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Distance Learning Class

Introduction to Healthcare Analytics

With the increasing adoption of electronic health record systems, new forms of data are becoming available that can be used to measure healthcare delivery and improve patient outcomes.  In this introductory course, participants explore the value proposition for "clinical intelligence" and the role of analytics in supporting a data-driven "learning healthcare system."  Key topics include the value-driven healthcare system, measuring health system performance, existing quality/performance measurement frameworks (NQF, HEDIS), comparing healthcare delivery, attributes of high performing healthcare systems, definition and scope of business and clinical intelligence, key components of healthcare analytics, and the IT infrastructure and human capital needed to leverage analytics for health improvement.


Familiarity with US healthcare system. Prior professional experience in healthcare recommended. Previous background working with data; understanding of relational databases. Prior coursework in statistics (Statistics 1 or equivalent).


Michael Hogarth, M.D., is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine, UC Davis. He is a public health, health informatics and pathology informatics faculty member, as well as a member of the UC Davis Graduate Group in Computer Science and a clinician educator. Hogarth is the principal investigator for the California Electronic Death Registration System, one of the most successful electronic vital record systems in the U.S., and the chief medical informatics officer for the Athena Breast Health Network. He is also chair of the UC-ReX project, which has successfully connected data repositories from the five University of California academic medical centers, creating one of the largest clinical repositories in the U.S.
Michael Minear is director of the Biomedical Informatics program at the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center and chief information officer for the UC Davis Health System where he is responsible for developing and executing a technology strategy that supports the health system’s four missions of clinical care, research, education and community engagement. Minear has more than 34 years of experience in the healthcare industry. As a national leader in healthcare information technology, he has an extensive record of leading transformations of large, complex organizations in the use of modern information technology. Minear has also been a part-time associate faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health since 2001 and is among the first group of healthcare executives in the nation to be credentialed as a Certified Healthcare CIO.


Course begins Wednesday, September 24, 2014, and ends Friday, December 5, 2014.


You must provide your email address when enrolling to receive your password. Please set up your email account to receive email from ""; otherwise, the email containing your password may not reach your inbox. You will receive your password via email on the start date, or within two business days of enrolling if you enroll after the start date. From the day you receive your password, you will have until the completion date noted above to complete the course. If you do not receive your password in the time frame noted, please visit the Online Learning Campus Support Center at Open a new ticket, and select "Password Issues" from the Help Topics. This is not a self-paced course. Students will progress through the course together. Lessons will be posted one week at a time. The previous week's lesson will remain available for the duration of the course. Students who enroll after the start date of the course will have to contact the instructor regarding missed lessons.

Technical requirements:

A stable Internet connection and a current email account. Most online courses also require the ability to view PDF documents and Flash-based presentations, and speakers or headphones to hear audio presentation. If you plan to access an online course using an iPad, iPod or an iPhone there are a variety of Flash web browsers available in the App Store that can enable your iPad/iPod/iPhone to view Flash content. More info.



Special Discounts:

10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.


3 quarter units academic credit, X426.5

Required textbooks:

Course Pack/Reader. TBD.




Enrollment policies:

Refund or transfer requests will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if a written request is received within two weeks of your start date and if you have not gone beyond Lesson One. Please visit the OLC Support Center at by clicking on the support button in the upper right corner of the website, open a new ticket, then select Course Withdrawal/Transfer Request from the Help Topics. You will need to include your name, the course title and the course section number.



Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:

Health Analytics