This certificate introduces the student to information systems terminology, structures, applications, and their relationship to management functions in health services organizations. Health providers and enterprise-wide health systems are continuing to make multimillion-dollar investments in information systems in order to meet new market and regulatory requirements. Health services managers are required to play a critical role in the analysis, design, acquisition, installation, operation and ultimate success of information systems necessary to meet organizational goals and objectives in such environments. This course exposes students to the fundamental IS/IT applications used to support health care management functions. In addition, applications and management issues unique to industry segments (e.g., long-term care, home care, hospital administration, physician practice management) will also be explored. The certificate is designed to ensure that students are schooled in the terminology, conceptual models, applications, opportunities, and limitations of core technologies and their relation to information systems used in health services, to the point where they can ask appropriate questions, recognize and state significant issues, and participate in the discussion and analysis of information systems development and application. Ultimately, it seeks to provide students with an understanding of the basic structures of information systems in health administration; the relationship of these systems to managerial functions such as communications, coordination, control, strategic and process planning and decision-making; and the important policy and ethical issues associated with privacy, confidentiality, and security in information systems. A key component of the certificate will be a commitment to provide continuous updates to course materials, as U.S. healthcare technology and policy evolve. Also, since the certificate represents the integration and application of a prerequisite CIS or Computer Science sequence, students will be grounded in fundamental technologies commonly used in health care in addition to gaining an understanding of major information management issues specific to healthcare systems.
Critical Undergraduate Certificate Information
Undergraduate certificates may only be offered in conjunction with or after a baccalaureate degree. They cannot be ‘stand alone’ certificates, offered to students who are not pursuing or do not have a bachelor’s degree. For students pursuing an undergraduate certificate concurrent with a bachelor’s degree, the certificate will be awarded upon graduation.
A separate Undergraduate Admissions Application is required for this certificate program and should be submitted to the Office of Admissions.
Certificate Requirements: 18 hours
Required Courses: 12 hours
Electives: 6 hours
Six hours from the following:
Critical Graduation Information
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the on-line catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.