Medical and Healthcare Information Technologies (Master's)
Develop strategies to reduce costs and improve access to quality healthcare through technology in this concentration designed for those interested in healthcare IT and informatics. You will learn how to use healthcare information systems management to improve overall efficiency. As healthcare moves from a volume-based to value-based system, you will develop skills to facilitate communication between clinical providers and technical staff as they are tasked with assessing performance. You will learn how technology can affect and improve:
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Performance evaluation
- Financial transactions
- Practice management
Gain insight into the interoperability of healthcare information systems, the benefits and barriers associated with electronic health records systems, and the use of telehealth modalities.
Consider courses in Project Management to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or those in Database Design and Development for enhanced analytics skills. Consult your advisor about these and other electives or a certificate from any of the other Healthcare Leadership concentrations or from one of the other University College programs to enhance your career planning.
MS in Healthcare Leadership with a concentration in Medical and Healthcare Information Technologies requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- HC 4000 - Healthcare Systems and Regulatory Environments
- HC 4010 - HC Communication and Leadership
- HC 4220 - Ethical Considerations in Healthcare
- HC 4910 - Research Practices and Applications
- HC 4901 - HC Capstone Project
- HC 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- HC 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- HC 4301 - Fundamentals of HC Information Systems
- HC 4310 - Electronic Health Records Systems
- HC 4315 - Telehealth
- HC 4325 - Healthcare Information Technology Applications
- HC 4335 - Information Systems Security in Healthcare
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Healthcare Leadership programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Healthcare Leadership programs include:
- HC 4005 - Healthcare Macroeconomics
- HC 4100 - Management Principles in Healthcare Systems
- HC 4110 - Healthcare: Innovative Strategies and Change Management
- HC 4130 - Organizational Behavior in Healthcare
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Careers in Medical and Healthcare Information Technologies
Clinical Liaison, Database Administrator; Data Architect, Director of Healthcare Information, Healthcare Information Manager; Healthcare Systems Manager, Information Technology Specialist, Medical Records Administrator, Project Manager, Technology Manager
Analyzing, categorizing, and coding patient information for quality reporting; designing health information systems; ensuring appropriate disclosure of patient information; maintaining patients’ medical record and treatment information; managing medical date accuracy and security; providing health information technical assistance and training; utilizing medical data to support business and clinical decision-updating databases for insurance reimbursement and donor registries
As technology advances and healthcare needs increase, careers in health information will be on an upward trend. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) named health information management one of the 20 fastest-growing occupations in the nation. Critical to data management operations across an array of industries, healthcare information professionals can be found not just in hospitals and other medical facilities, but in government agencies, research institutions, and healthcare software firms as well.
Careers In Healthcare Leadership
Where need meets desire.
According to Explore Health Careers, a perfect storm is brewing for aspiring healthcare professionals, administrators, and managers as the number of patients with age-related health needs increases along with the number of health professionals retiring from the field in conjunction with emerging technologies changing the way we live and die, healthcare is the field to be in. Driven by major policy changes in the healthcare insurance industry related to access, transparency and relevance, job opportunities in clinics and outpatient care sites will increase dramatically in both urban and rural areas. Opportunities for medical and health services specialists are projected to grow by 16% through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, 25% of all new jobs created in the next several years will be related to the healthcare industry.
Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S.-rare and welcomed bright spot in the job market, according to a Monster.com report. Leadership roles are crucial in this period of change as healthcare policies and regulatory systems continue to evolve at the national level, as well as the cutting-edge technologies being made available to the public. Employment for medical records and health information technology professionals is expected to grow 20% within the next decade, much faster than the average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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