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Leadership in Health Information Technology for Health Professionals Postbaccalaureate Certificate

School of Nursing
School of Nursing
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Contact Information
School of Nursing, 5-160 Weaver-Densford Hall, 308 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-7980; fax: 612-625-7727)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 16
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Ldrshp in Hlth Info Tec for Hlth Pro PBacc Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
By combining formal clinical or public health advanced preparation with course work in health information technology (HIT), individuals who earn the postbaccalaureate certificate in leadership in health information technology for health professionals will be able to lead the successful deployment and use of HIT to achieve transformational improvement in the quality, safety, outcomes, and thus in the value of health services.
Program Delivery
  • primarily online (at least 80% of the instruction for the program is online with short, intensive periods of face-to-face coursework)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Admittance to the program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a clinical or public health discipline. Example degrees would be a BS/BA in nursing or public health.
Preferred: Advanced degree in clinical or public health discipline from an accredited institution (nursing MS/DNP/PhD; public health MPH/MS/PhD; MS/PhD in other health-related field)
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must have clinical or public health experience. A minimum of two years of management experience is required if the applicant does not hold an advanced degree.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 95
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 587
    • Final score: 85
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
3.0 GPA required.
Required Coursework
Take the following courses to meet the 16-credit minimum:
NURS 5115 - Interprofessional Health Care Informatics (3.0 cr)
NURS 5116 - Consumer Health Informatics (1.0 cr)
NURS 6105 - Systems Analysis and Design (3.0 cr)
NURS 7105 - Knowledge Representation and Interoperability (2.0 cr)
NURS 7108 - Population Health Informatics (2.0 cr)
NURS 7113 - Clinical Decision Support: Theory (2.0 cr)
HINF 5510 - Applied Health Care Databases: Database Principles and Data Evaluation (3.0 cr)
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NURS 5115 - Interprofessional Health Care Informatics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Implications of informatics for practice, including nursing, public health, and health care in general. Electronic health record issues. Ethical, legislative, political, and global/future informatics issues.
NURS 5116 - Consumer Health Informatics
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examines issues from consumer's perspective in acquisition, understanding, use or provision of health information. Online strategies for improving health. Impact on consumer-provider relationships/ethical and legal issues. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
NURS 6105 - Systems Analysis and Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Role of informatian in interprofessional team for analysis and design of information systems. Concepts/theories of systems analysis, system life cycle, project management, system requirements, human factors. Evaluation of use of health information systems. prereq: 5115 or equiv or instr consent
NURS 7105 - Knowledge Representation and Interoperability
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Conceptual/operational aspects of knowledge representation structures in nursing, including standards and interoperability. Representation of clinical work in the electronic health record. Critical analysis of interoperability, ethical issues, and values. prereq: NURS 5115 or instr consent
NURS 7108 - Population Health Informatics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Standards, interoperability, and integration of information systems for population health are examined. Population health use cases are analyzed for potential benefits, legal, ethical, and practical issues related to the development of population health information systems. prereq: [5115 or [HINF 5430, HINF 5431]] or instr consent
NURS 7113 - Clinical Decision Support: Theory
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles and concepts of knowledge management and decision making for support of clinical practice. Students design a clinical decision support intervention and examine the legal, ethical, and practical issues related to its implementation and maintenance of CDS interventions. prereq: 5115 or HINF 5430/5431 or instr consent
HINF 5510 - Applied Health Care Databases: Database Principles and Data Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of database theory, modeling, design, and manipulation of databases will be introduced, taught with a healthcare applications emphasis. Students will gain experience using a relational database management system (RDBMS), and database manipulation will be explored using Structured Query Language (SQL) to compose and execute queries. Students will be able to critically evaluate database query methods and results, and understand their implications for health care. prereq: Junior or senior or grad student or professional student or instr consent