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Health Informatics Certificate

Health Informatics Certificate Course Title
A certificate in health informatics from the School of Computing requires completion of the five courses listed below. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C".
HI 300  Health Informatics Clinical Environment
HI 410 Health Informatics
HI 450 Health Date Security and Compliance
HI 455 Health Decision Support Systems
ISC 475 Information Systems Project Management
Department of Information Systems and Technology Staff 
Professor, Information Systems Coordinator, and Department Chair Dr. Jeffrey P. Landry
Associate Professor, Health Informatics Program Coordinator Dr. Matt Campbell
Senior Instructor, Information Technology Degree Program Coordinator Mrs. Angela M. Clark

Department of Information Systems and Technology web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/soc/cist

Information Systems

Computer-based information systems have become a critical part of products, services, and management of organizations. The Information Systems discipline centers on the development of systems that will improve the performance of people in organizations. Information systems are vital to problem identification, analysis, and decision making at all levels of management. Information Systems professionals must analyze the evolving role of information and organizational processes. Their work includes the design, implementation and maintenance of the information systems that form the backbone of today's global economy. Information Systems professionals distinguish themselves by integrating technology into business. Information Systems graduates pursue professional careers as application developers, database analysts, business analysts and into managerial positions. The combination of business, technical, and interpersonal skills are what recruiters demand of Information Systems professionals.

Health Informatics

Technology is revolutionizing the way that healthcare is delivered both in the United States and around the world. The Health Informatics discipline focuses on improving patient care and outcomes through the use of information systems. Health Informaticists accomplish this in three main ways: supporting the healthcare provider, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare organization, and empowering the patient to be more involved in their own care. Health Informatics graduates pursue professional careers with hospitals, large clinics, healthcare software vendors, and various state and federal agencies. The combination of healthcare, technical, and interpersonal skills allow HI graduates to enter these organization and be productive immediately without the additional training that other traditional technologists may require. Health Informatics is a rapidly growing field that provides graduates who save lives and impact society through the use of technology. 

Information Technology

Information technology professionals utilize state-of-the-art, computer-based tools to deliver today’s rapidly evolving computing technology to knowledge workers in widely diverse situations. The information technologist must be prepared to work in the complex network and World-Wide-Web environments to meet the needs of the end users in today’s organizations. These tasks require bringing solutions together using the different technologies developed by the computer engineers, computer scientists, and information scientists.