Certificate of Health Informatics
for Software Engineers and IT Professionals
Math, Science and Technology Department
Due to advances in information technology (IT), opportunities are available to improve patient care and reduce costs by adopting these technologies in health care organizations. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) is providing incentives for health organizations to implement "meaningful use" of health information technology.
The University of Minnesota, Crookston's Health Informatics for Software Engineers and IT Professionals certificate prepares students with an existing background in Information Technology, programming, and software engineering to apply their expertise to the domain of health informatics in order to build advanced Information Systems for health care and public health organizations.
Required credits to complete the certificate: 22.
Admission start dates: Fall Semester, Spring Semester.
Program Learner Outcomes for Certificate
- Understanding of how/why information systems are used in health care (HI 3020)
- Understanding of the use of health information workflow, analysis and design in supporting clinical decisions (HI 3100)
- Awareness of Social, Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Informatics (HI 3200)
- Awareness of Privacy and Security Policies around health informatics (HI 3215)
- Demonstrate understanding of health care organizations (HI 3300)
- Understanding of how to integrate, manipulate and query vast amounts of data for decision making (SE 3060)
- Apply software engineering knowledge to design systems in the health informatics domain. (HI 3300, SE 3060, HI 3100)
Certificate Requirements (22 credits)
HI 3020 - Introduction to Health Information Systems (3.0 cr) - Fall
HI 3100 - Health Information Workflow Process and Design (3.0 cr) - Spring
HI 3200 - Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Health Informatics (3.0 cr) - Fall
HI 3215 - Health Information Assurance and Security (3.0 cr) - Spring
HI 3300 - Organization of EHR Systems (3.0 cr) - Spring
HSM 1010 - Medical Terminology (2.0 cr) - Fall
HSM 2010 - Introduction to Health Services Organizations (2.0 cr) - Fall
SE 3060 - Data Warehousing and Mining (3.0 cr) - Spring
Criteria & Required Materials for Admission
- Must be enrolled in or completed BS degree or higher in a computer science, software engineering, or information technology profession.
- Must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale).
- Must provide an official transcript showing completion of a degree or current enrollment in computer science, software engineering, or information technology BS program.
- Must provide a current curriculum vitae (preferred) or resume.
- Must provide 2 letters of recommendation.
- Must provide a personal statement of goals and excepted impacts of study.
- Must be proficient in English. If your native language is not English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score at least 586 (written), 240 (computerized), or 95 (IBT). We will accept TOEFL or MELAB exams taken within three years of the time of application. Information is available on the TOEFL website at www.toefl.org. If the TOEFL is not available in your country, you must take the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and score at least 85. Information about the MELAB is available at www.lsa.umich.edu/eli/testing/melab.
The University of Minnesota, Crookston also offers a
Certificate of Health Informatics for Privacy & Security for Health Care Providers