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B.S. Health Informatics

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B.S. Health Informatics Overview

Enter a career in the future of healthcare with the online Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics degree at King University.

Health informatics is an interdisciplinary field that blends information science, computer science, and healthcare for the purpose of improving patient outcomes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health informatics careers are expected to rise much faster than average by 2026, at a total of 13 percent. King readies you for this industry through a comprehensive curriculum designed with you in mind. You’ll use your passion for multiple disciplines to gain proficiency in key areas like:

  • Information systems
  • Healthcare organization and policy
  • Database management
  • Project management
  • Ethical and legal concepts
  • Quality improvement
  • Effective oral/written communication
  • Critical thinking

Our rigorous and continuously updated curriculum ensures your training is up-to-date, while our emphasis on ethical practice provides a foundation for successful, patient-centered care.

Graduates of our online health informatics degree program are equipped to find careers in any number of health settings, such as:

  • Hospital systems
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Private clinics
  • Public health organizations
  • Private healthcare technology corporations

At King, you’ll study with teachers from a wide range of academic backgrounds who are invested in your learning, advancement, and success. Our instructors have years of real-world experience and provide the same level of instruction to online students as they do on campus.

Because our program is fully online, you’ll have the flexibility to study when and where it’s right for you. Online courses enable you to immediately apply what you’ve learned to your current job, and allow you to keep your work and life commitments while earning your degree. Major coursework can be completed in 16 months.

The B.S. in Health Informatics is Designed for…

  • Healthcare professionals seeking to advance their careers
  • Community college graduates who want to finish their bachelor’s degree
  • Individuals wishing to combine their passion for information science, healthcare, and computer science into one profession

Accreditation

King University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of King University.

Courses and Requirements

Our online health informatics degree requires 48 semester hours (12 courses) of major coursework. To graduate from King University, students must complete a total of 124 semester hours, which includes a mixture of major courses, general education courses, and additional courses which may come from credit transfers or electives.

Course of Study

To graduate from King University with a baccalaureate degree, all students must have earned 30 semester hours of common experience and general education courses. These courses include Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice, Citizenship, English Composition, Human Creative Products, Quantitative Literacy, Science, and additional credit hours from General Education courses.

Students must earn a total of 46 semester hours of general electives.

