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Temporary Lecturer Application Pool - Healthcare Information Management

  • College: College of Business Administration
  • Department:  Healthcare Information Management

The Extended Learning Department at California State University San Marcos accepts applications on an on-going basis for our pool of part-time lecturers for our MSHIM_ Master of Science in Healthcare Information Management program.  Courses are taught as a cohort starting in Fall continuing through Summer with almost all class sessions scheduled on Saturdays.  The candidate should have experience teaching Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) or Healthcare Information Management (HIM) courses or similar courses in other areas or disciplines at the university level, with relevant academic degrees and professional experience in the field.  Information about the program can be found at

Responsibilities include preparation of course syllabus for review and approval by the Program Director; determining course materials including text (if any) and other reading/reference material include on-line information; preparing and delivering lectures and conducting discussion sessions; obtaining outside speakers to enhance content and ensure connection and relevance of class material to practice; assigning and evaluating student exercises and exams; assigning and evaluating team projects that include requirements for a written report and presentation; assigning final course grades. 

HIT Certificate Course Descriptions (Year 1 of MS-HIM degree)

HIT 500- Healthcare Systems: Structure and Process (2 Units)

This course provides a historical foundation for the study of the current health care system and alternative views of health. Course content includes examining the structure and process of the U.S. health care system and comparison to health care systems in other developed countries. Enablers, constraints, and incentives are identified and evaluated in terms of developing a health care system that is efficient and provides patient value.

HIT 510- Data Management for Healthcare Decision Support (2 Units)

This course examines the design and the use of medical databases. Students will learn how to implement business rules and data modeling to develop medical information management systems. The course further explores database applications for decision support including evidence-based practice, alerts, allergy management, and identification of gaps in care. Students will design databases and systems that reflect privacy and security requirements of HIPAA, HITECH Act, etc.

HIT 520- Electronic Health Records (2 Units)

This course focuses on regulatory policies and implementation issues concerning Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Systems.  The goal is to provide a solid foundation so that students are capable of leading the effort in deploying an EMR system that not only meets the mandates of federal, state, and local governments, but also improves the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery and service.  Students also gain familiarity with medical vernacular via an online module.

HIT 530- Data Communications and Security for Healthcare (2 Units)

This course focuses on medical data communications and security. Students will learn communication protocols, hardware and software, and regulations required to share information among healthcare institutions while maintaining privacy. In particular, policies such as HIPAA and the HITECH Act will be discussed to demonstrate security and privacy requirements for data communications. The goal is to provide students a solid foundation for implementing a secured data communication infrastructure that meets regulatory requirements.

HIT 540- Managing Healthcare System Change (2 Units)

The adoption and meaningful use of health information technology requires an understanding that major challenges to system success are more often behavioral than technical. The goal is to understand core theories supporting change management, learn effective leadership skills to overcome behavioral resistance to change, and apply change management techniques in complex health care organizations.

HIT 550- Project Management and Process Improvement for Healthcare (2 Units)

This course will focus on the management of operations and how HC systems can use more advanced methods to improve healthcare processes, delivery, and outcomes. Specific focus will be on reducing cycle times (e.g., patient wait times), measuring productivity, streamlining process flows, tracking outcomes and performance metrics, and generally improving health management processes and health outcomes. The process improvement will be measured by how it can improve quality of care and safety of HC delivery, reduce waste, and reduce costs. The role of technology and innovative approaches in improving EQS in HC delivery will be presented.

HIM Certificate Course Descriptions (Year 2 of MS-HIM Degree)

HIM 610- Genomic and Health Informatics (1 Unit)

Introduction to genomics and its increasing importance to healthcare and medical practice. Presentation of genomic technologies and management of genomic data, including ethical, privacy, legal, and social issues of genomic medicine.

HIM 620- Analytics for Healthcare Outcome Improvement I (2 Units)

Methods of statistical analysis and descriptive methods. Communicating statistical and study results to general audiences. Statistical models and methods including experimental design, ANOVA, single and multivariate regression, market-basket analysis, cluster analysis, and decision trees. Emphasis on applications to improve health outcomes and effectiveness. Exercises use real data, computer-based tools, and case studies. Sessions include presentations of applications by industry experts.

