What's New?

New for 2019-2020

We are pleased to announce two exciting changes that expand access to working professionals for whom the trip to campus is inconvenient and keep the program fresh and responsive to best practices and state-of-the-art thinking in the profession.

1. Graduate Certificate: Online part-time pathway

[Updated 31 July 2019]

The Health Informatics and Analytics Graduate Certificate Program (HIAN-CERT) now offers a fully online part-time pathway to completing the program in as few as 11-months (July-May).

Students can now pursue the HIAN Graduate Certificate fully online (or fully face-to-face) via a part-time pathway, or full-time following a blended (a mix of face-to-face and online courses) pathway.

While we expect our part-time fully online students to predominantly come from the Charlotte area, the online graduate certificate program is open to anyone in the US or abroad. Students residing outside of North Carolina will be classified as non-resident distance education students for tuition and fee purposes. International students do not need a US visa to complete the certificate online remotely, but should consult the university's Distance Education website for complete details.  

We will offer HADM 6100 each Summer 2 (July-August). We will offer all 5 certificate courses each semester, with at least two of the remaining 4 certificate courses offered online.

>Course Offerings in Banner listing

The online courses in our program will be available as two different [but linked] sections, one with a “main campus” section number (00n or U9n in most cases) and one with a “DE” section number (08n in most cases). 

Online course sections will show time and location as TBA in the banner self-service course listing, but will be labelled as “100% Online” when opening the individual course listing, noting if any synchronous sessions are required.

  • Many university courses are offered fully online or in a hybrid format, but are not part of a DE program and carry only a main campus section number (0nn or U9n).
  • ONLY online classes offered with and registered under the DE (08n) section number are recognized and billed as a DE course.

>Registering for the DE section

We have initially set our DE course sections as permit only, meaning you must contact us to verify your intent (at least for the coming semester) to 

1.Be a Health informatics and Analytics graduate certificate or MS student

2.Take at least one DE course and 

3.Plan to register for no more than two total classes (6 credits)…i.e., be part-time.

Full-time students (9-12 credits) and international students studying in the US on a student visa should register for the main campus section/

Our main campus sections remain open without permit to all eligible HIAN program students.

>Administrative Considerations

Students are assessed tuition and fees on a per course/credit basis consistent with the type of course (DE or main campus)

Full-time for Graduate Students is 9 or more (max of 12 ) credits in a semester.

International students studying in the US on a student visa are subject to additional constraints on their enrollment in online courses.

Students taking DE courses (as described above) are assessed tuition and fees per the DE payment scale.

Students taking main campus classes (any format, including online) are assessed tuition and fees per the main campus payment scale.

The HIAN program carries with it a tuition increment that is applied to all students, but apportioned differently to DE and main campus students.  Please ensure you view the correct program and fee table.​

Totals for DE and main campus course registrations are tallied separately, meaning someone taking 6 credits of main campus and 6 credits of DE classes would otherwise be assessed for 6 credits under each fee schedule, and not realize the 9 credit FT rate.  This consideration is what drives having the two linked sections.

2. Master's program: Revised selectives & electives

The Master of Science in Healh Informatics and Analytics program (HIAN-MS) has added one option (HCIP 5122 Visual Analytics) to its selective core (now pick two of five choices) and expanded the pre-approved electives to include any HADM and DSBA coded courses in addition to HCIP coded ones.


In 2009, the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Computing and Informatics collaborated to launch a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics.  This highly flexible nascent program largely drew upon existing courses.  In 2012, the program expanded to include a Master of Science degree program built on the professional science master’s paradigm as part of the university's Data Science Initiative.  The master’s program responded to the 4 HI-TECH domain areas.  In 2014, the curriculum was streamlined into two foci, but remained largely unstructured.  These rapid changes largely reflected the national lack of consensus about health informatics needs and the rapidly evolving field.

In 2018, guided by input from our Health Informatics and Analytics Advisory Board, the 2018 curriculum revision provided students a structured, thorough grounding in data science, system architecture, and health analytics.  It facilitated a seamless transition from the graduate certificate into the master’s program and enhanced practical application opportunities by the addition of a capstone course to complement the internship.

Starting with a pre-program self-directed online training in basic concepts and vocabulary in health, medical nomenclature, and computer science terminology, the program now begins by building foundational knowledge in the both computer and health systems sciences and then develops competence in core domains. This foundation comprises the graduate certificate curriculum.  

Students then develop additional depth in either or both foundational pillars and select focused elective content consistent with their individualized career plans.  Students integrate and apply their new found knowledge and skills within most classes, where problem sets and projects are a main assessment tool, as well as via a mid-program internship and a culminating capstone.

The program is formally available in dual degree configurations with the Department of Public Health Science’s CAHME-accredited MHA (Master of Health Administration) and CEPH-accredited MPH (Master of Public Health) Programs.  HIAN students take coursework with students in public health and health administration and data science, among others, providing a stimulating, inter-professional education environment.