Skip to main content

Highlights and updates from the MS Health Informatics Program!

Information provided by Program Lead Linda Travis Macomber.

This summer, current San Diego MS Health Informatics students have been busy putting what they are learning into action by:

· Creating Digital Portfolios (DPs),

· Participating in the national Electronic Health Record (EHR) Showcase at Naval Medical Center San Diego,

· Interpreting best practice case studies,

· Developing health information technology strategic plans, and

· Simulating use of an EHR system using the National University Health IT simulation lab.

Here is what students had to say about their experiences:

· “The work that you do in class can actually serve a purpose. I am happy to let you know that I have now been assigned to assist with the certification process of our electronic health record.

“Classes have been interactive with real life experiences that further my knowledge of the health information technology field.”

· “The Digital Portfolio is a chance for us to compile, summarize, and integrate information we have learned into a webpage in a way that the common reader can understand. It has really made me think and process lessons learned in a way that I shall not forget....and if I do forget, I will turn to my webpage. It is an outstanding assignment.”

· “It is helpful to actually take a system for a test drive.”

The program that began on the San Diego campus in 2010 has achieved approval for online course delivery from WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (See the Aug post!). Linda Macomber reports that her decision to design the program to include the creation of DPs by students was a critical one for WASC approval. The DPs are a core signature assignment to assess the meeting of the Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). WASC liked the DP approach and Linda Macomber believes this element makes it is easier for a Program Lead to assess student learning and progress across courses – especially inter-professional courses that go outside of the program, department, and school. Macomber reports that students liked the approach, as evidenced by their comments above, as it is multi-media, interactive, educational, and a fun way to show evidence of learning to both faculty and prospective employers.

See below for a few snapshot examples of student projects (best viewed in Firefox):


Online classes for this program begin Oct 25. Be sure to share this post with interested students, staff, employers and faculty!


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

NUSNA Goes Big in Texas

There is a saying that, “Everything is bigger in Texas” and that is certainly true about the reputation of the National University Student Nurses Association.  Five delegates, recently, flew to Dallas, Texas to represent NUSNA and National University at the 2017 National Student Nurses Association Convention.  Stephanie Fraenzl, NUSNA President, was approached by several convention attendees to ask about the operations and successes of the National University association.  The President of the California Student Nurses Association was even overheard directing students to our delegates saying, “Ask them how they do that, they have a great association.”

NUSNA was nationally recognized twice at the convention.  First, they were honored with an award for their newsletter, The Pulse.  Check out the newsletter here.  Secondly, they were recognized for their monthly community event, Shower of Blessings.  Learn more about participating in this community event here!

NUSNA is a wonderful organi…

How Can a Horse Really Matter?

Dr. Paul Tontz, an academic counselor for the Vets2BSN program, had the opportunity to take part in the Heart of Horsemanship (HOH) Workshop this past weekend.  Below is his experience.


"This past warm, sunny weekend for Armed Forces Day, I had the opportunity to participate in a one day Heart of Horsemanship (HOH) workshop presented by Drs. Ellen Kaye Gehrke and Michael Myers and Mr. Tom Gunter at the Rolling Horse Ranch in Ramona.  The Heart of Horsemanship is an 8-week program offered to veterans as a complementary approach to treating symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress.  It is a form of equine therapy where one has a chance to improve confidence, self-esteem, and reduce anxiety while learning to ride and connect to horses in the western tradition.  Past participants have reported a positive well-being, reduction of stress and anxiety, and emotional regulation as a result of participation.  Admittedly as a therapist in training learning more traditional means for th…

SHHS Dean Wins at the 2016 San Diego “Women Who Mean Business Awards”

Dr. Gloria McNeal, Dean of the School of Health and Human Services (SHHS) won a coveted “Women Who Mean Business Award” today at the 23rd annual Special Awards Reception and Luncheon sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal. The sold out San Diego event was held at the Town and Country Convention Center in Mission Valley.  National University (NU) sponsored a table at the event that also raises funds for breast cancer research.  Several NU leaders and staff were at the event including all of the SHHS Department Chairs (Drs. Smith, Guertin and Myers), President Dr. David Andrews, Provost Dr. Gangaram Singh, Vice Provost Dr. Joseph Hoey, President Randy Frisch of City University of Seattle, Vice Chancellor Dr. Dave Lawrence and Executive Vice President Nancy Rohland-Heinrich (an Awardee last year). The event recognizes dynamic women business leaders and role models who have contributed significantly to San Diego’s businesses.  Dean McNeal joined a select few winners who were honored…