About the Program
The Health Informatics undergraduate program, the first of its kind in the Oregon University System, is an option within the Department of Information Technology at Oregon Tech. It prepares students for a career as information and computing specialists in the health care field.
Our program gives you a strong background in business management, information systems, computing science and health care providing you with the necessary knowledge and skills in the field of health informatics. Oregon Tech’s Health Informatics program is designed to fit the lifestyle of working adults by offering evening and weekend classes and to provide the maximum opportunity for employment and promotion. Many courses are also available via online distance education.
Oregon Tech's hands-on approach to education (see the Oregon Tech Health Informatics SIM Lab) assures that you will have the right skills to enter the job market prepared for high paying, high quality positions. The Oregon Tech program offers exceptional student to teacher ratios in both classroom and laboratory experiences. Faculty members are also directly involved in student counseling and advising.
Students can expect to take courses in the areas of:
| Database Design || Computer Networks || Systems Analysis || Computer Programming |
| Healthcare IT || Medical Terminology || Project Mgt. || Data Analytics |
| Research Methods || Legal and Ethical Issues || Data Interface || IT Resource Mgt. |
| Org. Development || Clinical Workflows || EHR Implementation || EHR Use and Configuration |
| Business Intelligence || Vocabularies and Standards || Ethics and Legall Issues || Security |
To be most effective and provide an in-depth learning experience, several educational approaches are utilized, including lectures, case studies, presentations, practice assignments, in-class discussions, group work, and hands-on exercises. In addition, skills necessary for today's technology professional are emphasized in the program, including communication, information research and analysis, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, problem solving, presentations, teamwork, and writing. The program is designed to provide students not only with practical exposure to real system development and the issues faced by modern IT and health care professionals.
The Health Informatics Computer Simulation Lab provides real-world hands-on experiential learning using the actual computer information systems deployed in hospitals and medical clinics.
What is the Difference between Health Informatics and Health Information Management?
Health Informatics (HI), is not synonymous with Health Information Management (HIM). Even though there are areas of overlap in training and job responsibilities between the two, understanding the differences between the two disciplines is important. Oregon Tech offers an IT degree in Health Informatics and therefore has a strong focus and grounding in Health Informatics as an applied IT degree. (More...)