​​​​​​Health Informatics Certificate Courses​

Findlay's online Health Informatics Certificate consists of six courses (17 semester hours) which are offered in eight-week blocks throughout the fall, spring and summer. 


Required Courses

Introduction to Health Informatics | HINF 520
This course provides an overview of health informatics (HI). Core HI concepts and technologies will be emphasized, including current and emerging technology applications and data standards. The role of the health informatics specialist, the variety of HI sub-specialties and examples of various clinical applications will be examined. Perspectives on future directions are included.

Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Informatics | HINF 523
This course provides students with an overview of the ethical and legal issues which must be addressed by the health care system when utilizing an electronic health record. The need for patient privacy and protection from public disclosure, misrepresentation, misinformation, and bias from third-party payers must be addressed to prevent injustice to the client. The large capacity for the storage of information, the ease of dissemination and the numerous users of patient records present multiple ethical concerns.

Introduction to Clinical Information Systems | HINF 541
This course provides an introduction to the history, theory, applications and organizational context of clinical information systems for health informatics. It explores concepts surrounding clinical information systems, with emphasis on electronic health records (EHRs), terminology and standards, clinical configuration, user interface design, computerized physician order entry, clinical decision support and clinical reporting. This course examines the practical application of these concepts, including implementation, clinical workflow, privacy and security, certification, medical device integration and community health information exchange. It addresses common implementation pitfalls as well as benchmarks for evaluating the costs and benefits of EHR systems.

Database Systems for Health Care | HINF 553
This course explores database theory, database design and issues related to database management specific to healthcare environments. Managing data structure and content for compliance with standards, regulations, and accrediting agencies will be addressed. It examines data modeling, data mining, and data warehousing. Emphasis is on requirements for assuring data integrity and security in healthcare enterprise information systems.


Healthcare Delivery Outcomes | HINF 620
This course explores the impact of health informatics on systems of care, including provider organizations, health systems, and the public health enterprise. Students will learn systemic approaches that support interdisciplinary collaboration, the role of the health informatics specialist in facilitating change and methods for evaluating impacts on health outcomes. It examines the broader social context of health informatics and the implications for population health.


Professional Practice Experience | HINF 690
Students will gather information and complete projects at area healthcare facilities under the direct supervision of various managers (or their designees), typically within the following departments: patient access/registration; clinical departments such as pharmacy, lab, radiology, etc.; health information services/medical records; information systems/technology/management; finance/revenue cycle/business office; compliance; decision support/clinical decision support; or quality management/performance improvement.


View the full curriculum at the University of Findlay's online catalog.