Health Informatics—MS

Security and Privacy in Healthcare Certificate

3 Classes, 2 Semesters. Online or On Campus

The Security and Privacy in Healthcare Certificate can be completed entirely online.

| Keeping Us and Our Data Safe

Healthcare privacy is complex, and there is a delicate balance between keeping patient data secure and safely sharing it.  Healthcare organizations are dealing with an alarming and growing number of threats to the security of electronic health records. Breaches, ransomware, and employee data violations have become commonplace.

The software and technologies currently in use to reduce costs and improve quality in healthcare settings contribute positively to the efficient, secure use and mobility of personal healthcare information.

But the importance of safeguarding the personal healthcare information used in these systems, as well as protecting hardware and software systems against disruptions or attacks, cannot be overstated. This is where healthcare security and privacy professionals excel, working to ensure that new and existing technologies and practices are reliable, safe, and secure.

| Curriculum: Security and Privacy

Security and Privacy in Healthcare

Health informatics security and privacy professionals merge their knowledge of patient care, medicine, and security and privacy  to:
  • Secure and protect the privacy of health information.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal healthcare data regulations.
  • Ensure inter-operability in the exchange of healthcare data.
  • Ensure healthcare systems are capable of safely and successfully adopting new technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care.

| 3 Classes. 2 Semesters

Security and Privacy in Healthcare
This time next year, you'll be asking your employer for a well-deserved promotion or salary raise.

The 9-credit Security and Privacy in Healthcare Certificate can be completed over two semesters, and totally online if you wish. You'll complete required coursework, then work with your academic advisor to select the elective that fits your primary area of interest.

| Required Courses: 6 Credits

Jump-start your healthcare security and privacy knowledge with these two building-block courses. There are no prerequisites, so you can get started right away.

SAT 5111 - Security and Privacy

Examines key health information security, policy, and procedures. Investigates how to distinguish elements of a security audit and key security policies. Analyzes the roles of people maintaining health information security and explains elements of these roles within the organization.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

SAT 5817 - Security Penetration Testing and Audit

To provide knowledge and demonstrated methods to help prevent security breaches and develop safeguards to protect sensitive information and confidential data. Student learn offensive and defensive security concepts, audit best-practices.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Medical Informatics, Integrated Geospatial Tech

| Elective Coursework

Once you've completed SAT 5111 and SAT 5817, talk with your advisor about which elective course makes sense given your primary area of interest, career goals, coursework, and experience.

SAT 5241 - Designing Security Systems

Provides an overview of techniques used in the design of secure systems with a primary focus on real-world case studies. Students will examine attacks on deployed systems and investigate how these vulnerabilities have been addressed. Practical advantages and shortcomings of several notions of provable security will also be examined. Students will be expected to read, understand, and present recent research papers.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): SAT 5111

SAT 5283 - Information Governance and Risk Management

Course will consist of the legal and regulatory requirements and security privacy concept principles regarding healthcare information. Best practices of how organizations manage information risk through risk assessment practices and procedures will be conducted.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Medical Informatics, Integrated Geospatial Tech

SAT 5816 - Digital Forensics

Introduction of the basic principles and technology of digital forensics, including acquisition, preservation, and recovery and investigation of the evidence stored in digital devices.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): SAT 2511 and (SAT 2711 or SAT 5111)

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