ertificate Name and Number: Clinical Informatics Certificate - CTCING
Department/Unit: College of Health Sciences and Professions – Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus, Online, Hybrid, Distance
Certificate Overview: Clinical informatics education focuses on how clinicians store, retrieve and analyze health information. In practice, knowledge of clinical informatics transforms the delivery of health care by creating information and communication systems to help clinicians design, implement and analyze health data to enhance individual and population health outcomes, improve patient care, and foster efficient and effective clinician-patient interactions. Clinical informaticians use their knowledge to assess knowledge and needs of health care professionals and patients; characterize and refine clinical processes; develop, implement, and refine clinical decision support systems; and lead or participate in procurement, customization, development, implementation, management, evaluation, and continuous improvement of clinician information for the benefits of patients. They collaborate with other health care and technology professionals to develop tools which promote patient care that is safe, efficient, effective, timely, patient centered, and equitable.
Opportunities upon Completion: The American Health Informatics Management Association (AHIMA) estimates that the demand for skilled workers will increase by 20% (www.ahima.org downloaded 10/25/11). A report prepared by Batelle Technology (November 2011) for the Ohio Third Frontier, noted that high growth is expected in healthcare information technology that includes business process management and clinical healthcare.
Graduation Requirements: The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Informatics consists of 5 courses and 16 semester credits. If students do not have a health care background that includes knowledge of the health care system, they must take HLTH 6010: Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System (3 credits). Credits for this course will not count toward the certificate since it is only a prerequisite. Upon applying for graduation (for degree-seeking students) or completion of the certificate requirements (for non-degree students), you must contact the program coordinator for verification of completion and the awarding of the certificate.
Michael Kushnick, Chair
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies
Grover Center W122
Athens, OH 45701
Prerequisite Course (credit hours)
- HLTH 6010: Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System (3)
Required Courses (credit hours)
- BME 5100: Medical Informatics (3)
- HLTH 6801: Health Information Systems and Applications (3)
- HLTH 6802: Quantitative Methods in Health Research (4)
- MPA 5590: Measuring Outcomes in Public and non-Profit Organizations (3)
- MPA 6800: Seminar in Public Administration (3)
Admission Requirements: The Clinical Informatics Graduate Certificate program will accept students in two categories: (1) those who have been admitted to an advanced-degree program at Ohio University and (2) those who possess a bachelor’s or advanced degree but are not currently in a degree program at Ohio University.
- Students who have already been admitted to an advanced degree program at Ohio University (degree-seeking graduate students) need to complete an Application for Update of Graduate Academic Program. This application can be obtained online or in-person from the Graduate College. The completed application, including the signature of an advisor and the certificate/program coordinator, should be submitted to the Graduate College office at Ohio University.
- To apply for the Clinical Informatics Graduate Certificate program as a non-degree student, you must submit an application, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score, post-secondary transcripts, an essay on career goals and objectives, a resume, and three letters of recommendation and submit to this package to the Graduate College.