the President’s goal that every American citizen will have an EHR by 2014,” says Jiajie Zhang, PhD, interim dean of the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics. “In order to achieve this goal, the ONC has estimated that an additional 50,000 people will need to be trained in clinical informatics. This certificate program is central to achieving these workforce requirements.”

The five-course graduate program will be offered entirely online and will require 15 credit hours to complete.

“This is convenient for students with busy work schedules, and the faculty will communicate with students through the use of Web 2.0 technologies,” said James P. Turley, PhD, RN, a faculty member at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, who will be teaching the new program.

Courses will investigate a broad selection of areas such as the modern American healthcare system, healthcare legislation, health informatics, health information security protocols and project management.

The $135,000 ONC grant will fund tuition costs for up to 20 students who complete the five-course certificate in Applied Health Informatics. In order to receive funding, students must enroll in two courses in the fall 2012, two courses in the spring 2013 and one course in the summer 2013. For full consideration, applications must be received on or before July 15.

The School of Biomedical Informatics is the university’s newest school and the first school in the country devoted exclusively to graduate programs in biomedical informatics.  Motivated by efforts to improve human health, biomedical informatics is the interdisciplinary field that studies and advances the effective uses of biomedical data, information, and knowledge for scientific inquiry, problem solving and decision making.

For information, visit: or contact the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics Office of Academic Affairs at 713-500-3591.

Jaime Hargrave
Media Contact: 713-500-3030