Fundamentals of Health Information Technology
Topics in this course include healthcare policy surrounding healthcare technology (e.g. ARRA, Promoting Interoperability, healthcare privacy and security), current technologies (telemedicine, use of mobile devices, patient generated health information, virtual/augmented reality), electronic health records (EHRs) ,interoperability as well as hospital information systems and digital imaging. Additionally, students are exposed to a variety of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems with hands-on exercises based on clinical scenarios using fictitious test patients.
Introduction to Health Informatics and Healthcare Analytics
This course consists of the theoretical foundations of health informatics, database theory and management, healthcare vocabularies and standards, medical decision making, basic statistics, and healthcare analytics. Students gain hands-on experience in multiple analytics tools including in MS Excel, Tableau, HL7, SQL, and Blockchain
Project Management, Process Redesign, and Quality Improvement
This class focuses on the basics of project management using best practices as described in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (including RFPs, scope, project planning, budgets, and deliverables, risk), as well as an introduction Six Sigma quality improvement methodology, including tools to evaluate and improve quality. After completion, graduates are eligible to take the entry level project management exam. This course also explores the tools and techniques used to perform an analysis of workflow processes and to evaluate the impact of technology to improve these processes.
Operational Models of Healthcare Systems
The lectures presented in this course describe the complex U.S. healthcare system and explain the way in which healthcare is delivered along a continuum of care. The course integrates new health policy as related to current and impending changes to healthcare delivery along the continuum. A special emphasis is placed on the operational delivery of ambulatory care and the manner in which acute care facilitates are evolving. Topics include a comparison of the US health care system to health care delivery in other countries, population health and health care finance/insurance - including discussion on public (Medicare and Medicaid) and private (Managed Care) coverage. Descriptions of current and emerging payment mechanisms, revenue cycle management, risk management, overhead reduction and practice management are covered in detail to allow students a robust understanding of business issues associated with health care delivery.
Practicum and Professional Development in Health Informatics and Health IT
This course consists of 1) a 10-day practicum that allows students to gain experience working in a variety of organizational settings, including large healthcare organizations, vendors, government, and others, and 2) professional development activities and assignments.
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Please note that due to COVID-19 and with guidance from the university, the Spring 2021 HIHIT session will be completely online. For information regarding the Fall 2020 online format, please refer to this Q&A document
What are the requirements for admission/acceptance into the program?
You will need to:
- Have a bachelor's degree from a 4-year university
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
What if I hold a degree from outside of the U.S.?
Individuals who have completed university coursework at an institution outside of the United States or who received a degree from a university outside the United States, must have their transcript evaluated for U.S. degree and GPA equivalence. (This is not required for study abroad or other short-term study abroad courses.) To have your foreign transcript evaluated, we recommend that you utilize a company within the National Association of Transcript Evaluators (NACES): http://www.naces.org/members.html. Please have the evaluation mailed to Health Informatics and Health IT Program, McCombs School of Business, 2110 Speedway, GSB Building, Room 5.136, Mail Stop B6000, Austin TX 78712.
Do I have to apply to the program?
Yes. Apply using the online form. Applications for Spring 2021 are now open.
How do I apply?
You can apply online via the button on our home page.
What are the admissions procedures for the program?
All program applicants must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in any major. Applicants must email their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and have the last university where they received a degree from either mail or email their official transcript at the time they submit the online application. Once they have submitted the application, applicants will be required to complete a brief writing prompt via "ClassMarker" following the interview. Once we have all of these documents, we will schedule a brief Skype interview.
Do I need to be eligible to work in the U.S. to participate in this program?
No, this is not a requirement. However, the main goal of the program is to rapidly train and place graduates into Health IT jobs. For more information about employment for non-US citizens, please contact the UT International Office at (512) 471-1211 or visit https://world.utexas.edu/.
How long is the program?
The certificate program is 9 weeks long. It includes six courses and approximately 225 hours of didactic and hands-on learning along with 80 hours of practicum experience.
When and where do classes meet?
Please note: Spring 2021 will be online. Classes will not meet on UT Austin's campus or UTSW in Dallas. It will be a cohort-based online format where, similar to an in-person format, you will be interacting with faculty and other students during live class sessions in addition to offline projects and activities.
Will I get college credit for this program?
All graduates of the HIHIT program will receive a certificate in Health Informatics and Health Information Technology from the McCombs School of Business. The process for awarding college credit from The University of Texas at Austin for the courses completed in the HIHIT program is currently underway.
How much does the program cost?
Tuition for the program is $7,400 for UT Austin graduates; $7,900 for graduates of other institutions. We do offer an in-house payment plan. Students may be responsible for the completion of a third-party criminal background check, drug screen, and immunization certification. Immunizations and a current TB skin test are required in order for students to attend off-site practicum sites if they are available. If you are not up-to-date on the required immunizations, there may be an expense associated with bringing them up-to-date. The books in the program are an optional expense. Together, incidental costs should not exceed $65-$300.
When do I have to pay for the program?
The tuition is due five days before classes start, unless you have already established a payment plan with us.
What is the program's refund policy?
The $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place in the program once you have been admitted. After the first day the program begins, there are no refunds should a student withdraw for any reason.
Does this program provide tax forms?
We are not able to provide tax forms. Most students use their tuition payment receipt to file with their taxes.
When is the program offered?
The program is offered three times a year with start dates in early-mid January, June, and September.
How was the HIHIT curriculum developed?
The HIHIT program was developed with the guidance of industry and healthcare experts. The director and the faculty who teach in the program are in constant contact with the organizations who hire our graduates to make sure that the curriculum is kept current and reflects the skills and competencies our students need to be job-ready when they graduate.
What is the average salary of your graduates that have taken a job in Health IT?
The average starting salary for our program graduates is approximately $52,000. Those with advanced degrees or other credentials (i.e. M.D., R.N.) can expect to be offered higher salaries.
How can I learn more?
If you have additional questions about the application process or other program details, please contact us by email or phone. For admissions questions, please contact Mrs. Amanda Smits, Student Enrollment and Success Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Greater than 90% of our certificate graduates seeking a job in Health IT are employed within one year, many within a few months of graduation.
We provide students with career resources including:
- Workshops on resumes and cover letters
- Informational interviewing
- Job interview prep
- Networking events with employers
- Opportunity for on-campus interviews during the final week
Many Health IT jobs require travel and/or relocation, so flexibility to accept a job outside of Austin or outside of Texas will optimize your career opportunities.
Examples of positions offered to HIHIT certificate graduates:
- Business Analyst
- Implementation Specialist
- Project Manager / Project Coordinator
- Software Training Specialist
- Epic Application Support Analyst
- SQL Data Analyst
- ACO Interoperability Specialist
- Application Analyst
- Implementation Account Manager
- Client Services Manager
- EHR Sales
- Healthcare Policy Analyst