B.S. Health Informatics Areas of Study

The WGU Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics program was developed in consultation with our Information Technology Council—made up of industry experts—and in consultation with the Health Informatics Working Group comprised of healthcare industry experts representing all facets of health care informatics. The competencies in quantitative literacy, language and communications, and problem solving ensure that the graduate has the well-rounded educational background that is required in today’s challenging environment. The courses of study included in the health informatics professional courses were developed in alignment with the areas of study, courses, and knowledge clusters established by CAHIIM.

General Education

Foundations of College Mathematics
This course focuses on basic numeracy and calculation skills, basic algebra skills, basic geometry principles, and basic data and probability skills.

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.

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.

College Algebra
This course provides a detailed exploration into basic algebraic concepts and functions and their use in describing, interpreting, and modeling real-world situations. Topics include: real numbers, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and linear systems of equations.

Anatomy and Physiology

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Introduction to Physics
This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the basic principles and unifying concepts of physics. You will integrate conceptual knowledge with practical and laboratory skills.

Geography
This course focuses on fundamentals of geography, places and regions, physical and human systems, and the environment.

Literature, Arts, and the Humanities
These courses focus on content, concepts, terminology, methodology, models, and issues within and across the disciplines of the humanities.

Healthcare Data

Healthcare Ecosystems
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 delivery.

Data Analytics and Information Governance

Financial Resource Management
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
This course builds competencies in selecting, applying, and evaluating research methods in solving organizational problems or implementing outcome effectiveness strategies in a healthcare organization. It focuses on skills needed in daily operations for gathering statistical data used in planning and evaluating processes in the healthcare workplace. Also included is the role of the health informatics professional in biomedical research.

Health Information Law and Regulations

Health Information Law and Regulations
This course builds competencies in applying conceptual aspects of legislation, law, regulations, and standards in health informatics, evaluating legal aspects of risk management and quality improvement initiatives, applying ethics to health information management, and analyzing how compliance requirements impact healthcare organizations.

Information Technology Fundamentals

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.

IT Foundations
IT Foundations helps students gain an understanding the personal computer components, and their function, in a desktop system as well as computer data storage and retrieval; classifying, installing, configuring, optimizing, upgrading, and troubleshooting printers, laptops, portable devices, operating systems, networks, and system security; recommending appropriate tools, diagnostic procedures, preventative maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for personal computer components in a desktop system; strategies for identifying, preventing, and reporting safety hazards and environmental/human accidents in a technological environments; and effective communication with colleagues and clients as well as job-related professional behavior.

IT Applications
IT Applications helps students gain an understanding the personal computer components, and their function, in a desktop system as well as computer data storage and retrieval; classifying, installing, configuring, optimizing, upgrading, and troubleshooting printers, laptops, portable devices, operating systems, networks, and system security; recommending appropriate tools, diagnostic procedures, preventative maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for personal computer components in a desktop system; strategies for identifying, preventing, and reporting safety hazards and environmental/human accidents in a technological environments; and effective communication with colleagues and clients as well as job-related professional behavior.

Medical Terminology

This course focuses on the anatomy of word building and medical terminology as it relates to body organization and directional terms.

Leadership and Management

Organizational Behavior and Management
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.

Pathophysiology

Pharmacology

This course focuses on basic principles of pharmacology as well as pharmacology for the peripheral nervous system, the central nervous system, the heart, vascular and renal systems, respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the endocrine system, and of infectious diseases. It also includes antineoplastics and drugs affecting the immune system.

Healthcare Compliance and Classification

Healthcare Compliance
This course covers skills and concepts in analyzing the structure and organization of the coding function as it relates to the revenue cycle. It includes coding management considerations, process improvement, and reporting issues related to compliance. It also builds competencies in structuring, developing, and implementing a compliance program within a healthcare organization including internal and external auditing, staff training, and program evaluation.

Classification Systems
This course focuses on skills and concepts students need to select and accurately use the International Classification of Diseases and Current Procedural Terminology for the coding function.

Databases

Database Fundamentals
This course focuses on core database concepts, manipulating data, data storage, and database administration. All IT professionals should have, at minimum, a basic familiarity with database technology; this basic familiarity should be at a level above what one might find outside of IT. This course supplies at least that level of expertise.

Health Information Technology

Healthcare Informatics
This course builds competencies in project planning, management, and evaluation, as well as the adoption of new technologies in a healthcare organization. It includes competencies in evaluating medical practice workflow and functional needs of end-users, evaluating data infrastructure and information technology processes and systems, and analyzing the fiscal and human resource commitment needed in all phases of implementing and adopting new technologies. The use of health information management in diverse settings (such as health information exchanges, the personal health record, and various types of healthcare facilities) is included, as it applies to the electronic exchange of information.

Health Information Systems Design and Management

Quality and Performance Management and Methods

Project Management

This course focuses on skills and concepts students need to know to plan and implement projects. The project initiation and planning process is covered in-depth, culminating in the creation of a project schedule. Learning how to manage business concerns such as cost and risk is balanced by thorough coverage of best practices in managing people and resources. Students will also learn how to manage change and the steps necessary in closing a project.

Professional Practice Experience

Professional Practice Experience and Portfolio Technical Level

Professional Practice Experience and Portfolio Management Level