Informatics and CS

Business Informatics, Health Informatics & Computer Science

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

No matter what bachelor's degree you have attained, everyone needs to know how to use and leverage information technology. Whether your degree is in another business field, or an unrelated field like engineering, biology, nursing, communications, psychology, political science, or education, Informatics is an excellent value-added complement to almost any degree. Add an informatics knowledge component to your intellectual toolkit and maximize your professional marketability!

A certificate in Informatics is offered for those students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than Business Informatics or Health Informatics and want to improve their knowledge of information systems.

To earn a certificate in informatics, a student must complete 33 total credit hours from the following list.

At least twelve of those credits must be taken after the student has completed a bachelor's degree.

Students must choose a Business Informatics emphasis or a Health Informatics emphasis.

Click here for a semester plan for the Business Informatics Emphasis, or here for a semester plan for the Health Informatics Emphasis.


Required Courses
Course# Name Prereq
INFO 1181 Informatics and Programming I MATH 1143 or MATH 1147 (Coreq okay)
Problem solving methods and algorithm development with an emphasis on programming style with Java or C#. Includes Secure Software Concepts, such as what constitutes secure software and what design aspects to take into consideration to construct resilient software.
INFO 1182 Informatics and Programming II INFO 1181 or CS 1181
Object-oriented programming in the context of design, using OO principles and UML diagrams. Includes Secure Software Concepts, such as what constitutes secure software and what design aspects to take into consideration to construct resilient software.
INFO 1150 (2285) Software & Systems Architecture INFO 1181 or CS 1181 (Coreq okay)
Principles and application of computer hardware and systems software in the context of designing business IT infrastructures through combination of theory-based lectures and applied laboratory experiences.
INFO 3301 Introduction to Informatics and Analytics INFO 1100 (Coreq okay) or equivalent skills and knowledge.
Techniques and tools for analyzing and solving business problems. Development of technology-based knowledge and skills for communicating solutions. Introduction to uses of information systems in an organizational context. PRE-or-COREQ: INFO 1100 or equivalent skills and knowledge.
INFO 3307 Systems Analysis and Design INFO 1182 or CS 1182 (Coreq okay) or POI
Develops systems analysis skills, using proven techniques, prototyping, and structured analysis and design phases of the systems development life cycle. The course emphasizes Secure Software Design, which includes secure design elements, software architecture, secure design review, and threat modeling. Requirements: gathering is emphasized, including secure software requirements gathering to capture all of the security requirements from various stakeholders and understand the sources and processes needed to ensure a more effective design.
INFO 3380 Networking and Virtualization INFO 2285 or CS 2275
Study of the implementation and development of network information systems. Protocols and techniques will be compared, and virtualization and cloud computing will be emphasized.
INFO 4407 Database Design & Implementation INFO 3307
Covers multi-user relational database management systems, stored procedures, SQL, transaction processing, etc. The course emphasizes Secure Software Design, which includes secure design elements, software architecture, secure design review, and threat modeling.

(Click on any course to see a course description.)



Select ONE of the following emphases:

Business Informatics Emphasis
Course# Name Prereq
INFO 4411 Intermediate Information Assurance INFO 2285 or CS 2275 or INFO 3310, or POI
Focuses on homeland security, information assurance, integrity, control, and privacy. Covers CNSS-4011, NIST-800-16 standards, national policy, and international treaties. The course considers Software Deployment, Operations, Maintenance and Disposal, including security issues around steady state operations and management of software, as well as security measures that must be taken when a product reaches its end of life.
INFO 4482 Systems Development and Implementation Methodologies INFO 4407
This course presents the process of software development and the methodologies to lower development costs, increase software reliability, decrease development time and ensure application development success. An overview and comparison of traditional and modern methods of software development are presented.
Students must take six hours of Business courses in any of the following areas:
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing


Health Informatics Emphasis
Course# Name Prereq
INFO 3330 Health Informatics
Introduction to and overview of the evolution of information systems to support health services in the healthcare industry, its current state and future directions and challenges. Students will learn the regulatory requirements and standards that drive the data content and structure, collection, storage, retrieval, dissemination, and transmission, as well as legal issues related to collection, use, and the security of health information. The course will survey cross-functional factors and ethical concerns in the design and implementation of information technologies (clinical, administrative, and learning), knowledge management principles, professional practice trends, and explore some of the emerging information technology in health care.
INFO 4422 Health Information Governance INFO 3330
The aim of this course is to provide a broad base of understanding of the range of issues that IT professionals must be aware of upon entering the healthcare industry. Students will be exposed to the current state of healthcare industry security environment and the larger regulatory environment in which healthcare organizations operate. This is important in light of the recent move towards cloud-based electronic health records (EHRs) and third party-developed health applications. Further, issues relating to privacy/security, information governance and information risk assessment will also be covered. Finally, students will be exposed to interventions that can help mitigate the risks identified.
Students must take two (2) courses from the following list:
INFO 4424 Healthcare Workflow Process Analysis and Redesign INFO 3330
The aim of this course is to provide a broad-based of understanding of workflow processes in the healthcare industry. In particular, the course will develop skills necessary to critically analyze and redesign the patient flow processes and utilize health IT systems both in the administrative and clinical landscape to achieve greater operational efficiency and provide higher quality of care to patients. Quality improvement methods and tools as well as process change implementation, improvement, and management will also be discussed in this course.
HCA 1115 US Health System
HCA 4465 Health Care Operations and Quality
HCA 4489 Health Care Informatics Practicum
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