CONTACT: GEORGE McCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
UI offers ICN courses on health care computing, community health
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Professionals working in health care and related
occupations can learn about the rapidly growing field of health informatics
as part of a University of Iowa class starting Thursday, Jan. 21 via the
Iowa Communications Network (ICN).
Registration is now under way through the UI Center for Credit Programs
for the three-semester-hour class, "Informatics Tools for Health Care
Decision Support." It is an interdisciplinary course in health informatics,
which may be defined as using communication networks, computers, and health
databases to enhance patient care and treatment.
Topics include networking and web-based applications, computerized patient
records, healthcare classifications, distributed information and retrieval,
healthcare outcomes, physiologic monitoring and imaging, databases, expert
systems, organizational analysis, and health policy.
The course combines videotaped lectures, material distribution via the
World Wide Web, and weekly ICN discussion sessions.
Health care clinicians, managers, administrators, technicians, and medical
librarians can benefit from the graduate-level class. Credit may be selected
from nursing, medicine, business administration, library science, or biomedical
The informatics class meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays from
Jan. 21 to May 13 at ICN sites in Council Bluffs, Creston, Davenport, Des
Moines, Dubuque, Ida Grove, Leon, Mason City, Waterloo, and West Burlington.
The UI Center for Credit Programs is also offering "Community Health
Nursing" from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays from Jan. 20 to May 12
at ICN sites all around the state.
The course will explore nursing's role in the relationship between community
conditions and public health; principles of public health; nursing knowledge;
and skills used to address primary, secondary, and tertiary disease prevention
Tuition for the informatics and nursing courses is $112 per semester
hour for undergraduates and $176 per semester hour for graduate students.
For the informatics course, lecture videotapes are required; it may be
purchased by individuals or by a student group for $250. A deferred tuition
payment plan and a limited number of scholarships are also available.
The ICN is an advanced fiber optic telecommunications network linking
educational sites across the state. The UI piloted use of the system in
spring 1993 and is among its leading users in providing credit courses.
The ICN provides for interactive video and audio communication for participants
at all sites.
For registration information, contact the Center for Credit Programs,
The University of Iowa, 116 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242;
call toll-free: 1-800-272-6430; fax: (319) 335-2001; email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
World Wide Web: http://www.uiowa.edu/~ccp