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KU Health Informatics Graduate Certificate 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 - 17 Credit Hours

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

All students complete the following required courses:

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.

Data science concepts and database theory as related to healthcare settings will be introduced. Simple database modeling, design, and manipulation will be explored using a database management system and a query language. Key data science methods, such as data wrangling and visualization, will be leveraged for decision making. 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. HI Certificate students who are also concurrent PharmD students take IPHI 858 Health Informatics Practicum: Pharmacy (4 credit hours) in place of IPHI 856.

KU Center for Health Informatics

KU Center for Health Informatics
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 4043

Kansas City, KS 66160