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Online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Analytics

Gain Specialized Skills for an In-Demand Field

Learn to apply business intelligence principles in healthcare contexts with the 100% online graduate certificate in Healthcare Analytics from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. This program is designed for those who want to expand their skills for careers at the intersection of healthcare and technology.

The online certificate in Healthcare Analytics consists of just 12 credits. It is a part of Saint Mary’s Accelerators, a carefully crafted series of master’s-level graduate certificates designed to advance your career. You may complete the certificate alone or continue your education by applying your credits toward our M.S. in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA)* or accelerated Master of Business Administration (MBA).

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Why Earn Your Healthcare Analytics Certificate Online?

The online graduate certificate in Healthcare Analytics from Saint Mary’s delivers the advanced skills you need to go further in your chosen career field. Each course is taught by industry-experienced faculty through an online platform you can access at the times and in the locations you choose. Prioritize your education and advance your career without sacrificing the time you’ve committed to your personal responsibilities.

Program Highlights

  • Digital Badging for all Graduate Certificate Courses
  • Apply Graduate Certificate Credits to an Online M.S. in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
  • No Letters of Recommendation Required

Course List & Requirements

Our online graduate certificate in Healthcare Analytics program includes four courses for 12 credits. The certificate can be completed alone in as little as one year through our online learning platform, or you may apply your credits toward a master's degree to finish your graduate education as fast as possible.

  • This course introduces advanced concepts in predictive modeling and techniques to discover patterns in data, identify variables with the most predictive power, and develop predictive models. Students are introduced to descriptive, predictive, prescriptive analytics, and optimization models. The course utilizes Microsoft Excel to engineer and analyze business models. Students identify the proper use of complete regression, optimization, and exponential smoothing models.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Utilize datasets to develop statistics and probability to predict future outcomes
    • Implement appropriate models needed to analyze and critically evaluate business objectives
    • Develop written and oral communication skills required to report on data-intensive business situations
    • Organize data-intensive content in a professional setting
    • Execute advanced analytics techniques

  • Examine ethical and legal considerations when working with healthcare data, including HIPAA, decisions made by providers, payers, drug companies, pharmacies, and medical product manufacturers. Students study real-world cases illustrating data governance in health care organizations, issues in patient privacy, data ownership, and restrictions on data analysis.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Compare the relationship between healthcare data collection laws and analytic needs
    • Evaluate project needs to determine the level of sensitivity required in data set analysis
    • Explain the ethical and legal considerations with healthcare data and personal records
    • Analyze the needs that different organizations have with data governance

  • This course explores performance management and technology management for the healthcare industry. This includes patient records, billing, operations, and organizations that support the healthcare industry. Students study healthcare informatics, patient portals, ERP systems, and data repositories such as data marts, data warehouses, and cloud computing. Common software used to collect and query data is also explored.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Evaluate different decision support systems used in healthcare
    • Differentiate between the various data requirements needed in healthcare organizations for analytics projects
    • Execute simple SQL queries to pull data needed for an analytics project
    • Create performance management metrics and measurements within the balanced scorecard framework
    • Identify common entry points and technology in which users can access patient and operational data

  • This course covers the collection of data and the use of information as an asset in a healthcare organization. Students learn how to collect and transform data for use in an artificial intelligence project using R-Studio. Students study patterns using machine learning techniques and incorporate business strategies in their analysis.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Assess data quality in patient and operational healthcare data
    • Evaluate standards of excellence in data collection methods for artificial intelligence
    • Build a quality dataset from raw data for use in machine learning models
    • Create data mining predictions with categorical regression and data transformation
    • Implement statistical models to study and improve model accuracy

    Prerequisite: BIA 630

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.


The online Healthcare Analytics graduate certificate is designed to be completed in as few as five months and is financial aid eligible. No prerequisite coursework is required, and you don't need GRE/GMAT scores to apply. For admission to the program, you'll need:

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    • If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the program director

  • No prerequisite coursework or experience is required for this program.

  • You don’t need GRE/GMAT scores to apply for this program.

  • Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

    • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing
    • Saint Mary’s accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0, the Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74 percent, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 51, or the International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0

  • Whether you apply through our online application via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

    $25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary’s alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans, and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.

    Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to or mailed to:

    Transcript Processing Center
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751

    An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.

    Two references: Provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, and phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you professionally, such as current or former supervisors.

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online Human Resource Management graduate certificate:

    • Fall: August 20, 2024
    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Summer: April 22, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s online Human Resource Management graduate certificate:

    • Fall: September 3, 2024
    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing a quality education that is accessible and affordable. Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees of the online Healthcare Analytics certificate.

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Analytics Careers & Salary

The online Healthcare Analytics graduate certificate teaches you to apply informatics, information systems, and data analysis principles to support organizational effectiveness and decision-making in healthcare. As healthcare organizations increasingly rely on big data and information security for success, trained analytics experts are in high demand. Our online graduate certificate in Healthcare Analytics gives you the skills employers are looking for so you can advance your career. When you complete your program, you will be prepared for roles such as: When you complete your program, you will be prepared for roles such as:

Overall employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.1

Business Intelligence Specialist


Data Analyst


Supply Chain Analyst


What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Apply specialized knowledge in healthcare analytics
  • Follow ethical and legal considerations including HIPAA and organizational governance
  • Enhance decision-making with frameworks including health informatics and data analysis
  • Communicate sensitive data to technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Employ data science to clinical, insurance, and hospital data
  • Integrate artificial intelligence to achieve the organization’s goals

Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the [Higher Learning Commission](

You may apply for admission to Saint Mary's online Healthcare Analytics graduate certificate program anytime. After you are admitted, you may begin taking online classes at the start of any semester: Spring, Summer, or Fall.

The Healthcare Analytics Certificate program does not accept transfer credits.

No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient for you.

All the information about eligibility and admissions requirements can be found on this page.

All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

It's easy! Your journey to a more rewarding career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor. Or, you can request more information, and we'll reach out to you. If you already know Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the right place to earn your online Healthcare Analytics Certificate, go ahead and begin the Online Application Process.

No. The certificate you earn online from Saint Mary's is identical to the certificate offered on campus.

To earn your online Healthcare Analytics Certificate, you will complete 12 credit hours of program work. You'll be able to complete your coursework in as little as two semesters.

The program is fully online.

No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

Yes. Certain coursework requires software that is only compatible with a Windows-based PC, and will not properly work on a Mac computer (Apple iOS). Therefore, to be successful in the program, you will either need to use a Windows-based PC or partition your Mac so that the required Windows OS software is available.

Absolutely. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and a number of different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

Sources and Disclaimer

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Computer and Information Technology Occupations.” September 8, 2022. Retrieved August 14, 2023, from
  2. Payscale. “Average Business Intelligence Specialist Salary.” June 22, 2022. Retrieved July 15, 2022, from
  3. Payscale. “Average Data Analyst Salary.” July 6, 2022. Retrieved July 15, 2022, from
  4. Payscale. “Average Supply Chain Analyst Salary.” July 2, 2022. Retrieved July 15, 2022, from

*Students in the M.S. in BIDA program must select an Artificial Intelligence, Business Analytics, or Healthcare Analytics certificate to complete 36 credits to confer a degree.