Online Graduate Certificate (Distance Education)

HIA Graduate Certificate- Distance Education Program

The School of Data Science now offers a fully online version through the Distance Education pathway for our Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Analytics (HIA).  This is a part-time program with available summer and fall start dates.  Courses are online and asynchronous.  Currently, there is no online option for the MS in Health Informatics and Analytics.

DE Plan of Study: HIA Online Graduate Certificate

 The HIA Graduate Certificate Distance Education program is designed as a part-time program. Distance Education students are only eligible to take the five required HIA Graduate Certificate courses. The plan of study for the Distance Education program is listed below.

  1. Summer: Introduction to US Healthcare Systems- HADM 6100
  2. Fall: Introduction to Programming - HCIP 5376 and Introduction to Health Informatics - HCIP 6380
  3. Spring: Healthcare Data Analysis - HCIP 6102 and Databases Systems for Data Scientists - HCIP 6160

HIA Graduate Certificate Distance Education students can choose to apply to move into the Master's program at any time. Completed courses with a grade of A or B can be transferred from the Certificate to the Master’s program. However, please note that the Health Informatics and Analytics master's degree is intended as a face-to-face program

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to UNC Charlotte's Graduate School, the following are required for the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Analytics:

  • A bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a regionally accredited college or university in computer sciences, health sciences, information systems, or a closely related field to Health Informatics and Analytics.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all previous coursework completed beyond high school
  • An online application through the Graduate School’s application system
  • A statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts of all attempted college coursework
  • Optional – Resume or CV

Application Deadlines

The priority application deadline for admission to Distance Education is March 1st for all admission terms. Applications received on or before the priority deadline will be reviewed first and given first priority.

Distance Education Tuition

Distance Education tuition rates vary based on residency. Residency for tuition purposes is decided by the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS).  Distance Education offers a reduced cost for students, the current tuition matrix can be found on the Niner Central website.

Course Authorizations

To receive authorization to register for Distance Education courses, HIA Graduate Certificate Distance Education students will need to reach out directly to Carly Mahedy at