Online Training: Health Informatics Fundamentals for Public Health Staff

This 10-week, 40-hour course was developed to enhance the capabilities of public health professionals and informaticians in their efforts to receive and integrate data from clinical information systems for use in public health settings. Participants are introduced to terminology, technology, data standards, messaging standards, technology and workflow issues in clinical and public health settings. In addition, participants are given an overview of design methodologies to engage stakeholders within and external to their organizations. Participants complete required readings, activities and a quiz for each module. The course was designed for hybrid delivery, with some online coursework complemented by iTV-supported, real-time classroom-based discussions. This course assumes practical skills with a personal computer and some domain experience in public health or other health-related settings. This project was funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ARRA Grant # 90CC07701 This material is freely available for use by others as stipulated under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.


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Practice Role
Health Info Mgmt Medical Records RHIA
IT Professionals
PSR, Schedulers, Front Desk, Med Secretaries
Providers & Professionals
Setting/Practice Type
FQHC or Community Health Center
Public Health Clinic
Public Hospitals
Resource Topics
Staff Development

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