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The Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics provides a solid
foundation in computer information systems and technologies for
healthcare organizations including healthcare regulation, project
management of health systems, databases, and security. In addition to
the health informatics content, the degree program includes a broad
collegiate education. The program is designed for those who have
some technical or clinical knowledge in a health care environment and
are ready to move to increased levels of expertise and knowledge in
the health informatics field. The health informatics component of the
Bachelor of Science program consists of the following areas of study:
Healthcare Data, Health Information Technology, Medical
Terminology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. There are a number
of other areas of study that students master including IT Fundamentals,
Legal and Ethical Considerations in Healthcare, Leadership and
Management, Anatomy and Physiology, Healthcare Compliance and
Coding, Project Management, Financial Resource Management, and
Healthcare Statistics. There are two professional practice experiences
required with a portfolio project in each. At the end of the program
students complete a capstone project.
This course provides an introduction of algebraic concepts and the development of the essential groundwork for College
Algebra. Topics include: A review of basic mathematical skills, the real number system, algebraic expressions, linear
equations, graphing, exponents and polynomials.
English Composition I
This course introduces learners to the types of writing and thinking that is valued in college and beyond. Students will
practice writing in several genres and several media, with emphasis placed on writing and revising academic arguments.
The course contains supporting media, articles, and excerpts to support a focus on one of five disciplinary threads
(covering the topics of nursing, business, information technology, teaching, and literature, art, and culture) designed to
engage students and welcome them into discussion about contemporary issues. The course supports peer review activities,
though it may be completed asynchronously as well. Instruction and exercises in grammar, mechanics, research
documentation, and style are paired with each module so that writers can practice these skills as necessary. This course
includes full access to the MindEdge Writing Pad to support student writing and coaching sessions.
Elements of Effective Communication
Elements of Effective Communication introduces learners to elements of communication that are valued in college and
beyond. Materials are based on five principles: being aware of your communication with yourself and others; using and
interpreting verbal messages effectively; using and interpreting nonverbal messages effectively; listening and responding
thoughtfully to others, and adapting messages to others appropriately.
English Composition II
English Composition II introduces learners to research writing and thinking that are valued in
college and beyond. The Composition II course at WGU should be seen as a foundational
course designed to help undergraduate students build fundamental skills for ongoing
development in writing and research. Students will complete an academic research paper.
Critical Thinking and Logic
This course introduces students to the basic concepts of logic and critical thinking. Students are introduced to the use of
logical principles to accurately express and establish the validity of various forms of reasoning. The main objective of the
course is for students to understand the range of concepts and techniques employed by critical thinkers. Students learn
how to correctly apply the principles of logic and cultivate the skills they need to be able to recognize, analyze, and
critically evaluate arguments.
This course supports the assessment for College Algebra with Hawkes Learning. College Algebra provides a detailed
exploration into basic algebraic concepts and functions and their use in describing, interpreting, and modeling real-world
Survey of United States Constitution and Government
In Survey of United States Constitution and Government, you will examine the structure, institutions and principles of the
American political system. The foundation of the United States government is the U.S. Constitution, and this course will
introduce the concepts of (a) separation of powers, (b) checks and balances, (c) civil liberties and civil rights, and (d)
federalism and republicanism. By completing this course, you will have proven competency in the structures of government, your own role in the policymaking
process, and the ways in which the Constitution and government has changed over time.
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
In this course, students demonstrate competency in the basic concepts, logic, and issues involved in statistical reasoning.
Topics include summarizing and analyzing data, sampling and study design, and probability.
Clinical Microbiology focuses on microbes--both constructive and destructive--that are among the smallest living entities
on earth. Students will examine how they live, reproduce, carry diseases, and develop resistance to antibiotics. This course
has a clinical focus.
Introduction to Psychology
In this course, students will develop an understanding of psychology and how it helps them better understand others and
themselves. Students will learn general theories about psychological development, the structure of the brain, and how
psychologists study behavior. They will gain an understanding of both normal and disordered psychological behaviors, as
well as general applications of the science of psychology in society (such as personality typing and counseling).
