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Iowa City IA 52242
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UI offers ICN courses on health care computing, community health nursing

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 engineering.

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 needs.

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: credit-programs@uiowa.edu; World Wide Web: http://www.uiowa.edu/~ccp

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