AHI Students

  • The AHI Certificate Program is designed for interprofessional student cohorts (groups) that include clinical caregivers and non-clinical caregivers from throughout the organization.
  • Students are interested in a program that will expand the ‘big picture’ health informatics-related knowledge and skills, with a focus on clinical, consumer, and population health informatics
  • Clinical caregivers are in clinical roles that touch patients (e.g., nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, etc.).
  • Nonclinical caregivers include all others interested in understanding how informatics impacts healthcare and applying that knowledge in their daily work.
  • Student cohorts stay together throughout the 9 month program.

Program Learning Outcomes

To better serve our patients and healthcare consumers, students who complete the AHI Certificate Program will be able to:

  • Translate clinical and operational needs into initial design and improvement of technology solutions.
  • Support better use of health data to help improve outcomes by advocating for data quality and standards compliance.
  • Improve patient/consumer and caregivers’ use of existing and emerging technologies, including the electronic health record, for wellness and health care.
  • Accelerate the adoption of health information and communication tools and technologies to more rapidly realize the benefits for patients and caregivers.
  • Be an organizational resource for application of informatics concepts by demonstrating continuous learning and inquiry about the field.
  • Advocate for health information systems that reflect consumers’ needs, values, and preferences and empower them to participate in their care decisions.
  • Promote use of health information and communication technologies as foundational for a learning health system that includes active engagement of health care consumers.

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The program includes four sequential, bachelors level courses:

  • Exploring Informatics: Improving Human Health
  • Applying Informatics: Linking People, Processes and Tools
  • Leading Informatics: Accelerating Transformation
  • Revealing Informatics: Understanding the Role of Data

Is this program just about Epic?

No. The field of informatics is bigger and broader than electronic health records such as Epic. The electronic health record is one of many technologies and tools that are addressed in this program.


  • The program is designed for certificate completion in 2 semesters.
  • Four 8-week courses (separated by short breaks) are designed to build on each other and must be taken sequentially.

Academic Credit

  • Upon successful completion of each course, students will earn 3 bachelors’ level semester credits (total 12 credits for all four courses).
  • A Certificate of Completion will be earned for completing the entire program.

Program Cost

  • As a Providence St. Joseph Health or Partner organization caregiver, a student will pay a discounted tuition rate of $600 for each course ($2,400 for four courses) plus any textbooks required by the instructor.
  • Students must pay for a full semester (2 courses) at the beginning of the semester, or set up a payment plan with the Student Accounts office.
  • All admitted students are required to pay a $50 non-refundable tuition deposit to ensure their seat in the program.  This deposit will be applied toward the student’s first tuition bill.
  • No tuition refunds will be made after the first day of each course.
  • There is no financial aid available through UP for certificate programs.
  • Tuition reimbursement may be available depending on local Providence Human Resources policy.

This information is based on the 2018-19 school year.  Tuition is subject to change each academic year.

Program Workload

  • Similar to many on-line academic programs, students earn semester academic credits (normally 15 weeks of class) in an 8-week course format.
  • Expect to spend an average of 18-20 hours per week to successfully engage in and complete all program requirements.

Computer Skills

  • Students will need a personal computer with an Internet connection to access the course work on-line.
  • Students must be competent using Microsoft Outlook (email), Word, PowerPoint and basic Excel.
  • Students will be introduced to Moodle, the University of Providence on-line learning tool, prior to beginning of the first course.
  • There is no prerequisite for previous experience as an on-line learner.