Online Medical Information Security & Privacy Graduate Certificate


Students gain exposure to the complex and varied factors that must be taken into account when addressing information security issues within health care systems. The Medical Information Security & Privacy graduate certificate program presents the methods and skills needed for designing and building secure and reliable systems by developing an understanding of the special requirements of health care systems, where privacy of personal data must be balanced with access to patient records.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Medical Information Security & Privacy will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of the functionality, technical infrastructure, and best-practice deployment of health care IT, including medical algorithms, electronic health records, privacy and security, and regulations.
  • Proficiency in security issues in computer systems, networks, and applications, and an understanding of the unique set of privacy and security needs in a health care environment.
  • Competence sufficient to lead health IT initiatives, to design and implement advanced health care software solutions, and to manage the data privacy and system security challenges in a health care environment.

Academic credits earned toward the online Graduate Certificate in Medical Information Security & Privacy may be transferred to a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, concentration in Health Informatics.

Awards & Accreditations

CNSS Certification Certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Medical Information Security & Privacy?

  • Four-course certificate program comprises courses shared by the MS in Computer Information Systems, ranked #6 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report 2018).
  • Information security programs at Metropolitan College are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNNS).
  • Boston University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research.
  • Students benefit from a supportive online network, with courses developed and taught by PhD-level full-time faculty and professionals with hands-on expertise in the industry.
  • Small course sections ensure that students get the attention they need, while case studies and real-world projects ensure that they gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies.

Meet Andrew Wolfe, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Medical Information Security & Privacy certificate program.

Career Outlook

Computer and Information Systems Managers

15% increase in jobs through 2024

$131,600 median annual pay in 2015

Computer and Information Research Scientists

11% increase in jobs through 2024

$110,620 median annual pay in 2015

Medical and Health Services Managers

17% increase in jobs through 2024

$94,500 median annual pay in 2015

Information Security Analysts

18% increase in jobs through 2024

$90,120 median annual pay in 2015

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

15% increase in jobs through 2024

$37,110 median annual pay in 2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Best Technology Jobs, 2017 U.S. News & World Report

  • #1 Computer Systems Analyst
  • #2 Software Developer
  • #3 IT Manager
  • #4 Web Developer
  • #5 Computer Network Architect
  • #6 Database Administrator
  • #7 Information Security Analyst
  • #8 Computer Support Specialist
  • #9 Computer Systems Administrator
  • #10 Computer Programmer

The demand for health informatics workers is projected to grow at twice the rate of employment overall, but there is strong evidence that the nation already faces a shortage of qualified workers in this field.

Burning Glass Technologies Missed Opportunities? The Labor Market in Health Informatics, 2014

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Medical Information Security & Privacy consists of four required online courses (16 credits).

Academic credits earned toward the certificate may be transferred to a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, concentration in Health Informatics.

(Four courses/16 credits)

METCS580 Health Informatics

This course presents the technological fundamentals and integrated clinical applications of modern Biomedical IT. The first part of the course covers the technological fundamentals and the scientific concepts behind modern medical technologies, such as digital radiography, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound imaging, etc. It also presents various medical data and patient records, and focuses on various techniques for processing medical images. This part also covers medical computer networks and systems and data security and protection. The second part of the course focuses on actual medical applications that are used in health care and biomedical research. [4 credits]

METCS581 Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are application systems that automate the activities of healthcare clinicians including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and healthcare administrative staff. Use of EHRs is increasing rapidly due to the systems' benefits and federal government programs to deploy EHRs. This increased use of EHRs has many challenges including complex data, high security requirements, integration to multiple application systems, a distributed user base, and broad impact on how these users work. [4 credits]

METCS695 Enterprise Cyber Security

The course provides an in-depth presentation of security issues in computer systems, networks, and applications. Formal security models are presented and illustrated on operating system security aspects, more specifically memory protection, access control and authentication, file system security, backup and recovery management, intrusion and virus protection mechanisms. Application level security focuses on language level security and various security policies; conventional and public keys encryption, authentication, message digest and digital signatures. Internet and intranet topics include security in IP, routers, proxy servers, and firewalls, application- level gateways, Web servers, file and mail servers. Discussion of remote access issues, such as dial-up servers, modems, VPN gateways and clients. Prereq: MET CS 535 or MET CS 625. Or instructor's consent. [4 credits]

And one selected from the following:

METCS674 Database Security

The course provides a strong foundation in database security and auditing. This course utilizes Oracle scenarios and step-by-step examples. The following topics are covered: security, profiles, password policies, privileges and roles, Virtual Private Databases, and auditing. The course also covers advanced topics such as SQL injection, database management security issues such as securing the DBMS, enforcing access controls, and related issues. Prereq: MET CS 579 or MET CS 669; or instructor's consent. [4 credits]

METCS684 IT Security Policies and Procedures

This course enables IT professional leaders to identify emerging security risks and implement highly secure networks to support organizational goals. Discussion of methodologies for identifying, quantifying, mitigating and controlling risks. Students implement a comprehensive IT risk management plans (RMP) that identify alternate sites for processing mission-critical applications, and techniques to recover infrastructure, systems, networks, data and user access. The course also discusses related topics such as: disaster recovery, handling information security; protection of property, personnel and facilities; protection of sensitive and classified information, privacy issues, and criminal terrorist and hostile activities. [4 credits]

Applicants to the program are required to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

Getting Started

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