California State University in San Marcos will establish a new Certificate in Health Information Technology program following a grant award of $50,000.

The grant comes from the California State University Commission on the Extended University, which annually awards grants for new programs that address the state’s economic and workforce development needs. The certification program is set to launch in January 2011 with the goal of producing graduates who can provide leadership in the evolution of health I.T. in San Diego County.

The program will provide students with a balance of technology and management skills, according to the university. Faculty at the San Marcos campus specializing in business, I.T., management, marketing and finance will work with local provider organizations to develop the program and curricula. Providers will provide resources for internships and job placement services.

The certificate will take six to seven months to complete. Credits from the certificate program also will count if students wish to continue toward a health I.T. Master’s degree. For more information, send an e-mail to

--Joseph Goedert


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