Detailed Course Information

HIT (Faculty: R Leung, PhD)

Health Information Technology (HIT) refers to the application of information technology in health care delivery and management, storing patients’ medical records electronically, as well as retrieving and analyzing them for meaningful purposes, in one such application. In 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ARRA designated more than $20 billion to incentivize hospitals and physicians to adopt electronic health records. Since then, investments in HIT have continued. This course will introduce prominent HIT applications – clinical decision support systems (CDSS), computerized physician order entry (EMR/HER), computerized physician order entry (CPOE), telemedicine, and social media. This course will cover the history of HIT development in the US, and useful tools for students to better utilize and manage HIT in a variety of healthcare settings.

About Ricky Leung, PhD

Dr. Ricky Leung is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, University at Albany. He earned is PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received postdoctoral and professional training at the University of Minnesota and Harvard University. Dr. Leung’s research includes health information technology, social media, technological innovations, and global health. He has published articles in high impact journals such as Lancet, Health Care Management Review and Research Policy. Currently, Dr. Leung collaborates with researchers from the New York State Department of Health in a project on climate change knowledge dissemination. The Project utilizes social media applications and other innovative strategies to inform vulnerable groups in New York about extreme weather events and emergency preparation.

Data Analysis (Faculty: J Li, PhD)

This course will guide students to go through the steps from data to information to knowledge by looking at healthcare issues. During the process, students will learn skills of using commonly adopted tools to analyze healthcare data including EXCEL and R. Students will also acquire basic skills for data management and statistical analyses. They will also be exposed to concepts of advanced data mining techniques. The course will use real world analytical examples in industry, in government and in academic institutions to illustrate how to address a question using data-driven approaches.

About Jing Li, PhD

Dr. Jing Li is a Research Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, University at Albany and Senior Researcher in Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Li’s research includes applied statistical analyses, predictive modeling, innovations and application of interdisciplinary quantitative research methodology and mining of big data. She has published articles in journals such as Populations Studies and the Online Journal of Public Health Informatics.

Basic Evaluation Methods (Faculty: M. Choi, MSW)

Program evaluation is critical to delivering effective programs. It clarifies accurate goals and designs or revises feasible intervention for the appropriate target populations. Additionally, it uses social research methods to investigate the effectiveness of a program’s implementation and service delivery. This course will provide the basic knowledge and skills needed to evaluate social programs and will offer a general overview of the logic model approach, which provides a framework for planning, implementing, and evaluating programs. In addition, possible pragmatic challenges or ethical issues that arise during implementing evaluation in practice settings will be discussed.

About Mi Jin Choi, MSW

Mi Jin Choi is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her research focuses on vulnerable children, particularly the intertwined relationships of economic hardship, child maltreatment, and child welfare services. Currently, her research is being supported through the two-year Fellowships for University-Based Doctoral Candidates and Faculty for Research in Child Maltreatment, awarded by the Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families. While completing the PhD program, she worked for the Center for Human Services Research at the School of Social Welfare as a research assistant on a federally funded project on informal kinship care, assisting with instrument development and data analysis for the evaluation of the project. In addition, for four years she assisted to conduct an annual survey to evaluate the Bachelor of Social Welfare and Master of Social Welfare programs of the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany.