M.S. in Healthcare Informatics

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The 36-credit-hour  graduate program in Healthcare Informatics at Harrisburg University provides unique educational opportunities in this emerging specialty area for experienced clinicians (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) and clinically oriented healthcare administrators.

Many graduate programs miss or short change perhaps the most important skill set for this new kind of practitioner: the translational, communications and interpersonal skills that make the difference between success and failure during selection, implementation and optimization of healthcare IT systems. What makes our program unique is familiarization with critical skills in change management, Knowledge management, project management, organizational psychology, generational differences, human-machine interfaces, and optimization tools such as Lean and Agile.

Today’s multi-institution healthcare delivery systems and even larger stand-alone hospitals employ clinician ‘Champions’ to assist with implementation of health-related information technology projects such as electronic medical records and meaningful use. Commonly, preparation for this role is simply familiarization with the operation of the system being installed. This does not solve problems such as resistance to change and designs for optimization of dashboards. A full set of change management skills adds significant value to employing either Informaticists or Champions both during and after initial deployments of new systems or upgrades and optimization of present systems.

The online M.S. in Healthcare Informatics at HU addresses the need for healthcare informaticists who require in-depth knowledge in selected informatics specialty areas and prepares students to:

  1. interact effectively with analytics specialists to define priority subject areas, evaluate data sources and understand the strengths and weaknesses of analytics results
  2. communicate new knowledge and insights to senior management decision makers
  3. facilitate implementation of management’s decisions

MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM OVERVIEW | 36 CREDITS

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For more information on the program, contact Glenn Mitchell, MD, MPH, Professor of Healthcare Informatics at 717.901.5109 x1629 or GMitchell@HarrisburgU.edu


CERTIFICATE IN HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS

An Healthcare Informatics Certificate is also available for those who need a working familiarity with Informatics rather than in depth knowledge of analytics and data structures. The 15-credit- hour Harrisburg University Healthcare Informatics Certificate program requires the five core courses from the Harrisburg University master’s degree in Healthcare Informatics. In most cases, the credits from the Healthcare Informatics program at HU may be transferred to the master’s degree if the student decides to continue to a higher level of Informatics proficiency at a later time.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OVERVIEW | 15 CREDITS


LEARNING OUTCOMES

Although the Certificate program does not include time for in-depth study in a specialty subject area, it still prepares the student to:

  1. interact effectively with analytics specialists to define priority subject areas, evaluate data sources and understand the strengths and weaknesses of analytics results
  2. communicate new knowledge and insights to senior management decision makers
  3. facilitate implementation of management’s decisions

Both the 36-credit M.S. and 15-credit Healthcare Informatics programs at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology provides clinicians and administrators of all backgrounds with knowledge and experience that allows them to function as valued team members selecting, installing, adopting, employing, evaluating and optimizing healthcare-related IT systems, such as Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), in today’s healthcare delivery systems. In addition, the clinical objectives of healthcare informatics enhance individual and population health outcomes, improve patient care, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship.

DOMESTIC TUITION

Domestic graduate tuition rate: is $800 per semester hour, part-time and full-time. For academic purposes, a graduate student taking between 9-12 credits is considered full-time.

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For more information on the program, contact Glenn Mitchell, MD, MPH, Professor of Healthcare Informatics at 717.901.5109 x1629 or GMitchell@HarrisburgU.edu

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