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College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics

The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics is designed to provide students scientific knowledge on biomedical information and data, its storage, retrieval and optimal use for effective problem solving and decision making in healthcare. Health Informatics is the intersection of health information, computer science and healthcare systems designed to benefit public health and research.

Program Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the program, students will be able to

  1. Improve healthcare delivery in health organizations through technology
  2. Acquire depth and breadth of knowledge in the principles of health informatics
  3. Conceptualize a theoretical framework for the design and development of health information systems
  4. Manage data and its impact in the delivery of quality healthcare services
Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics
12 Credits
Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission into the certificate program, prospective students must:

  • Have earned the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Submit official transcripts from the bachelor degree-awarding institution(s), and any post-bachelor degree institution including any master’s degrees or credits. Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a University acceptable agency.
  • Have a Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Program Requirements

*Students must earn a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students receiving a grade below a B must retake the course before credit is given.

Tuition & Cost

Per Credit Hour: $325
Estimated Tuition: $3,900

Completion Time

2 semesters/4 months·       

Courses

MHS 524: Fundamental of Health Informatics

Evolution of health informatics to improve quality and enhance patient safety. Includes definitions, theories, technologies, workflow and expectations in the informatics field, tools and professional organizations. Prerequisites: No

MHS 515: Information System in Healthcare

Overview of various health information systems with emphasis on case studies like patient-care, clinical decision-support, disease and demographic surveillance, imaging and simulation, and safety and environmental assessment. Fundamentals of proposing, reporting, and refereeing evaluation studies are covered. Legal and ethical issues related to training, security, confidentiality, and the use of informed consent are also addressed. Prerequisites: None

MHS 525: Strategic Planning and IT Management

Strategic planning addresses long-term goals and the allocation of IT resources. Tactical plans outlining specific steps and timetables to achieve the strategic goals including hardware and software architecture, and end-user computing resources are. Topics include budget and risk management controls. Prerequisites: None

MHS 527: Data Standard and Analytics

With major provisions for electronic health records with the Affordable Care Act, there will be a reduction in costs, in errors, improved and standardized data, and the meaningful use of such data improving the quality of care. Design of a better disease management strategy leading to lifestyle adjustments and wellness measures will follow. The grand challenge problems healthcare of connecting medicine and computational thinking will be elucidated. Prerequisites: None