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