University of Texas at Austin
UT Health Info Technology Certificate

HIHIT Professional Certificate Program

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Our Program

Health Informatics and Information Technology (HIHIT) is a national priority and among the fastest growing occupations within healthcare. The HIHIT Professional Education Program is a nationally-recognized program that offers certification in this quickly expanding field. Since 2010, this certificate program has educated more than 1,450 students with greater than 90 percent of program graduates seeking health IT jobs now working with many employers nationwide. 

The Health Informatics & Health Information Technology Certificate is a 9-week program.  The certification program is designed to prepare post-baccalaureate students for a variety of careers in Health IT.  Students will gain knowledge in four didactic courses and receive hands-on training with electronic health record software systems.  More detailed information about the courses can be found below. 

You will have the opportunity for direct, active participation with current electronic health record software systems, utilize a working health information exchange (HIE), and learn to analyze and visualize healthcare data using SQL and Tableau. 

You will complete a final data visualization project and receive professional development assistance with job search support. 

As part of this program, you will study: 

  • health informatics and healthcare analytics
  • data analytics and visualization
  • project management
  • process redesign and quality improvement
  • healthcare policy
  • revenue cycle management
  • population health
  • value-based care
  • interoperability

This program is a full-time commitment and we do discourage participants from trying to work or take other college-level courses while completing this program. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at hihit@austin.utexas.edu 

Graduates of this program will receive a certificate in Health Informatics and Health IT from the McCombs School of Business. They have the opportunity to sit for four external certifications upon graduation:

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Project Management Institute 
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), National Association of Healthcare Quality
  • Six Sigma Yellow or Green Belt, International Association of Six Sigma Certification
  • Certified Revenue Cycle Representative (CRCR), Healthcare Financial Management Association

Upcoming Information Sessions

Join us at our upcoming online information sessions! ​MORE INFO SESSIONS COMING SOON

  • There will not be another info session before the Fall 2021 application deadline but email us if you'd like a previous session recording and presentation slides. We highly recommend all interested students to watch one! 

If you are unavailable for these sessions or have any questions, please email  hihit@austin.utexas.edu or CLICK HERE to book a time to meet with the HIHIT Enrollment Coordinator!

Apply Now 

Who should apply:

  • You have a bachelor's degree in any discipline from any 4-year university *Exception: Seniors can apply*
  • You have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 or higher (Note: you can still apply even if your GPA is lower than 2.75)
  • You have good communication and social skills
  • You are highly motivated
  • You are seeking an exciting career in the Health Informatics and Health IT field

SPRING 2022

 SPRING 2022 APPLICATION COMING SOON LY HERE
  • The HIHIT Fall 2021 application is now CLOSED
  • Spring 2022 Application Coming Soon
  • The certificate program is 9 weeks long
  • Tuition for the program is $7,400 for UT Austin graduates; $7,900 for graduates of other institutions. 
  • Check out our FAQs below for more detailed information

Testimonials

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Bryan, Fall 2019

Academy Consultant, Cerner

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Mareis, Summer 2020

Client Support Analyst, Lyniate

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Josiah, Spring 2020

Application Analyst I, UT Southwestern

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Mimi, Summer 2020

Credential Specialist, Host Healthcare

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Kirsten, Summer 2020

Cloud Applications Consultant, Oracle

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Xavier, Fall 2019

Product Specialist, Robin Healthcare

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Jewel, Summer 2020

Software Training Specialist, eClinicalWorks

Tom

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Thomas, MD, Summer 2020

Chief Medical Officer Emeritus and Director of Clinical Innovation, Research & Development, Medcor, Inc.

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Brycen, Spring 2021

Academy Consultant, Cerner

Sibyl

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Sibyl, Summer 2020

May 2021 Texas A&M University Graduate

Victoria

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Victoria, Fall 2020

Academy Consultant, Cerner

McKenna

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McKenna, Summer 2020

Support Analyst, ESO

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Ann, Fall 2020

Academy Consultant, Cerner

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Jennifer, Summer 2020

Account Specialist, VRL Eurofins Laboratories

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Avni, Summer 2020

Client Support Analyst, Lyniate

Balu

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Balu, Spring 2020

Academy Consultant, Cerner

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Samyukta, Fall 2020

Software Training Specialist, eClinicalWorks

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Aainara, Summer 2020

Analyst, TransUnion Healthcare

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Anjali, Summer 2020

May 2021 UT Austin Graduate

Health Informatics & Health IT Program Details and FAQs

Courses

Courses

Fundamentals of Health Information Technology

Topics in this course include healthcare policy surrounding healthcare technology (e.g. ARRA, Promoting Interoperability, healthcare privacy and security), current technologies (telemedicine, use of mobile devices, patient generated health information, virtual/augmented reality), electronic health records (EHRs) ,interoperability as well as hospital information systems and digital imaging.  Additionally, students are exposed to a variety of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems with hands-on exercises based on clinical scenarios using fictitious test patients.

Introduction to Health Informatics and Healthcare Analytics

This course consists of the theoretical foundations of health informatics, database theory and management, healthcare vocabularies and standards, medical decision making, basic statistics, and healthcare analytics. Students gain hands-on experience in multiple analytics tools including in MS Excel, Tableau, HL7, SQL, and Blockchain.

Project Management, Process Redesign, and Quality Improvement

This class focuses on the basics of project management using best practices as described in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (including RFPs, scope, project planning, budgets, and deliverables, risk), as well as an introduction Six Sigma quality improvement methodology, including tools to evaluate and improve quality. After completion, graduates are eligible to take the entry level project management exam. This course also explores the tools and techniques used to perform an analysis of workflow processes and to evaluate the impact of technology to improve these processes.

