The purpose of the health geoinformatics certificate is to prepare participants to apply geospatial information science and technologies to public health practice, research, and learning. These skills are highly desired today as an integral part of health informatics competencies that are needed by health professionals—according to the 2011 RAND Corporation report, "Mapping the Gaps."
The Health Geoinformatics Program certificate is designed primarily for health professionals and students who have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college or university with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Qualified candidates must demonstrate computer proficiency, although no previous experience with geographic information systems (GIS) technology is required. Advanced placement can be considered for applicants with previous GIS experience/training. In addition, interested Loma Linda University students, staff, and faculty who would like to learn about GIS applications in health may also apply.
By the end of the program, students will be able to:
Note: Indicators 1, 2, and 3 are course specific at the discretion of the instructor.
The program is open to health professionals, current Loma Linda University students enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program, Loma Linda University faculty and staff (tuition benefits may apply), and anyone interested in GIS applications in the health field.
In addition to Loma Linda University admission requirements, the applicant must have a:
|HGIS 522||Principles of Geographic Information Systems and Science||2|
|HGIS 524||GIS Software Applications and Methods||3|
|HGIS 535||Integration of Geospatial Data in GIS||2|
|HGIS 536||Spatial Analytic Techniques and GIS||3|
|HGIS 547||GIS for Public Health Practice||2|
|REL_ 5__||Graduate-level religion elective||1|
One (1) year — based on less than full-time enrollment