Healthcare Informatics Certificate

The Healthcare Informatics certificate allows students to study concepts of nursing science, computer science, and informational analysis. With this study, you will be able to help strengthen the quality of healthcare decisions made by patients, nurses, and other professionals. This certificate positions healthcare administration leaders to guide and direct the improvement of healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency, in a very specialized, data-driven field. 


Principles of Informatics in Healthcare Professions (3 credits)

As the world of technology continues to evolve, professionals must be well prepared to make significant contributions by harnessing appropriate and timely information. This course will provide the basic theoretical framework and knowledge base for information management within various settings. Exploration of the roles and competences associated with informatics in a variety of environments and the associated functions of advocacy, informatics theories (using the concepts of data, information, knowledge and wisdom), systems application, outcome management and evidence-based practice application will be addressed.

Ethics and Informatics (3 credits)

The adoption of new technological and communication advancements, and use of decision-making support tools, reveal different moral dilemmas. The context for examining these moral issues or ethical dilemmas will become increasingly complex. This course will highlight familiar and new ethical concepts to consider when applied to informatics.

The Human–Technology Interface (3 credits)

Any time humans use technology, some type of hardware or software enables or supports the interaction. Poorly designed technology and communication systems can lead to errors, lower productivity, or even the removal of the offending system. Unfortunately, as more complex health information technology applications are integrated, the problems can become even worse. Professionals tend to be very creative and can develop workarounds that allow circumvention of troublesome technology that unfortunately do not offer long-term solutions. This course will address the human–technology interface, explore human–technology interface problems, provide an overview of the purpose of conducting workflow analysis and design, explore meaningful use and cite measures of efficiency and effectiveness that can be applied to redesign workflow efforts and processes.

Applied Clinical Informatics in Patient-Centered Care (3 credits)

This course investigates the application of information technology and impact it has on interactions between healthcare providers and patients. The primary focus of the course will include ways in which patients are engaged and empowered by the use of informatics technology, application and development of clinical decision-making tools, meaningful use, and the influence on patient outcomes and safety. Topics will include project management for the implementation of informatics technology, use of simulation, workflow analysis and solution modeling.