Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP)

The goal of the program is to provide an Information Technology foundation to professionals interested in designing and implementing systems (both IT and organizational) to improve health care and services.

Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP)
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Dr. Mostafa, Program Director, with CHIP students.

The program is interdisciplinary in nature and is a product of collaboration among several health and IT oriented academic units at UNC-Chapel Hill including:

  • School of Information and Library Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health


CHIP students are eligible for training funding from The Office of The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The ONC-fellowship provides tuition support for students receiving university-based training for new career paths in Health IT.

Current CHIP Options:

Certificate in Clinical Information Science
The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Information Science (CIS) is a specialized educational track which prepares graduates for a variety of clinical informatician roles. Building on the existing strength of the health related curricular options at SILS, this program will offer focused training with an emphasis on clinical information systems analysis, data management and manipulation, as well as support of clinical decision making.

The CIS certificate is available as either complementary to a graduate degree from a number of UNC programs or as a post-baccalaureate advanced specialization program for professionals in healthcare and related fields of work.

Certificate in Nursing Informatics

The Post Master's Certificate in Health Care Systems - Informatics is designed for nurses who already have a Master's degree. This certificate program is aimed at increasing the number of nurses with health IT training.  It expands the career opportunities for nurses by providing specialized education that prepares them for clinical leadership roles in the design, selection, implementation and utilization of information technology (IT) systems to support the improvement in quality, safety and outcomes of care.



Carolina Health Informatics Program
School of Information and Library Science
100 Manning Hall, CB #3360
UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
T:  919.962.0182
chipinfo@unc.edu