Dominican University of New York is offering a new certificate program in public health informatics and technology

Early bird rates are available January 10th

ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY, December 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dominican University of New York is offering healthcare and IT professionals the opportunity to join an emerging field bridging healthcare and technology, a sector projected to grow greatly and generate high-paying careers. The new certificate program focuses on public health informatics, which is the science of using data, information, and knowledge to improve human health and service delivery by solving complex health care problems.

The program, called PHIT, for Public Health Informatics and Technology, offers an online certificate for those with a bachelor’s degree who are already employed. There is also an undergraduate program for students who wish to take the courses in person as minors.

Classes are starting January 18th and the university offers 20% credit savings for those who enroll in the certificate program by January 10th. Additional financial support may be available through employers and those interested are encouraged to obtain more information to discuss options with their employers. More information can be found at

“Whether you are looking to enter the healthcare field, want to accelerate your career in healthcare or IT, or are an employer in need of a highly skilled workforce, the Public Health Informatics and Technology program at Dominican can open the door to a wealth of opportunities,” they said Carrie Boerike, PHIT’s program director. She added: “The difference between the Dominican program and similar offerings is that ours is taught through a public health lens with a focus on epidemiology, social determinants of health and interoperability.”

The future of healthcare is powered by data. Highly skilled professionals who can connect people, technology and information to improve health care outcomes and safety while streamlining costs will be in high demand. In fact, health informatics is among the top 10 most in-demand health care occupations and is growing 10 times faster than health care jobs overall. Earning a degree or completing a certificate in this field can lead to a higher salary, faster advancement, and job security.

Private medical practices, hospitals and larger health systems are increasingly moving to fully electronic data collection and other digital tools, paving the way for a workforce that can manage all aspects of data analysis from telehealth visits, virtual patient engagement , mobile applications, billing and insurance reimbursements. Some of the jobs that will be in high demand include nurse informaticist, public health informaticist, data analyst, public health data quality analyst, and clinical informatics specialist.

All PHIT enrollees will have paid internship opportunities through a consortium of partners who advise the program, including Bon Secours Charity Health System, CorEvitas, Cornerstone Family Healthcare, Mount Sinai Health System, EmpiRx Health and New York State Department of Health.

The PHIT program at Dominican College is funded through a 2.2 million dollars PHIT Workforce Program grant from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dominican College was one of only 10 higher education institutions nationwide to receive this funding. The grant aims to strengthen US public health IT efforts, improve data collection on COVID-19, and increase the diversity of the public health IT workforce. More information about the program can be found here:


Founded in 1952 by the Dominican Sisters Blauvelt, the university began as a two-year college for religious women to become teachers. Over the years, the campus has expanded to accommodate growing enrollment and welcome local students. Dominican is designated as both an Honors College and a Catholic Honors College. In the 2022 US News & World Report Best Colleges list, Dominican is ranked 21st among regional universities in the North for social mobility. It is also designated as a Spanish-speaking service institution and recognized as military friendly. In May of this year Dominican College was elevated to university status, becoming the first university in Rockland County. More information can be found here.

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