Become a Qualified Health Care Informatics Professional

Learn to apply technologies and assist in the design, development and ongoing modification of computerized healthcare systems. Communicate effectively with both healthcare providers and IT professionals in this intensive one-year certificate program. The curriculum in this program focuses on data and knowledge management for health care systems developed and delivered by USD's Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.

This certificate program is conducted in both Classroom and Online formats. Classroom courses are typically held from 6:00 – 8:55 p.m, meeting one day per week for fourteen weeks. Online courses are 7 weeks long and are offered back to back, two each semester. All courses are taught by faculty of the Master of Science in Health Care Informatics. HCIN students may attend classes with degree-seeking students and participate in the same course activities and requirements. Certificate students may transfer all course units towards a graduate degree in Health Care Informatics.

Job outlook for informatics nurse specialists and medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase 21% from 2010 -2020, faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

 

Application Process
Gainful Employment Statistics

Who Should Attend

Health care practitioners, researchers, and educators, as well as, computer science and systems professionals interested in entering the healthcare sector. Flexible schedules to choose from, start by selecting from two different tracks to best fit your professional development needs.

Track #1 IT Professionals
Track #2 Clinical Healthcare Professionals

Academic Calendar

 

Summer 2018

Fall 2018 *Fee
Application Deadline
April 14, 2018
August 8, 2018 $45
Registration Deadline
June 1, 2018
 August 14, 2018
$45
Term Start Date
June 4, 2018
TBA  
 

Classroom Schedule & Fees

Classroom
Course Schedule and Enrollment Links - All required

Duration

*F
Track #1 - Required ONLY for professionals outside clinical healthcare.
 
Online Self Paced
 
$298
HCIN-540 Introduction to Health Care Information Management
1 Semester
$4,061
HCIN-541 Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems 1 Semester $4,061
HCIN-542 Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics 1 Semester $4,061
HCIN-544 Advanced Health Care Information Management 1 Semester $4,061
 

Online Schedule & Fees 

Online - Core
Course Schedule and Enrollment Links - All required

Duration

*Fee
HCIN-540 Introduction to Health Care Information Management
8 weeks
Online Fixed Date
$2,775
HCIN-541 Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems
8 weeks
Online Fixed Date
$2,775
Online - Electives
Course Schedule and Enrollment Links - 2 required 
Duration *Fee
HCIN-542 Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics
8 weeks
Online Fixed Date
$2,775
HCIN-543 Database Design and Knowledge Management
8 weeks
Online Fixed Date
$2,775
HCIN-544 Advanced Health Care Information Management
8 weeks
Online Fixed Date
$2,775
ENLC-500 Health Care Leadership, Values, and Social Justice
8 weeks
Online Fixed Date
$2,775
ENLC-553 Financial Management in Health Systems
8 weeks
Online Fixed Date
$2,775
ENLC-556 Management of Health Care System Quality
8 weeks
Online Fixed Date
$2,775
*Schedule and Fees subject to change    

 

An integrative field experience that allows students to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills they have obtained is a critical part of this program.Students can complete the certificate in two semesters. Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Health Care Informatics (HCIN). Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

Two certificate tracks are offered:

  • Requirements for Track #1 (IT professionals): Complete 5 courses
  • Requirements for Track #2 (Healthcare professionals): Complete 4 courses

Courses taken for either track for the certificate program may be applied toward a Masters in Health Care Informatics. If you intend to request transferring any of these courses into a Masters program, you will need a grade of "B" or better and an overall 3.0 GPA or higher. Please contact an academic advisor at continuinged@sandiego.edu for more information.

The HCIN certificate program is approved for financial aid.  Please contact Enrollment Student Services at continuinged@sandiego.edu to assist you with getting started on your FAFSA, Students who choose to seek financial aid will be required to take two courses per semester.

  • Adeptly manage healthcare information systems
  • Recognize the specific business needs of healthcare organizations
  • Integrate healthcare information systems into clinical workflow and care delivery
  • Serve in hospital systems, clinics, technology-driven companies

A bachelor's degree, basic computer and information management skills, Microsoft Office, Medical Terminology, and a minimum of 50 hours in an acute care setting (for Non-RNs).

The Health Care Informatics program has a strong emphasis on the use of technology and mobile devices as learning platforms. The iPad has been selected as the learning platform for use across the HCI program. Each student is required to purchase an iPad air, which is in addition to other technology (such as laptop or desktop computer). The iPad air is utilized for individual course tests and class assignments. Students may purchase an iPad air through the USD bookstore and additional software (iPad apps) are assigned on an individual course basis. During program orientation information about the use of the iPad and additional software will be discussed. Accessories such as keyboards and stylus may be required on an individual course basis. For more information about technical requirements click here; questions regarding program technology may be directed to Jonathan Mack Ph.D. RN NP, Program Coordinator: jmack@sandiego.edu.

Additional Details

Federal Financial Aid Available:
Yes

Application

Name
Health Care Informatics Application

Courses