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HITT 1211 - Introduction to Health Informatics

Credit Hours: 2.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Health Information Technology Program; HITT 1102 , HITT 1105, and HITT 1106  all with grade C or better

Corequisites: HITT 1201 , HITT 1209 , and HITT 1210  

This course will introduce the student to the basics of healthcare informatics and will focus on the practical applications of research in health information management. The student will be provided real‑life examples of research where they will acquire, manipulate, and analyze the data and then report the results.

Billable Contact Hours: 2

When Offered: Winter semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to define the field of health informatics.


  1. Understand the evolution of the field of health informatics.
  2. Identify the health informatics core competencies.
  3. Recognize the terms related to health informatics.
  4. Identify ethical issues associated with health informatics.
  5. Understand the major roles associated with the field of health informatics.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the relationship between data and information.


  1. Define the components of data dictionary.
  2. Identify types of data.
  3. Explain how health information standards are developed.
  4. Explain secondary uses of healthcare data and information.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to extract patient information from Electronic Health Record (EHR).


  1. Understand basic SQL commands to select data for reporting and analysis.
  2. Define data mapping and the various types of data maps.
  3. Compare different needs for and methods of data collection.
  4. Define unstructured data and structured data.
  5. Identify the major datasets, classification systems, clinical terminologies, and other standards utilized for secondary use.
  6. Collect data using standard and suitable tools and techniques.
  7. Determine sampling techniques appropriate to the research.
  8. Articulate and effective plan of data collection.
  9. Interpret data and validate information.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply statistics and research to healthcare data.


  1. Apply data quality principles and practices.
  2. Utilize effective policies, processes, and techniques for data analysis.
  3. Interpret data and validate information.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to generate graphic representation of data.


  1. Explain the purpose of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
  2. Identify the types of information protected under HIPAA.
  3. Identify uses and disclosures permitted by HIPAA law.
  4. Characterize the differences between validity and reliability.
  5. Design appropriate data presentations.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Foundations of Health Informatics
  2. Understanding Databases
  3. Data and Information
  4. Healthcare Informatics and Decision Making
  5. Data and Information Movement
  6. Using Healthcare Data and Information
  7. Privacy for Healthcare Informatics
  8. Security for Healthcare Informatics
  9. Emerging Technologies

Primary Faculty
Dunsmore, Kristin
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Primeau, Paula
Mirijanian, Narine

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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