Graduate Certificate in Clinical Informatics

About the program 

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The goal of this 11-month, 9-credit online certificate program is to provide healthcare professionals with foundational knowledge and skills to assume or strengthen roles on clinical informatics teams in healthcare organizations and to lead the design, planning, and implementation of various clinical informatics solutions. The program leverages active learning strategies for clinicians to apply their clinical knowledge and develop deep technology literacy to enable collaboration with technology teams, and tailor technology to the clinical context. Students in this program work collaboratively on real-world-type projects that incorporate current informatics best practices, theories, standards, and recent/seminal literature.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the online nature of this program, International students are not eligible for Canadian Study Permits

Why choose the certificate program in clinical informatics?

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Individuals who complete this program will have a solid foundational knowledge of clinical informatics and will be exposed to the design, planning, and implementation of various clinical informatics solutions.

This foundational knowledge will help graduates to:

  • Collaborate effectively with technical teams in healthcare organizations
  • Communicate functional and design requirements to technical teams
  • Elicit information from clinicians to articulate technical needs
  • Lead local clinical informatics projects in healthcare organizations
  • Navigate implications of design and project decisions

Program entry requirements

Program Requirements    

The Graduate Certificate Program in Clinical informatics consists of 3 required courses (9 credits) to be completed over 11 months. Academic credits earned toward the certificate are often transferable to other graduate degrees.

Program Delivery Format and Course Expectations

  • This Program is 100% online. Students will engage in 2-3 hours of online synchronous class once per week and engage in 3-6 hours of course work and/or assignments per week (5-9 hours in total).
  • Course content will be offered through the UBC Canvas System and UBC Accredited Zoom. The delivery will include a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Students will review journal articles, view video lectures, complete course-specific assignments, and engage in facilitated discussions during synchronous classes. 
  • The online synchronous sessions will be Wednesday mornings from 09-11am Pacific time for all 3 courses. Synchronous session for Fall 2024 will start at 0900 on Weds Sept 4th, 2024

Course Descriptions (3 credits each)

NURS 535 provides an applied examination of the fundamental theories, concepts, and processes in the fields of human factors engineering, human-computer interaction, and user interface design. The purpose of the course is to provide the foundational knowledge required by healthcare professionals to gather functional and design requirements for software used at the point of care and to be able to communicate effectively with the technology design team in healthcare.

NURS 536 is an introduction to organizational considerations, team and sponsor analysis, workflow analysis, implementation plans, project charters and learning healthcare systems that are required to effectively implement clinical informatics solutions. This course aims to provide students with foundational knowledge about how clinical informatics solutions are taken up and used in healthcare organizations.  

NURS 537 explores the fundamentals of data and databases, interoperability of data between different clinical informatics solutions, terminology standards, computerized clinical decision support including artificial intelligence, artificial intelligence bias, machine learning, and information visualization. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of and practical application of nuances of data in healthcare systems. The main course assignment will provide students with a practical application of the materials.

Application Deadline:  

Deadline for applications for the September 2025 will be in Spring 2025.

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