(must be completed prior to starting graduate curriculum)
Total Foundational (Undergraduate) Course Credits (4)
(after foundational requirement is satisfied )
A discussion of the project management process through the framework prescribed by a project management certifying body. Provides 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. (8 weeks)
An introduction to the US healthcare system and the role of informatics. Examines clinical, research, and administrative applications of information technology applications used by healthcare professionals. The course will cover the history of the field, an introduction to clinical data, electronic health records, decision support systems, computerized order entry, and consumer applications.
Prepares students to appraise, implement, and optimize Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology to support the utilization and management of clinical information. Students will describe information infrastructure, data, and databases; employ processes for implementing healthcare information systems and clinical decision support tools; relate privacy and security issues to healthcare information; and explain personal health records and EHR applications used in acute, ambulatory, and specialty services.
Examines and applies analytic methods, data handling, and data cleansing techniques to ensure quality analyses. Applies current theoretical models and research to clinical practice to gain new knowledge from data. Requires students to use a myriad of analytic tools for analyzing healthcare data with statistics, data visualization, data mining, and report generation.
Explore human factors principles and the application of usability assessments for the development and use of health information technology by clinicians and patients. The course covers the role of human factors and human-computer interactions in medicine, usability assessments and user-centered design, and theories of cognition, memory, and technology.
Examine the field of consumer health informatics and apply analytic methods, system analysis and design, and research methods to address issues related to patient use of health information for individual decision-making. Students will also apply current theoretical models and research to gain knowledge regarding the information structures that facilitate patient engagement.
A capstone seminar in which students present the results of their Final Research Projects and explore current issues relative to the field of Health Informatics in a rapidly changing healthcare delivery system. All health informatics students will conduct a formal presentation of their final research project. Faculty, staff, the student body, and the public will be invited to each presentation. The presentations are held virtually and aired live as well as recorded for later viewing. Enrolled students will present the background, research question/hypotheses, methods, results, discussion, and conclusions based on their research from their final research project.
Working closely with the instructor, each student completes the applied research project and prepares a final manuscript that can be submitted for potential publication in a peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings. The goal of the final applied research project is to increase students' research competencies through actively engaging in the research process. Not only will this further the student's education, but there is the potential that a student will have their work published and recognized by health informatics researchers and professionals.
Introduction to computer programming with a focus on the phases of the systems development life cycle. 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.
Addresses database theory, methodologies for database design and issues related to database administration. Emphasis is on requirements and methodologies for assuring data integrity and security in healthcare enterprise information systems, specifically in relationship to the database environment. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of HIM and US Healthcare System, or permission of the department.
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. Prerequisites: Finance or Accounting and HIM 6505, or permission of the department.
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. Prerequisite: HIM 6501 or permission of department.
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.
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. Prerequisites: Admission to a HIM graduate program or permission of the department.
This course explores the concepts of health information exchange across diverse systems and networks. The development, role and future of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) 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.