Informatics and CS

Business Informatics, Health Informatics & Computer Science

Degrees Offered

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The ICS department offers undergraduate degrees in Business Informatics, Health Informatics, and Computer Science, and a Master of Science in Health Informatics. Additional graduate program proposals are in the development stages. The department even offers an Informatics Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Each curriculum is made up of courses designed to provide students with the strong technical background needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges.

While most people are familiar with computer science, informatics is less familiar. Informatics refers to the application of information systems to a particular domain, such as business or health care. For example, Business informatics integrates applied computer science and business administration into a single field in order to develop strategic uses of information technology to address the challenges that businesses face.

In a nutshell, informatics focuses on developing software and hardware systems that allow the target domain to function more effectively from an IT perspective, in effect providing an organization with a competitive advantage based on superior information technology. Business Informatics is the new name for what was formerly the Computer Information Systems degree, and Health Informatics is the new name for what Was once called Health Care Information Systems Management.

What is informatics? Click for a brief video discussion.

Our informatics curriculum provides students with the strong technical background needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges, and as such it is more technical than typical Information Systems programs while still being less math-intensive than most Computer Science curricula.

There are numerous opportunities for trained and skilled professionals in every sector of society who can turn information into actionable knowledge.

See the sidebar if you'd like more background on the term "informatics".


Concurrent BBA and MS in Health Informatics

The department even offers students the opportunity for students to complete both a BBA and an MS inHealth Informatics in only five years!

Good students qualifying for advanced standing, who have at least a 3.0 GPA, and are within 30 credits of completion of the BBA can apply for the program. They need to formally apply, including submitting an application to the School of Graduate Studies, obtain three letters of recommendation, and take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, GMAT, or MCat. If their qualifications are satisfactory, students can be admitted to the MS program.

Applicants must submit a 2-year plan and a Master’s Check Sheet with the application. This plan will include the courses that will finish the requirements for the BBA degree and the courses to fill the requirements for the MSHI degree. The Master’s Check Sheet outlines the courses you will take to fill the requirements for the Master’s degree.

Accepted students become Concurrent Candidates and will be allowed to enroll in 5000 level classes upon acceptance. Concurrent Candidates will not receive either degree until all requirements are completed.

Visit the Concurrent BBA and MS page for details.

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Business Informatics

The Business Informatics major prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including systems analysis, application software development, web development, and database design. With a breadth of course offerings that include an emphasis on programming and software development, analytical thinking and problem solving, communication, system modeling, and business concepts, Business Informatics majors are valuable to employers both for their technical skills as well as their ability to solve organizational problems.

All modern organizations rely on information technology to function, and Business Informatics majors are uniquely positioned to apply that technology to effectively support an organization’s operations.

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Health Informatics

Health informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management, and planning. (from U.S. National Library of Medicine)

Health informatics integrates applied computer science and healthcare administration into a single field in order to develop strategic uses of information technology to address the challenges that healthcare organizations face, and to revolutionize healthcare practice and research.

The Health Informatics major is designed to enable graduates to enter careers in information systems usage in healthcare organizations. Information systems play an increasingly important role in the burgeoning healthcare field. The Health Informatics degree is intended to develop the skills necessary to manage information systems in a healthcare environment.

Health care poses very unique and challenging obstacles to Informatics. The protection of confidential patient information, the complexity of health information models, the changing health landscape, and the required adherence to governmental initiatives, all create external forces that must be managed to ensure the successful implementation of health solutions.

Click here to find out more about the Health Informatics undergraduate degree, or here to explore the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree.

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Computer Science

Computer Science students take courses in the design and implementation of software systems and the algorithms used to solve real world problems in business, industry, and engineering. Our curriculum focuses on implementing large, complex, high-performance, secure, asynchronous systems that require complex algorithms and intricate data structures including network, operating system, compiler, graphics and simulation packages.

The curriculum incorporates 30 credit hours of math and science including differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, discrete math, and statistics.

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