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Medical and Community Health Information (Certificate NDP) 
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
Barbara Vandervelde
Graduate Program Coordinator
Luis D Zozaya
Director of Graduate Studies
Martin H Fricke
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi Renee Davenport
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.

If you are not a current student in the School of Information, Master of Arts in Library and Information Science program, please carefully read the minimum requirements to apply for certificate admission.

Please complete this online application for admission to the Graduate College with a $85 application fee.  As part of the online application, you are required to submit the following materials.  Please do not email or mail these materials to the School of Information or Graduate College.  These materials are inputted into your online application:

  • Upload unofficial transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended in ‘Supplemental Questions’ section;
  • Upload a current resumé or curriculum vitae (CV) in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section;
  • Write a 750-1000 word written statement of introduction and interest in the program in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section;
  • Provide email addresses and contact information for two (2) recommenders in the ‘Letters of Recommendation’ section.

Please email official e-Transcripts to directly from the institution or mail one (1) official transcript to the following address (do not send to the Graduate College).  Official transcripts from ALL higher education institutions attended are required.

School of Information
The University of Arizona
Harvill 409
1103 E 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85721

If you are a current student in the Master of Arts in Library and Information Science program and meet the minimum requirements for this certificate, please submit the following:

  • Complete and submit a GradApp application;
  • Write a 750-1000 word written statement of introduction and interest in the program in the ‘Supplemental Questions’ section;
  • Unofficial transcripts, a current resume, and letters of recommendation are not required for current students.  Write ‘NA’ for these fields, and submit the application.

Both the application and written statement will be reviewed by the Certificate Coordinator for a decision.  Please contact Barb Vandervelde, Manager of Administration at 520-621-3567 or with questions.

Standardized Tests

No standardized tests required.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Opportunities are available for students completing a certificate program through UAOnline.  Please 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

Admission Deadlines:

Fall Semester: February 15

Spring Semester: October 15

Summer Semester: March 15


International Admission Deadlines:

Fall Semester: February 15

Spring Semester: September 1

Summer Semester: March 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

Completion Requirements

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 21 Mar 2018