Course Descriptions

Intro to Public Health
A survey of how health care and public health services are organized and delivered in the U.S. Covers public policy, relevant organizations and their interrelationships, professional roles, legal and regulatory issues, and payment systems. Includes health reform initiatives in the U.S.
The Culture of Health Care
Addresses job expectations in health care settings. Discusses how care is organized inside a practice setting, privacy laws, and professional and ethical issues encountered in the workplace.
Language of Healthcare and Public Health
Explanation of specific terminology used by workers in health care and public health.
IT for Health Professions
For students without an IT background, provides a basic overview of computer architecture, dta organization, representation and structure, structure of programming, networking, and data communication. Includes basic terminology of computing.
History of Health Information Technology in the U.S.
Traces the development of IT systems in health care and public health, beginning with the experiments of the 1950s and 1960s and culminating in the HITECH Act. Introduces the concept of meaningful use.
Health Management Information Systems
Introduction to health IT standards, health-related data structures, software applications and enterprise architecture in health care and public health.
Working with Health IT Systems
A laboratory course in which students work with systems using simulated data, performing EHR access by user. Includes experiencing threats to security and appreciating the need for standards, high levels of usability, and how errors can occur.
Installation & Maintenance of Health IT Systems
Examination of installation and maintenance of IT systems including testing prior to implementation. Provides application of system configuration principles.
Networking & Health Information Exchange
In-depth analysis of data mobility including the hardware infrastructure (wires, wireless, and devices supporting them), the ISO stack, standards, Internet protocols, federations and grids, the NHIN and other nationwide approaches.
Workflow Analysis & Redesign of Health IT Systems
Fundamentals of health workflow process analysis and redesign as a necessary component of complete practice automation. Includes topics of process validation and change management.
Configuring E.H.R.’s
A practical experience with a laboratory component, addressing approaches to assessing, selecting, and configuring EHRs to meet the specific needs of customers and end-users.
Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement
Study of quality standards and methodologies in the health information management environment. Topics include licensing, accreditation, compilation and presentation of data in statistical formats, quality management and performance improvement functions, utilization management, risk management, and medical staff data quality issues. Approaches to assessing patient safety issues and implementation of quality management and repoirting through electronic systems and approaches to assessing patient safety issues and immplementation of quality management and reporting through electronic systems.
Public Health Information Technology
Overview of specialized public health applications sucj as registries, epidemiological databases, biosurveillance, and situational awareness and emergency response. Includes information exchange issues specific to public health.
Vendor Specific HIT Systems
Provides an overview of the most popular vendor systems highlighting the features of each as they would relate to practical deployments, and noting differences between systems.
Usability & Human Factors in Health Professions
Discussion of rapid prototyping, user-centered design and evaluation, andusability. Includes effects of new technology and workflow on downstream processes.
Professionalism & Customer Service in a Health Environment
Development of skills necessary to communicate effectively across the full range of roles that will be encountered inhealth care and public health settings.
Team Dynamics in Health
An experiential course that helps trainees become “team players” by understanding their roles, the importance of communication, and group dynamics.
Health IT Leadership
For those preparing for leadership roles, principles of leadership, and effective management of teams. Emphasis on the leadership modes and styles best suited for IT deployment.
Project Management for Health Professions
General principles of project management tools and techniques that results in the ability to create and follow a project mangement plan.
E.H.R. Training Methods
Overview of learning management systems, instrumental design software tools, teaching techniques and strategies, evaluation of learner competencies, maintenance of training records, and measurement of training program.