Health Information Administration Certificate

Overview

Take your health care informatics degree one step further with a Graduate Certificate in Health Information Administration from UCF.

This 20-credit hour online certificate is open only to current M.S. in Health Care Informatics students and to graduates of the M.S. in Health Care Informatics program. This certificate is designed to meet the growing demand for highly trained health care information management professionals by providing students with additional instruction on coding, analytics and management. It will also enable students to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator exam.

Admissions and Advising

The Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida offers a graduate health information administration certificate that is 20 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. Admission is restricted to students currently working toward their Master of Science in Health Care Informatics or to those who have graduated with that degree.

Students will be accepted based on the evaluation of their abilities, their past academic performance, work experience and career goals. Only the most qualified students will be admitted to the program. Furthermore, personal phone interviews may be used as part of the evaluation process.

Our M.S. in Health Care Informatics advisor, Hannah Nguyen, can guide you through the program and answer any questions you may have about the certificate. However, we ask that you visit the FAQ section before contacting our advisor as it may already provide the answer to your question.

FAQs

To be considered for admission to the health information administration certificate program, you must submit the following:

  • An official transcript from each college or university that you have attended.
  • A one- to two-page goal statement describing why you want to pursue this certificate or how it will help you meet your career goals.
  • Your resume

Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services or Josef Silny and Associates Inc. only.

Additional requirements include:

  • The completion of a bachelor's degree
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Admission into the Master of Science in Health Care Informatics
You must take Anatomy and Physiology I and II before you can be considered for admission to the program.

The estimated cost per credit hour is $833.02. This includes all university fees, which may be subject to change. Current tuition rates can be found on the tuition and fees website. Be sure to select the appropriate program level as “graduate” to reflect the correct tuition cost.Please note that UCF employee and state tuition waivers are not accepted for this program.

UCF’s Office of Student Financial Assistance provides aid to students who cannot afford the full cost of tuition. A variety of scholarships, grants and loans may be made available to students based on need and academic achievement. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website.
No. The certificate can be completed entirely online and utilizes advanced video technology so that students can communicate with each other without having to visit the campus.

Like the M.S.-HCI, the graduate certificate follows a cohort model, which means that each group of students admitted during the fall admissions cycle will progress through the program of study together. The advantages of this model include:

  • An increased sense of community
  • Enhanced opportunities for networking and collaboration
  • Faculty can cover certain topics in more depth
A total of 58 credit hours are required for the M.S.-HCI and the HIA certificate, so completion of both can take up to three years.
Yes.The successful completion of the HIA certificate does qualify graduates to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator certification.

Course Descriptions

Required Courses

This course covers medical coding and the role it plays in informatics, emphasizing document usage and extracting needed data for proper code selection. Data mapping related to ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM is explored.
In this course, students will receive an introduction to and an analysis of reimbursement systems. Areas of focus include Current Procedural Technology code selection and audit tools, reimbursement methodologies and revenue cycle management.
This is a computer-based course that focuses on analyzing health care data, including the use of data for decision making, process improvements, efficient health care delivery and preparing reports for other managers.
This course focuses on the measure and methods of outcomes assessment and evaluation focusing on regulatory policies. Areas of discussion include the use of data to investigate fraud, organizational compliance programs and health information system compliance.
This course examines accounting and financial management concepts along with managerial protocols and regulatory constraints affecting health care organizations.