Graduate Certificate: Health Informatics

COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

About the Certificate

The Health Informatics (HI) certificate is a 12-credit certificate designed to instill in students the skills needed to embark on or advance a career in health informatics. The certificate program provides hands-on skills taught by industry leaders using and implementing advanced health information technology (IT). It is designed to expand students' understanding of privacy and security requirements, the role of standards and data exchange, and fundamentals associated with managing health IT. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the goals and objectives of each class taught within the online learning management system.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 2 years

Campus Location: Online

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate may be completed on a part-time basis.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: The certificate program is not open to non-matriculated graduate students.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:
Fall and Spring admissions are on a rolling basis.

First, complete and submit the Graduate Information Request form found at https://cph.temple.edu/graduate-information-request.

In addition, all applicants must complete Temple University's graduate application. The paper form is available at http://www.temple.edu/grad/admissions/documents/Web_GRAD_APPLICATION_FORM.pdf. Note that the application fee is waived when applying for the certificate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2

From Whom: Recommendations must be submitted using the form found at http://www.temple.edu/grad/admissions/documents/Web_GRAD_REFERENCE_REPORT.pdf. Evaluators should be individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity, such as a faculty member, a supervisor, a colleague, or a co-worker in another department who interacts in a professional capacity.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree, having earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, from an accredited college or university. Official transcripts for courses taken for credit at all colleges/universities attended are required. Transcripts must be original and sent directly to Temple University in a sealed envelope from the original source.

Resume: Current resume or CV required.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

Required Courses:

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
HIM 8001IT For EHR Systems3
 Term Credit Hours3
Spring
HIM 8012Managing Health Informatics Systems3
 Term Credit Hours3
Summer
HIM 8027EHR Ethics Legal Advocacy (Summer I)3
HIM 8028Health Data Standards (Summer II)3
 Term Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours: 12

Courses

HIM 5001. Information Systems: Documentation, Ethical and Legal Aspects. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to health information management, based on the essential body of knowledge, including the major components of the healthcare delivery system, documentation systems in acute care and specialty sites, and medico-legal and ethical aspects of information systems.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIM 5002. Clinical Info Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to clinical information systems, including introduction to a common body of knowledge, essential to the foundation of the EHRS. The course covers components of coding and health care financial management. Clinical data management is reviewed, including managing the coding function in healthcare organizations, uniform data sets, evaluation of coding and quality assurance of data, DRGs and other case mix systems, and registries and specialized databases.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIM 5003. Mgt Systems in Hlthcare. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIM 5004. Introduction to Health Care Delivery. 3 Credit Hours.

The health care delivery system is studied, with a focus on issues related to access, cost and quality. System components are examined including: important values and beliefs; the historical development of the health care system and the current status; health services financing; the role of health care professionals; the use of technology; outpatient, primary care, inpatient, managed care, long-term care and integrated services; issues for special populations; the process and purpose of health policy; and future options for the delivery system.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIM 8001. IT For EHR Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the development of electronic health record systems (EHRS). The course recognizes that the management of the electronic health record is increasingly important as a result of national healthcare policy, increased regulatory and external factors, the need for access management, and the increased demand for integration and the availability of health information. The course will also consider the various types of health information systems that exist in organizations and serve as feeders to clinical repositories.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
((HIM 5001|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently
AND HIM 5002|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently))
AND (HIM 5004|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently
OR HIM 5003|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently).

HIM 8011. Reimbursement Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

This course examines healthcare reimbursement systems. Students examine complex financial systems and explore the principles of reimbursement as they apply to various types of health care settings. This course focuses on reimbursement and reporting requirements, and the students become familiar with topics such as fraud and abuse, revenue cycle management, charge master data, quality, and safety-related reimbursement incentive models.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
HIM 8001|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently.

HIM 8012. Managing Health Informatics Systems. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the effective management of health informatics systems. The course focuses on the technical foundations required for the successful management of health informatics systems initiatives with specific regard to an organization's operational and strategic goals and stakeholders. Topics related to the use of IT as a strategic resource, strategic IT plans, the importance of stakeholders in IT programs, networking, interoperability approaches, data security, IT purchase justifications, risk assessments, IT architectures and emerging technologies are explored.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIM 8013. Healthcare Database Design, Development, and Data Analysis. 3 Credit Hours.

