Population Health Informatics Certificate


The Population Health Informatics (PHI) Certificate focuses on the application of technology in designing and deploying interventions to address public health challenges in the 21st century.

The PHI program aims to teach students how to:

  • Differentiate data, information, and knowledge
  • Examine public health data standards
  • Design and evaluate technology enabled population health interventions
  • Utilize mobile health tools and technologies
  • Implement consumer health information portals
  • Innovate health technology solutions
  • Apply informatics in global settings

Students will gain skills and expertise in the following areas:

  • Surveillance
  • Health data standards
  • Big data
  • Cloud computing
  • M-health
  • Usability and evaluation of health technologies
  • Human centered design of health information systems
  • Data visualization
  • Health technology assessments
  • Global health technology innovations

Admission Requirements

  • SOPHAS Express online application
  • Application fee: $50
  • Official transcripts of all insitutions attended
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose (500 words) describing why you are interested in the PHI certificate program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV

Deadline to Apply

  • Fall 2022: June 1, 2022

The PHI certificate consists of 4 modules.

Module 1 – Introduction to Population Health Informatics

  • Identify and list the concepts of informatics and its domains.
  • Explain and apply the data, information, and knowledge models.
  • Distinguish the various components of computers and their application in population health.
  • Explain the role of data standards in population health

Module 2 – Introduction to Consumer Health Informatics

  • Identify and demonstrate the potential use of the internet in public health.
  • Define various e-health approaches and tailored health information techniques to modify health behaviors and outcomes.
  • Discuss and design M-Health technologies to enhance disease prevention and management.
  • Design and evaluate consumer health technologies.

Module 3 – Applications of Population Health Informatics

  • Distinguish between the various electronic means of public health data collection and management.
  • Explain the similarities and differences in Tele-health, Electronic Health Record, Personal Health Record, and Hospital Management Information System.
  • Illustrate and apply tool kits to design and develop population health information systems in various settings.
  • Comprehend the various ethical issues relevant to the use of information and communication technologies in population health.
  • Identify current gaps and opportunities in the area of population health informatics.

Module 4 – Seminar in Population Health Informatics

  • Explain and apply principles of population health informatics to the final project proposed.
  • Analyze the case studies discussed during the guest lectures.
  • Demonstrate skills in developing a population health informatics project.

28 weeks total – 8 weeks per module, and a 4 week research seminar
The program can be completed in 7-12 months.

Mode of delivery

Synchronous online learning
Interactive virtual discussions and recorded lectures

Program fees

Total cost: $2,500
Flexible payment plan
Please contact the Bursar with payment questions or to make a payment.

Minimum requirements

Webcam and microphone (optional)


Graduates, undergraduates, and professionals from all disciplines such as medicine, public health, allied health sciences, information systems, computer science, engineering, management, and hospital administration to name a few.

The PHI certificate program collaborates with the New York City Department of Health to offer hands-on training and internships in key informatics areas, including:

  • Data visualization
  • Master data management
  • Open data
  • Data management and promoting quality and completeness
  • Data matching
  • Tool catalogue
  • Update compliance reports
  • Syndromic and disease surveillance data

Ashish Joshi headshot vertical

Dr. Ashish Joshi, MD, MPH, PhD, is an applied researcher and an innovator who develops technology enabled interventions that bring social impact in diverse settings. He is currently the Associate Dean of Student Services, and Associate Professor, City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Dr. Joshi’s research focuses on designing and developing innovative, accessible and affordable heath technologies such as the Internet, cell phones, and electronic health kiosks to enhance population outcomes. He has published more than 100 papers in Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals, presented at several National and International Conferences and has conducted several public health informatics research projects in the US, India, Nigeria and Brazil funded by various Federal and International Agencies. Dr. Joshi can be reached at ashish.joshi@sph.cuny.edu.