MET Health Informatics Concentration Recognized By CAHIIM

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May 8th, 2017

MET Health Informatics Concentration Recognized By CAHIIM

BU’s Metropolitan College is one of only eight U.S. institutions offering a master’s program in health informatics that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The accreditation applies to the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems with Health Informatics concentration, and provides assurance that the curriculum meets or exceeds the standards set by the CAHIIM Board of Directors.

The MS in Computer Information Systems, Health Informatics concentration, is offered on campus and online. The online program is ranked #4 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Press Release

Boston University Metropolitan College Awarded CAHIIM Accreditation
Metropolitan College receives globally recognized accreditation for
Department of Computer Science health informatics programs.

Boston, Mass.—April 2017: The Health Informatics program at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The accreditation applies to the Health Informatics concentration of the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, and provides assurance that the curriculum meets or exceeds the standards set by the CAHIIM Board of Directors. Metropolitan College is one of only nine institutions offering a CAHIIM-accredited master’s program in health informatics in the U.S.

Offered through Metropolitan College’s Department of Computer Science, the Computer Information Systems master’s concentration in Health Informatics prepares information technology and health care professionals for careers in development, implementation, and use of modern health care information systems. The program provides an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to health care IT, and teaches both the fundamental concepts and the cutting-edge IT technologies used in the design, implementation, and management of health care IT applications.

“We are very pleased to have earned CAHIIM accreditation for our graduate degree programs in health informatics,” says Metropolitan College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lou Chitkushev, who is director of the College’s health informatics and health sciences programs. “Boston University is a world-renowned institution, with top-quality programs, faculty, and students. Our health informatics curriculum is designed to present concepts in an academically rigorous manner while ensuring that graduates are prepared for the realities of today’s health IT professions. The CAHIIM accreditation underscores both the solid academic structure of our curriculum and the applied nature of our graduate health informatics program.”

Application for CAHIIM accreditation is voluntary, and requires a rigorous self-assessment—including an in-depth evaluation of program goals, objectives, and content; academic policies; administration; educational resources; and the general effectiveness of faculty, administration, advisory committees, and students. The self-assessment is followed by a site visit, during which the CAHIIM team meets with students, advisory committee members, and others associated with the program, and also evaluates classrooms, laboratories, library resources, and online technical applications.

For students and employers, CAHIIM accreditation demonstrates that a health informatics or health information management education program meets established academic standards required for professional career entry. Students who wish to sit for the AHIMA professional HIM Certification Exams must graduate from a CAHIIM-accredited program, such as the BU master’s in Computer Information Systems offered by MET, to be eligible.

“We strive to provide high quality on-campus and online education with an up-to-date curriculum for our students,” says Dr. Guanglan Zhang, assistant professor of computer science and health informatics faculty coordinator. “CAHIIM accreditation assures that our program meets the health care industry standards—and shows employers that our graduates are confident and well prepared to excel in the field.”

For over 35 years, Metropolitan College’s Department of Computer Science has been distinguished by full-time faculty who reflect the values, quality, and prestige demanded by a world-renowned institution such as Boston University. They have outstanding academic credentials, excellent teaching abilities, highly recognized publishing records, and the strength of their professional experience. Students in the programs come from over thirty countries, their diverse backgrounds and global perspectives enhancing the multicultural environment of classes on the Boston campus or online.

The online master’s in Computer Information Systems is ranked #4 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report).

For more information about MET’s graduate programs in Health Informatics, please visit bu.edu/met/health-informatics.

About Boston University’s Metropolitan College

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 schools and colleges, along with a number of multidisciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.

As one of those colleges, Metropolitan College (MET) offers more than 70 part-time undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs, providing a flexible learning environment that supports the academic, professional, and intellectual needs of working adults. Along with convenient evening classes, Metropolitan College also offers a variety of high-quality online and blended format programs. For more information, visit bu.edu/met.

About the Department of Computer Science

Established in 1979, the Department of Computer Science at Metropolitan College is the longest-running computer science department at Boston University. For almost four decades, the department has played an important role in the emergence of IT at the University and throughout the region, having educated a significant portion of the workforce in a sector that revitalized New England. Today, Metropolitan College offers one of the most extensive IT programs available, taught by top-quality faculty with  significant impacts and achievements in their fields. For more information visit bu.edu/csmet.

About CAHIIM

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) strives to provide the public with effective and consistent quality monitoring of health informatics and health information management (HIM) programs through maintenance of accreditation processes.

CAHIIM is the globally recognized and trusted accreditation organization for Health Informatics and Health Information Management education programs to ensure the development of a workforce that meets the challenge of an information-intensive environment and its impact on global health.