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Innovations in information and communication technologies are empowering and transforming healthcare. Meeting significant healthcare challenges and demands for quality, value, access, and connectivity requires new more collaborative interprofessional, patient/citizen-focused, and technology-enabled approaches. The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics supports students interested in addressing these challenges and advancing their careers at the intersection of technological innovation and human health.
You’ll acquire and develop a professional portfolio to demonstrate competencies needed to contribute to the development, adoption, and progress of technology applications into healthcare delivery. In addition to healthcare professionals such as nurses, physicians, pharmacists, therapists, and lab scientists, this certificate also provides value for those with broader backgrounds including information systems and computer technologies, business, the sciences, law, engineering, and liberal arts.
Graduates then qualify for positions working as analysts, coordinators, project managers, and specialists contributing in healthcare delivery, and with consulting firms, health insurance companies, government agencies, and businesses providing innovative products and services to the global healthcare industry. Upon completion of this four-course four-month certificate, those who wish to continue their education and further grow into leadership roles in health information technology can also use all of these course credits towards their informatics master’s degree.
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- 4 courses; 18 quarter units
Introduces electronic health record (EHR) and communication systems including the application of Meaningful Use criteria to optimize quality and effectiveness of patient care and improve care coordination. Explore care delivery innovations across multiple care settings and specialties using a patient-centric model.
Healthcare information technology lifecycle management and strategic planning; organization and management of informatics support staff and other healthcare professionals to optimize the value from health information technology implementation.
Health data standards, sources, representation, terminologies, vocabularies and ontologies to support interoperability of information within and between health care organizations. Health information security practices, privacy, confidentiality, and management of patient rights. Clinical data and process modeling for medical decision making. Policy development and documentation for exchange of health information.
Prerequisite: HTM 520; HTM 552; HTM 660
Health informatics case study requiring analysis and synthesis of complex human, financial, and technical resources for the strategic use of information technology in a healthcare organization. Students study best practice case studies and make recommendations considering organizational dynamics and technical and market knowledge in a simulated healthcare environment
Program Learning Outcomes
- Communicate innovative technology applications and health information system solutions to stakeholders of the healthcare ecosystem.
- Evaluate the effective adoption of information and communication technologies in healthcare organizations using effective project management, interprofessional teams, and leadership practices.
- Analyze health technologies, languages, standards, and methods that improve systems interoperability, communications, and patient-centered care coordination.
- Evaluate best practices that advance the health of individuals and populations through technology-enabled improvements in care delivery quality, efficiency, safety, access, and value.
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