Health and Information Privacy and Security Certificate Program



Description of Ceritification

Note: All courses are not offered each semester.

The Health Information Privacy and Security Certificate Program will assist the student learn skills needed to apply the principles of privacy and security of data in the health care industry.

Upon completion of the certificate program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a choice to focus and advance by specializing in the privacy and security dimensions of health care
  • Denote competence in designing, implementing, and administering comprehensive privacy and security protection programs in all types of health care organizations
  • Monitor an organization’s networks for security breaches and investigate a violation when one occurs
  • Install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
  • Prepare reports that document security breaches and the extent of the damage caused by the breaches
  • Research the latest IT security trends
  • Help plan and carry out an organization’s way of handling security
  • Develop security standards and best practices for the organization
  • Recommend security enhancements to management or senior IT staff
  • Help computer users when they need to install or learn about new security products and procedures


Prior to beginning the curriculum, students must provide official proof that the following course has been satisfactorily completed:

  • CGS 2060CE Computer Literacy I

Students who successfully complete the courses listed below with a C or better are qualified to receive the Health Information Privacy and Security Certificate. Students interested in receiving the Certificate must submit an application upon completion of the required coursework.

  • HIM 3016  Legal Aspects of Health Information Management (3 hours)
  • HIM 4465  Healthcare Informatics (3 hours)
  • HIM 4656  Health Information Systems (3 hours)
  • HIM 4426 Health Information Privacy and Security
  • CIS 4360  Introduction to Computer Security (3 hours)