The Information Sciences and Telecommunications (IST) programs at the School of Information Sciences (SIS) and the Health Information Management (HIM) program at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) in the University of Pittsburgh propose to collaboratively develop integrated curriculum on Security Assured Healthcare Informatics (SAHI). The key goal is to develop multiple graduate level SAHI tracks with curriculum components focused on Healthcare IT (HIT) within the IST programs, and a track focused on Healthcare Security and Privacy (HS&P) within the HIM program. We will also develop a SAHI 4+1 BS+MS FastTrack prgram and create a curriculum that fosters research and doctoral studies in SAHI areas. Our curriculum will prepare high caliber workforce towards contributing to the national needs for cybersecurity and healthcare IT professionals.
We propose the following key project goals.
The proposed work will result in novel curriculum that comprehensively integrates Health Informatics with IA and provide BS, MS and PhD level curriculum enhancements, and a development of integrated facility to foster educational and research activities in SAHI areas. The proposed curriculum will enhance existing courses and include new advanced SAHI courses that will address emerging demands for expertise in HIT and Cybersecurity. The PIs have a long history of excellent collaborations in both significant educational and research activities related to IA and HIM areas and have established partnerships with community colleges, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pitt's IRB and Pitt's RFID center. The institutional support is very high because the IA area is a signature area in SIS and 4+1 FastTrack is one of the highest priority of the SIS. Similarly, IA area is a significant priority for the HIM program. HIM labs and LERSAIS facilities have well established integrated research and educational components in HIM and IA areas, respectively, for implementing the proposed lab exercises. NSF SFS students will be engaged in the labs development efforts.
The SAHI curriculum will be available to all students in the department of HIM, which has a 1:3 male-female ratio, and the SIS. The outreach activities include module delivery to high school students in summer and diversity students through a very active i3 program at SIS, and to a community college. The 4+1 FastTrack BS-MS program will allow fast production of the professionals that have the highest credentials in IA and HIT areas. Through HIM's highly female populated program the SAHI curriculum is poised to produce a huge number of female and minority students with focus in SAHI areas. The results (curriculum and lab modules) will be disseminated through dedicated websites (some as e-learning modules for general community) and conference publications, and outreach to high school and NVCC students.