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Health Care Informatics Certificate

  • Credits:
    16
  • Degree:
    Management Certificate

Program Description

Designed for health care and nursing professionals, the Health Care Informatics certificate program at Cambridge College focuses on using health care information to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The program addresses key areas of expertise including the fundamentals of health information systems and software; project management; and data, knowledge, and information management. Work experience in health care or information technology is required to enter the program.

What Is Health Informatics?

Health care informatics is an emerging professional field that combines information technology, communications, and health care. The goal of informatics in health care is to foster more effective collaboration between health care providers to achieve better outcomes for patients. Health informatics specialists are in high demand as health care facilities continue to implement new electronic health record (EHR) systems and upgrade existing databases for health information management.

Cambridge College Health Care Informatics Program Highlights

The health informatics program at Cambridge College offers a flexible, affordable option for professionals interested in advancing their careers in health care informatics and health information technology. Highlights of the certificate program include:

  • Flexible evening, weekend, and online classes. Take the next step in your education and career while balancing time at work and home. Our flexible course schedules are designed to meet the needs of adult learners.
  • Real-world experience. Get hands-on experience in a health care agency setting through a required field work project in which you’ll complete a health informatics project under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
  • Experienced and accessible faculty. Faculty members are practitioners who work in the health care informatics field and introduce students to current trends and best practices in the field.
  • Affordable tuition. Cambridge College offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the country for a four-year private nonprofit college. We also offer a variety of financial aid opportunities to help you with the cost of education.
  • Convenient locations. All of our classroom locations are close to public transportation and/or offer free parking for students. Join us for a casual information session or open house.

CareerBuilder.com ranks health care informatics as the No. 1 job opportunity in an emerging industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians is expected to grow 15 percent through 2024 – more than double the average growth for all occupations in the United States.

Health Care Informatics Program Learning Outcomes

While many college programs can prepare you with the basic knowledge to enter the field of health informatics, you’ll need to complete a more targeted educational program to enter top jobs in the fields.

Earning your health informatics certificate will help you stand out in this high-demand job market, preparing you with the specialized knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of computer information systems and systems analysis.
  • Work with health information systems and software.
  • Manage projects effectively through the project lifecycle.
  • Use data, knowledge, and information in a health care setting.
  • Support successful health informatics initiatives within health care organizations. 

Health Care Informatics Jobs

Health informatics is a fast-growing field with career opportunities involving IT management, business management, systems analysis, and more. A wide range of functional areas include clinical informatics, nursing informatics, medical informatics, and biomedical informatics.

Graduates of the health informatics certificate program at Cambridge College are trained for advancement into supervisory and management positions in the full range of health care organizations and facilities. Job opportunities include:

  • Practice workflow re-engineer
  • Clinician/practitioner consultant
  • Clinical data analyst
  • Nursing informatics specialist
  • Health informatics director
  • EMR implementation and support specialists
  • Health information technology project managers

Health Informatics Salaries

Salaries in the health informatics fields will vary significantly based on your skills, experience, and job type. For example, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) reports average salaries for health informatics consultants to be in the $80K range. A health informatics director will typically earn $80 to more than $100K per year, while chief medical information officers can earn more than double this amount (though advanced graduate degrees are often required for these types of positions).

Example Health Care Informatics Courses

Take these courses when you earn your health informatics certificate at Cambridge College:

  • Information Systems in the Organization
  • Health Care Information Systems
  • Life Cycle of Information Systems in Health Care Informatics
  • Data, Knowledge, and Information Management in Health Care Informatics
  • Project Management Concepts and Practices
  • Health Care Informatics: Fieldwork

View the full Health Care Informatics certificate program curriculum

Health Care Informatics Scholarships and Financial Aid

Get help paying for your health informatics certificate. Cambridge College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to help with tuition and other education expenses. Learn more about financial assistance options.

Many companies also offer tuition assistance programs that can help to pay for your graduate education. Learn more about getting your company to help.

Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re thinking about pursuing a certificate in health care informatics, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Cambridge College:

Curriculum


Required Courses
16
Credits
Information Systems in the Organization
MMG 522 3 credit(s)
This course provides an overview of computer information systems. Students will be presented with the core information systems principles, offered an overview of the information systems discipline and will learn about the changing role of the information systems professional. This course will enable students, regardless of their field, to understand and use fundamental information systems principles so that they can function more efficiently and effectively as workers, managers, decision makers and organizational leaders.
Health Care Information Systems
MHC 730 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MHC 522. This course includes an overview of the health care information technology system as well as clinical information systems devoted to the direct management of the patient. It provides guidance for implementing, managing, and accessing clinical information systems in various health care settings. Discusses medical records, resource management and security, the importance of disaster planning, standards and regulatory issues as related to informatics. Also examines the current state and future of health care informatics, including tele-medicine and emerging technologies, and explores the new technology creation and adoption processes and the impact of rapidly evolving technologies in the health care arena.
Life Cycle of Information Systems in Health Care Informatics
MHC 732 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MHC 522, MHC 730. This course helps health care professionals understand the life-cycle of an information system and view it as a continuous process while maintaining the underlying support for the system. The course provides the tools needed to select a health information system based upon identified criteria in an individual health care agency and includes strategic planning, analysis, design and implementation, as well as testing and evaluation of the system.
Data, Knowledge and Information Management in Health Care Informatics.
MHC 733 3 credit(s)
Pre-requisite: MHC 522, MHC 730. The purpose of the course is to help health care professionals transform data into useful information for decision-making. This information is then utilized to support administrative and clinical decision-making. Course content will include the process of decision-making, securing the right information, human factors that affect the use of information, information classifications, and the human-computer interaction in health care organizations.
Project Management Concepts and Practices
MMG 710 3 credit(s)
In this course, students will learn how to use the concepts, tools and techniques of project management in order to successfully manage system development projects. System development project failures are generally failures of management, not failures of technology. Good management, along with an understanding of the appropriate use of technology, is therefore essential. Students will learn, in particular, how to apply the concepts, tools and techniques of project management in today's dynamic, digital business environment, where projects must be brought to completion under increasingly compressed timeframes and where decisions must be made under conditions of uncertainty.
Health Care Informatics: Fieldwork
MHC 735 1 credit(s)
Prerequisite: all concentration courses. The field work requirement provides the student with hands-on experience in a health care informatics setting. Students will be expected to complete an informatics project at a health care agency involving a total of 40 - 50 hours over a semester with an agency preceptor and under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for the School of Management

 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit 

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Tuition

  • Credits:
    16
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $658
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,308 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of July 2019, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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