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Online Masters in Health Administration with a Concentration in Healthcare Informatics

Louis Horvath, M.S., Graduate Online Director,

Department of Health Services

110 Post Hall, 610- 660-2907,

Sara Kuykendall, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Services

110 Post Hall, 610-660-1530,

Program Description

The Master’s in Health Administration (HAD) with a Concentration or Post-Master's Certificate in Healthcare Informatics offers a curriculum in information resources management for healthcare professionals. The purpose of the program is to train healthcare professionals in the tactical and strategic utilization of information technology in healthcare organizations so they may prepare to assume senior level leadership positions in the strategic planning, management, design, integration, implementation, and evaluation of clinical, financial and administrative information systems in various healthcare enterprises. The Concentration program involves a 12-credit hour (four course) curriculum within the current Health Administration program for a total of 42 credits (14 courses): 10 required courses from the HAD curriculum plus the 3 required IT courses and 1 IT administrative component in lieu of the normal 2 electives.

The Certificate Program consists of an 18 credit hour program (six course) which has been developed to meet the needs of working professionals with a terminal degree at the master's level or who seek advanced understanding in the developing field of Healthcare Informatics. The concentration prepares graduates to be knowledgeable in the creation, management, implementation, strategy and leadership aspects of IT.

Graduates may find employment as managers, systems analysts, or members of IT departments in healthcare enterprises. Other employment opportunities exist with health information systems vendors, consulting groups, and governmental agencies.

Students who wish to augment their current study in Health Administration with an advanced understanding of healthcare information technology should pursue the Healthcare Informatics concentration. The program is designed to give students more knowledge and skills in the strategic, operational, and practical aspects of IT. Students who are majoring in health administration but want to concentrate in Healthcare Informatics may choose the following courses in lieu of the administrative component elective and the health services elective plus two additional courses. Students are required to have a basic competency in standard PC office applications (i.e. Word Processing, Data Base, Spreadsheet, and Internet Browsers). Students may also select any IT course as an elective option.

Core Component (5 required)

HSV 550

Health Services Research (HAD 4025)

HAD 552

Health Administration

HAD 553

Health Care Organization

HAD 600

Ethics of Health Care

HAD 551

Managed Health Care

Administrative Component (4 required)

HSV 554

Health Care Law

HAD 560

Health Care Informatics

HAD 555

Accounting for Health Care Organizations

HAD 556

Financial Management of Health Care Organizations

Specialization Informatics

HSV 562

Health Information Management Systems Data and Infrastructure

HAD 563

Health Information management Systems Applications

HAD 564

Computer-based Patient Record (CPR)

HAD 561

Health Care and the Internet