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Discover how Informatics can help you create a Public Health career with great potential.

The next session of Foundations of Public Health Informatics and Technology begins on Monday, June 3. You will receive an invitation from Coursera to join approximately one week before the session starts.

Using special software and analytical tools, public health informaticians and technologists find trends, patterns, and correlations that help doctors make decisions, public health workers do their jobs, and people make decisions about healthcare policy. This gives them the power to use digital tools to their fullest potential to improve patient care and move public health initiatives forward. Health Informaticians are involved in vision and system planning, health data standards and integration, data privacy and security, systems design and implementation, and visualization, analysis, and reporting of health data. Public health informatics looks for new ways to solve public health problems by using technology and data analysis.

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Length of Study

16 weeks

Career Level

Gateway/Entry Level and Professional Development

Delivery Type

Asynchronous (Online)


  • Guiding working with clinical teams and stakeholders on project requirements
  • Data retrieval, and result validity
  • Utilizing analytical skills, the worker evaluates data to propose process improvements, create data solutions like dashboards, and advise on new data models
  • Identifying and implementing data-driven strategies, educating stakeholders, mentoring team members, and establishing expertise in data analysis
  • Lead high-profile projects and will be a reliable expert in translating clinical and business requirements into meaningful analysis
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders, be an expert in multiple data sources, and implement sustainable solutions
  • Project management experience and share best practices with the team
  • Be comfortable with mentorship and leading team development and skill development efforts

Career Opportunities

Roles include: Public Health Data Analyst, Public Health Informatician, Data Quality Analyst, Business Analyst or Informatician, Claims Data Analyst, Utilization Data Analyst, Medical Registrar for cancer, trauma, immunization statistics, etc.

Day in the Life

A public health informatics and technology specialist skillfully oversees the processes of gathering requirements, creating metrics, and getting important data, creates new ways to use data, like interactive dashboards and reports that show how well a process is working, and collects, analyzes and reports health data and information, making sure that deadlines are met, and problems are solved.

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in public health informatics is projected to grow by 8% from 2019 to 2029. Salaries are typically very competitive. According to the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the median salary for public health informatics professionals is $97,000 per year.

Course Outline

Human Touch Healthcare
Optional Co-requisite; 12 hours, asynchronous; Receive a certificate of completion.
Empathy & Compassion in Healthcare
Cultural Competence
Effective Communication
Emotional Intelligence
Teamwork & Collaboration
Ethics and Integrity
Futuro Health Foundations of PHIT Course
12-week course; Instructor support; Pacing guide; Receive a certificate of completion.
Public Health Foundations
Healthcare Organizations and Systems
Social and Technical Context of Health Informatics
Introduction to Data Analytics
The Data Science of Health Informatics
Applied Project: Data visualization using Excel

CCPHIT program is supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number 90PH0006/01-05 and title “The PHIT Workforce Development Program” for grant amount $10,232.066.00 and 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by ONC, HHS or the U.S. Government.