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Shankar Srinivasan Ph.D. Program Director Biomedical Informatics Associate Professor

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Certificate in Healthcare Informatics

Let’s Introduce you to the Exciting World of Health Informatics

Health Informatics refers to the study of information processing as it relates to healthcare.  It is concerned with the organization, storage, and structuring of vast quantities of health-related data.  In the broader sense it is the process of data-driven knowledge, and then using that knowledge to develop algorithms, models and systems for use in Healthcare delivery, Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research.  Examples of Health Informatics applications include Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS), specialized software ranging from information retrieval systems, electronic prescribing linked to electronic health records systems, to more sophisticated decision support tools using artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques into drug kinetics, patient risk stratification and the like.  The Healthcare Informatics Certificate Program is specifically designed to quickly build up competencies in this exciting new field especially for those seeking a career change or advancement. Graduates of the Certificate program will be able to help identify information technology needs in their work environment, select appropriate off-the-shelf technological solutions and make modifications necessary to accomplish both generic and health specialty related activities.  They can effectively participate in strategic planning teams on institutional/organizational policies and investments of information technology in patient care and treatment systems, patient management systems and such.

Some salient features of our Healthcare Informatics Certificate program:

  • A 18 Credit degree program that can be done completely On Campus or fully Online
  • The Online mode is most suitable for those working or engaged full-time at their workplace and/or home while the On-Campus mode (taught in Piscataway, NJ Campus) is a STEM based program [CIP Code 51.2706] well-suited for International Students and those who prefer predominantly face-to-face education
  • Wealth of faculty expertise in health informatics education, research and development
  • Potential to transfer onto the Master’s in Health Informatics degree at any time during the Certificate Program with all successfully completed credits transferred as well.
  • No prior knowledge of computer programming is necessary
  • A university ranked #1 nationally by College Factual in best schools for health professions.

From data acquisition to data mining, the Department of Health Informatics offers state-of-the-art courses and degrees for current and aspiring professionals in the health, pharmaceutical and clinical sectors. You’ll get a world-class education, whether in the classroom or online.

The 36-credit degree program prepares health care professionals for a wide range of career opportunities as managers, specialists, scientists, researchers and educators in various health care settings including: hospitals and health care facilities, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, insurance, private and governmental agencies.

This 18-credit certificate program is designed to quickly build up competencies in the field of Biomedical Informatics, especially for those seeking a career change or advancement.

Join us at our Virtual Open House on October 14th  at 6:00PM. Please register in advance. 

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Apply by November 15 for spring admission and July 1 for fall admission.

 Applications for the Certificate and Master’s in Biomedical Informatics require:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., or its equivalent, with a major in any field of health sciences, computer science, engineering, or an equivalent field of study
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completed application form, with application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of previous collegiate work or last-earned degrees. International students must provide WES evaluation of their foreign degrees.
  • Personal statement describing interest and commitment to the program.
  • CV or resume
  • No GRE is required
  • International students not having a qualifying degree from the United States are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency by submitting Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination scores. Acceptable scores for TOEFL are as follows: 550 and above for paper-based test and 79-80 for the internet based (IBT) examination.

The Post-Baccalaureate Healthcare Informatics Certificate Program requires the successful completion of 18 credits in the program, made up of three core courses and three elective courses.

Certificate course requirements and descriptions

The curriculum for the Masters Degree in Biomedical Informatics requires the completion of at least 36 credits, of which at least 30 credits must be formal course work – six core courses, two track or specialization courses, two electives and six credits of directed thesis or project. The Master’s directed research/project is designed to develop the student’s ability to provide a contribution to the field of Biomedical Informatics – such as filling an empirical, theoretical, and/or methodological gap. The principal goal is that students demonstrate, through a written thesis/project report, an ability to plan, conduct, and present an investigation of relevance to the area of Biomedical Informatics.

Full-time students may complete the Program in 18 months, but will usually require two years. Part-time students may take three to five years to complete the Program.

M.S. course requirements and descriptions

Biomedical Informatics is the most promising Biomedical Science and Information Technology frontier of the 21st century. This field is revolutionizing the health care and pharmaceutical industries in countless ways and provides excellent career opportunities.

Graduates of Biomedical Informatics get employed immediately in health care and pharmaceutical sectors as clinical data analysts, data managers, chief information officers, faculty member or researcher in a university or research facility.

Bachelor’s Degree for the Masters and Certificate programs.

Apply online for the Masters  and the Certificate programs.

All courses (up to 9 credits total) are available for registration on non-matriculated basis.

Yes. The best source for financial aid information is at the Rutgers Student Financial Aid Office at 973-972-4376.

Yes. Rutgers University  and the School of Health Professions offer a limited number of scholarship programs.

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Informatics is not eligible for financial aid.

Contact Shankar Srinivasan, Ph.D., program director at

Dept. Home
Shankar Srinivasan Ph.D. Program Director Biomedical Informatics Associate Professor

To learn more,
email Shankar Srinivasan, Ph.D.,
program director