University of Washington School of Public Health

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Certificate in Health Informatics and Health Information Management

Learn about the use of technology in the secure collection and maintenance of personal health data. Improve the delivery of health care with the latest methods and technologies for the collection, organization, use and evaluation of health care information. Understand legal, regulatory and compliance issues, and study finance management. Develop health care management and leadership skills. Understand quality assurance and research methods within health care settings.

At a Glance

Administering Department:
Health Services, PCE


Who should apply: Individuals with at least a bachelor's degree who wish to work with electronic health records, health law, privacy and security practices. Certificates students may also use this opportunity to explore their interest in applying for further study through the masterís program.

Application Deadline: †August 15 for Autumn Quarter entry

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  • Develop organization-wide health record documentation guidelines;
  • Manage associated health data such as data elements, data sets, and databases;
  • Implement and manage applications and processes for clinical classification and coding;
  • Manage the use of clinical data required in prospective payment systems (PPS and other reimbursement systems in health care delivery;
  • Provide support for facility-wide quality management and performance improvement programs;
  • Analyze clinical data to identify trends that demonstrate quality, safety, and effectiveness of healthcare;
  • Evaluate and implement national health information initiatives in the healthcare delivery system for application to information systems policies and procedures;
  • Interpret, communicate, and apply current laws, accreditation, licensure and certification standards related to health information initiatives at the national, state, local, and facility levels;
  • Analyze and respond to the information needs of internal and external customers throughout the continuum of healthcare services;
  • Develop and implement organization-wide confidentiality policies and procedures;
  • Define and maintain elements of the legal health record;
  • Implement and manage use of technology, including hardware and software to ensure data collection, storage, analysis and reporting of health information;
  • Contribute to the development of networks, including intranet and internet applications to facilitate the electronic health record (EHR), personal health record (PHE), public health and other administrative applications;
  • Apply knowledge of database architecture and design (such as data dictionary, data modeling, data warehousing) to meet organizational needs;
  • Apply appropriate systems to life cycle concepts, including systems analysis, design, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance to the selection of healthcare information systems;
  • Implement and monitor department and organizational data and information system security policies;
  • Recommend elements that must be included in the design of audit trails and data quality monitoring programs; and
  • Apply general principles of management in the administration of health information services.