Post-Graduate Curriculum

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Table 1. Post-Graduate Curriculum
Course # Course Name Credit hours
MHIM 600 Information Technology and Systems

Broad coverage of technology concepts underlying modern computing and information management as well as survey of the field of health informatics to provide students with the foundation for the program of studies. Topics include overview of concepts in health informatics, information technology infrastructure, information systems management in healthcare, management IT challenges, interoperability and certification of computer systems, Internet, basic computer security including identity and access management, and meaningful use standards.

3
MHIM 601 Quality Management in Health Services

Diverse perspectives in quality management and regulation including relevant research and management methodologies of quality, cost and access to healthcare with a focus on the role of health information management. Overview of performance improvement, methods and applications in the area of outcomes research including practice variation, risk adjustment, quality measures and quality management (or quality improvement), practice guidelines, evidence-based medicine, clinical decision support, health-related quality of life, utility assessment, economic evaluations (including cost-effectiveness studies).

2
MHIM 602 Legal Issues in Health Information Technology and Systems

Examination of legal issues related to electronic-based health information; the growth of computer and communication technologies, including privacy, security, electronic data interchange and compliance related issues; policy, regulatory and related concerns; interpretation and implementation of enterprise information policy. Principles of law applied to the health field with emphasis on federal, state, and local laws affecting health information management practice, confidentiality, and security of information.

3
MHIM 603 Leadership for Health Information Technology and Systems

Strategic management and planning, change management, leadership in e-health environment, project management including planning, scheduling, monitoring and reporting, process modeling. This course builds on the foundations of health information management or other professional preparation. Discussion of implementation of electronic health record systems, systems analysis from the enterprise level will be the focus of the class. Students are expected to develop a systems-thinking approach to leading health IT projects. Prerequisites: MHIM 600, 601, 602, 604, 605.

3
MHIM 604 Financial Management for Health Professionals

This course will provide an overview of financial accounting and financial management principles that focuses not only on health informatics and information management but the health care industry as a whole. It is a blend of theory and practice, incorporating readings from the text books and problems to develop the student’s financial management and decision-making skills as future health care leaders. Without effective financial management, health care organizations/providers cannot fulfill their mission of provided needed services to their customers. Healthcare is a complex business and as such, the organizations success depends on the leadership of managers who understand and can apply key financial principles to help the organization meets it core business goals.

3
MHIM 605 Healthcare Information Systems

A survey of fundamental concepts of information technology applied to health care from the perspectives of providers, payers, consumers. Major topics include the electronic health record, health information systems, repositories and data bases, enterprise-wide systems, laboratory, radiology (PACs) systems, voice recognition, physician order entry, telemedicine, decision support systems. Overview of historical, current, and emerging health information systems; concepts and knowledge involved in making strategic use of information technology (IT) in health care organizations and linkages to business, planning, and governance; Overview of multiple systems, vendors, processes and organizations; methodology for evaluation of health information systems. Includes system design methodologies including systems analysis and design; systems selection and evaluation; workflow analysis and project management.

3
MHIM 606 Healthcare Vocabularies and Clinical Terminologies

Standard clinical terminologies including SNOMED, UMLS, ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS, CPT/HCPCS, National Drug Codes, RxNorm, National Drug File Reference Terminology6, LOINC, CCC and other nursing vocabularies, mapping, medical vocabulary standards, natural language processing and the role of healthcare vocabularies and clinical terminologies in the electronic health record.

2
MHIM 607 Statistics and Decision Making

Advanced statistical techniques building on existing knowledge of descriptive statistics and fundamental inferential statistics as applied in the field of health information; biostatistics, methods of health data collection, analysis, and interpretation, including descriptive statistics, probability, and hypothesis-testing and confidence interval estimation for normally distributed data; tools in using data to make informed management decisions; use of data from clinical information systems in performing clinical effectiveness research, including the strengths and limitations of these data.

3
MHIM 608 Knowledge Management

This course includes an overview of the application of decision analysis and knowledge-based systems and decision analysis techniques; Topics include data mining, data marts, data warehouses, clinical data repositories, OLAP and data modeling and obtaining information from clinical and administrative systems. Additional topics include the relationship and applicability of topics covered in other MHIIM courses in health information statistics, analysis, biomedical research and quality management, biostatistics, advanced research methods and biomedical research support to decision analysis and decision support, advanced information/data analysis and presentation techniques, evaluation methodologies. Prerequisites: MHIM 601, Quality Management in Health Services, and MHIM 607 Statistics and Decision Making.

3
MHIM 609 Concepts of Research Methodology

Discussion of the elements of research, evaluation methodologies including the research process, study design, methods of data collection with emphasis on preparation and evaluation of data collection instruments, statistical analysis of data including use of statistical packages, literature searches, and scientific writing. Prerequisite: 607 MHIM, Statistics and Decision Making.

3
MHIM 610 Issues in Health Information Technology Seminar

An exploration of current issues related to health informatics including healthcare policy analysis and development, ethical issues, structure of healthcare delivery systems, assessment of population health, models of health care delivery, access and quality of care issues. Prerequisites: 600 MHIM, Information Technology and Systems, and 605 MHIM, Health Information Systems.

