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Medical and Community Health Information (Certificate) 
Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Medical and Community Health Information is affiliated with the School of Information M.A. in Library and Information Science (LIS).  This certificate has a secondary affiliation with the programs in the College of Nursing, including the MS in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Online Program.

Student Learning Outcomes
The Graduate Certificate in Medical and Community Health Information provides students, librarians, information professionals, and health care professionals with the necessary skills in the acquisition and dissemination of useful, usable, and quality health information.  Students obtain knowledge and skills in the practice of health informatics and how it applies to the health care and public health settings.  Additionally, students learn about ethnic and cultural implications of health and receive training on providing culturally competent health information services.  This certificate provides students with knowledge and skills that will supplement and be useful in their work in various health information settings, including but not limited to libraries, community health organizations, healthcare organizations, and information organizations.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

School of Information -

The ever-increasing pace of technological innovation requires a more information-savvy workforce that understands not only the how, what, where, when, and why of technology and data but how to apply that knowledge.  At the University of Arizona’s School of Information, we have faculty and students engaged in research and education around all aspects of the information sciences without regard for disciplinary boundaries. We do research in: artificial intelligence; data management and curation; computer vision; computer-mediated communication and learning; natural language processing; social networking; human computer interfaces; dark networks; computational art creation; eCommerce, eGovernment, and eHealth; computational music; library sciences; educational and entertainment technologies; and much more.

We are preparing our graduates to be the doers, thinkers, solvers, and game-changers, not only of the problems and opportunities we see now, but also of the myriad scenarios we can’t yet imagine but are sure to arise during our students’ lifetimes.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Grace Ann Green
Graduate Program Coordinator
Grace Ann Green
Director of Graduate Studies
Hong Cui
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Jessica N Kniest
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

The School of Information applies the same minimum criteria as it does for the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science.

  • a bachelor's degree from an accredited school/institution
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

All students are required to complete certificate coursework within 3 years.
A Graduate College admission application and $85 fee payable via credit card if applying only to a graduate certificate program. The following material is requried:

  • A 750-1000 word, double spaced statement detailing why the applicant is interested in the field of iArchival Studies. This statement should reflect some knowledge of the directions of the field and what the role of professionals in the field might be in the future. The statement should demonstrate excellent organizational and writing abilities. The statement may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from persons familiar with applicant's academic abilities and/or professional potential.  Letters should be written by faculty members, work supervisors, or other professional colleagues. The letters should be dated (no more than one year old) and in sealed envelopes from the author. There is no form for these letters. A recommendation letter may be emailed directly to School of Information ( from the author or may be submitted by the applicant in a sealed envelope.
  • Two (2) official transcripts from each college or university attended in sealed envelopes. Do not send transcripts to the Graduate College or the Office of the Registrar.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae. The resume may be attached to an email and submitted electronically.
  • Send admissions materials to:
    School of Information
    The University of Arizona
    Harvill 409
    1103 E 2nd St
    Tucson, AZ 85721
  • Items sent electronically should be directed to

  • If adding a certificate and you are a graduate, degree-seeking student, please apply online to the Graduate College. The application fee is waived.
Standardized Tests

No standardized tests required.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Opportunities are available for students completing a certificate program through UA Online.  Please see the program webpage here and contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OFSA) for more information.

There are funding opportunities available through the School of Information, if completing both a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science and a certificate program.  Please see the School of Information Financial Aid webpage for information and deadlines to apply.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic and International Applicants:

  • Fall semester - March 1
  • Spring semester - November 1
  • Summer semester - April 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

The certificate requires 18 credit hours.  Nine (9.00) credits consist of required core courses and the remaining 9.00 credits are chosen from electives approved by The School of Information.

Required [9 credits]:
LIS 533: Medical Online Searching (3.00 units)

LIS 624: Community Health and Medical Informatics (3.00 units) - Study of information systems used in health and medical settings. Particular attention is given to the integration of traditional and nontraditional methods of information transfer.

LIS 693: Internship (3.00 units)

Recommended [3 credits]:

LIS/NURS 646: Healthcare Informatics Theory & Practice (3.00 units)

Electives [6-9 credits]:

LIS 556: Health Information in Ethnic-Cultural Communities (3.00 units)
LIS 570: Introduction to Database Development and Management (3.00 units)
LIS 571: Introduction to Information Technology (3.00 units)
LIS 587: Information Seeking Behaviors (3.00 units)
LIS 662: Issues in Health Information: Systematic Reviews (3.00 units)

Please note: Other elective courses may be approved by the Certificate Advisor, Dr. Bruce Fulton.

Minor Requirements

No minor requirements.

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Last revised 29 Jan 2016