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Applied Health Informatics Ontario College Graduate Certificate

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  • Objectives
    The program is designed to prepare graduates with a previous degree or with a health sciences diploma/advanced diploma to work in the field of health informatics. The program will provide an in-depth knowledge of health informatics, an understanding of information technology, and development of excellent communication, decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Practical experience
    There is a co-op option at the end of the program.
  • Academic Title
    Applied Health Informatics Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    COMM1580     Foundations of Communications for Health Informatics

    Description: Communication is at the heart of Health Informatics projects and organizations. This course cultivates an awareness of key aspects of communication: bridging the gap between oneself and others, using and citing sources, using simple, concise and direct language and proofreading accurately. The application of these skills to communicating with different audiences, crafting well organized letters, emails, memos, resumes, cover letters, and presentations, and using various media to express one’s ideas clearly and correctly are the major focus of this course.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    HIM1050     Health Informatics I
    Description: This course will introduce students to information needs of health care professionals and the role of health informatics in a variety of health care settings. Students will prepare to work with health data and information by becoming familiar with the language and processes of health care, as well as sources, collection, storage, manipulation, retrieval and applications of health care data and information.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    HIM2030     Health Informatics II
    Description: Through a comprehensive overview of fundamental health informatics concepts, this course will provide a theoretical perspective on the trends and issues related to computerization in health care, including challenges and opportunities. Topics include definitions of fundamental concepts in information science (e.g., data, information and knowledge), issues that pertain to representation of information (e.g., coding, classification) as well as a review of information systems (e.g., electronic health record), communication systems (e.g., computer networks, telehealth) and decision support systems (e.g., intelligent systems, monitoring systems) in healthcare.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    INFO1765     Foundations of Information Systems
    Description: This course provides students with a broad overview of the many facets of computing science in order to lay the foundation for understanding higher level information systems concepts. The lab component of this course will explore, through examples and practical work, the fundamental aspects of computing and will demonstrate applications with relevance to health informatics. The course will also require students to analyze, think critically and engage in discussions about ethical issues in computing.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    LIBS7160     User Training and Adult Education

    Description: This course is designed to provide an overview of issues related to classroom training, one-on-one sessions, Web-based training, and floor support for adults learning to use new technology or understand new concepts. It will also provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate an ability to conduct user-training sessions.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    COMM2080     Professional Communication for Health Informatics

    Description: This course will focus on communicating technical information effectively for business purposes. Building on the skills learned in Technical Communication for Health Informatics, students will study business communication theory/practice and apply the knowledge to planning, drafting, revising, critiquing, and presenting business correspondence, proposals, and formal reports. Students will also develop skills in research and professional oral presentations through assigned projects.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: COMM1580

    COMP1038     Database Concepts
    Description: This course will introduce students to relational database management systems. Topics will include: table design, table relationship design, database normalization, database optimization, query definition, and form and report development. These concepts are reinforced with practical exercises in creating queries, forms and reports to maintain and display the data in a database. The course will also introduce students to the concepts of data validation and security to ensure the integrity of the database.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    HIM2020     Governance and Structures of Health Care Systems in Canada

    Description: Students will gain a comprehensive and critical understanding of the planning and delivery functions of health care, including the Canadian health care system, factors affecting health policy formulation, health economics, and funding sources. These concepts will be discussed at the federal, provincial, regional, and organizational levels to prepare students for leadership roles as health informatics professionals.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HIM4030     Health Care Quality Improvement
    Description: This course will provide students with an opportunity to apply the methodology of Continuous Quality Improvement in health care and health informatics management, including current models and theories. Students will develop an understanding of the information needs for quality improvement monitoring, hospital report cards, and balanced scorecards.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    INFO1750     Clinical Systems

    Description: This course will introduce clinical information systems used in various health organizations. It will provide students with the knowledge required to maintain and implement, using a component based approach, clinical information systems such as electronic medical records, lab, pharmacy and radiology systems.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    INFO2200     Systems Analysis and Re-Engineering

    Description: This course will introduce students to systems analysis methodologies. Topics will include project initiation, business process reengineering, requirements gathering, object oriented analysis; static and dynamic modeling of systems, and presentation skills. Emphasis will be placed on health industry practices and documentation skills in a team environment.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    Level Three
    CDEV1020     Co-op and Career Preparation

    Description: This mandatory course prepares students for job searching for their co-op work terms and for post-graduate careers. Students will learn to critically evaluate their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate and interpret available opportunities in the workplace. Self-marketing techniques using resumes, cover letters, cold-calls, and interviewing will be learned and students will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace with regards to social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues.
    Hours: 16
    Credits: 1

    HIM4050     Health Informatics III
    Description: In this course, advanced topics in health informatics related to development, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of health information systems are explored through a comprehensive, globally relevant series of case studies. Topics include planning and developing IT strategies, managing organizational change, clinical decision support, public health surveillance, patient oriented and the future of health informatics technologies.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    INFO4030     Information Technology Procurement

    Description: This course will introduce the students to the processes and methodologies used to select and procure Information Technology products and services. Topics will include: requirements determination, Request for Proposal process and preparation, the selection and evaluation process, and issues associated with integration, multiple vendors, implementation, contracts, service level agreements, and health industry guidelines, regulations and legal requirements.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    MGMT1450     Project Management in Health Care - Techniques and Tools

    Description: This course will prepare health care professionals to manage projects within their own area and across disciplines. The course will identify the skills and competencies of an effective project manager. The students will develop a major project using project management software specific to health project management for clinical research, health information, and health care quality management.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

          Electives: Program Option
    Description: Student must pass 1 Course(s)

    Elective Courses:
    BUS3120     Management and Organizational Behaviour

    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HRM4010     Change Management
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Four
    COOP1450     Co-op Work Term 1 - HIM

    Description: This course will provide students with college-approved work experience in health care informatics environments. The students are able to apply knowledge and skills learned in Year I of the Health Informatics Management program.
    Generic skills they have studied up to this point include the understanding of teamwork skills and individual accountability, conflict resolution techniques, effective verbal and written communication.
    This course will increase the student’s understanding of real-life employer expectations with regards to attitudinal, practical, and academic skills required to gain employment and enhance self-marketing skills. In addition to these employability skills, the student will also have an opportunity to apply technical knowledge from the prior semesters of study to real life situations. These essential employability and technical skills areas will be improved during the work term while the student responsibly performs the duties as laid out in the job description, in accordance with course and program outcomes.
    Hours: 420
    Credits: 14

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