Instructor: William Aspray

Course Meeting Times

Mondays: 9:00 – Noon

Classroom: UTA 1.204 (1616 Guadalupe)

Unique Number: 27857

Course Description

This new course is a graduate-level, general introduction to health information privacy and security. The underlying premise in the course is that cognitive, social, political, and economic considerations are as important or more important than technological considerations in determining the privacy and security of health information. The course will consider medical research and public health as well as clinical settings. Coverage will include major topics of health information privacy and security, such as HIPAA, personal health records, health information exchanges, and the National Health Information Network.

The approach is to provide general understanding of four major areas of academic study, then draw upon this general understanding to examine specific aspects of health information privacy and security.  These four general areas and some typical applications are:  privacy (secondary use, consent, notice, anonymization of health information), security (health identity theft, biometrics, security of health administrative systems), strategy of firms and structures of industries (considering healthcare data companies such as Medpoint, Milliman (Intelliscript), and Caremark), and federal and state public policy (inconsistencies in health privacy laws across states and between individual states and the federal government).  

Technology will not be ignored, but students are not expected to have a technical background as a prerequisite for this course.  In addition to general technological methods such as those for authentication, we will be considering privacy and security issues related to data generated by medical devices and the use of RFID methods in healthcare practice. Some other, more specialized issues that are likely to be addressed include genetic information, the dangers of outsourcing and offshoring of healthcare work, and the role of standards.

Professor: William Aspray

Phone: (512) 471-3877
Office:UTA 5.432
Office Hours:M, Tu 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Teaching Assistant: George Royer

Phone: (256) 508-3209
Office Hours:by appointment