Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality

Secure and trustworthy healthcare data impacts every decision towards the goal for progressive care.

Healthcare data is the fastest growing data segment across all occupations as a result of widespread use of digitized communication, health records, and patient care. Many health systems indicate there will be a continued annual acceleration of health-related data by patients and consumers across the globe*. Overall, the volume of global health data is expected to grow at a rate of 48% annually, with the average person contributing over one million gigabytes of data in their lifetime—equivalent to about 300 million books. 

Healthcare operations and delivery of effective care are relying more and more on accurate, secure data. Currently, health data can originate and pass through several channels and present itself in varying formats (photos, numeric, digital, video, etc.). To ensure top-level protection of health data and adhere to federal privacy regulations requires diverse and complex standards crafted by those with current data know-how.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality exposes modernized healthcare technology trends, applies healthcare quality framework in real-life applications, and teaches best practices for advancing patient experience of care in compliance with intricate legal regulations. Healthcare data will continue to mature and not get simpler as the model evolves. Meeting the challenges facing healthcare will demand agility, learning, and contemporary thinking.

Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate have the opportunity to build on their Healthcare Administration education and stack earned credits towards coursework requirements to earn their Master of Healthcare Administration degree. Optional focus areas are available to diversify learning around specific career pathways including health data analytics, public health, or an individualized approach.


Program Course Structure



Each course has been designed by public health experts & administrators with employer demand in mind.


Months to Complete

Gain advanced credentials in one semester, or less, with dedicated coaching & support.


Week Course Length

Concentrated learning with ready-to-use skills for health data quality careers.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality requires you to complete 12 credit hours of required courses. All courses are graduate level and taught in eight-week terms, allowing you to take two courses each term. The Health Data Quality certificate is two semesters in length, which is the time equivalent of eight months (presuming you choose to take a regular course load consisting of one course each eight-week term, two courses per semester). To accelerate earning your certificate, you may complete the program in six months or less by taking more than one course each eight-week term.

Students who successfully earn the Health Data Quality certificate are able to:

  • Evaluate the ways new and developing healthcare technology trends influence worldwide health outcomes, and propose potential technology-based solutions for increasing worldwide health outcomes
  • Apply technology and the healthcare quality framework to meet the goals of the triple aim of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare
  • Develop healthcare quality improvement proposals that align with the complex system of legal and regulatory compliance that governs the healthcare system
  • Stack earned credits from each course into a Master of Healthcare Administration degree

Choose your own start time

Earning your graduate certificate Health Data Quality can fit into your busy schedule with multiple start times throughout the year. UNE Online offers rolling admission with three separate start times—Spring, Summer, and Fall—so you can begin as soon as you’re ready to start.

Transfer credit policy

Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer up to one, 3-credit course (maximum three semester credits) into the Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality program.

In order to be considered for transfer into the Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality program, the course must:

  • Be classified as graduate level.
  • Have been taken within five years of application.
  • Have been completed with a grade of “B” or better.
  • Be equivalent to one of the required program courses or an elective course that meets the goals of the student’s education.
  • To request consideration for transfer credit, a student must provide an official transcript and a course syllabus for each course. Your enrollment counselor or student support specialist can assist you with this request.



If you have any questions about the coursework or the program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.


* Fridsma, D. B. (2018, July 12). Health informatics: A required skill for 21st century clinicians. Retrieved from content/362/bmj.k3043