Online Medical Information Security & Privacy Graduate Certificate


Students gain exposure to the complex and varied factors that must be taken into account when addressing information security issues within health care systems. The Medical Information Security & Privacy graduate certificate program presents the methods and skills needed for designing and building secure and reliable systems by developing an understanding of the special requirements of health care systems, where privacy of personal data must be balanced with access to patient records.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Medical Information Security & Privacy will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of the functionality, technical infrastructure, and best-practice deployment of health care IT, including medical algorithms, electronic health records, privacy and security, and regulations.
  • Proficiency in security issues in computer systems, networks, and applications, and an understanding of the unique set of privacy and security needs in a health care environment.
  • Competence sufficient to lead health IT initiatives, to design and implement advanced health care software solutions, and to manage the data privacy and system security challenges in a health care environment.

Academic credits earned toward the online Graduate Certificate in Medical Information Security & Privacy may be transferred to a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, concentration in Health Informatics.

Awards & Accreditations

CNSS Certification Certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Medical Information Security & Privacy?

  • Four-course certificate program comprises courses shared by the MS in Computer Information Systems, ranked #8 among the nation’s Best Online Master's in Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2021).
  • Information security programs at Metropolitan College are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNNS).
  • Boston University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research.
  • Students benefit from a supportive online network, with courses developed and taught by PhD-level full-time faculty and professionals with hands-on expertise in the industry.
  • Small course sections ensure that students get the attention they need, while case studies and real-world projects ensure that they gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies.

Meet Andrew Wolfe, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Medical Information Security & Privacy certificate program.

Career Outlook

Computer and Information Systems Managers

10% increase in jobs through 2029

$146,360 median annual pay in 2019

Computer and Information Research Scientists

15% increase in jobs through 2029

$122,840 median annual pay in 2019

Medical and Health Services Managers

32% increase in jobs through 2029

$100,980 median annual pay in 2019

Information Security Analysts

31% increase in jobs through 2029

$99,730 median annual pay in 2019

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

8% increase in jobs through 2029

$42,630 median annual pay in 2019

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020

Best Technology Jobs, 2021 U.S. News & World Report

  • #1 Software Developer
  • #2 Data Scientist
  • #3 IT Manager
  • #4 Information Security Analyst
  • #5 Computer Systems Analyst
  • #6 Computer Network Architect
  • #7 Database Administrator
  • #8 Web Developer
  • #9 Computer Systems Administrator
  • #10 Computer Support Specialist
  • #11 Computer Programmer

The demand for health informatics workers is projected to grow at twice the rate of employment overall, but there is strong evidence that the nation already faces a shortage of qualified workers in this field.

Burning Glass Technologies Missed Opportunities? The Labor Market in Health Informatics, 2014

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Medical Information Security & Privacy consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

aAcademic credits earned toward the certificate may be transferred to the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, concentration in Health Informatics.

Faculty

Eric Braude

Eric Braude

Associate Professor and Director of Digital Learning, Computer Science
PhD, Columbia University; MS, University of Miami; MS, University of Illinois; BS, University of Natal (South Africa)

Lou Chitkushev

Lou Chitkushev

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Computer Science; Director, Health Informatics and Health Sciences
PhD, Boston University; MS, Medical College of Virginia; MS, BS, University of Belgrade

John Day

John Day

Lecturer, Computer Science
MSEE, BSEE, University of Illinois

Getting Started

To learn more or to contact an enrollment advisor before you get started, request information using the button below and tell us a little about yourself. Someone will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program and detail the next steps in earning your degree. You can also start your application or register for a course at Metropolitan College.