Health Informatics By Semester 2015

The following table shows a possible course sequence for students attempting to complete the Health Informatics major courses in six semesters. Most non-HI requirements are not listed.

Over Six Semesters
Semester #1 Semester #2 Semester #3 Semester #4 Semester #5 Semester #6
INFO 1181 INFO 1182 INFO 3380 HCA 1115 INFO 4422 INFO 4426
INFO 2285 INFO 3307 INFO 4407 HCA 4465 MGT 2217 MGT 4482
    MGT 2216 INFO 3330   HCA 4489

(Click on any course to see a course description.)

Most courses are offered both Fall and Spring with the following exceptions:

Courses offered Fall only:

  • INFO 4424: Healthcare Workflow Process Analysis and Redesign

Courses offered Spring only:

  • INFO 4422: Health Information Governance
  • INFO 4426: Health Data Analytics
  • HCA 4465: Health Care Operations and Quality


INFO 1181: Informatics and Programming I

Prerequisite: MATH 1143 or MATH 1147 (Coreq okay)

Problem solving methods and algorithm development with an emphasis on programming style with Java or C#. Includes Secure Software Concepts, such as what constitutes secure software and what design aspects to take into consideration to construct resilient software.


INFO 1182: Informatics and Programming II

Prerequisite: INFO 1181 or CS 1181

Object-oriented programming in the context of design, using OO principles and UML diagrams. Includes Secure Software Concepts, such as what constitutes secure software and what design aspects to take into consideration to construct resilient software.


INFO 2285: Software & Systems Architecture

Prerequisite: INFO 1181 or CS 1181 (Coreq okay)

Principles and application of computer hardware and systems software in the context of designing business IT infrastructures through combination of theory-based lectures and applied laboratory experiences.


INFO 3380: Networking and Virtualization

Prerequisite: INFO 2285 or CS 2275

Study of the implementation and development of network information systems. Protocols and techniques will be compared, and virtualization and cloud computing will be emphasized.


INFO 3307: Systems Analysis and Design

Prerequisite: INFO 1182 or CS 1182 (Coreq okay) or permission of instructor

Develops systems analysis skills, using proven techniques, prototyping, and structured analysis and design phases of the systems development life cycle. The course emphasizes Secure Software Design, which includes secure design elements, software architecture, secure design review, and threat modeling. Requirements: gathering is emphasized, including secure software requirements gathering to capture all of the security requirements from various stakeholders and understand the sources and processes needed to ensure a more effective design.


INFO 4407: Database Design & Implementation

Prerequisite: INFO 3307 (Coreq okay)

Covers multi-user relational database management systems, stored procedures, SQL, transaction processing, etc. The course emphasizes Secure Software Design, which includes secure design elements, software architecture, secure design review, and threat modeling.


INFO 3330: Health Informatics

Prerequisite: HCA 1115 and MGT 2216

Introduction to and an overview of the evolution of information systems to support health services in the healthcare industry, its current state and future directions and challenges. Students will learn the regulatory requirements and standards that drive the data content and structure, collection, storage, retrieval, dissemination, and transmission, as well as legal issues related to collection, use, and the security of health information. The course will survey cross-functional factors and ethical concerns in the design and implementation of information technologies (clinical, administrative, and learning), knowledge management principles, professional practice trends, and explore some of the emerging information technology in health care.


INFO 4422: Health Information Assurance

Prerequisite: INFO 3330 and INFO 3380

The aim of this course is to provide a broad base of understanding of the range of issues that IT professionals must be aware of upon entering the healthcare industry. Students will be exposed to the current state of healthcare industry security environment and the larger regulatory environment in which healthcare organizations operate. This is important in light of the recent move towards cloud-based electronic health records (EHRs) and third party-developed health applications. Further, issues relating to privacy/security, information governance and information risk assessment will also be covered. Finally, students will be exposed to interventions that can help mitigate the risks identified.


INFO 4424: Healthcare Workflow Process Analysis and Redesign

Prerequisite: INFO 3330

The aim of this course is to provide a broad-based of understanding of workflow processes in the healthcare industry. In particular, the course will develop skills necessary to critically analyze and redesign the patient flow processes and utilize health IT systems both in the administrative and clinical landscape to achieve greater operational efficiency and provide higher quality of care to patients. Quality improvement methods and tools as well as process change implementation, improvement, and management will also be discussed in this course.


INFO 4426: Health Data Analytics

Prerequisite: INFO 3330 and MGT 2217

Introduction to and the use of intermediate analytical skills to identify trends, correlations to predict outcomes and provide meaningful recommendations. Variety of data sources and structures are identified and transformed into relevant information in the clinical context to recommend new treatments and technologies, improve effectiveness and efficiency, design and plan policy and programs, improve service delivery and operations, enhance sustainability, mitigate risk, and provide a means for measuring and evaluating critical organizational data that helps the healthcare organization to achieve increased quality of care and patient satisfaction.


MGT 2216: Business Statistics

Prerequisite: ENGL 1101. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 1143

Descriptive statistics, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing including one and two sample z/t-tests, chi-square and ANOVA. Emphasis on statistical software to analyze data for business decision making. Satisfies Objective 3 of the General Education Requirements.


MGT 2217: Advanced Business Statistics

Prerequisite: MGT 2216. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 1143

Linear and multiple regression, forecasting and statistical process control. Emphasis on use of statistical software; written and oral communication of statistical information in a business setting.


MGT 4482: Project Management

Prerequisite: MGT 3329 or permission of instructor

Philosophy and tools of project management focusing on applied methodologies. Addresses project scope, breakdown structure, schedules, and closure following professionally accepted industry standards.


HCA 1115: US Health System

An introductory, comprehensive overview of the healthcare industry, health and disease, health professions, institutions, populations, and reimbursement, addressed from the three point perspective of history, terminology, and current issues.


HCA 4465: Health Care Operations and Quality

This capstone course in health care administration addresses the application of managerial concepts and practices within various health career environments, including acute, ambulatory, mental health, and long-term care organizations. Topics include issues/trends and best practices related to governance, leadership, management; planning and marketing; quality assessment/operations improvement; and maximizing human resources and financial performance.


HCA 4489: Health Care Informatics Practicum

8 hours per week under the direction of the Department of Family Medicine, with a term project. NOTE: Some facilities may require a background check. When required, this check will be conducted at the student's expense.