Special Topics Courses: Health Informatics | School of Information | Kent State University

Special Topics Courses: Health Informatics

The School offers courses on special topics, allowing students to pursue selected interests in greater depth. 

Special topics course descriptions are provided in the Schedule of Classes when the course is offered. These courses are offered as faculty are available and schedules permit.  

Course Descriptions

Special topics courses in health informatics (IAKM 60195) may include classes such as the following:

Ethics Policy and Politics in Health Informatics

  • Health informatics concerns the use of information and related technologies within healthcare. The nature of health care imposes a host of regulatory and ethical considerations for the health informaticist. Whether it is the development and design of health information systems, the development of standards and regulation for those systems or the ethical use of the information within the systems, the health informaticist must be aware of current issues and considerations. This course uses a policy analysis lens to critically examine issues related to the use of information technology in health care. It will examine key policies in the area of clinical informatics from an ethical, political and regulatory perspective. The primary focus will be on the United States, but international approaches will also be discussed. Legislation affecting health information technology will be examined including the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, HITECH section; Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Topics and issues related to health informatics including structure of health administrative and delivery systems, assessment of population health, models of health care delivery, access and quality of care will also be discussed.

Public Health Informatics

  • Public Health Informatics (PHI) is an emergent, interdisciplinary field that focuses on the systematic management and dynamic application of information resources to enhance public health practice, education and research. As an emerging subset of health informatics, PHI is practiced by individuals, governmental and nongovernmental organizations at the international, national, regional, state and local levels. PHI deals with the collection and analysis of vital statistics data through surveillance; information creation; information storage and retrieval; visualization and graphics; dissemination; use of information for policy, decision making and trend tracking. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introductory overview of the vast and dynamic field of PHI, including definitions, approaches, competencies, applications and informatics principles applied in public health settings.