Inter-Professional Informationist Certificate

Simmons offers a post-master’s certificate designed for students who have already completed a master’s degree, but who would like to pursue a program of advanced experiential study. 

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With the support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and in partnership with seven academic health sciences libraries  - Harvard Medical School, MCPHS University, Tufts University, Boston University, Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at San Francisco - Simmons offers a post-master’s certificate program in the area of Inter-Professional Informationist (IPI).

The IPI certificate aims to bridge the gap between traditional and emergent skills in health sciences and biomedical librarianship and increase the diversity in the IPI workforce. Informationists are librarians or information specialists qualified to engage in research and knowledge management services in clinical care or biomedical research.

This certificate, which provides education and training to develop informationists, includes seven courses and an embedded capstone experience supervised by researchers and clinical leaders arranged by project partner institutions. Examples of a capstone project include: being involved in conducting a research project, assisting in research data management, performing literature searches, assisting with research writing or the renewal of grants. A student embedded in a clinical team may participate in patient rounds or medical training opportunities within the medical center/hospital/clinic.

Full-tuition coverage for 10 students will be provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Simmons University.

The certificate consists of 7 courses (21 credits) over four semesters. The development of IPI core skills and knowledge are guided by the informationists’ competency framework. Practical experience will be gained through a multi-phased capstone project. In Phase I, students observe various sites and work with mentors to  create a written plan. In Phase II, students will be embedded into a research or clinical team for 100 hours at a partner institution and will produce a final report which includes a summary, reflection, and critical analysis.


All courses will be offered in a synchronous online format. The capstone is a field experience.

Spring 2020 (9 credits)

  • Foundations of IPI
  • Health and Biomedical Informatics
  • Conducting Research: Methods and Design

Fall 2020 (9 credits)

  • Scientific Research Data Management 
  • Applied Statistics in Library and Information Science
  • Collaboration and Leadership

Summer 2020 (.5 credit)

  • Capstone: Phase 1

Spring 2021 (.5 credit)

  • Capstone: Phase II

We are no longer accepting application for this Certificate.