Jefferson’s New Graduate Certificate Merges Blockchain and Health Care

Jefferson’s New Graduate Certificate Merges Blockchain and Health Care

Jefferson University has launched a “first-of-its-kindBlockchain for Health Care graduate certificate, focused on exploring how blockchain can be leveraged to improve healthcare and empower patients. Applications are now being invited for the one-year online program, which will begin in September 2019.

Jefferson, based in Philadelphia, was established on 1 July 2017 as a result of the merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University.

Graduate Certificate Program

The graduate certificate has been designed to provide “a high-level understanding of privacy, ethics, and regulatory issues regarding technologies and how they can be used within the healthcare system.”

The program consists of four three-credit classes:

  • Introduction to Blockchain for Health Care – provides foundational knowledge of blockchain technology and its application in health care.
  • The New Trust Framework – A Technical Review – focuses on understanding Distributed Ledger Technology and Consensus Models through study of existing blockchain platforms in development to support health care.
  • Blockchain Policy and Standards – examines the consortia, policies, legal, ethical and regulatory matters that present opportunities and challenges for blockchain in health care.
  • Blockchain – Real World Use Cases – covers examples of blockchain technology applications applied in health care around the world.

The graduate certificate is designed for working professionals in health care and technology industries. Upon completion, students will be expected to be able to “lead, manage, or work effectively in support of the development or implementation of blockchain technology projects in a health care environment.”

The university’s Centre for Digital Health and Data Science has published a brochure providing further details on the Blockchain for Health Care graduate certificate. The program cost for tuition and fees is approximately $14,728.

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