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Clinical Leader - Executive Certificate Program

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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:

Foundations/Introduction to Healthcare Informatics
Business Intelligence/Decision Support
Executive/Visionary Leadership
Information Systems Life Cycle

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.

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