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Healthcare Information Technology Certificate

Geared towards professionals with a background in Healthcare, Information Technology and/or Project Management, UC San Diego Extension’s Healthcare IT Certificate program gives graduates the strong technical training and interpersonal skill development that employers have deemed essential to success in the Healthcare IT field. Students will examine the elements necessary for effective implementation of electronic health records and their integration in different healthcare environments.

Taught by seasoned HIT professionals and overseen by an advisory board of HIT leaders, the program includes more than 140 hours of teaching and learning along with a 60-hour Capstone Project.

All courses are offered fully online, though students local to San Diego have the option of working as a group in person on their Capstone Project. Remote students may develop their own individual Capstone Project that meets their professional interests and career goals in collaboration with the instructor and a selected healthcare organization.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will qualify for new healthcare-related industry positions, created in large part by the current national initiative to implement electronic health records.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify informatics needs in different healthcare settings and align them with available solutions
  • Evaluate, select and deploy informatics solutions in healthcare delivery systems
  • Acquire, store, and convert/organize data into relevant diagnostic, therapeutic or research information, using quantitative and qualitative tools for decision support and data analysis
  • Understand the future of HIT in order to be an organizational resource in this topic area

Program Duration and Enrollment:

  • All coursework can be completed in as few as 6 months for aggressive learners, with most students choosing the recommended 9- or 12-month schedule
  • Prerequisite courses are offered 4 times per year and students can complete all 3 courses together in the same quarter

Additional Healthcare IT Courses of Interest:

  • Essential Elements of Health Information Exchange - The ability to exchange patient information consistently, privately and securely is becoming ever more paramount to improving quality of care. This first-of-its-kind class in Southern California, will prepare you for the changing industry. Learn More and Register

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Required Prerequisites (All 3 courses required. These courses may be taken concurrently.)
Introduction to US Healthcare
MEDC-40012
1
O O O O
Medical Terminology
FPM-40172
1
O O O O
Overview of Medical Practice
FPM-40415
2
O O O O
Core Courses - Group 1 (All 3 courses required. These courses may be taken concurrently. The Required Prerequisites must be completed before starting these courses.)
Basic Concepts in Networking and Security
CSE-41127
1
O O O O
Project Management in the Healthcare Environment
CSE-41128
1
O O O O
Concepts in Healthcare IT I
CSE-41129
2.5
O   O  
Core Course - Group 2 (Course is required. All Core Courses – Group 1 must be completed before enrolling in course below.)
Concepts in Healthcare IT II
CSE-41130
2.5
  O   O
Final Project (All above courses must be completed before enrolling in the Capstone Project.)
Healthcare IT Capstone Project
CSE-41131
3
X   X  
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Register in the Certificate Program

Certificate registration is required to complete the program. Candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Certificate Section ID: 100591 Add to Cart
Application Fee: $60
Contact: Technology, (858) 534-9356
E-mail: unex-healthcareit@ucsd.edu

Conditions for Admission

Who Should Attend:

  • Healthcare and clinical professionals ready to assume supervisory or specialist roles in Healthcare IT
  • Technology professionals seeking a basic understanding of complex and unique issues in healthcare
  • Project management professionals interested in a career in Healthcare IT

We strongly recommend that students enter the program with strong English writing and speaking skills.

Advisors

Ed Babakanian
Chief Information Officer
UC San Diego Medical Center

Kitty Bailey, MSW
VP, New Initiatives
North County Health Services

George Beha
Former Chief Information Officer
San Ysidro Health Center

Cassi Birnbaum
Vice President, Health Information Management
Peak Health Solutions

Jerry Coleman
Chief Information Officer
San Diego County Health and Human Services

Tom Gage
Independent HIT Consultant

Andres Gutierrez
Chief Information Officer
Family Health Centers of San Diego

Richard Jung
Chief Executive Officer
InTuun

JF Lancelot
Principal
CareAutomation

Eric Logie
Director, Information Systems
Alvarado Hospital

John Mattison, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer
Kaiser Permanente

Reza Mojdehi
Senior Director, Information Management
Scripps Health

Ramin Moshiri, M.S., MBA, PMP
Principal Engineer for Strategic Programs
CareFusion

Graham Nixon
Director, Clinical Informatics
VA San Diego Healthcare System

Dave Roberts, MPA, FHIMMS
County Supervisor
County of San Diego

Christy Rosenberg
Director, Community Clinics Health Network
Council of Community Clinics for SD and Imperial County

Kevin Seeley
Chief Technology Officer
US Air Force Medical Service

Bill Spooner
SVP, Chief Information Officer
Sharp Healthcare

Rich Swafford, MBA/TM, MaEd/AEDL, MIS/M, MC/MFT, MSAJS, PhD
Executive Director
Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (IEHIE)