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Selected Health Informatics Courses

N415. Introduction to Health Informatics

This graduate course provides an overview of the discipline of health informatics including key informatics definitions, concepts, models and theories. The student is introduced to key application areas within Health Informatics, as well as seminal people, events and literature of the field. Fall, Spring (distance-based) 3 credits.

N409. Health Information Systems

This course provides an overview of historical, current, and emerging information systems in health care. Multiple systems, vendors, processes, and organizations will be studied. Students will learn features and functions that are common to most health care information systems. Criteria, tools, and methods for evaluating health care information systems will be explored. This course also explores the anticipated impact of a National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII) for improving population-based health outcomes. Fall (distance-based). 3 credits.

N414. Data, Information, and Knowledge Representation

This course addresses different strategies for representing data, information and knowledge including description logic, information models, data elements, terminologies and ontologies. Emphasis will be placed on the data, information, knowledge framework for solving problems in health informatics. Both declarative and procedural knowledge acquisition, modeling, representation and use will be explored. Spring (distance-based) 3 credits.

N563. System Design, Implementation, Evaluation, and Maintenance

This course addresses the complex processes involved in the design, implementation, evaluation and maintenance of health care information systems. Using a team-based approach, students develop  knowledge, technical skills, and evaluative methods used in the assessment of information systems through the application of the didactic content in the development of a small scale information system project. Emphasis is placed on systems lifecycle, system architecture, clinical information system testing and system selection, implementation planning and strategies and project management, evaluation methods for improvements in care, and process improvement through the use of archived data in health care. Students will learn techniques for operational, technical and ongoing analysis of system maintenance and evaluation. Fall (distance-based) 3 credits.

H325. Healthcare in the 21st Century

Introduces Health Sector Management students to the interlocking segments of the industry (for example, doctors, hospitals, HMOs/PPOs, insurers, consultants, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices), their current status, and how they are changing. It will analyze Health Care Industry from a historical perspective to understand how the industry has evolved to its current state and to predict where it is likely to go in the next century. To better understand the current health care environment, the course will explore the industry from several perspectives: the provider/patient/payor interface, the changing demographics of health, growth of technology, emerging regulatory patterns, and comparative strategies of public health across nations.

N410. Health Information Exchange Standards, Methods, and Models

This course introduces the landscape of data standards necessary to achieve interoperability within and among complex healthcare organizations. Standards covered begin with the planning phases for health information technology (HIT) through data, data structures, terminology, data transport, electronic health records and personal health records, decision support, privacy and security, and other related applications. The creation, functionality, uptake, and the usability of standards from both a national as well as international perspective will be discussed as will models for local and regional health information exchange. Summer (distance-based)  3 credits.

 N412. Health Systems Project Management

This course is designed to train skills in facilitating strategic planning and management of complex projects in health care organizations.  Implementation management of EHR includes action planning, and strategy implementation, evaluation of the planning process, the budgeting process, change management, assessment of organizational culture and behavior, change theories, scope creep, managing expectations, balancing competing priorities and compliance reporting. Foundations of project management such as planning, scheduling, resource allocation, and tracking will be applied to a healthcare information system project. Summer (distance-based). 3 credits.

N493. Introduction to Clinical Research Data Management: Theory and Practice

This graduate course focuses on data collection, tools, systems, and methods used for clinical research.  The course is designed to provide a foundation and working knowledge of data management topics relevant to research in health care settings.  These include health and research informatics, data collection form design and validation, data standards, choosing and using software for data processing and management, and regulations applicable to research data management. Summer (distance-based) 3 credits.

N653. Data Driven Health Care Improvement

This graduate course is designed to help students learn to select and manage data sources, information systems, and quality metrics for analyzing clinical data to influence health policy and improve patient safety and quality of care at all health system levels.  Multi-professional teamwork and informatics solutions are emphasized in the context of a quality improvement culture.  Critical thinking, professional ethics, and data quality are explored for a variety of analytic methods and quality metrics. Fall (distance-based) 3 credits.

PSY-161AS Medical Decision Making

Various topics in medical decision making explored from the perspective of behavioral science: emotion and medical decisions; allocation of health care resources; adaptations to changing health states; cognitive shortcuts used by patients and care providers; communication and understanding of risk information; informed consent; and improving the quality of decision making.

 N419. Health Informatics Research Seminar

This graduate course provides exposure to current and recent research in health informatics. The weekly research seminar will be given by local and guest researchers in Health Informatics. Students will explore literature relevant to the weekly seminar topic and participate in constructive critique and academic discussion about the research. Topics will be highly dependent on faculty and student interests as well as current research trends. . This course is shared with the Information Science program at UNC Chapel Hill. Seminars are held simultaneously at both locations through video conference link. Fall, Spring (on site and distance-based) 1 credit.

N498. Synthesis of Specialty Practice

This course is designed to help graduating students integrate and synthesize prior learning as they transition form the academic environment into advanced practice professional roles in health care. The major goal of the course is to provide opportunities to increase both competence and confidence in the student's ability to perform in the advanced practice role. The course emphasizes synthesis of program content, personal and professional values, creative and critical thinking skills, independent problem-solving, and leadership strategies in the student's chosen area of practice. Variable credit depending on specialty. Fall, Spring (on site and distance-based) 3 credits for the Health Informatics Practicum. 


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