2
MHIM 613 Applied Research Project

Rigorous project focused on a real-world informatics setting and application of problem-solving methods for development of solutions. May include original research in the area of health information management, information systems and/or health informatics. Oral and written reports required, including oral presentation and defense of project. Prerequisite: permission of course director./p>

3
Total Hours
33

Quality Management in Health Services

Diverse perspectives in quality management and regulation including relevant research and management methodologies of quality, cost and access to healthcare with a focus on the role of health information management. Overview of performance improvement, methods and applications in the area of outcomes research including practice variation, risk adjustment, quality measures and quality management (or quality improvement), practice guidelines, evidence-based medicine, clinical decision support, health-related quality of life, utility assessment, economic evaluations (including cost-effectiveness studies).

Legal Issues in Health Information Technology and Systems

Examination of legal issues related to electronic-based health information; the growth of computer and communication technologies, including privacy, security, electronic data interchange and compliance related issues; policy, regulatory and related concerns; interpretation and implementation of enterprise information policy. Principles of law applied to the health field with emphasis on federal, state, and local laws affecting health information management practice, confidentiality, and security of information.

Leadership for Health Information Technology and Systems

Strategic management and planning, change management, leadership in e-health environment, project management including planning, scheduling, monitoring and reporting, process modeling. This course builds on the foundations of health information management or other professional preparation. Discussion of implementation of electronic health record systems, systems analysis from the enterprise level will be the focus of the class. Students are expected to develop a systems-thinking approach to leading health IT projects. Prerequisites: MHIM 600, 601, 602, 604, 605.

Financial Management for Health Professionals

This course will provide an overview of financial accounting and financial management principles that focuses not only on health informatics and information management but the health care industry as a whole. It is a blend of theory and practice, incorporating readings from the text books and problems to develop the student’s financial management and decision-making skills as future health care leaders. Without effective financial management, health care organizations/providers cannot fulfill their mission of provided needed services to their customers. Healthcare is a complex business and as such, the organizations success depends on the leadership of managers who understand and can apply key financial principles to help the organization meets it core business goals.

Healthcare Information Systems

A survey of fundamental concepts of information technology applied to health care from the perspectives of providers, payers, consumers. Major topics include the electronic health record, health information systems, repositories and data bases, enterprise-wide systems, laboratory, radiology (PACs) systems, voice recognition, physician order entry, telemedicine, decision support systems. Overview of historical, current, and emerging health information systems; concepts and knowledge involved in making strategic use of information technology (IT) in health care organizations and linkages to business, planning, and governance; Overview of multiple systems, vendors, processes and organizations; methodology for evaluation of health information systems. Includes system design methodologies including systems analysis and design; systems selection and evaluation; workflow analysis and project management.

Healthcare Vocabularies and Clinical Terminologies

Standard clinical terminologies including SNOMED, UMLS, ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS, CPT/HCPCS, National Drug Codes, RxNorm, National Drug File Reference Terminology6, LOINC, CCC and other nursing vocabularies, mapping, medical vocabulary standards, natural language processing and the role of healthcare vocabularies and clinical terminologies in the electronic health record.

Statistics and Decision Making

Advanced statistical techniques building on existing knowledge of descriptive statistics and fundamental inferential statistics as applied in the field of health information; biostatistics, methods of health data collection, analysis, and interpretation, including descriptive statistics, probability, and hypothesis-testing and confidence interval estimation for normally distributed data; tools in using data to make informed management decisions; use of data from clinical information systems in performing clinical effectiveness research, including the strengths and limitations of these data.

Knowledge Management

This course includes an overview of the application of decision analysis and knowledge-based systems and decision analysis techniques; Topics include data mining, data marts, data warehouses, clinical data repositories, OLAP and data modeling and obtaining information from clinical and administrative systems. Additional topics include the relationship and applicability of topics covered in other MHIIM courses in health information statistics, analysis, biomedical research and quality management, biostatistics, advanced research methods and biomedical research support to decision analysis and decision support, advanced information/data analysis and presentation techniques, evaluation methodologies. Prerequisites: MHIM 601, Quality Management in Health Services, and MHIM 607 Statistics and Decision Making.

Concepts of Research Methodology

Discussion of the elements of research, evaluation methodologies including the research process, study design, methods of data collection with emphasis on preparation and evaluation of data collection instruments, statistical analysis of data including use of statistical packages, literature searches, and scientific writing. Prerequisite: 607 MHIM, Statistics and Decision Making.

Issues in Health Information Technology Seminar

An exploration of current issues related to health informatics including healthcare policy analysis and development, ethical issues, structure of healthcare delivery systems, assessment of population health, models of health care delivery, access and quality of care issues. Prerequisites: 600 MHIM, Information Technology and Systems, and 605 MHIM, Health Information Systems.

Applied Research Project

Rigorous project focused on a real-world informatics setting and application of problem-solving methods for development of solutions. May include original research in the area of health information management, information systems and/or health informatics. Oral and written reports required, including oral presentation and defense of project. Prerequisite: permission of course director./p>

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The Entry-Level Masters program and the Post-graduate program are both accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The entry-level program has excellent outcomes and results on the national certification examination are above the national average. For more information about CAHIIM go to www.cahiim.org to verify the accreditation status of the programs.