HIM 621- Analytics for Healthcare Outcome Improvement II (2 Units)

Introduction to and application of new and evolving analytic methods including k-nearest neighbor, logistic regression, neural nets, principal component analysis, and support vector machine. Role of professionals in analytical applications such as actuaries, statisticians, and management scientists. Students conduct studies using complex datasets and develop management-oriented presentations.

HIM 630- Healthcare Project & Information Management (3 Units)

Introduction to project management principles and tools such as Agile for managing the development of healthcare analytic projects and information systems. Database fundamentals, data management, data warehouses, and massive parallel storage structures such as Hadoop. Students conduct projects using industry-standard database systems and open source software for large-scale healthcare data.

HIM 640- Patient Risk Assessment (1 Unit)

Introduction to health quality metrics; methods for assessing patient health risk and application to premium risk adjustment. Assessing effectiveness of healthcare systems. Applications of risk management by Medicare, ACA (Affordable Care Act), Healthcare Exchanges, healthcare purchasers, and insurers.

HIM 650- Seminar in eHealth (1 Unit)

Seminar to develop student ability to assess/adopt/implement new technologies for enhancing care coordination, system integration, workflow streamlining, patient care, and disease management. Current, emerging, and potential technologies, their enabling conditions, cost implications, and effectiveness for healthcare; challenges of and methods to help ensure privacy and security.

HIM 660- Strategic Leadership in Healthcare (2 Units)

Strategic leadership skills required to transform health care organizations into patient-focused and cost-effective dynamic systems. Develop students’ ability to inspire collaboration, design processes that support the organization vision, and motivate teams to implement informatics solutions for the delivery of better health care outcomes. Develop students’ capability to gain a strategic perspective based on results of rigorous data analysis.

HIM 670- Seminar in HIM (1 Unit)

Presentations by area experts with student interaction. Sessions use actual applications related to course content during the semester, and explore their challenges and opportunities.

HIM 680- Seminar: Development in HIM (1 Units)

Healthcare visionaries, academic thought leaders, and influential policy makers will engage students in discussions of emerging healthcare information management issues, challenges, and trends. Emphasis on opportunities and applications of analytics and strategic thinking.

HIM 690- HIM Project (4 Units)

Independent study under the direction of a faculty member. The student must prepare a study proposal approved by the appropriate faculty member and the program director prior to registration.

HIM 691- Independent Study in HIM I

Independent study under the direction of a faculty member. The student must prepare a study proposal approved by the appropriate faculty member and the program director prior to registration.

HIM 692- Independent Study in HIM II

Independent study under the direction of a faculty member. The student must prepare a study proposal approved by the appropriate faculty member and the program director prior to registration. HIM 692 must be an advanced study of HIM 691 or on a different topic from HIM 691.

Minimum qualifications:  

  • an MA/MS or  a baccalaureate with significant professional experience and responsibilities

  • College level teaching experience or experience as a graduate student or as a teaching assistant that included classroom teaching.

  • Education and experience must have clear relevance to the course content for which application is made. 

Preferred qualifications:  

  • a Ph.D. or equivalent.

  • Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated commitment to diversity and/or intercultural competence with diverse groups in relation to teaching.


To apply, please submit the following to:

  • A completed faculty application

  • Curriculum vita

  • A statement for each specific course you are qualified for and interested in teaching and descriptions of similar courses you have taught

  • Three current references

  • Letter of interest

All applications will receive consideration as positions open.  If there is an opening that matches your background, you will be contacted.

Please be aware that all applications two years or older will be purged each year on the first business day in March.  You will need to reapply after that date if you want to be considered for the following academic year.

The university is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

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California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks.  A background check (including the criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of an applicant or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in the CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.  An offer of employment is contingent upon execution of an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status and Legal Duty to Report Child Abuse and Neglect Form.  Signing the form is a prerequisite to employment and failure to sign will result in any offer or employment being withdrawn.