Health Information Security Graduate Certificate

Health Information Security Graduate Certificate

Learn the skills to effectively safeguard protected medical information with professional education in health IT.

This program provides comprehensive knowledge and skill in health information security program development and administration, including policy, procedures, architectures, risk assessment, disaster recovery, and business continuity for both health care and public health organizations. Program graduates will be prepared to take on roles like:

  • Information Security Officer
  • Health Information Privacy and Security Specialist
  • Chief Health Care and Information Privacy and Security Officers (CISO),

Applicants should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Certificate Requirements

This 15-credit-hour program includes five courses. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of a 3.00, with a grade of a B- or better in all individual coursework.

Core Curriculum

Specialized Courses (Choose 3)

* These courses may be offered under TECH 58100 Workshop in Technology until the course numbers are approved.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Informatics in Health Information Security program will be qualified to serve as institutional/organizational information privacy or security officers:

  1. Understanding Technology and Methodologies for Processing Information in Health Care:
    • Explain concepts of information and communication technologies
    • Analyze network service management (i.e. DNS/DHCP, web, email, spam filtering, resource sharing, database, directory services and authentication), network communication and security (i.e. network devices, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and incident response/forensics), and administration (i.e. shell scripting, documentation/request management, policy and procedure management, data center considerations, and virtualization)
    • Implement standards and terminologies for maintaining privacy and security of protected health information
  2. Information Literacy for Health Care:
    • Determine the nature and extent of the privacy and security needed to protect health information
    • Propose infrastructure needed to safeguard protected health information effectively and efficiently
    • Evaluate administrative, technical and physical safeguards critically
    • Access privacy and security regulations for health care information transactions including policy, procedures, guidelines, security architectures, risk assessments, disaster recovery, and business continuity; particular attention given to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act
  3. Information Management:
    • Verbalize the importance of health information exchange to healthcare outcomes
    • Have knowledge of various types of health information exchange services
    • Assure confidentiality of protected patient health information when using health information exchange
    • Assure access control in the use of health information exchange
    • Assure the security of health information exchange
    • Possess the skills as outlined in supportive functions component of the HL7 model applicable to health information exchange
    • Understand the principles upon which organizational and professional health information systems for providers and consumers are based

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