Healthcare Informatics: Faculty Program Lead

Harrisburg University of Science & Technology is seeking an Academic Program Lead to run and manage the Healthcare Informatics master’s degree program.  This academic program lead is expected to drive the strategic, curricular, instructional and administrative functions of the Healthcare Informatics program, in conjunction with university leadership.

Program lead responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead and mentor program faculty
  • Develop, manage and continuously improve program curricula
  • Teach courses within the program and model best practices in teaching
  • Provide academic and student support service to the university community
  • Participate in recruitment activities
  • Manage external partnerships
  • Participate in professional/personal/development activities

 

HU academic faculty and administrators are expected to work closely with university administration to ensure that curriculum is continually addressing market trends while also forging relationships with corporate entities to bridge the gap between the classroom and the business community.  In addition, program leads are responsible for making presentations outside of the classroom to peers, administration and external partners to support various university initiatives.

 

Qualifications:

Harrisburg University requires dedicated professionals who have the experience and desire to work in an active and collaborative environment that stresses high quality service delivery, entrepreneurial spirit, and close contact with a diverse group of internal and external constituents. HU is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make a positive contribution in this context. The university is seeking exceptionally qualified individuals who can teach high quality courses and develop applied research initiatives.

In conjunction with the existing faculty, this individual will be responsible for teaching specific courses within the program and develop curriculum and provide service to the university community such as academic outreach and student support. A willingness to interact with prospective students is necessary. The candidate should be interested in the use of technologies in the classroom.

Additionally, he/she will need to be informed and able to incorporate new technologies, apply new concepts into the program as necessary, and work closely with the university administration to ensure that the curriculum responds to market trends.  The candidate will also need to forge relationships with corporate entities to bridge the gap between the classroom and the business community, as well as to secure partnerships and projects necessary as part of the university curricular framework. The successful candidate should be a team player, willing to work at growing and advancing the mission of the university, and capable of taking a collaborative approach with existing faculty and administration.  This individual will also be responsible for making presentations outside of the classroom to peers, administration, and those outside of the university community.  A successful candidate will also have demonstrated leadership within their previous roles.

Interested candidates should provide evidence of experience in teaching and instructional development with prior corporate/industry experience being a plus.  We are looking for entrepreneurs and leaders with solid industry and academic backgrounds who can shape our rapidly growing programs.

 

Interested candidates should possess a/an:

  • Medical Degree preferred; Terminal Degree in Healthcare Information Technology, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Life Sciences or a closely-related field area;
  • Willingness and aptitude for graduate-level teaching;
  • Ability to initiate and supervise interdisciplinary, applied projects;
  • Experience in teaching and instructional development with prior corporate/industry experience is a plus.
  • Professional experience in healthcare analytics, healthcare quality programs, population health analytics and healthcare data.

Further, interested candidates should provide evidence of experience in teaching and instructional development with prior industry experience being a plus.

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Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and a research statement, to the attention of:

 

Erin Hill, Executive Recruiter

Harrisburg University

326 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA 17101

717.901.5130

EHill@harrisburgu.edu

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About Healthcare Informatics at HU:

This 36-hour graduate program provides unique educational opportunities in this emerging 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 installed system.  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:

  • Interact effectively with analytics specialists to define priority subject areas, evaluate data sources and understand the strengths and weaknesses on analytics results
  • Communicate new knowledge and insights to senior management decision makers
  • Facilitate implementation of management’s decisions

 

For more information on our Healthcare Informatics program, please visit: http://harrisburgu.edu/hcms-program-main/

 

 

About Harrisburg University:

Harrisburg University offers an applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Its focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today’s economy.

 

Mission:

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is an independent educational institution offering innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.

 

Harrisburg University- At a Glance:

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Private, non-sectarian, nonprofit, urban, teaching university
  • Located in the city of Harrisburg
  • Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Inaugural class arrived August 29, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, June 22, 2009
  • 350 full- and part-time employees
  • Signature 16-story, $73 million, state-of-the-art Academic Center

 

Student Population:

  • The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students: 6,300 as of January 1, 2019.
  • Undergraduate Student Body: 49% female, 53% minority
  • 98% of our students demonstrate financial need
  • Ranked in top 20 of US News & World Report’s ethnic diversity category for Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
  • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduating is $7,000 less than the national average student education debt.

