Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics Online Course List
The length of the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Informatics is three semesters, or one full year, assuming a student takes two courses each semester. Students may complete the certificate faster by taking more than one course each eight-week session upon approval from their support specialist.
Degree Plan for Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics:
This course provides a framework for understanding the changing landscapes for healthcare and for public health, exploring the importance of health informatics for the success of both. Topics will include the ongoing transition from a pay-for-services model of healthcare delivery to accountable care networks, emerging public health and healthcare partnerships, and the need for analytics that can address the particular characteristics of big health data.
This course introduces students to the central concepts in Health Informatics with a survey of the concepts needed to leverage the improvement of healthcare outcomes with the use of technology. Students will explore the various technology platforms used in healthcare, how healthcare data is used, and the law, rules, regulations that shape the both the technology and the data. This course will offer students a framework for deeper understanding of the concepts in subsequent course work.
This course explores the dynamic between healthcare and quality measures. Healthcare is in a state of change and much of that has to do with improving patient outcomes, which often are tied now to payor requirements. Students will complete this course with a solid understanding of healthcare quality standards, the regulations around those standards, and how they are affected by the use of technology and data management. Other topics covered will include process improvement, Meaningful Use, workflow redesign, and statistics.
The field of health informatics depends on advanced computing systems to collect health data and analytical sophistication to make sense of that data. This course provides students with a solid understanding of the computer science that undergirds the entire field, exploring the design and implementation of database systems and technology applications, data communications, and systems analysis. Students will learn to identify current and emerging information technologies that may have strategic value for enterprise solutions, assess where those technologies may have strategic value, and explore methods for implementing those technologies in their organizations.
This course explores in depth database basics such as the relational algebra and data model, schema normalization, query optimization, and transactions. The course addresses current needs in database design and use for optimized human-computer interaction, for rigorous security, and for robust modeling that can transform raw data into useful information. This course will also provide a deep exploration into data standards and what part that plays in the field of Informatics. Students will gain a solid understanding of, and extensive practice with, structured query language (SQL).
This course explores legislation and regulation relating to health informatics. The course will examine the major laws and agency regulations governing healthcare technology, data collection, management, and privacy, as well as the security standards required for healthcare and health-related organizations. Students will explore the intent behind, and ethical dimensions of, health informatics regulatory frameworks, using case studies of recent health information uses, security breaches, and challenges to interoperability. This course will also look ahead to the impact of future Health IT regulations.
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