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Health Information Security Graduate Certificate 

A recent report from the Identify Theft Resource Center (ITRC) reported that healthcare accounted for 42.5% of major data breaches while the financial industry accounted for only 5.5%. With increased medical records, a growing presence online, networked medical devices, and the mobility of health care data it has become essential for healthcare organizations to strengthen it's cybersecurity practices. Graduates of the the Health Information Security certificate from the University of Cincinnati will be well positioned to impact healthcare information security.

Upon completing the health information security certificate, you will be able to:

  • Detect threats and vulnerabilities to health information in order to develop mitigation strategy
  • Apply critical thinking to evaluate  practices, policy and legislation related to health information in order to advocate for change or adoption
  • Apply technical and administrative skills and knowledge in order to practice how to secure health information
  • Discuss the impact of health information breaches on public trust and healthcare practice in order to advocate for stronger protections and effective health information security strategy
  • Develop a plan for disaster recovery and healthcare business continuity in order to identify best practices and practice how to strategize for health information disaster recovery planning

If you have no healthcare background you will complete 18 total credits. If you have a healthcare background will be exempt from taking HI 7001, and you will complete 15 total credits.

If you are enrolled in the Master of Health Informatics program you will be able to add this specialization by using electives to earn the graduate certificate. You will take three of the required courses (HI 7001, HI 7010, HI 7030) in your master’s program, and will take three additional courses (IT 7020 C ) and 2 elective courses (not counted towards ​your master’s degree) to earn the graduate certificate.

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NOTE: Please check Catalyst or with the offering college to verify the semester(s) the courses will be offered.

Core Requirements:

  • 3 credits (students concurrently enrolled in the master’s program will be able to apply credits [HI 7001, HI 7010 and HI 7030] from the masters)
  • 9 credits (students with a healthcare background, but not in the master of health informatics program concurrently)
  • 12 credits (students with no healthcare background and not in the master of health informatics program concurrently)




*HI 7001

The Healthcare and Public Health Landscape


HI 7010

Health Informatics, Information Systems and Technology


HI 7030

Health Legislation Privacy and Security


**IT 7020C

Principles of Cybersecurity



*Not required for students with a healthcare background
**Though this course does not have prerequisites, the instructor has advised the following: It is recommended students have at least one undergraduate level programming course and/or professional experience with programming.

Elective Requirements:

  • 6 credits: At least one course must be IT 7021C, IT 7022C or CS 6053 and the remaining credits can be any other elective course listed below. Note: Some electives may have prerequisites and not all courses are offered online. 





IT 7021C

Enterprise Security & Forensics


IT 7022C

Software Application Security


CJ 6012

Computer Criminology Cybercrime and Digital Security


CJ 7070

Theory and Practice of Crime Prevention


CJ 8072

Seminar in White Collar Crime


CS 6043

Computer Networking


CS 6097

Introduction to Wireless and Mobile Networking


CS 6052

Intelligent Data Analysis


CS 6053

Network Security


Only one policy course from the following electives can be selected to meet the 6 credit elective requirement

PROP 7011

Introduction to Intellectual Property


SPCL 7005

Health Care Law


HCA 7031

Health Policy 1: Health Policy and Regulation


HCA 7032

Health Policy 2: Legal & Ethical Issues


The course below is only recommended for students seeking to manage health information security projects or programs. This course cannot be applied (or double-counted) for credit towards this certificate program by students in the MHI graduate program.

HI 7050

Project and Program Management



Admission Requirements

  •  Personal Statement  

Include a two-page double-spaced or one-page single-spaced narrative describing the following: What motivated you to pursue a graduate certificate in Health Information Security? Why you are interested in applying to the University of Cincinnati’s Health Information Security Graduate Certificate program? What are your short-term and long-term goals? How do you believe the University of Cincinnati’s Health Information Security Graduate Certificate program will contribute to you achieving your short-term and long-term career goals? Applicants should write this statement as if it were a written interview. You should also take this opportunity to explain any inconsistencies in your resume or transcripts.

  • Professional Resume/CV that includes:
    • Current professional resume/curriculum vita
    • Education: formal and informal (continuing education/professional development) and dates of attendance
    • Employment history
    • Publications and honors, including dates received
    • Community, professional and/or extracurricular involvement, including dates of involvement
  • Unofficial Transcripts
    • From all college or universities attended
    • Shows a minimum baccalaureate degree: Must be from an accredited college or university
    • GPA: 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • In order to be accepted, letters must be written on a professional letterhead
    • You will designate two individuals who will be completing these forms on your behalf. You will submit their full name and email address in your application. The Recommendation Form will be sent to them through the application system. They will complete the form online, and it will automatically be included in your application once they submit it. Recommendation letters submitted by the student will not be accepted.
    • These forms should come from people who are, or have been, in a position to evaluate your work in an academic or professional setting. Letters of recommendation should come from supervisors, current or former employers, professors or mentors. Professional or academic contacts should have known you for at least one year. Personal recommendations will not be accepted.
    • Recommendation forms should be thoughtful and substantive, and they should speak specifically to personal knowledge of your academic potential and relevant personal qualities. In addition, they should speak to your intellectual ability, character, determination, professional and community achievements, and potential for contributions to the community with this degree. They should also address both strengths and weaknesses of the applicant.

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Victoria Wangia-Anderson
Program Director
Master of Health Informatics

Stephanie Mack
Program Coordinator
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