Jefferson University has launched a “first-of-its-kind” online graduate certificate in Blockchain for Health Care. The online certificate explores how blockchain technology can be leveraged to improve health care and empower patients. Applications are now being invited for the one-year online program, which begins 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.
Online Graduate Certificate Program
The online 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.
Health Care Professionals
The online 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.”
Health care is one of the many industries already incorporating blockchain technology. A 2016 Deloitte white paper concluded that blockchain technology has the potential to transform health care. In particular, it “could provide a new model for health information exchanges by making electronic medical records more efficient, disintermediated, and secure.”
The university’s Centre for Digital Health and Data Science has published a brochure providing further details on the Blockchain for Health Care online graduate certificate. The program cost for tuition and fees is approximately $14,728.