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Health Information Security Graduate Certificate

Learn the skills to effectively safeguard protected medical information with professional education in health IT.

This program provides comprehensive knowledge and skill in health information security program development and administration, including policy, procedures, architectures, risk assessment, disaster recovery, and business continuity for both healthcare and public health organizations. Program graduates will be prepared to take on roles like:

  • Information Security Officer
  • Health Information Privacy and Security Specialist
  • Chief Health Care and Information Privacy and Security Officers (CISO),

Applicants should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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Plan of Study

This 18-credit-hour program includes six courses and a mentored practicum. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of a 3.00, with a grade of a B- or better in all individual coursework.

Core Curriculum

Select two of the following courses:

  • CIT 52800 Information Security Risk Assessment
  • CIT 56200 Mobile and Network Forensics*
  • CIT 53200 Wireless Security and Technology*
  • CIT 55510 Network Security*
  • CIT 51600 Database Security*
  • CIT XXXXX Network and Mobile¬†Forensics*

* These courses may be offered under TECH 58100 Workshop in Technology until the course numbers are approved.

Mentored Practicum

The mentored practicum allows students to integrate classroom training with real-world experiences. Depending upon the venue chosen, this practical experience may include:

  • Working alongside faculty/staff from the Indiana School of Medicine and Regenstrief in electronic health care systems
  • Developing and integrating security and privacy policies into real healthcare systems
  • Participating in privacy/security projects that involve the Marion County Public Health Department
  • Involvement in one of many funded research groups with projects in-progress across the broad spectrum of clinical, public health, and health informatics

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Informatics in Health Information Security program will be qualified to serve as institutional/organizational information privacy or security officers:

  1. Understanding Technology and Methodologies for Processing Information in Health Care:
    • Explain concepts of information and communication technologies
    • Analyze network service management (i.e. DNS/DHCP, web, email, spam filtering, resource sharing, database, directory services and authentication), network communication and security (i.e. network devices, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and incident response/forensics), and administration (i.e. shell scripting, documentation/request management, policy and procedure management, data center considerations, and virtualization)
    • Implement standards and terminologies for maintaining privacy and security of protected health information
  2. Information Literacy for Health Care:
    • Determine the nature and extent of the privacy and security needed to protect health information
    • Propose infrastructure needed to safeguard protected health information effectively and efficiently
    • Evaluate administrative, technical and physical safeguards critically
    • Access privacy and security regulations for health care information transactions including policy, procedures, guidelines, security architectures, risk assessments, disaster recovery, and business continuity; particular attention given to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act
  3. Information Management:
    • Verbalize the importance of health information exchange to healthcare outcomes
    • Have knowledge of various types of health information exchange services
    • Assure confidentiality of protected patient health information when using health information exchange
    • Assure access control in the use of health information exchange
    • Assure the security of health information exchange
    • Possess the skills as outlined in supportive functions component of the HL7 model applicable to health information exchange
    • Understand the principles upon which organizational and professional health information systems for providers and consumers are based

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