Health Informatics Certificate

This program focuses on the application of computers to generate, validate, secure and integrate healthcare data so it can be effectively used to support the decision-making activities of clinical and administrative professionals.

This program is offered in a distance learning format and generally can be completed in three semesters or less. The courses that comprise this certificate program may also be applied to the department's master's degree program.

Application requirements and checklist

Required Foundational Course

  • PSY 3331 - Statistics (4 credits)

Total required semester credits: 18

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Expand and Collapse HIF 6010 - Foundations Health Informatics

An introduction to the US Healthcare system and the role of informatics. Examines clinical, research, and administrative applications of information technology applications used by healthcare professionals. The course will cover the history of the field, an introduction to clinical data, electronic health records, decision support systems, computerized order entry, and consumer applications.

Expand and Collapse HIF 6230 - Human Factors and Usability

Explore the principles of user-centered design and their application for the development and use of health information technology products for clinicians and patients. Examine the role of cognitive science in information technology, the user-centered design process, and research methods used for evaluating the usability of technology

Expand and Collapse HIF 6230 - Human Factors and Usability

Explore the principles of user-centered design and their application for the development and use of health information technology products for clinicians and patients. Examine the role of cognitive science in information technology, the user-centered design process, and research methods used for evaluating the usability of technology

Expand and Collapse HIF 6537 - Systems Design and Software Development

Introduction to computer programming with a focus on the phases of the systems development lifecycle. Topics include: preliminary investigation, physical and logical documentation, detailed investigation of requirements and alternative specifications, analysis and design techniques, implementation considerations, development of logical and physical data flow diagrams, data modeling, prototyping, and tools.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6505 - Database Methods Clin Info Mgt

Addresses database theory, methodologies for database design and issues related to database administration. Emphasis is on requirements and methodologies for assuring data integrity and security in healthcare enterprise information systems, specifically in relationship to the database environment. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of HIM and US Healthcare System, or permission of the department.

Expand and Collapse HIM 6509 - Med Vocab & Classif Systems

The representation of clinical data through the use of medical vocabularies and clinical classification systems. Emphasis is on developing expertise in identifying appropriate clinical classification systems and medical vocabularies, identifying their appropriate uses and sources, and applying them within and among health information systems to promote effective communication. Prerequisite: HIM 6501 or permission of department.

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Tuition: $610/credit*

*This tuition rate is in effect for the 2014-2015 academic year and is subject to change in subsequent years. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on each person's transfer credits and individualized program plan.