Computing and information technology has been integrated into every aspect of human life. The need for computer and information scientists worldwide is a very high demand at every organization. In Saudi Arabia, the growth of information technology is expanding in the public and private sectors, especially in the recent five years.
And because Health information exchange and big-data analysis are snowballing in the kingdom, many healthcare organizations are adopting Electronic health records, data analytics, and machine learning for different healthcare uses and strategic planning, highlighting the great need for health informatics professionals.
Health informatics (HI) is a critical field of study. HIMSS defines HI as "the integration of healthcare sciences, computer science, information science, and cognitive science to assist in managing healthcare information"
Built on the HI program of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) and with direct cooperation between our department and UIC, our bachelor of health delivers specialized education for interested students looking to start their careers in the growing field of healthcare data and informatics. Our bachelor of health information systems (BIS) program is designed to equip the students with the technical knowledge, training experience, and soft skills to satisfy the need in the public healthcare sector and Health IT market in the kingdom.
The BHI program strives to advance the quality and efficiency of the Saudi health care system through producing distinct graduates with in-depth knowledge and skills in health informatics. This mission is attained through using innovative teaching methods, collaborative research, and community-oriented education.
1- Graduate professionals with substantive knowledge and skills in the field of Health Informatics.
2. Promote scientific research pertinent the HI through equipping the graduates with the necessary skills to read, evaluate, and conduct research.
3- Contribute to the community through directing the education activities, projects and field experience to public and private health-care institutions.
Relationship between Program Mission and Goals and the Mission and Goals of the Institution/College.
The mission of King Saud bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences is to graduate highly qualified Saudi health professionals in various health specialties to meet the crucial need of the society for effective, efficient, and equitable health services. The mission of the BHI is aligned with the overall institutional mission in terms of preparing future specialists who shall possess the knowledge and skill to collect, manage, analyze, and deliver data-driven information and, simultaneously, adhere to the health-care standards, government regulations, and professional ethics, in Saudi Arabia.
Interpersonal skills are the competencies that allow graduates to interact effectively with other people
- Ability to problem solve, as it is needed to work closely with others from different disciplines
- Technical knowledge
- Communication skills
Type of Study
This full-time study program is delivered in-class in the college. The study methods include traditional lectures and lab hands-on training and learning. Classes offered are between the periods of 8 AM to 6 PM. The regular trimester is no more than 13 weeks of teaching, not including the registration and final examination weeks.
Different assessment methods are included, such as written exams and assignments. Teaching assessment methods promote the students’ problem-solving, analytical skills, leadership, and teamwork.
The students will have hands-on training and be a part of a team in their internship to test their skills and judgment and prepare them to join other professionals in the field.
The Final Degree of the Program
After completing the program, the students will attain the “Bachelor of health Information systems” certificate.