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Curriculum Overview

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The interprofessional curriculum in KU's health informatics certificate program will prepare you for a dynamic career in applied health informatics. You may enroll as a part-time or full-time student and complete the program in 12-18 months.

Courses - 19 Credit Hours

You may click a course title to view full course descriptions and prerequisite courses.

All students complete the following required courses:

Strategies to promote program, project, and communication planning are presented and applied by the student. Communication strategies for informing, guiding, and persuading clients, health care providers, payers, and other stakeholders to advance program and project development are discussed. The use of evolving information technologies to improve program, project and communication planning is emphasized. PREREQUISITE(S): None. 

This course will provide an overview of health informatics focused on five themes: health informatics foundations; clinical decision support; human factors/organization factors; public health informatics and current issues in health informatics including best practices. PREREQUISITE(S): None.

The application of the information system development life cycle in the design, selection, and implementation of health information technology applications will be examined. Human computer interactions and emerging technologies will be explored for their impact on patient and safety. The role of legal, regulatory, ethical and security issues will be discussed as they apply to clinical and consumer information technologies. PREREQUISITE(S): None.

Principles of database theory, modeling, design, and manipulation will be introduced. Students will have experience using a relational database management system. Database manipulation will be explored by using structured query language (SQL) to compose and execute query statements and critically evaluate the results. PREREQUISITE(S): None.

The information system development life cycle process is presented with emphasis on determination and analysis of information system requirements and system design that meet the identified health care information requirements. Object-oriented techniques will be introduced, including Unified Modeling Language and Unified Modeling Methodology, to facilitate process analysis and design proposal development. PREREQUISITE(S): IPHI 820 or consent of instructor. PREREQUISITE(S): None.

Knowledge management is the creation, communication, and leveraging of a health care organization’s knowledge assets. Defining knowledge, describing the knowledge creation cycle, and the identification of the knowledge worker and his/her impact on the organization are discussed. Information technology and communities of practice are presented in a balanced approach supporting a systematic viewpoint of the knowledge management process. Knowledge management theory is enhanced with the performance of a knowledge audit and the development of knowledge management tools. PREREQUISITE(S): IPHI 820.

In collaboration with health care informatics faculty, preceptors, students design and experience to facilitate application of theories and research related to health informatics. Emphasis is on the application of the information systems development life cycle. Students analyze the leadership and technical behaviors of various informatics roles and negotiate an informatics project to be completed within the practicum. Three credit hours of practicum are required. These hours may be taken over 1-3 consecutive semesters. Students must be enrolled in at least 1 credit hour of practicum during their last semester. PREREQUISITES(S): IPHI 852, 853 and all Leadership courses PREREQUISITE OR CO-REQUISITE:  IPHI 851, 854, and 860 or consent of instructor.

Last modified: Mar 04, 2021
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