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Course Description

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Designed to Prepare

The Population Health Analytics Certificate will prepare you to critically evaluate healthcare programs and policy interventions using sound research methodologies, statistical techniques and ethnographic principles. You will also learn to use informatics and the epidemiological approach in making strategically focused healthcare recommendations based on research findings.

Certificate Courses

  • HPOX 504 (HHCM 507) - Healthcare Informatics (3 QH)
    This course will provide an overview of the management of data and information resources critical to effective and efficient healthcare delivery. Course concepts will include: ensuring accurate and complete data; coding for reimbursement; ensuring quality of data; analyzing data for decision support, research and public policy; and the protection of patient privacy and security. Interactions with healthcare entities such as patient care organizations, payers, research and policy agencies, etc. will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or department approval. 
  • HPOX 625 (HHCM 630) - Public Health Epidemiology (4 QH)
    This course explores the epidemiology of infectious and acute disease. Using conceptual foundations and applied solutions, students will use course readings and team discussions to prepare to examine the impact of infectious diseases involving various populations. The taxonomy and the chain of infection required for successful transmission of disease are included. Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or department approval.
  • HPOP 508 - Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3 QH)
    This course provides the theoretical foundations of public health program planning and evaluation for defined populations. Evaluation findings will be used to make recommendations for future programming or program revisions. Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or department approval.
  • HPOP 530 - Research Methodology (3 QH)
    This course exposes students to both quantitative and qualitative foundations of research methods. Students engage in projects where they apply theoretical principles in applied settings. Real-life limitations to traditional research when methods are utilized in applied settings are discussed. Students will be prepared to ask and answer basic research questions. Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or department approval.

Assessment for Student Learning

Grading System

A 4.00 High Achievement
B 3.00 Above Average Achievement
C 2.00 Average Achievement
F 0.00 Failure

Grades without Associated Grade Points:

P Pass
F Fail

Assessment Methods

Assessment of student learning occurs through course exams, discussion board postings and research projects specific to each course.

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following graduation requirements:

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 13 quarter hours of program courses
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all courses in the program curriculum
  • Successful completion of all course requirements within four years from the date of matriculation