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Certificate for Health Informatics
2012-2014 Student Handbook

Program Description and Goals Admission to the Health Informatics Certificate Programs
Course of Study for the Health Informatics Certificate Program Course of Study for the Public Health Informatics Certificate Program
Course of Study for the Applied Health Informatics Certificate Program

Program Description and Goals

The School offers the Certificate for Health Informatics designed for self-motivated professionals working in the health care and information technology fields. A Certificate for Public Health Informatics is also offered.

The certificate provides professionals with an increased understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved in technology integration into healthcare. They will be able to participate in designing, planning, implementing and evaluating new software and hardware solutions at their institutions.

SBMI is experienced in providing education to working professionals. The certificate program is designed to provide quality education to professionals on their schedule. The courses are offered online for convenience of working professionals.

SBMI is experienced in providing education to working professionals. The certificate program is designed to provide quality education to professionals on their schedule. The courses are offered online for convenience of working professionals.

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be awarded a certificate of completion from UTHealth. A transcript showing graduate credits may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

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Admission to the Health Informatics Certificate Programs

The admission process to the HI certificate program is designed to get the professional working applicant into the Program by meeting minimal requirements. Each applicant must submit to the Registrar’s Office the following:

  1. A completed certificate application online
  2. $60 application fee
  3. An official transcript with the minimum of a baccalaureate or higher degree in an appropriate area, e.g., science, medicine, nursing, dentistry, MIS, or computer science. All foreign college transcripts must have been evaluated on a course-by-course basic by an independent organization such as Educational Credential Evaluators or World Education Services prior to application.
  4. Letter of Reference

Certificate of Completion in Health Informatics application deadlines:

Fall admission - July 1
Spring admission - November 1
Summer admission - March 15

Successful completion of the program requires passing each course with a grade of a “C” or above. Students may not earn more than two “C” grades. Earning a third grade of “C” results in automatic dismissal from the certificate program. Students who complete the course of study will receive a certificate of completion. The coursework earned is at the graduate level. This coursework may be transferred into a degree-seeking program. No grade lower than a “B” will be accepted to transfer into the master’s or doctoral program.

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Course of Study for Health Informatics Certificate Program

The certificate program offers two different options. Option 1 is a set of five predetermined classes with an emphasis in Clinical Informatics:

HI 5310 Foundations of Health Information Sciences I
HI 5007 Data Structure and Algorithms in Biomedicine
HI 5313 Introduction to Electronic Health Records
HI 6312 Project Management in Healthcare
HI 6309 Healthcare Interface Design

HI 5310 Foundations of Health Information Sciences I should be taken in the first semester. The other four classes can be taken in any order.

Option 2 is the choice of five classes from the catalog. This option allows professionals interested in biomedicine or learning and technology to customize their certificate to meet their needs.

Address application inquiries to:

School of Biomedical Informatics
Office of Academic Affairs
7000 Fannin Street Suite 600
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-3591
SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu 

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Program Description and Goals

This program is jointly offered by the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and the UT School of Public Health at Houston. It is designed to provide professionals with an introduction to how information and information systems are applied in prevention and intervention of disease in public health populations.

Admissions to the Public Health Informatics Certificate Program

The admission process to the Public HI certificate program is designed to get the professional working applicant into the Program by meeting minimal requirements. Each applicant must submit to the Registrar’s Office the following:

  1. A completed certificate application online
  2. $60 application fee
  3. An official transcript with the minimum of a baccalaureate or higher degree in an appropriate area, e.g., science, medicine, nursing, dentistry, MIS, or computer science. All foreign college transcripts must have been evaluated on a course-by-course basic by an independent organization such as Educational Credential Evaluators or World Education Services prior to application.
  4. Letter of Reference

Certificate of Completion in Health Informatics application deadlines:

Fall admission - July 1
Spring admission - November 1
Summer admission - March 15

Successful completion of the program requires passing each course with a grade of a “C” or above. Students may not earn more than two “C” grades. Earning a third grade of “C” results in automatic dismissal from the certificate program. Students who complete the course of study will receive a certificate of completion. The coursework earned is at the graduate level. This coursework may be transferred into a degree-seeking program. No grade lower than a “B” will be accepted to transfer into the master’s or doctoral program.

