Graduate Certificate

Medical & Community Health Information


Health professional showing patient printed and digital information

Gain knowledge and skills in the practice of health informatics and how it applies to healthcare and public health settings

About the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Medical and Community Health Information is affiliated with the School of Information M.A. in Library and Information Science., as well as the programs in the College of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice. The certificate can be completed online.

This certificate is designed to give librarians, information professionals and health care professionals the necessary skills in the acquisition and dissemination of useful, usable and quality health information. You will obtain knowledge and skills in the practice of health informatics and how it applies to healthcare and public health settings.  Additionally, you'll learn about ethnic and cultural implications of health and receive training on providing culturally competent health information services. 

This certificate will give you the knowledge and skills that will supplement and be useful in your work in various health information settings, including but not limited to libraries, community health organizations, healthcare organizations and information organizations.


The certificate requires 18 units. Nine units consist of required core courses and the remaining 9 units are chosen from electives approved by the School of Information.

Required Courses

  • 9 units

This course will focus on the online retrieval and evaluation of medical literature and the issues surrounding provision of timely, relevant, peer-reviewed medical information. Emphasis will be on the development of the intellectual acuity required to provide physicians, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, medical researchers and consumers with targeted responses to medical queries. Current search modalities such as Evidence-Based Medicine will be covered both in readings and in class discussions.

[Taught yearly] This course is designed to give students knowledge of health informatics within the context of all types of information centers. The course includes:  an overview of health information resources -- both public and medical, evaluating and creating health information resources, promoting health and medical information from the library, and use of data bases to identify and trying to solve community issues around prevalent health & medical issues with in a community. Program planning and evaluation will be introduced. 

Specialized work on an individual basis, consisting of training and practice in actual service in a technical, business, or governmental establishment. Students concurrently enrolled in the M.A. LIS in the School of Information should enroll in a LIS 698 Capstone Internship for a 3 credit internship to satisfy the MA Capstone Internship requirement. See the MA Internship page for additional information.


Focuses on the theoretical basis of healthcare informatics with an emphasis on management and processing of healthcare data, information, and knowledge. Healthcare vocabulary and language systems, and basic database design concepts are addressed.


This course provides the student with an overview of social, historical, and cultural influences on the health status of multi-ethnic cultural communities with an emphasis on Native American and Hispanic environments. Students will integrate health disparities knowledge as they learn about consumer health information resources which address these concerns. Resources for Hispanic and Native American populations will be highlighted as well as topics such as health calculators, evaluating health web sites, health literacy, searching tips on minority health, and conducting the health reference interview.

This course covers theory, methods, and techniques widely used to design and develop a relational database system and students will develop a broad understanding of modern database management systems. Applications of fundamental database principles in a stand-alone database environment using MS Access and Windows are emphasized. Applications in an Internet environment will be discussed using MySQL in the Linux platform. Graduate-level requirements include a group project consisting of seven sections: Database Design; Implementation (Tables); Forms; Data Retrieval (Queries/Reports); Project Presentation; Project Report; and, Peer Evaluation.

This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts and applications of Internet-related information technology and its impacts on individual users, groups, organizations, and society. The topics in this survey course include computing basics, network applications, human computer interactions, computer-support cooperative work, social aspects of information systems, and some economic and legal issues related to digital services and products.

Information seeking is the process or activity of attempting to obtain and use information from both human and virtual sources. It is a basic skill that people in the 21st Century need for their academic and career work. LIS 587 addresses how to assist users of information services and libraries to accomplish this important task. The course addresses information seeking theories, methods and user behaviors with a goal of students gaining an understanding of how people seek, gather, retrieve and use information. The course draws on literature from library and information science, psychology and communications. Understanding information seeking is applicable broadly for information professionals.

Unit Sharing

Up to 12 units may be shared with the MA or MS degree. Up to six units may be shared with another certificate.