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Health Information Technology

Virginia Tech's 100% online graduate certificate in Health Information Technology is offered by the online Master of Information Technology program (VT-MIT). This three-course certificate can be earned as a stand-alone credential or as part of the full degree program.


The Graduate Certificate in Health Information Technology is designed to teach students the fundamentals of information processing involved for the secure storage, retrieval, sharing, and use of health care data. The program will provide students with the knowledge and skills to design, integrate, and ensure the secure exchange of health information across multiple user groups ( e.g., patients, technicians, nurses, physicians, clinics, hospitals, and insurance companies). Students will also learn how to develop and manage computer applications to support healthcare systems such as electronic health records and telehealth. Graduates will be prepared to utilize information technology to oversee the exchange of patient data within the healthcare system.


The curriculum requires coursework to educate students in how to organize, manage, and transfer data in the healthcare field. Students will gain an understanding of database design and communication of protected health information between software platforms. Students will gain skills in the technology used for electronic health records. Students will learn and understand electronic prescribing designed to safeguard patient privacy and security.


9 credit hours of graduate level courses:

  • ACIS 5504: Information Systems Design and Database Concepts (3 credits)
  • BIT 5564: Health Information Technology (3 credits)
  • BIT 5574/ACIS 5574: Healthcare Data Management (3 credits)


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(CIP 51.2706)

Program Website: 
Health Information Technology

Program Director: 
Parviz Ghandforoush