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Certificate in Health Information Systems

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Quality 21st century health care requires secure and effective information technology systems to meet two of its most significant challenges: improving the level of care and controlling costs. Developing, managing and using information technology that is effective in complex clinical, organizational and economic settings is an enormous undertaking. Le Moyne College’s Health Information Systems Certificate Program is designed to prepare students to address these issues throughout their careers.

Health information systems is a discipline at the intersection of information science, computer science and health care that focuses on the systems, technology, policies, procedures and human capital required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in health and biomedicine. Technology in health information systems not only includes computers, but also clinical guidelines, formal medical terminology, and information and communication systems in nursing, clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, occupational therapy and biomedical research.

The Certificate in Health Information Systems is designed for working professionals.

Course Work

Four courses are required to complete the certificate:

  • MIS 460/BUS 460/CSC 460 Project Management
  • MIS 487/NSG 487 Health Information Systems
  • *MIS 375 Systems Analysis and/or MIS 480 Database Management Systems
  • (Oracle/SQL)

* Students who choose to take only one of these courses must also select one of the following classes:

  • BIO 427 Bioinformatics
  • MIS 415 Knowledge Management (business analytics)
  • MIS 455 Managing the Technological Enterprise (with SAP)
  • MIS 488/FIN488/ACT 488 / BUS 488 Introduction to Government Systems
  • MIS 489/FIN 489 Telecommunications and Financial Cybersecurity
Practical Experience

Students in the health information systems program will complete fieldwork at one of our partner institutions: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Upstate Medical University, Crouse Hospital or Loretto, the largest provider of eldercare services in upstate New York. The chief information officers and information technology directors at these institutions have agreed to identify projects for Le Moyne students to complete. Alternatively, students can propose their own projects for patient-centered technology applications. Students will receive hands-on experience with health information systems in our partner institutions and, consistent with our Jesuit heritage, be required to prepare and present a reflective piece on their experiential learning activities. Guest speakers from local, regional and international organizations will supplement classroom learning and provide an important connection to the professional world for the health information systems students.

Download application form and brochure about the program