Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality

Secure and trustworthy healthcare data impacts progressive care.

Healthcare data is the fastest growing data segment across all occupations as a result of widespread use of digitized communication, health records, and patient care. Many health systems indicate there will be a continued annual acceleration of health-related data by patients and consumers across the globe. Overall, the volume of global health data is expected to grow at a rate of 48% annually, with the average person contributing over one million gigabytes of data in their lifetime—equivalent to about 300 million books. 

The Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality exposes modernized healthcare technology trends, applies healthcare quality framework in real-life applications, and teaches best practices for advancing patient experience of care in compliance with intricate legal regulations. Healthcare data will continue to mature and become more complex. Meeting the challenges facing healthcare will demand agility, learning, and contemporary thinking.

Program Course Structure

4

Courses

Each course has been designed by public health experts & administrators with employer demand in mind.

8

Months to Complete

Gain advanced credentials in one semester, or less, with dedicated coaching & support.

8

Week Course Length

Concentrated learning with ready-to-use skills for health data quality careers.

Graduate Certificate Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality requires you to complete 12 credit hours of required courses:

HIN 605: Introduction to Health Informatics (Credits: 3)

This course introduces students to central health informatics tools, techniques, and concepts used to improve health outcomes through technology. Students explore various healthcare technology platforms, how data is used in healthcare, and how the need for cybersecurity and health data privacy shape the information infrastructure that powers modern healthcare.  This course offers students a framework for deeper understanding of many of the concepts explored in subsequent coursework.

HCA 610: Healthcare Quality for Enhanced Value-Based Patient Outcomes (Credits: 3)

This course explores the dynamic between healthcare delivery and the leveraging of informatics for enhanced patient outcomes. Given increased scrutiny on empirical value-based care metrics for payer reimbursement, informatics data and its strategic utilization will be key in the new continuum of care models. 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 analysis. Key themes will include the latest quality of care compliance trends like promoting interoperability, patient generated health data, participatory medicine, and leveraging population health metrics for quality improvement.

HIN 735: End-User Experience Monitoring and Data Management (Credits: 3)

User experience UX metrics are key to designing and improving mission-critical information systems used by many people within the organization. In this course, students will learn techniques for measuring user experience both quantitatively and qualitatively, and for analyzing that data to reveal deep understandings about user behavior with particular systems. Students will move beyond merely understanding user behavior by learning and practicing techniques for influencing user behavior toward desirable interactions and outcomes. Students will learn how measuring and influencing the user experience can significantly improve mission-critical data quantity and quality.

HCA 760: Healthcare Finance and Revenue Cycle Strategy (Credits: 3)

This course explores the fundamentals of finance and economics in a health care system at both the local system and national levels. Healthcare leadership increasingly depends upon deep and strategic understanding of the complex payor systems that provide revenue to their organizations. Students will gain expertise crafting strategic approaches to managing market supply and demand, the economics of care and managed care, budgeting, accounting, and fiscal reporting.

All courses are graduate level and taught in eight-week terms. The Health Data Quality certificate is two semesters in length, which is the time equivalent of eight months (presuming you choose to take a regular course load consisting of one course each eight-week term, two courses per semester). However, to accelerate earning your certificate, you may complete the program in four to six months by taking more than one course each eight-week term.

Choose your own start time

The Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality can fit into your busy schedule with multiple start times throughout the year. UNE Online offers rolling admission with three separate start times—Spring, Summer, and Fall—so you can begin as soon as you’re ready to start.

Start with a Graduate Certificate, Transfer it to a Master’s Degree Later

Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate can “stack” earned credits into UNE’s 100% online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program. This can be done immediately or within several years after completion of the graduate certificate. Reach out to an enrollment counselor at healthcareadmin@une.edu or (866) 722-5096 for more details on this opportunity.

Transfer credit policy

Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer up to one, 3-credit course (maximum three semester credits) into the Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality program. In order to be considered for transfer, the course must be classified as graduate level, have been taken within five years of application, completed with a grade of “B” or better, and be equivalent to one of the required program courses or an elective course that meets the goals of the student’s education.

To request consideration for transfer credit, a student must provide an official transcript and a course syllabus for each course. Your enrollment counselor or student support specialist can assist you with this request.

Students who successfully earn the Health Data Quality certificate are able to:

  • Evaluate the ways new and developing healthcare technology trends influence worldwide health outcomes, and propose potential technology-based solutions for increasing worldwide health outcomes
  • Apply technology and the healthcare quality framework to meet the goals of the triple aim of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare
  • Develop healthcare quality improvement proposals that align with the complex system of legal and regulatory compliance that governs the healthcare system
  • Stack earned credits from each course into a Master of Healthcare Administration degree

 

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the coursework or the program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.