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Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate Program

Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate Program Partner(s): Drs. Herbert Chase, Frances Morrison
Department of Biomedical Informatics

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Released: January 2011


The Biomedical Informatics departments at Cornell and Columbia Universities jointly developed an online Health Information Technology (HIT) certificate curriculum to train workforce-ready individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to support the nationwide deployment of Electronic Patient Records (EHRs). Two simultaneous student cohorts (Columbia & Cornell) are trained online with reinforcing in-person sessions offered separately at the two institutions.

CCNMTL partnered with Drs. Herb Chase and Frances Morrison from Columbia and Dr. Jessica Ancker from Cornell to develop an online asynchronous team-based learning curriculum using CourseWorks, Columbia's course management system, as the platform to support the distance-learning component of the program. Each week 80 students access CourseWorks for recorded lecture presentations and readings. They then complete individual and group quizzes. Students also meet weekly online or by conference call to complete group case exercises.

The Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate Program is funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program dedicated to rapidly and sustainably increasing the availability of individuals qualified to serve in specific health IT professional roles requiring university-level training. Columbia and Cornell are two of the first universities to be funded by the ONC.

The Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate Program is a Online Learning Initiative project.

Related project categories:
Medicine and Health | Training