Introduction to Humanities
This introductory humanities course allows students to practice essential writing, communication, and critical thinking skills
necessary to engage in civic and professional interactions as mature, informed adults. Whether through studying literature,
visual and performing arts, or philosophy, all humanities courses stress the need to form reasoned, analytical, and articulate
responses to cultural and creative works. Studying a wide variety of creative works allows students to more effectively enter
the global community with a broad and enlightened perspective.
This course covers skills and competencies in relation to the organization, components, and
operation of healthcare systems; licensure and accreditation, quality, and reimbursement;
access to healthcare, federal healthcare, and legislative programs; and trends in healthcare
Data Analytics and Information Governance
Financial Resource Management and Healthcare Reimbursement
The focus of this area of study is developing competencies in the management of financial resources at the departmental or organizational level. Competency areas include analysis of reimbursement systems and how the coding and billing function impacts the revenue cycle; general accounting principles; legal, regulatory, and compliance issues related to finance; strategic financial planning, and management control processes.
Healthcare Statistics and Research
Health Information Law and Regulations
Healthcare Systems Design and Management
Quality and Performance Management and Methods
Introduction to IT
This course introduces students to information technology as a discipline and the various roles and functions of the IT department as business support. Students are presented with various IT disciplines including systems and services, network and security, scripting and programming, data management, and business of IT, with a survey of technologies in every area and how they relate to each other and to the business.
Anatomy and Physiology I
This course introduces basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology through a survey of the structures and functions of the body’s organ systems. Students will have the opportunity to explore the body through laboratory experience and apply the basic knowledge of the course. For nursing students this is the first of two anatomy and physiology courses within the program of study.
Pathophysiology focuses on the pathology and treatment of diseases in the human body, tissues, glands and membranes, the integumentary system, the sensory system, skeletal and muscular systems, the digestive system, blood, vessels and circulation, lymphatic system, immunity and disease, heart and respiratory system, nervous, urinary and endocrine systems, and male and female reproductive systems.
Pharmacology covers concepts in Pharmacology including drug classification and effects, and the numerous types of pharmacological interventions used to treat disease and disorders in the systems of the human body.
Medical Terminology focuses on the anatomy of word building and medical terminology as it relates to body organization
and directional terms, the integumentary system, special senses of the eye and ear, the musculoskeletal system, the
digestive system, blood, lymphatic, immunity and infections, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, nervous system and
mental health, urinary system, endocrine system, male and female reproductive systems, and cancer.
Network and Security – Foundations
This course introduces students to the components of a computer network and the concept and role of communication protocols. The course will cover widely used categorical classifications of networks (i.e CAN, LAN, MAN, WAN) as well as network topologies, physical devices, and layered abstraction. The course will also introduce students to basic concepts of security, covering vulnerabilities of networks and mitigation techniques, security of physical media, and security policies and procedures.
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
This course explores how to lead and manage effectively in diverse business environments. Students are asked to demonstrate the ability to apply organizational leadership theories and management strategies in a series of scenario-based problems.
Principles of Management
This course addresses strategic planning, total quality, entrepreneurship, conflict and change, human resource management, diversity, and organizational structure.
Business of IT – Project Management
This course introduces the student to the project management & business analysis process within the context of an IT
project. Fundamental concepts of project management will be covered including all phase of project management during
a system life cycle including business analysis, requirements capturing, issue tracking, and release planning. Additional
topics to include: development environments (dev, integration, QA, production), help desk and support, IT planning for
business continuity. This course prepares students for the following certification exam: CompTIA Project+.
Business of IT – Applications
This course introduces IT students to information systems (IS). The course includes important topics related to management of information systems (MIS), such as system development, and business continuity. The course also provides an overview of management tools and issue tracking systems.
Data Management - Foundations
This course introduces students to the concepts and terminology used in the field of data management. They will be introduced to Structured Query Language (SQL) and will learn how to use Data Definition Language (DDL) and Data Manipulation Language (DML) commands to define, retrieve, and manipulate data. This course covers differentiations of data—structured vs. unstructured and quasi-structured (relational, hierarchical, XML, textual, visual, etc); it also covers aspects of data management (quality, policy, storage methodologies). Foundational concepts of data security will be included.
Professional Practice Experience and Portfolio - Technical Level
Professional Practice Experience and Portfolio Management Level
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