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Certificate Program

An interdisciplinary certificate that allows students to gain a broad background in core Informatics issues, as well as more specialized knowledge in sub-domains such as bioinformatics, public health informatics, clinical/nursing informatics and data science. Individual programs of study allow for further specialization and development of knowledge in related fields. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0


A minimum of 15 hours of course credits is needed for a certificate. The curriculum for the Informatics Graduate Certificate requires one of the following:

  • Foundations of Healthcare Informatics (BMI 6010)

  • Foundations of Bioinformatics (BMI 6030)

  • Public Health Informatics (BMI 6701)

  • Foundations of Health Informatics (NURS 6702)

The remainder of the 15 credit hours should be selected to meet your learning objectives. It is expected that at least 12 of the 15 required hours will be from the Biomedical Informatics Department or Nursing Informatics Program course list.  All of the existing courses offered in the departments will be available to certificate students, although the research courses are less appropriate. 



Standard course prerequisite requirements will be followed as with degree seeking students. Students must earn at least a B- in each course in order to receive credit for the certificate. A faculty advisor will be assigned to each student to guide them in selecting courses that best meet their needs.


Application Instructions

  1. Review Program Requirements Listed Above.

  2. Application: Submission of the Department Application Form

  3. Personal Statement (last question on the form): This should be approximately one page and should include the following: 

    • Something about yourself;

    • Your overall career goals;

    • Why you are interested in informatics and how the training will help you with your career goals;

    • What specific area(s) in informatics you are interested in; and

    • How do you think informatics can improve health and healthcare. 

  4. CV:  Please include 1-2 page resume.

  5. Transcripts: Submit scanned copies of transcripts by email along with your application form in item #2.

  6. References: After completing the top section and signing, send this reference form to two academic references to complete. 

  7. Department Supplementary Application form.

Send all application materials directly to the Academic Program Manager

Once you are advised by the Department that you have been accepted to the Graduate Certificate Program, you will then submit an application for Admission to the University and pay the application fee.  Do not apply for admission prior to being advised of acceptance to the Certificate program.

  1. On the University application for undergraduate admission, choose Second Bachelor's as your program of study. Click here for application instructions.

  2. List your chosen major as Undeclared.

We recommend submitting your application (in full) as early as possible. All application materials are due by:

  • June 1 to the department and July 1 to the general University admissions office beginning for the Fall semester (although applications for Admissions received after April 1 will incur a University $30 late fee)

  • October 1 to the department and November 1 to the general University admissions office beginning for the Spring semester.

Attention All Students!

Non-BMI students who sign up for BMI courses will be charged the “Differential per Credit Hour” charge only. Non-BMI students will not have to pay the “Differential Zero Hour Tuition” charges.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

  • June 1

Spring Semester

  • October 1

Program Application 


Graduate Certificate Coordinator:

Eli Covarrubias

421 Wakara Way, Suite 140
Salt Lake City, UT  84108