Operational Models of Healthcare Systems

The lectures presented in this course describe the complex U.S. healthcare system and explain the way in which healthcare is delivered along a continuum of care.  The course integrates new health policy as related to current and impending changes to healthcare delivery along the continuum.  A special emphasis is placed on the operational delivery of ambulatory care and the manner in which acute care facilitates are evolving. Topics include a comparison of the US health care system to health care delivery in other countries, population health and health care finance/insurance - including discussion on public (Medicare and Medicaid) and private (Managed Care) coverage. Descriptions of current and emerging payment mechanisms, revenue cycle management, risk management, overhead reduction and practice management are covered in detail to allow students a robust understanding of business issues associated with health care delivery. 

Data Analytics Intensive

This course consists of a data intensive that allows students to gain experience in EHR data creation and migration. It will build on analytics and data science skills developed in the didactic and hands-on portion of the Health Informatics and Health IT program. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

FAQ

FAQ

You may find the answer to your question here! If you still have questions about the program, email hihit@austin.utexas.edu.

You can also CLICK HERE to book a time to meet with the HIHIT Enrollment Coordinator to answer your questions!

What are the requirements for admission/acceptance into the program?

You will need to:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from a 4-year university (Note: you can still apply without a bachelor's degree)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher (Note: you can still apply even with a lower than 2.75 GPA)

What if I hold a degree from outside of the U.S.?
Individuals who have completed university coursework at an institution outside of the United States or who received a degree from a university outside the United States, must have their transcript evaluated for U.S. degree. (This is not required for study abroad or other short-term study abroad courses.) To have your foreign transcript evaluated, we recommend that you utilize a company within the National Association of Transcript Evaluators (NACES): http://www.naces.org/members.html. Please have the evaluation mailed to Health Informatics and Health IT Program, McCombs School of Business, 2110 Speedway, GSB Building, Room 5.136, Mail Stop B6000, Austin TX 78712.

Do I have to apply to the program?
Yes. Apply using the online form. Applications for Fall 2021 are now open. 

How do I apply?
You can apply online via the button on our home page.

What are the admissions procedures for the program?
Typically, we we require a bachelor's degree due to employment purposes. However, you can still apply if you do not hold a bachelor's degree. Applicants can email their resume to hihit@austin.utexas.edu (its optional). For NON UT Austin students/graduates, please have the last university where you received a degree send an official transcript digitally to hihit@austin.utexas.edu. If your transcript need to be mailed, please let us know.  UT Austin students/graduates do not need to send their transcript. After submitting your online application, we will be in touch with you to schedule a brief virtual interview. 

Do I need to be eligible to work in the U.S. to participate in this program?
No, this is not a requirement. However, the main goal of the program is to rapidly train and place graduates into Health IT jobs. For more information about employment for non-US citizens, please contact the UT International Office at (512) 471-1211 or visit https://world.utexas.edu/.

How long is the program?
The certificate program is 9 weeks long.

When and where do classes meet?

Fall 2021 will be completely online and continue to be full-time (40 hours per week minimum). We are hoping to have some optional in-person help sessions; we're waiting to follow university guidelines.

Will I get college credit for this program?
All graduates of the HIHIT program will receive a certificate in Health Informatics and Health Information Technology from the McCombs School of Business. The process for awarding college credit from The University of Texas at Austin for the courses completed in the HIHIT program is currently underway. 

How much does the program cost?
Tuition for the program is $7,400 for UT Austin graduates; $7,900 for graduates of other institutions. We do offer an in-house payment plan. There is one required textbook in the program and the others are optional.

When do I have to pay for the program?
The tuition is due five days before classes start, unless you have already established a payment plan with us.

What is the program's refund policy?
The $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place in the program once you have been admitted. After the first day the program begins, there are no refunds should a student withdraw for any reason.

Does this program provide tax forms?
We are not able to provide tax forms. Most students use their tuition payment receipt to file with their taxes.

When is the program offered?
The program is offered three times a year with start dates in early-mid January, June, and September.

How was the HIHIT curriculum developed?
The HIHIT program was developed with the guidance of industry and healthcare experts. The director and the faculty who teach in the program are in constant contact with the organizations who hire our graduates to make sure that the curriculum is kept current and reflects the skills and competencies our students need to be job-ready when they graduate. 

What is the average salary of your graduates that have taken a job in Health IT?
The average starting salary for our program graduates is typically between $50,00-60,000 for entry-level positions. Those with advanced degrees or other credentials (i.e. M.D., R.N.) can expect to be offered higher salaries.

How can I learn more?
If you have additional questions about the application process or other program details, please contact us by email or phone. For admissions questions, please contact Mrs. Amanda Smits, Student Enrollment and Success Coordinator, at hihit@austin.utexas.edu

Career Services

Career Services

Greater than 90% of our certificate graduates seeking a job in Health IT are employed within one year, many within a few months of graduation.

We provide students with career resources including:

  • Workshops on resumes and cover letters
  • Informational interviewing
  • Job interview prep
  • Networking events with employers

Many Health IT jobs require travel and/or relocation, so flexibility to accept a job outside of Austin or outside of Texas will optimize your career opportunities. 

Examples of positions offered to HIHIT certificate graduates:

  • Business Analyst
  • Implementation Specialist
  • Project Manager / Project Coordinator
  • Consultant
  • Software Training Specialist
  • Epic Application Support Analyst
  • SQL Data Analyst
  • ACO Interoperability Specialist
  • Application Analyst
  • Implementation Account Manager
  • Client Services Manager
  • EHR Sales
  • Healthcare Policy Analyst

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