Master of Science in Healthcare Management - Informatics

With the breaches in data security affecting healthcare institutions frequently in the headlines today, understanding security in information systems has become ever more important for today’s healthcare informatics manager1. In fact, healthcare is one of the industries showing the greatest growth in cybersecurity job openings2. Most healthcare organizations today rely on a system that provides confidentiality and security of patient records. Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Healthcare Management – Informatics Concentration (MSHCM – Informatics) is designed to provide students with skills in information systems, informatics, and information technology that will help prepare them for careers in healthcare or related institutions. With courses taught by expert faculty in the Computer Science and Information Technology programs, students have the opportunity to learn up to date instruction in key areas of information technology and system security.

The MSHCM-Informatics program aims to provide the tools and knowledge needed to help new leaders in the field of health informatics or enhance the skills of those already in health informatics positions. Courses address the use of technology to manage medical records, enhance the quality of health record management systems, and ensure electronic records compliance to regulatory and ethical standards. This program provides an emphasis on developing the competencies needed by healthcare management professionals in the area of healthcare informatics. Upon graduating, students should be equipped with informatics knowledge and skills to help them as they work in the healthcare industry.

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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    48
  • Program Availability

    Online

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  • Program Outline

    CTU’s Master of Science in Healthcare Management – Informatics is a 48-credit graduate degree program designed to provide expertise in healthcare management with a concentration in health informatics. The core curriculum is enhanced with courses in health informatics. Students begin with CS651 Computer Systems Security Foundations. This foundational course provides an overview of current security technologies and how to assess cyber threats.

    To complete the degree, the Health Informatics Capstone course will provide students with the opportunity to utilize the skills and knowledge acquired in the program’s healthcare management and informatics coursework in a real world application. Students will work on a case study, taking the role of the healthcare informatics administrator in a healthcare organization charged with redesigning an electronic health data system that meets today’s privacy, security and regulatory requirements.

    Graduates of CTU’s MSHS-Informatics program will be able to:

    • Choose appropriate innovative technological solutions and data analysis to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
    • Use data management approaches to manage patient-centered electronic health data including abstracting data, compiling information and researching data.
    • Describe features of the health information systems, healthcare delivery systems, and classification systems.
    • Evaluate health records to ensure federal, state, privacy, ethical, security and confidentiality guidelines and regulations.
    • Appraise a health IT system development life cycle from system analysis, strategy planning, system design, planning, creating, testing, and implementation.
    • Explain data health standards, database designs, and principles of business continuity.
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    Degree Requirements

    Courses- Informatics
    CS651Computer Systems Security Foundations4
    CS660Database Systems4
    HCM655Healthcare Informatics 4
    HCM690Healthcare Informatics Capstone4
    IT621Enterprise Data Management4
    Total Credit Hours:20
    Core
    HCM612Managing the Healthcare Organization4
    HCM632Systems in Healthcare4
    HCM671Healthcare Statistics4
    HCM674Health Policy in the United States4
    HCM676Healthcare Finance4
    HCM677Information Systems for Healthcare4
    HCM678Healthcare Law and Ethics 4
    Total Credit Hours:28

    Total Credit Hours: 48

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  • Outcomes

    Graduates of CTU’s Master of Science in Healthcare Management-Informatics degree program should be equipped with a depth of knowledge in the business side of healthcare. Students who have completed this degree program should be able to:

    • Utilize healthcare management principles to effectively manage a healthcare organization
    • Influence change at a variety of levels for healthcare quality
    • Differentiate healthcare delivery within a variety of healthcare populations and environments

    In fact, graduates of CTU's MS in Healthcare Management – Informatics degree program may be able to seek employment as a3:

    • Health Information Systems Manager
    • Director, clinical documentation
    • Manager/Director of clinical informatics
    • Technology and Health Information Director
    • Informatics Coordinator/Supervisor
    • Director of Informatics
    • Manager, Health Information Systems
    • Other careers include positions with vendors providing health information system/consultation to healthcare organizations and in government

    Individuals already working in healthcare informatics as analysts or support staff could advance to supervisory positions.

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The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2009 and 10/15/2009 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 23%

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1 http://www.forbes.com/sites/danmunro/2015/12/31/data-breaches-in-healthcare-total-over-112-million-records-in-2015/#34c995b67fd5 (Visited date 4/26/16)
2 http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20151024/MAGAZINE/310249962 (Visited 4/26/16)
3http://burning-glass.com/job-market-data; the career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listing compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.