Health Information Systems Architecture Certificate
This program transforms applicants with IT and computer science backgrounds into health information system architects for health information systems design and development. Participants gain both theoretical and practical background in health information system design. Practical experience may come from projects with OpenMRS or commercial health information systems available through Regenstrief Institute and the School of Informatics and Computing.
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will possess the following:
- A basic understanding of health informatics and health information systems
- Practical experience in developing software tools for health information systems
- Excellent knowledge of technical issues associated with health information system development, such as security, client-server application development, health information reporting and data analysis
Qualified applicants are expected to have an undergraduate or graduate degree in Computer Science or in a closely-related field, with a strong programming and database skill set.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Informatics in Health Information Systems Architecture will be the architects and developers of advanced health IT solutions. These individuals will be cross-trained in IT and health domains, thereby possessing a high level of familiarity with health domains to complement their technical skills in computer and information science:
- Understanding Technology and Methodologies for Processing Information Healthcare:
- Explain health informatics and design and develop health information systems
- Recommend usability and usefulness measures to evaluate health information systems
- Discern principles of informatics that govern communication systems, health decisions, information retrieval, telemedicine, bioinformatics and evidence-based medicine, as well as ways in which information science and computer technology can enhance evidence-based practice in healthcare
- Information Literacy for Health Care:
- Inspect solutions for management and mining of data generated in scientific laboratories and clinical trials for data mining and knowledge discovery, which include knowledge discovery techniques and databases, extraction of data/metadata stored in data warehouses using Storage Area Networks and dealing with issues of handling this data
- Design approaches to access needed information effectively and efficiently
- Analyze the principles and methodologies underlying most standards for healthcare data interchange and practical issues of reading and understanding specifications, implementing and translating between standards
- Information Management:
- Analyze theoretical and practical models for the delivery of consumer health information and implement them in the design and development of consumer health information resources
Qualified applicants must hold a four-year or advanced degree from an accredited institution and may include the following:
- Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other practicing clinicians
- Health care administrators
- IT or computer science professionals
- Health researchers and informaticians
- Others with interest and background in health care or IT
Plan of Study
This 18 credit hour program includes five 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.
- INFO B535 Clinical Information Systems
- INFO B581 Health Informatics Standards and Terminology
- LIS S644 Consumer Health Informatics
- INFO B530 Foundations of Health Informatics
- INFO B585 BioHealth Analytics
The mentored practicum allows trainees the opportunity to work on real-world health information systems.