Modern life science organizations rely on databases for transaction management, data analysis, outcomes assessment, and to satisfy the internal needs of the organization as well as to satisfy regulatory, legal, and accrediting bodies. The goal of the course is to provide hands-on use of database management tools promoting a strong understanding of database design, data modeling and structured query language for data definition and data manipulation, and data analysis tools including pivot tables. In addition, the course will explore operational database systems versus analytic systems, the importance of database design on data integrity, data warehousing, and data mining at modern health science organizations. Data formats, collection, and integrity as they relate to continual performance improvement, with specific attention to practitioner performance, are also stressed.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIM 8014. Health Informatics Project Management. 3 Credit Hours.

The development of interoperable electronic health record systems has resulted in increased systems integration, convergence, and complexity. Nearly half of all IT projects fail to meet budget, schedule, and functionality. The course provides a hands-on approach to systems analysis and management of health informatics (HI) projects. Students will be introduced to the concepts of managing HI projects by focusing on initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing projects in the context of topics such as integration, scope, timing, cost, quality, human resource, technology, communications, and risk and procurement. Students will also be provided an opportunity to analyze functional requirements for HI projects using a variety of process modeling approaches.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

HIM 8027. EHR Ethics Legal Advocacy. 3 Credit Hours.

This course focuses on privacy and confidentiality and current legislative and health policy issues for electronic health record systems (EHRS). Ethical issues related to EHRS and advocacy of patients' and consumers' needs are explored.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
HIM 8001|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently.

HIM 8028. Health Data Standards. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an introduction to the principles of healthcare interoperability and provides foundation in healthcare standardization related to: privacy, security, clinical vocabularies, data messaging, architectural framework, data content, and the meaningful use of electronic health record systems (EHRs). The course explores the role of healthcare standards in supporting interoperability, patient care, research, and the practice of evidence-based medicine. National and international standards development efforts are also discussed.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
HIM 8001|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently.

HIM 8029. Graduate Seminar. 3 Credit Hours.

In this capstone seminar, students discuss current and emerging issues related to the EHR and to approaches to lifelong learning in the discipline and career of informatics. We hope that this is a fun, high-learning yet low-keyed, interactive way of approaching the more "practical" aspects of Informatics and Health IT.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits

Pre-requisites:
(HIM 8001|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (HIM 8011|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (HIM 8027|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (HIM 8028|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (MIS 5001|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently
OR HIM 8012|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (MIS 5101|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently
OR HIM 8013|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (MIS 5102|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently
OR HIM 8014|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently).

HIM 8050. Special Topics in Health Informatics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides students the opportunity to explore new and emerging areas in the field of health informatics, to gain a deeper understanding of a specific area within the field. This course may also be used to present areas of study not normally taught in the program.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

HIM 9082. Independent Study in Health Informatics. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

This course provides students the opportunity to work independently under the direction of a faculty advisor to gain a deeper understanding of an area in Health Informatics.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit..

HIM 9189. Applied Project. 3 Credit Hours.

The Applied Project Field Study course serves as the capstone project for the Master of Science in Health Informatics. Students will develop an applied research project that focuses on a specific discipline of health informatics such as topics relating to the Electronic Health Record, Health Information Exchange, Meaningful Use, and Ethical/Legal issues.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Pre-requisites:
(HIM 8001|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (HIM 8011|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (HIM 8027|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (HIM 8028|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (MIS 5001|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently
OR HIM 8012|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (MIS 5101|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently
OR HIM 8013|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (MIS 5102|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently
OR HIM 8014|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently)
AND (OTHR 8509|Minimum Grade of B-|May not be taken concurrently).

Contacts

Certificate Program Web Address:

https://cph.temple.edu/healthadminpolicy/programs-offered/continuing-education

Department Information:

Dept. of Health Services Administration and Policy

524 Ritter Hall Annex

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6005

hlthinfo@temple.edu

215-204-5899

Mailing Address for Application Materials:

Dept. of Health Services Administration and Policy

ATTN: Health Informatics Certificate Applications

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, 524 Ritter Hall Annex

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6005

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

Rena Pacheco

Academic Coordinator

hlthinfo@temple.edu

215-204-5899

Graduate Program Director:

Thomas Martin, Ph.D.

trmartin@temple.edu

215-204-1892