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Course Information

This is the first course in the Health Care Information Technology (Behavioral Health Care Specialty) continuing education curriculum. It presents a broad overview of global as well as U.S. behavioral health conditions and selected statistics. Many current factors such as a rapidly growing ageing population, rapidly growing probable causes of behavioral health issues originating from a number of social, environmental and disease state factors are shaping the need to establish quality information systems and technologies to better address these issues. The course also focuses on prominent systems related to behavioral health, public health registries and new forms of emerging technologies. Students will acquire a foundation of knowledge related to behavioral health care issues and emerging health care information technologies. Course Code: HT 500. Contact hours of education = 40.

 This program is open only to health care professionals who are currently licensed to practice in their state or country, or other candidates who can verify two or more years of practice experience directly related to health care information technologies.

This course is specifically designed for those qualifying professionals who are studying to meet the education requirements for application for certification as a Certified Health Care Technology Specialist, with a Specialty in Behavioral Health, by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. For Certification Information: access here.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information

This course is also approved by the Florida Office of School Psychology for 40 contact hours of continuing education.

Course Demo: Please access this link to preview a course demostration. This demonstration provides you with an abstract of how the courses are designed by Dr. Dey. Please click here.


Instructor/Course Author:  Suken Dey, Ph.D.

Bio: Dr. Sukhen Dey serves as an Adjunct Faculty of Computing Science and Informatics, Adjunct to Masters of Liberal Studies at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana and a former Adjunct to Masters of Health care Leadership, Park University, St. Louise, Missouri. He holds a doctorate degree in Interdisciplinary Science, an Education Specialist degree in Higher Education and an MBA, all from the University of Louisville. He has extensive experience in systems analysis and design, database development, customer and employee survey analysis, statistical analysis and continuous quality measurement systems. He has published numerous articles in his areas of expertise and presented at several national and international conferences. Dr. Dey has over twenty years of experience consulting with national and international corporations in information technology, medical informatics, market research, systems analysis, predictive modeling, customer satisfaction and human resources data systems.  Dr. Dey has applied his continuous quality tracking models to health care, insurance, banking and higher education. He is the founder of Deyta, Inc., (Deyta.com) a Louisville, Kentucky company specializing in performance measurement systems as well as President of Strategic Wisdom, specializing in Distance Learning, Curriculum design, Systems analysis and Design, Data Mining and Predictive Analysis.  Dr. Dey is a life member of Cambridge Who’s Who Registry.He is a Recipient, President’s Order of Merit Republican Congressional Committee, 2006. He is an Author, Speaker, Consultant and Editor

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E-mail: s.dey@insightbb.com

TIME FRAME:You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the required courses in this specialty program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.


TEXTBOOK: There are no required purchased textbooks for this course. All course/study materials, including written lectures, accompanying reading assignments and online videos are provided.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 40 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the us and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

ONLINE COMMUNITY MESSAGE BOARDS: Enrolled students have full access to our online Student Community Message Boards. These message boards allow students in our CE courses to meet each other, communicate online, share information, discuss topics of study and interest and much more. Full access is provided via the online classroom.

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Gain familiarity of the overall umbrella concepts, selected terms and definitions within the basic notion of Behavioral Health.
  2. Gain an understanding of the current state of Behavioral Health in the U.S and the World in general with selected statistics and trends.
  3. Understand the role of Information Technology within Behavioral Health care practices.
  4. Discuss how individuals should have the ability to exercise control over their health information.
  5. Define and discuss various "emerging technologies" directly related to improving efficiency of the continuum of care including Behavioral Health Care.


Course Content

A brief abstract of content:

A Summary of Course Content

What is Behavioral Health care?

A survey of selected concepts, terms and definitions within Behavioral Health care.

A survey of selected statistics and trends in Behavioral Health care.

Why use Health Information Technology to  improve patient care?

Analysis of Behavioral Health patient care and the role of Information Technology.

An overview of Health Information Technology applications in Behavioral Health.

Course Content

An Introduction to the Course

An Introduction to Behavioral Health, selected concepts, terms and definitions –Part-I

An Introduction to Behavioral Health, selected concepts, terms and definitions –Part-II

Current Trends in Behavioral Health, selected statistics Part-I

Current Trends in Behavioral Health, selected statistics Part-II  

A Selected Case Study on Behavioral Health: Impact of  the Gulf Oil Disaster

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Information Technology in Behavioral Health

Read ONC Article link “Why Health IT?”

Read ONC Article link “Improving Patient Care”

Improving Patient Care using Health IT in Behavioral Health: Analysis

To what extent, and how individuals should have the ability to exercise control over their health information: Read Article

To what extent, and how individuals should have the ability to exercise control over their health information: Analysis

Two Case studies in Behavioral Health and how Health IT is used

A few Emerging Technologies in Behavioral Health

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Final Exam – 100 T/F M/C Test

Course Evaluation

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