 

Academics:

  • Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or Terminal Degree: 100%
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Interactive Media, Management & eBusiness, Geospatial Technologies, and Integrative Sciences
  • Master of Science Degrees awarded in Analytics, Information Systems Engineering & Management, Learning Technologies, Computer Information Sciences, Project Management & Healthcare Informatics.
  • PhD awarded in Data Analytics – first student cohort began in Fall 2017. A PhD in ISEM (Information Systems Engineering Management) will begin its first cohort in Summer 2019.
  • Trimester system

 

Institutional Leadership:

A 30-member, independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees led by an Executive Committee governs Harrisburg University. The Board of Trustees delegates authority for day-to-day operations to senior management.

 

Notes of Distinction:

  • First private nonprofit science and technology-focused institution chartered in the Commonwealth since Carnegie Mellon University
  • Educational framework is competency-based, applied and experiential
  • Offers Central Pennsylvania’s only master’s degrees in IT Project Management or Learning Technologies
  • The University is a Project Management Institute® registered education provider
  • Home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, the Government Technology Institute, and the Geospatial Technology Center.
  • Co-PI on NSF-funded ADVANCE grant focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of women academics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines

 

Institutional Affiliations & Partnerships:

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP)
  • Consortium agreements with:
  • Penn State University – USA
  • Francis University – USA
  • Ramnarian Ruia College – Mumbai, India
  • Acharya Institutes – Bangalore, India
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos – Madrid, Spain
  • The University College of the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • EFREI, Engineering School of Information and Digital Technologies and Esigetel, Digital Systems and Communicating Objects – Paris, France
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya- Barcelona, Spain
  • Rede das Faculdades de Tecnología e Ciencias – Bahía, Brazil
  • St Aloysius College- India
  • Dayananda Sagar Institutions – Bangalore, India
  • Articulation agreements with:
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Alvernia University
  • Montgomery College
  • Community College of Philadelphia

 

About Harrisburg:

HU’s location in dynamic downtown Harrisburg connects people to a diverse and exciting community that is a wonderful place to call home. In 2010 Money Magazine rated Harrisburg as one of the nation’s top “Up and Coming Cities” and the area was ranked 12th in the “Best Places to Live” category in 2009 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.  In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked Harrisburg as 5th among America’s most livable cities; and the area as #2 among America’s best places to raise a family. The Capital Region is home to over 600,000 residents, making it the 52nd largest statistical metropolitan area in the nation.

 

Harrisburg is also home to the Capitol of the Commonwealth of PA, and downtown Harrisburg is the center for commerce regionally with a thriving, bustling downtown community of which Harrisburg University takes its home in the center.  Strawberry Square, a downtown shopping center connected to our campus and new building, is the student center. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts provides auditorium space and numerous cultural events. Restaurant Row and City Island provide countless dining, shopping, sporting and socializing events. We have worked with a local developer to renovate to buildings downtown Harrisburg that now serve as dormitory space. The scenic nature areas along the nearby Susquehanna River offer a relaxing escape from classes and are the site for local concerts, art festivals, and shows. It is also possible to tour Harrisburg’s many historic museums, workout at the local fitness clubs, visit the theatres or take in a minor league baseball game.

 

Harrisburg University’s Philadelphia site:

Harrisburg University’s Philadelphia site offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Interactive Media, Computer & Information Sciences, Cyber Security and Management & eBusiness, with concentrations in digital marketing and analytics.  This 38,000 square-foot location at 1500 Spring Garden Street opened in December 2017 and is located across the street from the Community College of Philadelphia.

This new site quadrupled the size of HU’s Philadelphia presence and can accommodate up to 500 students.  This completely renovated space in Center City provides students with an opportunity in science and technology education that does not exist in Philadelphia.

Previously, HU had delivered courses to 1st-year students in a historic building on Independence Mall.  Following their freshman year, these Philly-based students were required to transfer to main campus.  Now they can complete all four years at the Philly campus.

HU also plans to offer new master’s degree programs in this space, which is shared with Hussian College.  Students in HU’s Philadelphia location have full access to Harrisburg University’s state-of-the-art educational tower in downtown Harrisburg.