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OHSU awarded $5.8 million to expand health information technology education
Date:4/13/2010

inimum of a bachelor's degree for admission.

Students receiving financial aid will be required to choose among six career paths:

  • Clinician/public health leader
  • Health information management and exchange specialist
  • Health information privacy and security specialist
  • Research and development scientist
  • Programmers and software engineer
  • Health IT sub-specialist

The eight-course graduate certificate program is entirely online and and can be completed in two to three academic quarters. Students who are funded through this program will receive support for their tuition expenses and must complete its requirements within one year.

The master's degree program requires about 1 years of full-time study. The funding will not only provide these students with tuition support, but includes a stipend and student health insurance.

"Biomedical informatics is a growing field with opportunities for people with a variety of backgrounds, especially in health care, computer science and information technology," added Hersh. "Although this funding is focused on training professionals to implement electronic health records, there are numerous other career opportunities in such areas as personal health records, telemedicine, clinical and translational research, and bioinformatics."

The National Training and Dissemination Center will support a total of five Curriculum Development Centers, one of which will be housed at OHSU. Together, the five centers will develop curricula for the five community college consortia being established to train community college students in HIT. These curricula will also be made available to institutions of higher education throughout the nation. The National Training and Dissemination Center will house the curricula on a dedicated Web site, train community college faculty in its use, and collect and disseminate feedback on its content.

The Curriculum Development Cen
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Contact: Jim Newman
newmanj@ohsu.edu
503-494-4158
Oregon Health & Science University
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