The certificate program for executive leadership in health information technology is targeted to those health care and public health professionals with managerial experience that will lead the deployment and use of health IT to achieve transformational improvements in quality, safety and outcomes. These individuals will seek employment as chief medical information officer (CMIO), chief nursing informatics officer (CNIO). In public health agencies, this role may be currently expressed through job titles such as chief information or chief informatics officer. For this role, the entering trainees may be physicians or other clinical professionals (e.g. advanced-practice nurses, physician assistants) or hold a master’s or doctoral degree(s) in public health or a related health field.
The executive leadership certificate has the following requirements:
- minimum bachelors degree or equivalent in a clinical field
- 2 years of previous management experience
- completed application
- letter of reference from employee's chief executive
If accepted, the certificate applicant will need to complete additional forms:
- scholarship acceptance agreement
- federal fund recipient form (PHS 2271)
- proof of citizenship (HB 1023)
The executive leadership curriculum consists of five three-credit courses, for a total of 15 credit hours. There are numerous course offerings that are options for the student based upon their clinical background and a program schedule will be tailored to each certificate participant with the guidance of their advisor.
Sample coursework for the executive leadership certificate program includes:
The student has a choice of three courses based upon their clinical background and semester availability. NURS 6286 - Foundations of Healthcare Informatics - College of Nursing (available in Fall and Spring). This introductory course focuses on core concepts, skills, and tools that define the informatics field, including the examination of health information technologies to promote safety, improve quality, foster consumer-centered care and efficiency. Learners participate in online discussions related to core informatics competencies, federal initiatives such as the HITECH Act and legal, ethical, social and public policy issues. The course is contextualized within the Health Information Technology Strategic and Learning Healthcare Systems Frameworks CLSC 6800/HLTH 6071 - Introduction to Health Information Technology - School of Medicine (available in Spring and NOT online - meets Thursday evenings from 7-9:30 on the Auraria campus in Denver). This course is intended as an overview to the dynamic environment of healthcare informatics and to prepare healthcare professionals to better utilize and manage emerging communication technologies. A brief introduction to e-health, telehealth, electronic medical records, telecommunications, and bio-informatics is provided. BIOS 6670 - Topics in Public Health Informatics - School of Public Health (available in Spring). This course examines the use, design, evaluation and administration of information systems in public health. The focus will be a high-level view of systems and their effect on public health practitioners, public health decision-making, clinicians, partner organizations, resource use and population health.
The student has a choice of two courses based upon their clinical background and semester availability. NURS 6794 - Decision Support - College of Nursing (available in Fall). This course focuses on the identification, acquisition, analysis, interpretation and application of data. Application of decision-making strategies for advanced practice nurses will be emphasized in the areas of quality management and clinical decision support. Information management tools, including decision support and business intelligence will be explored and placed within the context of meaningful use. Learners participate in a team assignment to create a specific decision support or business intelligence tool to demonstrate specific criteria for meaningful use. ISMG 6810 - Business Intelligence in Healthcare - Business School (available in Fall). This course provides students with an overview of how business intelligence is used in the healthcare industry. Students study the evolution of HIT including enterprise systems and systems integration. The course also looks at the evolution of business intelligence in general. Using case studies and hands-on exercises, students learn about different aspects of business intelligence in various subsets of the healthcare industry.
The student has a choice of two courses based upon their clinical background and semester availability. NURS 6796 - Executive Leadership and Organizational Systems - College of Nursing (available in Spring). This course examines attributes and issues associated with high-level administrative roles in healthcare organizations. It explores facets of leadership and leadership development in teams and organizations and processes by which people affect change in a variety of roles and situations. MGT 6803 - Visionary Leadership - Business School (available in Spring). This course examines the challenges faced by visionary leaders and the approaches used by these individuals (creation, articulation, and implementation of vision) to transform organizations. Participants utilize these approaches employed by effective leaders to develop plans for their own organizational success. Group experiences, applied readings, and videos are used to clarify the opportunities available.
The student has a choice of three courses based upon their clinical background and semester availability. NURS 6289 - Information Systems Life Cycle - College of Nursing (available in Fall or Spring). This course focuses on a structured approach to the selection and implementation of an information system. This structured approach is called the information system development life cycle. The course incorporates four modules corresponding to the five phases of the life cycle: planning, analysis, design, implementation and evaluation. Learners are assigned teams, select a case scenario and participate in key processes and design key documents across all life cycle stages. Learners apply new knowledge, skills and techniques specific to each phase of the life cycle. Learners have the option to participate in a virtual hospital/clinic environment for team environments. CLSC 6820/HLTH 6072 - Fundamentals of HIT Management - School of Medicine (available in Fall). This course will provide an introduction to the management of information technology in healthcare. A description of information processing, the origin, content and evolution of healthcare information systems and the methodologies deployed to acquire and manage information requirements will be discussed. ISMG 6060 - Systems Analysis and Design - Business School (available in Fall). This course provides an understanding and application of systems analysis and design processes. Students are exposed to system development lifecycle (SDLC), structured systems analysis and design methods, object-oriented analysis and design methods, prototyping and commercial off-the-shelf package software approaches, and joint and rapid application development. Emphasizes the skills required for system analysts such as analytical, interpersonal, technical, fact-finding, and project management skills. Topics include data, process and object modeling, input-output and user interface design, and systems implementation and support. To provide an opportunity to develop these skills, an information system project is completed by a group of students. Students use a Case tool for their group project.
NURS 6999 - Standards & Regulatory Issues - College of Nursing (available in Summer). This course provides an examination of the standards used within health IT as well as the regulations and policy-making organizations that influence this market. Federal regulations related to meaningful use, EHR adoption and health information exchange, as well as the related standards will be extensively reviewed with course exercises designed to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of these requirements.