Department ofBioHealth Informatics

Health Information Security Certificate

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 health care and public health organizations. Program graduates will be prepared to take on the roles like:

Successful applicants will possess a bachelors or masters degree who are seeking professional education in health IT.

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 Healthcare:
    • 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 Healthcare:
    • 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 healthcare 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

Getting Started

Qualified applicants must hold a four-year or advanced degree from an accredited institution and may include the following:

Plan of Study

This 18 credit hour program includes six courses and 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

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:

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