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Health Data Informatics and Analytics

Turn Data Into Insights to Solve Health Challenges

Leverage data analytics methods and informatics tools in order to make a sustainable impact in the health industry—and your career!

In this series of self-paced, online courses, you'll learn the health informatics tools and processes to move from a clinical or operational role to a leadership position that prioritizes data when making decisions. Cultivate a deeper understanding of the U.S. healthcare delivery systems for patients, providers, payers, and the population. Investigate data governance issues and informatics tools related to each perspective. Explore publicly available healthcare data sets and dissect how to mine them, then design database architecture for sample healthcare data with security top-of-mind. You'll gain insight into assessing healthcare needs and developing evidence-based practice using data and informatics as your guide.

Through the Sentinel U Simulation lab, you'll receive hands-on access to real data and technology, effectively preparing you for work in the health informatics field. Build your skills in data and informatics tools used within the health industry, such as Tableau, so you can start using more data in your decision-making. An assigned coach will give you direct feedback on your progress, guiding you throughout your educational journey. Take courses at your own pace – simply sign up and go!

This competency-based series includes critical thinking exercises and portfolio assignments and projects, in addition to memory-check quizzes to prove your competency. The course outcomes are aligned with the competencies needed to successfully complete the certifications offered by professional organizations like American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Earn a non-credit certificate at the completion of all six courses, as well as 8 transcripted Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per course, for a possible total of 48 CEUs.

Interested in taking credit courses toward a graduate certificate or master's degree? Explore the Health Informatics graduate program through the University of Denver's University College.

What's the best fit for me?
  Master's Degree (Credit) Graduate Certificate (Credit) Professional Development (Non-Credit)
Courses 12 4 to 6 6
Duration 18 months 6-9 months Self-paced
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) None None 8 per course
Facilitation Instructor-Led Instructor-Led Coach Provided
Content Theoretical and Practical Application Theoretical and Practical Application Practical Application
Ideal Fit For Physicians, nurses, other clinical providers looking to enter data analytics positions in the health industry and healthcare organizations. Professionals with experience in IT and data, looking to enter the health industry or work for a healthcare organization. Clinical practitioners who need continuing education credits; professionals who need to prepare for industry certification exams; clinicians aiming to integrate more data into their decision-making.

Cost: $2000/course

Plan Ahead and Save!
Register for CPD-0113, CPD-0114, and CPD-0115 together and receive a 10% discount. (Use code HDIA10 for each course.) 

Register for CPD-0116, CPD-0117, and CPD-0118 together and receive a 10% discount. (Use code HDIA10 for each course.) 

Register for all six courses in the program together and receive a 15% discount. (Use code HDIA15 for each course.)

DU Affiliate and Student discounts also available. 
Visit course registration pages to learn more. 

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Course Descriptions

Healthcare Data and Delivery by Perspective (CPD-0113)

Develop a foundation for using data through the lens of the 4P perspective framework for healthcare: patients, providers, payers, population. This framework is generated from the natural flow of healthcare delivery in the U.S. starting with the patient, moving to the provider, on to the payer, which evolves into population health. You'll learn about patient-generated data, clinical and operational data from providers, revenue cycle data from the payer perspective, and finally how all of these contribute to population health data. Begin your investigation of publicly available data sets to gain practical insights into the healthcare delivery system.

Register to start April 19, 2021 (Track 2)

Register to start July 26, 2021 (Track 3)

Healthcare Ethics and Biostatistics (CPD-0114)

Discover ways to improve process by leveraging research and data! In this course, regulations like HIPPA, as well as data governance issues, are surveyed from the 4P perspective (patient, provider, payer, population). Common statistical packages used for both business applications and health research are explored, and the course concludes with analysis of the ethical implications of short- and long-term healthcare data use.

Register to start June 21, 2021 (Track 2)

Register to start October 4, 2021 (Track 3)

Healthcare Methods and Programming (CPD-0115)

See the power of coding and programing in healthcare with tools like Python and get your feet wet with some basic coding. This course demonstrates the strong links between the research study designs used in epidemiology and healthcare delivery, and illustrates the field's benefit to the health industry. Investigate digital and informatics tools, such as clinical decision support, natural language processing (NLP), and medical terminology systems, through the lens of the 4P framework. You will gain an understanding of the benefits of "bench to bedside" research as a foundation for process improvement and learn to use critical analysis and auditing tools to sustain continued improvement in healthcare organizations.

