Applied Informatics

Both the Business Informatics and Health Informatics curricula include an applied educational component so that our students have the opportunity to learn through applying the concepts studied in the classroom.

Business Informatics

Several local employers hire our Informatics students as interns in a variety of Informatics-related positions, including web development, systems analysis, software development, networks, and more.

Students who are able to secure an IT-related internship not only supplement the education that they receive in the classroom, but also increase their marketability upon graduation.

Internships in the business community are approved and monitored by the College's Professional Development Director and the ICS department chair.

Informatics Internships: INFO 3393 and 4493

Some internships will provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in a real world setting. Such internships may be eligible for INFO 3393 credit:

Other internships go beyond what is learned in the classroom. Such internships may involve extensive software development that enhances a student's requirements gathering skills as well as provides an opportunity to apply skills learned in Systems Analysis and Design or Database Design and Implementation, or to learn and apply alternative approaches. Or, such internships may expose students to skills for which the program lacks the resources to bring into the classroom on a large scale, such as implementing virtual servers or installing systems on a computing platform "in the cloud". Such internships may be eligible for INFO 4493, or advanced internship, credit. Click here to find out more about INFO 4493.

The Applied Informatics Team

The Informatics and Computer Science department regularly receives requests for assistance with informatics projects. The Applied Informatics team was formed in 2015 to address this need, and is mentored by Professor Jon Holmes. The program aspires to develop solutions that help to stimulate economic growth and development opportunities.

The program connects experienced faculty, talented students, and university resources with our business and university partners to solve real world problems and provide students with opportunities to learn and grow through applied informatics projects. Examples of such projects include providing web development services for departments and centers within ISU and the College of Business, as well as for community partners in need of web development assistance.

The program is designed to provide additional applied informatics opportunities for our students. Many of our students are funded through the Career Path Internship (CPI) program, which helps provide meaningful job experience to ISU students through internship opportunities. Studies have shown that students who participate in internships become more effective employees, have higher job placement rates, and earn higher wages than their peers. The CPI Program and the Applied Informatics team provide opportunities for our students to engage in a practical internship that will enhance their academic and professional careers.

Health Informatics

Our HI students are required to enroll in a Health Informatics Practicum, which requires eight hours of field experience per week in a health informatics setting that is consistent with the student’s career goals. The practicum will be under the direction of the Department of Family Medicine, with a term project.

The purpose of the health informatics practicum is to expand classroom learning to include "hands-on" experience in health informatics in the context of a particular industry sector.

The practicum is intended to provide students with the opportunity to synthesize all previous coursework, to develop competence in professional practice, to apply knowledge to the solution of health informatics problems, and to develop a respect for and a commitment to continued professional knowledge.

The objective of the health informatics practicum is to enable students to build on the theoretical preparation they gain in the classroom to:

  • Develop collaborative skills, leadership skills, management skills and systematic analysis skills through direct participation in activities in a health-related organization.
  • Obtain practical knowledge about various aspects of developing products, analyzing opportunities, and managing various aspects of work in health related enterprises.
  • Utilize research, communication, presentation, and writing skills to complete a project deliverable as requested by the host organization.

Computer Science

While an applied educational component is not required in the Computer Science program, internships are still readily available for enterprising CS students through local employers such as the Idaho National Lab and Intel Security.

As with Informatics students, CS students who are able to secure an internship not only supplement the education that they receive in the classroom, but also gain work experience to enhance their marketability upon graduation.