Course # Title Description Credits
HCAD 3120 Introduction to Healthcare Organization and Policy This course provides an overview of the complex structure and function of the healthcare system in the United States. Topics include: historical foundations, international comparisons, resource development and allocation, impact of technology, payment systems, and care delivery models for uninsured and special population. 4
HINF 3210 Informatics for Healthcare Leaders and Decision Makers This course provides an introduction to the use of computers, technology, and data as informative tools to aid in healthcare managerial decision-making. Students develop skills in database access, database management, and information systems to promote sustainability and quality advantage in healthcare. Topics addressed include the selection, analysis, design, implementation, operation, and evaluation of health information systems in a variety of healthcare systems such as hospitals, medical practices, and community agencies. 4
HCAD 3230 Management of Quality Improvement and Outcomes This course introduces the student to the elements of process improvement and project management. Content is devoted to quality management methodologies in order to implement projects in a healthcare organization to reach goals and to maximize outcomes. This course encompasses healthcare cases for quality, process tools, team development, and outcomes measures. 4
HCAD 3320 Management and Leadership This course addresses the critical need of managing human resources for organizational effectiveness. Classes examine organizational leadership and the role that visionary leaders play in empowering employees, providing environments for effective work teams, and promoting an ethical climate. Students explore various leadership styles, including servant leadership, and will reflect on their own style of leadership and how it affects their ability to be an effective leader. Other topics include: motivating individuals and teams, performance evaluation, distribution of power, intervention in systems, and creation of change-oriented cultures. 4
HCAD 4420 Ethics and Legal Issues This course examines the contemporary application of legal and ethical issues involved in the management and delivery of healthcare services. Topics covered include regulatory compliances, contracts, torts, damages, negligence, risk management, patient rights, liability of hospital and staff for personal injury to patients, medical records and disclosure of patient information, informed consent, ethical billing and coding practices, medical staff credentialing, and ethical issues in healthcare. 4
ITEC 2700 Foundations of Information Technology An introduction to information technology fundamentals. Includes basic input/ output processes, storage, and file management; fundamentals of web design; basic networking principles; rudimentary information security; basic database concepts; introductory programming and logic; and exposure to systems development. 4
ITEC 3450 Database Management A study of techniques for designing and maintaining large databases. 4
ITEC 3710 Cloud Computing This course covers cloud computing from an end-user perspective. Students will learn to utilize open source and readily available applications, collaboration tools, and storage options housed on the Internet. The focus of this course is cloud computing from a business or managerial point of view rather than a network or software engineering viewpoint. Students will be exposed to legal, ethical, and privacy issues associated with cloud computing. 4
HINF 4410 Project Management This course introduces the student to project management tools and techniques that result in the ability to create and follow a project management plan. Students will receive a broad overview of project management including distinctive characteristics of health IT projects. Students examine processes, knowledge areas, and organizational influences that are critical to successful projects. 4
HINF 4420 Electronic Health Records This course covers fundamentals of selection, installation, and maintenance of typical electronic health records systems. Students will be introduced to the principles underlying system configuration including basic hardware and software components, system selection, planning, testing, troubleshooting, and final deployment. System security and procedures will also be introduced in this course. 4
HINF 4430 Networking and Health Information Exchange This course will address the OSI, including the purpose and content of each of its seven layers: physical, data link, network, transport, session, presentation, and application. Products, processes, protocols, and tools at each level will be explained. This course will also focus on the flow of data through the models as data is transmitted and received by end devices. 4
HINF 4440 Current Topics in Health Informatics This course will provide an in-depth discussion in current and future trends in healthcare related information technologies and management. Students are provided a unique opportunity to explore cutting-edge concepts and innovations in this fast-paced ever-changing environment. 4

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the online health informatics degree program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Students must have previously earned 45 semester hours to gain admission into an online bachelor’s program at King. These hours may be applied to the general education, major, or general electives requirements of the program. If a student has fewer than 45 hours, they must complete King’s Pathway program to obtain the necessary credits before declaring their major.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.2 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Students with less than a 2.2 high school GPA may be considered and accepted on a conditional basis provided they are able to demonstrate their plans to succeed in the program.

General Admission Requirements

General requirements for admission to King University include graduation from an accredited or recognized high school, GED, or secondary institution with a minimum of 16 academic units, distributed as follows:

  1. Four units of English
  2. Two units of algebra (Algebra I and II)
  3. One unit of geometry
  4. Two units of foreign language
  5. Two units from history and social studies
  6. One unit of natural science
  7. Four units of other academic electives

Students educated at home should follow the same procedures as other candidates.

Students should present a high school transcript and documentation, or its equivalent.

How to Apply

Students applying for the online health informatics program must submit the following materials:

  1. A completed online application
  2. An official transcript request form. A scanned copy may be emailed to transcripts2@learninghouse.com or faxed to 800.473.2512.

Have questions about this program or the admissions process? Request a brochure and get connected to one of our knowledgeable enrollment counselors.

Tuition & Fees

King University helps minimize the cost of your education through our transfer credit policy. We will accept up to 76 transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

 CostTotal
Full Program Tuition$305 per semester hour$37,820
Full Program Fees$100 Technology Fee (per course)
$125 Graduation Fee (one-time)
$3,225
Full Program Total$41,045
Tuition with maximum transfer credits (Up to 76)$305 per semester hour$14,640
Fees with maximum transfer credits $100 Technology Fee (per course)
$125 Graduation Fee (one-time)
$1,325
Total with Transfer Credits$15,965

Career Outcomes

Graduate of King University’s online health informatics program may choose to pursue careers as:

  • Health informatics consultants
  • Nursing informatics specialists
  • Healthcare project managers
  • Healthcare analysts
Online Learning

Studying online prepares you for a successful future. Discover a learning format that offers:

  • Flexibility and Convenience
  • Personalized Academics
  • Equal Excellence
  • Opportunity for Self Insight