Register to start May 17, 2021 (Track 1)

Register to start August 30, 2021 (Track 2)

Register to start January 3, 2022 (Track 3)

Data Mining, Integration, Interpretation (CPD-0116)

Explore publicly available healthcare data sets and dissect how to mine them! In this course, you will learn to create value by mapping relationships between data points and workflows. The Data-Information-Knowledge-Insight continuum is investigated using the 4P framework. Investigate the importance of the ability to integrate data from multiple sources to gain insight and bring data-informed value to healthcare organizations. This course concludes with interpreting data through visualizations and predictive analytics for process improvement, research, and business applications.

Register to start July 26, 2021 (Track 1)

Register to start November 1, 2021 (Track 2)

Register to start January 24, 2022 (Track 3)

Healthcare Database Applications (CPD-0117)

Learn how database design and database queries drive a multitude of healthcare operations. This course begins with the foundations of database design and architecture using SQL, then culminates in creating a data governance plan to address the needs of a healthcare organization. While learning the importance of database applications as they relate to data accessibility, integrity, and security, you will also investigate some of the commonly used databases and classification systems in healthcare and medical coding. Business Intelligence, data warehousing and the basics of interoperability are analyzed within the context of the challenges faced when collecting, sharing, and using healthcare data.

Register to start October 4, 2021 (Track 1)

Register to start January 17, 2022 (Track 2)

Register to start April 25, 2022 (Track 3)

Healthcare Project Management/Professionalism (CPD-0118)

Follow the process of developing and implementing a healthcare technology project from end-to-end, in this culminating course that builds upon the skills learned from the previous courses in the sequence. Beginning with a foundation in the structures of healthcare organizations and the cultures that drive them, you will consider how to determine and define which projects are most important through needs assessments and collaboration planning. Project planning, project management, and change management tools are introduced within the context of healthcare data informatics and analytics. The value of solid data visualization and reporting is emphasized as you explore how to sustain positive change with quality improvement project tracking and evaluation.

Register to start January 3, 2022 (Track 1)

Register to start April 18, 2022 (Track 2)

Register to start July 25, 2022 (Track 3)



Students are required to complete CPD-0113 (Healthcare Data and Delivery by Perspective) before completing other courses in the Health Data Informatics and Analytics Series. Students with extensive industry experience may be able to successfully complete other courses in the series without completing CPD-0113. However, students who are pursuing a certificate from all 6 courses should begin with CPD-0113.

Students must complete all other courses in the Health Data Informatics and Analytics series before completing CPD-0118 (Healthcare Project Management and Professionalism).

Certificate of Completion

Students who complete all six courses in the series (including CPD-0113) will receive a non-credit certificate in Health Data Informatics and Analytics. 

Software and Textbook Requirements

Students enrolled in the Health Data Informatics and Analytics Series courses will be required to purchase a variety of software and textbook resources to complete the course. See below for details.  Information can also be found on the registration page for each course. Instructions on accessing various software platforms can be found within the course content, once enrolled.

Tableau is required for CPD-0116 (Healthcare Data Mining, Integration, and Interpretation) and CPD-0118 (Healthcare Project Management and Professionalism).Tableau offers a free one-year license to students. Instructions on accessing this subscription will be provided once enrolled.
Students will be required to purchase a 1-year subscription for Stata ($94) for CPD-0114 (Healthcare Ethics and Biostatistics), CPD-0116 (Healthcare Data Mining, Integration, and Interpretation), and CPD-0118 (Healthcare Project Management and Professionalism). Instructions on purchasing this software will be provided once enrolled.
Students in all courses will be required to purchase Sentinel City and Town. This will be offered at a promotional price ($79 for both programs) to students. Instructions on purchasing this software will be provided within course content, once enrolled.
CPD-0113 (Healthcare Data and Delivery by Perspective), CPD-0114 (Healthcare Ethics and Biostatistics), and CPD-0117 (Healthcare Database Applications) have required texts. Additional information on required texts is below and details will also be provided within course content, once enrolled.
  • CPD-0113 (Healthcare Data and Delivery by Perspective): Two required texts; ($140-$165)
  • CPD-0114 (Healthcare Ethics and Biostatistics): One required text; ($25 - $49)
  • CPD-0117 (Healthcare Database Applications): Two required texts; ($125-$165)


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