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Health Informatics Program Overview

Health Informatics is realizing its promise as the connective tissue between medicine and information science. Relevant policy and payment method reforms are fueling the growth of clinical informatics positions, such as health information supervisors and managers, auditors and compliance review staff, and clinical documentation and improvement specialists.

The Health Informatics degree at King provides insight into:

  • Health IT
  • EHR and Interoperability
  • Analytics and the use of big data
  • Policy changes
  • HIPAA security
  • Mobility, innovation, and telehealth

This program is also offered online. View more information about the online Health Informatics degree program.

Why choose Health Informatics at King?

Our program is based on an inter-disciplinary approach, providing classes in healthcare administration, health informatics, and information technology. The curriculum is focused on the study of structure, function, and transfer of information, socio-technical aspects of health computing, and the human-computer interaction. Our program prepares students to:

  • Obtain in-depth understanding of current and future trends in healthcare related to information technologies and management
  • Gather, store, and share vital health related information
  • Develop tools for timely, efficient, safe, and cost effective patient-centered care
  • Explore cutting edge concepts and innovations in the fast paced and ever changing healthcare environment
  • Fulfill the mission of King by building meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ by exhibiting empathy, implementing quality, effective management, and improving patient care

What can you do with a Health Informatics degree?

Health Informatics and Health Information Management are often collectively known as Health Information Technology (HIT). Health Informatics graduates often find positions as analysts for healthcare informatics, system analysts, and project managers in fields such as:

  • Hospital systems
  • Private clinics
  • Public health organizations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Private healthcare technology corporations

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate their ability to analyze and implement industry standards for quality management and improvement.
  • Students will demonstrate effective communication with all stakeholders in academic, clinical, and practice settings.
  • Students will be able to analyze relevant data in order to prioritize goals that will facilitate desired outcomes.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of ethical decision making in order to exhibit empathy and facilitate alternatives for both patient care and effective management.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of program content by their abilities to plan for effective leadership in their field and also to develop tools for timely, efficient, safe, and cost-effective patient-centered care.
Faculty
Ljiljana Krizanac-Bengez
School of Health and Professional Sciences
Sheri McRae
School of Health and Professional Sciences
Margaret Knight
School of Health and Professional Sciences
Lynn Boyer
School of Business, Economics & Technology
Health Informatics Course Descriptions

This course introduces the student to project management tools and techniques that result in the ability to create and follow a project management plan. Students will receive a broad overview of project management including distinctive characteristics of health IT projects. Students examine processes, knowledge areas, and organizational influences that are critical to successful projects. – 4 s.h.

This course covers fundamentals of selection, installation and maintenance of typical Electronic Health Records  systems. Students will be introduced to the principles underlying system configuration including basic hardware and software components, system selection, planning, testing, troubleshooting, and final deployment. System security and procedures will also be introduced in this course. – 4 s.h.

This course will address the OSI, including the purpose and content of each of its seven layers: physical, data link, network, transport, session, presentation, and application. Products, processes, protocols and tools at each level will be explained. This course will also focus on the flow of data through the models as data is transmitted and received by end devices. – 4 s.h.

This course will provide an in-depth discussion in current and future trends in healthcare related information technologies and management. Students are provided a unique opportunity to explore cutting edge concepts and innovations in this fast paced and ever changing environment. – 4 s.h.

All candidates for a degree from King University are required to demonstrate competency in their major field. Students with more than one major must demonstrate competency in each of their major fields. In their last semester of major courses, all Health Informatics students will create a portfolio of their work as the comprehensive assessment for the program.

Students will compile a collection of 5-7 items which reflect competency of program objectives, as well as a cultural transformation essay, current resume, and generic cover letter. Suggested and required inclusion items will be provided. This course is graded pass/fail and all students must receive a passing grade to graduate. The portfolio serves not only as a final assessment for the program; it also helps them capitalize on workplace advancement opportunities. – 0 s.h.

To view all required courses for a BS in Health Informatics please click here.

For Health Informatics course descriptions please click here.