Curriculum | M.S. Health Informatics

Foundational Course Requirement:

(must be completed prior to starting graduate curriculum)  

  • Statistics (4)

Total Foundational (Undergraduate) Course Credits (4) 

Graduate Curriculum:

(after foundational requirement is satisfied )

Introduction to Health Informatics
An introduction to the concepts of health care informatics. Explore the use of information technology applications used by health care professionals to support health in clinical practice, education, research, and administration. The course will cover the history of the field, technology applications, information architecture, major areas of research, and informatics-related health policy.

The Business of Healthcare Delivery 
An introduction to the US Healthcare system and the role of information and informatics. Managing coded data in healthcare organizations; uniform data sets and healthcare informatics standards for health data collection; evaluation of data quality; DRGs, MS-DRGs and other case mix systems; revenue cycle management; data collection for enterprise; reportable and specialized databases. 

Clinical Vocabulary and Data Standards
The representation of clinical data through the use of medical vocabularies and clinical classification systems. Emphasis is on developing expertise in identifying appropriate clinical classification systems and medical vocabularies, identifying their appropriate uses and sources, and applying them within and among health information systems to promote effective communication.

Database Methods in Clinical Information Systems
Addresses database theory, methodologies for database design and issues related to database administration. Emphasis is on requirements and methodologies for ensuring data integrity and security in healthcare enterprise information systems, specifically in relationship to the database environment.

Advanced Biostatistics and Health Analytics
Knowledge and skill development in the evaluation of quantitative research studies and the translation of outcomes research into practice. This course emphasizes examining the strengths and weaknesses of analytic methods, data handling and data cleansing to ensure quality analyses and applying current theoretical models and research to clinical practice to gain new knowledge from data. The course will require students to use a myriad of analytic tools for analyzing healthcare data with statistics, data visualization, data mining, and report generation.

Healthcare Data Analytics 
Covers the techniques, strategies and the need/use of Information Technology (IT) tools for data collection, data analysis, reporting and knowledge management. Offers learners the foundational terminology, concepts, models, processes and tools associated with decision support and knowledge management systems to leverage data into information and knowledge enhance care processes, data quality, cost effectiveness and decision-making, ultimately increasing the strategic acumen of the organization.

Health Information Security Systems
Strategies for designing, implementing, auditing and evaluating the technical, physical and human components of an information security system that maintains a patient's privacy and adheres to a healthcare organization's legal, ethical and organizational requirements Prerequisites: Acceptance to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.

IT Project Management
A discussion of the project management process through the framework prescribed by a project management certifying body. Providing an IT perspective of planning, estimating, leading, and monitoring projects. Students will not only use project management software, but will also explore communication and personnel issues related to project management.

Methods of Health Information Exchange
This course explores the concepts of health information exchange across diverse systems and networks. The development, role and future of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) is included as are other federal, state and national initiatives related to sharing of health information in a secure and confidential manner. The impact of information exchange on seamless delivery of patient care is explored. Case studies are utilized to analyze various methods of data and information exchange. Prerequisites: Acceptance to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.

Systems Design and Software Development 
Course for the Graduate Program in Health Informatics that provides an in-depth focus on the phases of the systems development lifecycle and programming. Topics include: preliminary investigation, physical and logical documentation, detailed investigation of requirements and alternative specifications, analysis and design techniques, implementation considerations, development of logical and physical data flow diagrams, data modeling, prototyping, and tools. The course also introduces students to computer programming and provides hands on experience with software development.

Health Information Technology in Practice
Introduction to current and emerging technology applications and data standards in the healthcare industry and how they relate to the collection of patient data and conversion to health information. Legacy, client server-based, and web-based systems examined, along with emerging technologies that support the creation of the electronic health record (EHR). Emphasis is on EHR system design, template, report, and rule construction, use of data standards, and data integrity.

Monitoring and Evaluating Health Programs
Explores methods and processes used to systematically collect and measure information for the purpose of program evaluation. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas including: research methods, statistics, proposal writing, budget planning, project management, and program evaluation.

Human Factors/Usability
Explores the principles of user-centered design and their application for the development and use of health information technology products for clinicians and patients. The course covers the role of cognitive science in information technology, the user-centered design process, and research methods used for evaluating the usability of technology.

Consumer Informatics
Introduces concepts of consumer informatics by exploring the design and implementation of health information technology used to support consumer-centered healthcare and promote health literacy.

Health Informatics Final Applied Project
Working with an assigned Final Applied Project advisor, the student completes the applied project and prepares a project report to be submitted to the department for final approval. The goal of the Final Applied Project is to increase students' cognitive sophistication through an activity that requires reading, thinking, and writing, to only further the student's education, and make a meaningful contribution to HIM practice.

Health Informatics Graduate Seminar
A capstone seminar in which students present the results of their Final Applied Projects and explore current issues relative to the field of Health Informatics in a rapidly changing health care delivery system.  

Total MS in HI Credits (42) 

Combined Foundational + MS Credits (46)

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