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Health Care Informatics Graduate Certificate

Overview

Health Care Informatics is a dynamic emerging field that focuses on how technology is used in the delivery of health care services. Informatics has made many contributions to the health care environment in recent years: applications of technology to administrative and financial transactions, such as billing and inventory control; a virtual explosion of health-related information available to consumers via the Internet; as well as the ARRA High Tech Stimulus Act that promotes the implementation of electronic medical records, and gains in making health evidence research more accessible to health professionals, researchers, and patients.

Increasing federal interest in improving health care quality and efficiency has placed even greater demands on our health informatics workforce. The net effect is there is a growing gap between the need for a workforce having the requisite skills and behaviors and the numbers of trained personnel available to perform these tasks.

Designed for professionals and students in health care, such as nursing, medical imaging, occupational therapy, physical therapy, management information systems, information technology, and health administration, the graduate certificate seeks to prepare future health informatics leaders to understand the complexities among health informatics stakeholders in the community, while also enhancing their abilities to use interrelationships among health information technology, healthcare delivery and regulatory processes, and information management.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to discuss the issues leading to the rise of enterprise information governance, and its impact on organizations and individuals.
  2. Students will be able to discuss the concept of information as a core business asset of the healthcare organization.
  3. Students will be able to discuss the rationale for linking the strategic business and care delivery goals of the healthcare organization to the information technology and information management strategic goals.
  4. Students will be able to discuss the aspects of enterprise information governance in healthcare organizations.
  5. Students will be able to discuss the roles and responsibilities of the participants in enterprise information governance processes.
  6. Students will be able to discuss the elements of an enterprise information governance strategic plan.
  7. Students will be able to discuss the determinants of enterprise information governance maturity and maturity assessment.
  8. Students will be able to discuss the need of the health informaticist to keep current with evolving information management and governance theory and practice.

Program Delivery

Courses are offered fully online. Misericordia University uses Blackboard and Adobe Connect as platforms for distance education. Training is available on how to use these Internet tools; click here for additional information.

Outline of Health Care Informatics Graduate Certificate Curriculum

The certificate program consists of the following courses:

HCI 505 The Business of Health Informatics 3 credits
HCI 510 Modeling Health Information 3 credits 
HCI 520  Health Care Systems  3 credits 
MBA580/OM580 Project Management 3 credits
or    
HCI 530 Health Care Systems Analysis and Design 3 credits
HCI 610 Legal, Ethical, and Public Policy Issues in Health Care Informatics 3 credits
HCI 620 Enterprise Information Governance 3 credits
Total credits 18  

Highlights

  • Taught fully online
  • Low tuition, only $650 per credit
  • Designed specifically for adult learners – high level of customer service
  • Predictable scheduling – two classes per semester; Classes are 7.5 weeks long
  • Program length: The certificate program is designed to be completed in as little as one year in a part-time format

Can I take individual classes or must I complete the entire certificate?

Classes are open to anyone; however, strong preference is given to those who register early and commit to the full certificate.

How does employer reimbursement or payment work?

A tuition reimbursement letter stating the terms of the benefit from the employer must be on file prior to registration. This payment plan permits tuition and fees to be paid up to thirty (30) days after the issuance of grades instead of at the time of registration. It is the responsibility of the student, not the employer, to ensure that payment is made. Students receiving only partial tuition benefits must make arrangements to pay the costs that are not covered by the employer at the time of registration.

Who can help me if I have questions?

For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, contact David Pasquini, Assistant Director of Admissions Part Time and Graduate Programs at 570-674-8183 or e-mail dpasquin@misericordia.edu.