Health information systems programs help students understand healthcare, information technology and patient outcomes. Few schools in Connecticut offer health information systems or technology programs. The public and private schools that do provide training offer it through associate, bachelor's and master's degree as well as certificate programs. For some programs, students may be able to complete courses online.
Charter Oak State College
New Britain's Charter Oak State College offers an online bachelor's degree program that can help prepare students for a career in health information systems. This program trains students to manage and collect health information and work with health information exchange systems. Students learn how to ensure the security of health information, as well as procedures for coding. The 121-credit program includes courses in health information systems, reimbursement methodologies, database design and healthcare organizations management. Students also complete a capstone course in health information management. Charter Oak State College's program is not CAHIIM accredited.
Sacred Heart University
Located in Fairfield, Sacred Heart University offers a 36-credit master's degree program in healthcare informatics through its College of Health Professions. Students who already have an undergraduate degree and are interested in advanced training will find courses like healthcare industry policy, leadership and electronic health records. Students also complete a capstone project to obtain professional experience. The program's curriculum includes traditional, online and hybrid courses, and may also be completed through an executive format, which includes weekend and online courses. This program is not accredited by the CAHIIM.
University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut, located in Storrs, offers a non-credit online certificate in health information technology through the School of Business. The six-course curriculum focuses on healthcare information systems selection and development, as well as applications in use at hospitals, private clinics, long-term care facilities and other providers. Advanced courses stress healthcare information technologies and medical facility e-strategies. Members of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMMS) pay discounted rates for each course. The CAHIIM has not accredited this program.
Program graduates may choose to earn voluntary certification in the field through a professional association, like the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). To become certified through AHIMA, individuals must have completed a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Health Information Systems Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Charter Oak State College||Four-year, public; large suburb||Online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management|| $8,301 in-state
|Sacred Heart University||Four-year, private, not-for-profit; large suburb|| Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Informatics,
Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics
|University of Connecticut||Four-year, public; large suburb||Online Healthcare Information Technology Certificate||$15,730|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.