HCS-131: Computers in Health Care

Health & Human Services
Allied Health
Academic Level
Course Subject
Health Care
Course Number
Course Title
Computers in Health Care
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Presents the fundamentals of computer technology and specific applications that are important to the delivery of health care. Also examines legal and ethical considerations in the processing of confidential patient and medical information. Lab activities.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Basic Computer Skills
  2. Medical Informatics
  3. Telemedicine
  4. Information Technology in Healthcare
  5. Information Technology in Public Health
  6. Word Processing
  7. Spreadsheets
  8. Presentation Software
  9. Security and Privacy
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Define and discuss medical/health informatics.
  2. Explain the differences between systems and application software.
  3. Discuss the difference between the electronic medical record (EMR) and electronic health record (EHR).
  4. State the uses of telecommunications and networking.
  5. Discuss the ethical, professional, and legal responsibilities of the health care worker with regards to information in the medical record.
  6. Discuss the importance of technology and the impact of computer systems on patient care and treatment.
  7. Define telemedicine and give examples of its uses in health care.
  8. Discuss the applications for technology in various health care settings, including radiology, surgery, pharmacy, and rehab therapies.
  9. Retrieve patient data using systems appropriate to the health care setting.
  10. Demonstrate the input use of information systems for basic medical resources and data collection.
  11. Navigate Henry Ford College network and the student portal.
  12. Operate basic PC hardware, including common input, output, and storage devices.
  13. Utilize an operating system to perform basic tasks, such as finding, saving, copying, and printing files.
  14. Send and receive email, including attachments.
  15. Utilize basic word processing.
  16. Utilize a browser for Internet access, use search engines, identify appropriate search terms, and use a search engine effectively.
  17. Explain the implications for computer technology in your selected allied health profession.
  18. Discuss the applications of technology in public health.
  19. Discuss the impact of privacy and security related to the use of technology in healthcare.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed using quizzes and assignments based on Chapter assignments, 3 lab practicals (Word processing, Spreadsheets, and Presentation Software), and a comprehensive final exam.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Basic Computer Skills – The student will be able to operate basic hardware, use a mouse, save and retrieve files, download information, print, etc., and comprehend basic computer operations.

Word Processing – The student will be able to create documents and exercise basic word processing skills.

Spreadsheet Project – The student will be able to create a Health Care related inventory checklist utilizing Microsoft Excel. The spreadsheet will include computing total costs, and a variety of basic functions. Student will be able to create graphs and charts based on spreadsheets.

Power Point Project – The student will be able to create a minimum of ten-slide presentation using Microsoft Power Point. The presentation will include action buttons, preset animation, imported images, and EXCEL based graphs/ charts. The presentation will be health careers oriented.

Internet Search – The student will create a reference list of ten Internet sites pertaining to a health careers topic. The list will contain the name of the site as well as the URL.

Textbook based lecture material and chapter assignments will be the basis for six quizzes. Topics will be announced and materials presented in class. Additionally, there will be three lab practicals (Word, Excel, and Power Point) to demonstrate mastery of computer software competencies. The three (3) lab practicals will count for twice the value of the six (6) chapter quizzes. This is a lab class and students are encouraged to not miss class.

Student Responsibility – The student will abide by the Henry Ford College computer Usage Policy and demonstrate proper classroom deportment and behaviors. The student will demonstrate personal responsibility in the care and use of lab equipment, copyright laws, netiquette, privacy issues, and follow all academic policies, including but not limited to those on cheating and plagiarism.

Each student will be given an external storage device (e.g. flash drive) during the first class. Students are to use this device only to save all their lab practical work. Students will be given lab assignments throughout the semester. These assignments are to be kept in the students’ folder in the file cabinet. All lab practical work is to be done in class. The student external storage device is not to leave the lab for any reason. A penalty may be given if a student has removed their external storage device. Students are not to use an outside external storage device for any reason in the computer lab.

Instructors (or their designees) reserve the right to require students to provide proper picture identification for test taking, graded papers or projects or other appropriate purposes.

HFCC Policy on Academic Dishonesty (Cheating) will be followed in this course.


Textbook(s) determined through the School of Health and Human Services approval.


General Education Categories
  • Computer Technology
Institutional Outcomes
  • Computer Technology

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Portfolio including computer literacy test and documentation to demonstrate all core course objectives have been met.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date