Healthcare Privacy & Security Certificate
This certificate was created in response to the increased complexity of data disclosure, particularly the full implementation of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
It is offered via distance delivery and requires a minimum of 30 credits, 21 of which are specified HIM courses.
Students are introduced to legal and ethical implications of data disclosure, and are given an overview of state and federal laws, client rights and responsibilities, contracts, corporate liability, and professional liability.
This distance-delivered HIM Privacy and Security Certificate prepares students for employment in data access and disclosure. Students who complete this program are prepared to work in a variety of employment settings, particularly healthcare related facilities.
The Healthcare Privacy and Security course will also provide accredited professionals with a continuing education option.
Currently, most HIM professionals must meet a minimum standard of 20 continuing education credits in a two-year cycle, and half of these must be in 6 core areas, one of which is External Environment, which includes regulatory issues.
There are three main benefits of this certificate:
- It meets current employer training needs
- It meets student needs for employable skills
- It provides a career ladder for graduates
American Health Information Management Association
AHIMA offers two credentialing exams: CERTIFIED PRIVACY OFFICER and CERTIFIED SECURITY OFFICER
High school diploma or GED, and English placement exam
This certificate contains coursework that will apply toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management.
Degree Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)
|Minimum Credit Hours||30|
|Written Communication Skills|
|ENGL||S111||Methods of Written Communication||3|
|Oral Communication Skills|
|COMM||S111||Fundamentals of Oral Communication*||3|
|*Grade C or better|
|HIM||S111||Introduction to Health Information Management||3|
|HIM||S160||Alternative Delivery Systems||3|
|HIM||S181||Emerging Technologies and Informatics||3|
|HIM||S240||Legal Aspects of Health Information||3|
|HIM||S251||Healthcare Quality Improvement and Project Management||3|
|HIM||S285||Healthcare Privacy and Security||3|
|HIM||S289||Healthcare Information Technology||3|
The Associate of Applied Science in HIM Degree Program at the University of Alaska Southeast is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).