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Health Informatics, Graduate Certificate Courses

The following are courses in the Health Informatics Graduate Certificate program.

Required Courses

IF 701: Introduction to Health Informatics

3 Credits
Introduction to Health Informatics works as an introductory class in two ways: first, it launches your study of health informatics, and second, it commences your work in this MS program. Appropriately, the course itself begins with basics of health informatics and its related professional roles. From there, you investigate health informatics’ past, present, and future, and begin building your understanding of theories and research that apply to both health information technology (HIT) and evidence-based practice (EBP). Next, you examine administrative and clinical health information systems, including electronic health records (EHRs). In the next few weeks of the course, you consider topics such as the security and privacy of data, the quality of care, and the safety of patients. You conclude your work in this first course by exploring the engagement and experience of patients, as well as the emerging technologies and trends relevant to health informatics.

IF 702: Understanding Health Information Systems

3 Credits
Understanding Health Information Systems is the second course in your certificate program. This course begins by introducing you to the terminology, hardware, and software used in health information technology (HIT). Next, you are introduced to electronic health records (EHRs) to develop an understanding of their advantages and challenges. You also learn about how data are organized in an EHR. Then, you learn about the systems development life cycle (SDLC) and how it is used in decision-making. The course then shifts to data analytics, as you explore the various sources of data used in HIT and how data are used in different types of healthcare facilities. Furthermore, you learn about the importance of interoperability and the challenges of making systems work together. The course ends by examining how the underlying concepts in the Foundation of Knowledge model and the data-information-knowledge-wisdom (DIKW) paradigm help transform data and information into knowledge and wisdom.

IF 703: Data Management and Utilization

3 Credits
Data Management and Utilization is the third course in your certificate program. This course begins by introducing you to the terminology related to data storage and collection and data analytics. In addition, you learn about the emerging technologies used for data analysis. You will learn about data information, data governance, and the ethical considerations of the electronic health record (EHR). In addition, you learn how databases are used to store and collect information. The course then shifts to data analysis, as you explore the types of statistical software used to examine healthcare data. You will learn about data mining and how it is used to look for patterns and trends in healthcare data. Next, you examine the types of data collected in different healthcare facilities and how data is used in decision making and evidence-based practice. The course ends by examining decision support systems (DSSs), the major types of standardized language terminologies used in healthcare, and the certification processes required for interoperability capabilities.

IF 704: Strategic Planning in Health Informatics

3 Credits
Strategic Planning in Health Informatics is the fourth course in your certificate program. This course reinforces key informatics concepts in relation to relevant management, leadership, and strategic planning mechanisms. The course begins by examining the steps in the strategic planning process. The in-depth examination of the systems development life cycle (SDLC) and health information processes that follows includes internal and external audits, needs assessments, requests for information (RFI), and requests for proposals (RFP). You will learn about the process of implementing and evaluating a plan. You will then explore data analytics and how healthcare professionals use data. The course ends by examining healthcare information system (HCIS) standards and information technology (IT) alignment.