10001137 Health Informatics Administration, Graduate School - Adjunct Faculty

Largo, Maryland
Aug 01, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Adjunct Faculty

Health Informatics Administration

The Graduate School

Location:  Online

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) seeks adjunct faculty to teach in the Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration program. Specifically, we are seeking faculty for the following course(s):

Financial Management for Health Care Organizations (HCAD 640): An in-depth study of health care economics and the financial management of health care organizations. The economic principles underlying the American health care market and the financial management of health services organizations within that market are examined. Analysis covers free market and mixed market economies; barriers to free market economies; health care industry regulation, licensure, and certification; and various coverage and health care payment mechanisms. Topics also include reimbursement mechanisms and their effect on health care provider organizations, managed care, capitation, and per case or per diagnosis payment, as well as how these financial strategies are utilized by third-party payers. Focus is on financial challenges such as uncompensated care, cost increases, increased competition, and increased regulation and how health care providers should respond to them. Ratio analysis, cost analysis, working capital, capital budgeting and investment in relation to net present value and value added to the organization, and other financial management techniques are also discussed.

Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration (HCAD 650): A comprehensive analysis of the more significant legal issues encountered by health care administrators and the ramifications of those issues. Both theoretical and practical applications of law are addressed with an analytical focus on the prompt identification of legal and bioethical issues arising from and affecting various health care employment settings. The intersection of law, ethics, and bioethics is scrutinized in various contexts. The principles of health care law in a complex constitutional system are examined in relation to current proposals and policy developments in areas such as privacy, contracts, tort reform, and the regulation of the health care marketplace. Topics include legal and regulatory constraints imposed on the health care industry, the liability of health care providers, the rights of patients, employment law and labor relations, and administrative law for health care organizations.

Research Methods for Health Care Managers (HIMS 650): The application of basic statistics and research methods from the health informatics/information and health care administration perspective. Emphasis is on the analysis of clinical and administrative data to assist in decision making; health care planning; research; reporting to local, state and national entities; and policy development. Topics include institutional review boards, ethics in research, the research process, epidemiology, case mix, vital statistics, registries, interpretation and presentation of data, data collection, and quality outcomes and measures.

Health Data Management (HIMS 655): A foundational overview of health informatics/information management as a profession and as a subset of the health care delivery system. Health informatics/information principles and practices are explored as they relate to the application, analysis, management, and architecture of health data. Topics include data mapping, data structures, clinical terminology, and classification systems. Discussion also covers ICD-10, health record content, documentation standards, data management policies and procedures, meaningful use, data sources, and information governance.

The Application of Information Technology in Health Care Administration (HIMS 661): An overview of historical, current, and emerging health information systems and technologies. Focus is on applying a system life-cycle process to the adoption of an electronic health record system. Discussion covers various ways that information technology can aid in operations management and the strategic decision-making process. Topics include project management, clinical and decision support systems, report generation, data analytics, workflow processes, health information exchange, enterprise information management, training and development, data quality, user interfaces, data capturing technologies, personal health records, population health, data safeguards, business intelligence, and artificial intelligence.

Health Informatics Administration Capstone (HIMS 670): Review of the proficiencies and competencies of a registered health information administrator (RHIA) as preparation for taking the RHIA certification exam. Emphasis is on professional development and test-taking strategies. An evidence-based capstone project on a topic related to health informatics or health information requires the integration and application of knowledge and skills acquired through previous coursework and experience. Discussion covers informatics issues, challenges for U.S. and global health care systems, potential new health care delivery models, approaches to strategically shaping local and national informatics policy, and the role of information technology in supporting the full continuum of care in health organizations. Tools and methods for strategic planning, implementing, using, and evaluating the efficacy of information systems are explored.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Doctorate degree in Health Informatics or a related healthcare degree from an accredited institution of higher learning is required; Master’s degree in Health Informatics (HI), Health Information Management (HIM)will be considered.
  • All candidates must pose a minimum of one of the following certifications: Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) from The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). A Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) or Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will be considered.
  • A minimum of three (3) to five (5) years’ experience in health informatics, health information management and/or a related healthcare discipline.
  • Evidence of active membership(s) in related healthcare professional association(s), ongoing engagement in professional development, including conference presentations and publications.
  • Experience teaching adult learners online and in higher education is strongly preferred.
  • A clear professional commitment to student-centered learning.
  • A record (or clear potential) of successful teaching, mentoring, and coaching, of adult learners. 
  • A high level of digital fluency – including synchronous tools.

Who We Are and Who We Serve

UMUC—one of 11 degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM)—is a mission-driven institution with seven core values that guide us in all we do. At the top of the list is "Students First," and we strive to do just that for our 90,000 students at home and abroad. From its start in 1947, UMUC has demonstrated its commitment to adult learners. We recognize that adult students need flexibility and options. UMUC is proud to be a global, 24-hour, institution of higher learning.

The typical UMUC student is an adult learner juggling a career, family, and other priorities. Roughly 80% work full time, half are parents, and half are minority students. They are continuing their education to better themselves, their families, and their professional opportunities. UMUC is also a leading higher education provider to the U.S. military, enrolling 55,000 active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, and family members annually. We are proud of our military heritage and are committed to this service.

The Adjunct Faculty Role at UMUC

UMUC is committed to helping students achieve success not only with us, but also in their professional fields. As a result, we actively seek faculty members who are scholar-practitioners: professionals who are actively and successfully engaged in their field who additionally wish to help the next generation of professionals grow in their knowledge and expertise through education.  Your role as an adjunct faculty member will be to:

  • Actively engage students though frequent interaction that motivates them to succeed, and conveys a genuine energy and enthusiasm for their learning.
  • Guide students in active collaboration and the application of their learning in problem- and project-based learning demonstrations.
  • Provide rich and regular constructive feedback, utilizing rubrics effectively for the assessment of student work, and acknowledging student accomplishments.
  • Demonstrate relevant and current subject-matter expertise, and help students connect concepts across their academic program.
  • Provide feedback to your program chair on possible curricular improvements.

Faculty Training at UMUC

We are committed to your professional success at UMUC. Each new faculty member is required to successfully complete our online two-week new faculty orientation, FacDev 411, as a condition of hire.

Position Available and will Remain Open Until Filled

Salary Commensurate with Experience

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