applied health informatics certificate program

The University of Great Falls Applied Health Informatics (AHI) Certificate Program is only available to current employees of Providence St. Joseph Health and Partners. 



Applications are now being accepted for

August 2017 and January 2018 start dates.



The AHI Certificate Program . . .

  • Is designed from a patient-focused perspective.
  • Supports relevant learning for the student’s daily life and work through the application of health informatics.
  • Focuses on informatics as a key competency for the interprofessional healthcare team.
  • Provides a professional development opportunity for students’ current and potential future roles.
  • Aligns with and supports the Providence Health & Services vision and strategic plans.

For additional questions about this program, please contact:
Jamie Owens
Senior Project Manager- Nursing and Health Programs




AHI Certificate Program Information

AHI Students
Program Learning Outcomes
Informatics  (much bigger than Epic)
Program Structure & Calendar
Academic Credit
Program Workload
Required Computer Skills
Eligibility Requirements
Program Cost 
Application Process




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 10-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.



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

For more details, see full course descriptions and student learning outcomes.

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.



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Program Structure & Calendar

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 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.


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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 UGF on-line learning tool, prior to beginning Course 1.
  • There is no prerequisite for previous experience as an on-line learner. 


Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must have been employed by Providence St. Joseph Health and Partners for 12 months or longer.
  • Students must have graduated from high school.
  • A total of 24 students will be selected for each cohort.
  • Each cohort is planned to include 12 students who work in clinical roles (i.e., direct patient care roles) and 12 students who work in non-clinical roles.





  • As a Providence St. Joseph Health and Partner caregiver, a student will pay a discounted tuition rate of $465 for each course ($1860 for four courses) plus any textbooks required by the instructor.
  • Full tuition must be paid at time of registration for each course. 
  • No tuition refunds will be made after the first day of each course.
  • There is no financial aid available through UGF for certificate programs.
  • Tuition reimbursement may be available depending on local Providence Human Resources policy.


Application Process

  • Students must complete the on-line application form and submit all required documents.
  • You can find the Online Application Here.
  • Students will send their completed essay to


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