Health Information Technology for Clinicians/Public Health Leaders - Certificate

Program Contacts

Department Chair

Robert E. Burke

 

Program Director

Leonard Friedman

Mission Statement

Please Note: This program will not be offered in the future and is not accepting new students. The information below is provided as a reference for current students in the program.

(If you are interested in advancing your career in health information technology, explore the online M.S. in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program, HealthInformatics@GW.)

The Health Information Technology (HIT) certificate is structured to provide clinical professionals and persons in leadership roles in public sector health care organizations with the core skills needed to understand HIT processes and make better IT decisions in their organizations.

Goals

Persons completing this certificate will be expected to:
♦ Manage the information technology resources in health care organizations
♦ Assess and understand the requirements for specific health information technologies
♦ Link information technology to improved clinical outcomes and administrative decision making
♦ Formulate and implement health information technology policy for their organizations
♦ Effectively manage organizational change processes associated with IT implementation
♦ Formulate strategies to help assure health information security
♦ Evaluate the multiple electronic health record options currently available

Background

Visionary leadership is foundational to any significant organizational change effort. Only eleven percent of hospitals and twenty percent of physician offices have adopted electronic health records as part of their basic operations. Funding the IT hardware and software and then putting it in the hospital or clinic is only the first step. Persons throughout the organization must be able to fundamentally change the way they have traditionally done their work in order to use most efficiently the benefits of information technology. Clinicians, health care executives and public health leaders are central to this effort given the resistance to change inherent in virtually every health care organization. Partnering with the GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) will give those in our training program the opportunity to discuss and work with current HIT specialists and end-users in the clinical environment.
The clinicians and public health leaders must be able to understand the nature of the work of health care delivery and have a good understanding of the IT processes in order to have credibility with their peers and with IT experts. In this program, we address three sub-groups of learners: physicians, nurses and community health center directors. Physicians and nurses have traditionally been seen as the clinical leaders in their organizations. Community health center directors will be specifically targeted due to the increased emphasis the federal government is placing on funding these organizations as a way of providing primary care to a large number of persons who might not otherwise be able to receive care except through their local hospital emergency departments. Decision makers in public and private health care delivery organizations will also benefit from this academic preparation.

Competencies

Upon completion of the certificate, HIT Program students should possess the following functional competencies:
• Manage the information technology resources in health care organizations
Students should possess the knowledge and understanding to be able to discuss the principles of managing health IT from multiple perspectives including clinical, administrative and decision support. One of the important skills in this area is developing the ability to help their organizations make informed decisions with respect to IT acquisition. Relevant courses: ISTM 6226, HSML 6208 and HSML 6299
• Assess and understand the requirements for specific health information technologies.
Students should be able to define clearly the specific requirements associated with multiple forms of health IT. In addition to system requirement, the student needs to take into account the requirements of end users and basic construction of how health IT is stored and used. Relevant courses: ISTM 6226, HSML 6208 and HSML 6299
• Link information technology to improved clinical outcomes and administrative decision making.
Students should be able to help guide the selection and implementation of health IT with specific attention paid to improving clinical outcomes and improving administrative decisions. Relevant courses: ISTM 6202, ISTM 6226, HSML 6208, HSML 6216 and CSci 4532.
• Formulate and implement health information technology policy for their organizations.
Students should be capable providing leadership in crafting the policies associated with health IT selection and implementation. Students will be able to serve as a resource for the requirements of government, legal and professional policies. Relevant courses: CSci 4532 and PubH 6099.
• Effectively manage organizational change processes associated with IT implementation
Students will have the capability to provide the leadership in their organizations during their adoption of health IT. Students will be familiar with and know how to effectively implement organizational change with particular attention paid to overcoming resistance and obtaining buy-in from multiple stakeholders. Relevant courses: HSML 6216 and PubH 6099.
• Formulate strategies to help assure health information security
Students will have the ability to develop, plan, implement and interpret policies that help assure the confidentiality and security of health information. . Relevant courses: CSci 4532, ISTM 6202 and ISTM 6206
• Evaluate the multiple electronic health record options currently available
Students will have the knowledge, skills, and understanding to be able to identify and discuss ways in which electronic health records are used throughout the organization and how EHR’s are used improve clinical and organizational performance. Relevant courses: HSML 6208, HSML 6299 and PubH 6099

Requirements

This certificate is designed to meet the needs of full-time working adult learners who currently possess health care training and/or experience but do not have specific health IT preparation.

Program-at-a-Glance

 

 

School of Public Health and Health Services

 

Graduate Certificate

Health Information Technology (HIT) for Clinicians/Public Health Leaders

 

Program-at-a-Glance

Required Courses

 

Credits

Semester Offered

CSCI 4532

Information Policy (taken for graduate credit)

3

Fall, Spring, Summer

HSML 6208

Medical Informatics

2

Fall, Spring, Summer

HSML 6216

Human Resource Management and Organization Behavior

2

Fall, Spring, Summer

HSML 6299

Electronic Health Record Implementation

1

Fall, Spring, Summer

ISTM 6202

Relational Databases

3

Fall, Spring, Summer

ISTM 6206

Information Systems Security

2

Fall, Spring, Summer

ISTM 6226

Principles of Information Systems

3

Fall, Spring, Summer

PubH 6099*

Bridging Health Policy & Health Information Technology

2

Fall, Spring, Summer

Total Degree Credits

18

 

         

*PubH 6099 has a permanent course number pending

Past Program Guides

This is the current program guide for this program. Students should follow the course requirements from the year in which they entered the program. 

Past Guides
 
Guides that are not available online can be accquired from the Academic Affairs Program Coordinator in the Dean's Office.

Federal Compliance

Students completing this 18-credit, on-line certificate will be expected to:

  •  Manage the information technology resources in health care organizations
  • Assess and understand the requirements for specific health information technologies
  • Link information technology to improved clinical outcomes and administrative decision making
  • Formulate and implement health information technology policy for their organizations
  •  Effectively manage organizational change processes associated with IT implementation
  • Formulate strategies to help assure health information security
  • Evaluate the multiple electronic health record options currently available
  • Students in this track are healthcare professionals seeking skills and knowledge in the application of information technology in the healthcare setting.

Additional Certificate Information

Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) Codes

SOC codes listed relate to traditional expected employment fields.  The exclusion of other codes does not preclude someone from entering a different field if they are otherwise qualified.

11-9111 Medical & Health Services Managers
29-2071 Medical Records & Health Information Technicians
Employability and Career Decision-Making

Completion of a certificate program, combined with previous experiences, specialized skills, and other factors may enable individuals to seek promotion to a new or different-level position or employment in a specific, etc.  Students are encouraged to work with program faculty, the SPHHS Office of Student Affairs,  and others to best understand how a certificate program may be utilized within the workforce and to develop a thoughtful career plan.  Students should also understand all of the factors required to ensure success in a job search such as specialized experience, the state of the economy, organizational culture, etc.

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Approximate Cost of Attendance
Major Location Credit Hours Cost of Program Fees and Textbooks Total Approximate Cost
(AY 2011-2012)
Median Indebtedness On Time Completion Rate
All SPHHS Certificate Programs Distance Education 18 $12,020 $500.00 estimate $12,520 $0 99%

Due to the number of participants who completed this Graduate Certificate program, information regarding median loan debt levels and graduation rates are not required.