Course of Study and Sample Curriculum

This program is jointly offered by the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and the UT School of Public Health at Houston. It is designed to provide professionals with an introduction to how information and information systems are applied in prevention and intervention of disease in public health populations.

The Public Health Informatics Certificate Program offers the following course of study:

HI 5310 Foundations of Health Information Sciences I
HI 5380 Principles and Foundation of Public Health Informatics
PH 2610 Introduction to Epidemiology
PH 1610 Introduction to Biostatistics

The fifth course is the student’s choice of one of the following courses:

HI 5381 Methods in Public Health Informatics
HI 5382 Synthesis Project of Public Health Informatics
HI 6303 Introduction to Telehealth
HI 5313 Introduction to Electronic Health Records
PH 3715 Introduction to Management and Policy Sciences
PH 1110 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Community Health
PH 2120 Man’s Impact on the Environment

PH 1610 Introduction to Biostatistics, PH 2610 Introduction to Epidemiology, HI 5310 Foundations of Health Information Sciences I, or HI 5380 Principles and Foundation of Public Health Informatics should be taken in the first semester.

Address application inquiries to:

School of Biomedical Informatics
Office of Academic Affairs
7000 Fannin Street Suite 600
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-3591
SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu 

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Program Description and Goals

The School offers the Certificate for Applied Health Informatics designed for self-motivated professionals working in the health care and information technology fields. The certificate helps meet the workforce needs for Health Information Technology (HIT) and provides professionals with knowledge and skills to assess, implement, maintain and evaluate Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and health information systems. The targeted student population includes Clinician/Public Health leader, Health Information Management and Exchange Specialist.

SBMI is experienced in providing education to working professionals. The certificate program is designed to provide quality education to professionals on their schedule. The courses are offered online for convenience of working professionals.

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be awarded a certificate of completion from UTHealth. A transcript showing graduate credits may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

Admissions to the Applied Health Informatics Certificate Program

The admission process to the Public HI certificate program is designed to get the professional working applicant into the Program by meeting minimal requirements. Each applicant must submit to the Registrar’s Office the following:

  1. A completed certificate application online
  2. $60 application fee
  3. An official transcript with the minimum of a baccalaureate or higher degree in an appropriate area, e.g., science, medicine, nursing, dentistry, MIS, or computer science. All foreign college transcripts must have been evaluated on a course-by-course basic by an independent organization such as Educational Credential Evaluators or World Education Services prior to application.
  4. Letter of Reference

Certificate of Completion in Applied Health Informatics application deadlines:

Fall admission - July 1
Spring admission - November 1
Summer admission - March 15

Successful completion of the program requires passing each course with a grade of a “C” or above. Students may not earn more than two “C” grades. Earning a third grade of “C” results in automatic dismissal from the certificate program. Students who complete the course of study will receive a certificate of completion. The coursework earned is at the graduate level. This coursework may be transferred into a degree-seeking program. No grade lower than a “B” will be accepted to transfer into the master’s or doctoral program.

Course of Study for Applied Health Informatics Certificate Program

The certificate requires completion of five graduate courses. The program offers two different options. Option 1 is a set of five predetermined courses with an emphasis in Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

HIT 5300 Introduction to Applied Health informatics
HIT 5301 The U.S. Healthcare System
HIT 5303 Safety and Security in Healthcare
HIT 5326 Assessments in Applied Health Informatics
HIT 5327 Standards and Standards Development in Applied Health informatics

HI 5300 should be taken in the first semester. The other four courses can be taken in any order.

Option 2 is the student’s choice (with advice from the certificate director) of five courses selected from the course set of the school’s Master of Science program concentration in Applied Health Informatics. This option allows professionals to customize their studies to meet their background and needs.

Address application inquiries to:
School of Biomedical Informatics
Office of Academic Affairs
7000 Fannin Street Suite 600
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-3591
SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu

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