University of Southern Indiana

Health Informatics Program

Description of Program
The ever-changing world of healthcare continually affords new opportunities in clinical practice whether in the in-patient or out-patient setting. The challenge for practicing healthcare professionals is to be able to interact with this environment in a way that impacts the care they deliver. The rapidly evolving field of health informatics requires the acquisition of changing tools and knowledge. This program is designed to assist the healthcare professional to understand, implement, manage, and evaluate information technology within healthcare. The program was designed utilizing the certification test plans as established by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society for the CAHIMS certification examination and the American Nurses Credentialing Center for Informatics Nursing.  

Information for nurses on a national certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org

Information regarding the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) certification exam can be obtained at http://www.himss.org/health-it-certification/cahims

Who Should Enroll in this Program?
This program is designed for English-speaking healthcare professionals who have, or want to prepare for, the various roles that require monitoring and managing informatics.

Program Content
The content is divided into modules. Each module utilizes instructor outlines, audio/video recordings, reading assignments, articles, web resources, case studies to augment the learning process. These methods provide the participant with flexibility in completing assignments and interacting with the faculty. Each module has accompanying study guide(s) with questions (such as multiple choice, essay) for participants to submit to faculty. Interaction with faculty may occur via feedback to study guides, discussion boards, or email. The modules cover foundations of health informatics, information systems, privacy/security, ethics, informatics application, project management, population health, and data mining.

The textbook is required for this program. Upon registration, you will receive detailed information to purchase the textbook.

Program Schedule
This 10-week activity is offered twice a year.

2017 Dates
Start End
Jan. 30 March 31
Aug. 7 Oct. 6


Learning Outcome
The learning outcome of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully integrate the knowledge and skills of health informatics into their clinical practice. 

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe basic principles necessary to utilize health information technology for knowledge management.
  • Collect skills necessary to contribute to strategic and tactical planning in utilizing health information systems.
  • Examine principles of organizational needs and readiness for adoption of health information technology solutions.
  • Recognize the impact of laws and regulations that govern critical healthcare information and management systems services for privacy, safety, and security.
  • Outline components of an informatics technology strategy plan.
  • Appreciate the role of technology in healthcare.

Delivery of Content
The content is delivered asynchronous via an online learning management system, Blackboard. The internet instructor provides an opportunity for interaction with program faculty while in the comfort of learning in your own home and office. 

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls.  Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours
48 contact hours

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Submit registration and payment.
  • A certificate for contact hours will be awarded following completion of each module study guides, receive a passing score of 70% or better on comprehensive final, and submission of program evaluation.

The certificates will be sent to participants email address within approximately 30 days following the completion of the program. 

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification is a means to demonstrate competency.

Faculty Names and Credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts as instructors, contributors, and reviewers.    

Ruth E. Metzger, MBA. BA, BSN, RN
Gabriela Mustata Wilson, PhD, MSc
M. Jane Swartz DNP, RN, ACNS-BC

Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Accreditation with Distinction

The University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. USI was recognized as accredited with distinction through November 30, 2018.


State of California

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

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