Health Informatics

Masters of Science

3 plus 2 program

Concurrent BBA and MS in Health Informatics

This program is designed to make it possible for students to complete both their BBA and MS in Health Informatics within 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.


Required Courses to complete the BBA/MS HI

Required Courses
Course# Name Prereq Credits
ISU General Education Requirements 36
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Business Administration degree must complete 8 of the 9 University General Education Objectives, plus any other Objective courses required to bring the minimum credit total for Objective courses to 36 (see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Information section of the catalog). Note that certain Objectives may be met by specific College of Business requirements listed below: Objective 3 by MGT 2216; Objective 6 is partially satisfied by ECON 2201or ECON 2202. Both of the latter courses cannot be used to satisfy that Objective, but the second could be chosen as an elective Objective course.
College of Business Undergraduate Business Core 57
To assure a minimum level of competence in all functional areas of business, the College of Business requires each student in the B.B.A. program to complete the Core Business Course Requirements.
INFO 1150 Software & Systems Architecture Coreq INFO/CS 1181 3
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 1181 Informatics and Programming I MATH 1143 or MATH 1147 (Coreq okay) 3
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 INFO/CS 1181 3
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 3307 Systems Analysis and Design INFO 1182 or CS 1182 or INFO 3303 or POI 3
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 3330
(INFO 4420)
Health Informatics 3
Introduction to and 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. Equivalent to HCA 3330.
INFO 3380 Networking and Virtualization INFO 1150 (2285) or CS 2275 or INFO 3303 3
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 4407 Database Design & Implementation INFO 3307 3
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 4422 Health Information Governance INFO 3330 3
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 health 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.
HCA 4465 Health Care Operations and Quality 3
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.
INFO 5524 Healthcare Workflow Process Analysis and Redesign INFO 5520 (3330) 3
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 5526 Health Data Analytics INFO 5520 (3330) and INFO 5417 3
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.
INFO 6528 Electronic Health Records INFO 5507 3
Introduces students to Electronic Health Records (EHR), which aggregate patient health information across healthcare organizations, providers, and consumers. Students will learn the technical infrastructure required for EHRs including distributed architecture, network and security design, and configuration approaches to support these designs. The course may also discuss vendor and product selection along with best practices for deploying and the transition to EHRs. Students will have hands-on learning experience through simulated EHR activities in different roles within an ambulatory care setting.
INFO 6540 Health Clinical Practicum 3
Provides the students with the opportunity to observe and perform various supervised health informatics related activities in one or more clinical departments. 8 hours per week. NOTE: Some facilities may require a background check. When required, this check will be conducted at the student's expense.
INFO 6670 Management of Informatics Projects 3
This course provides an informatics orientation for project management. Students learn techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling informatics projects, including software cost estimation and software risk management. Establishing project communications, change management, quality assurance, and managing distributed software teams and projects are among the topics discussed.
HCA 5575 Health Law and Bioethics 3
This course develops a roadmap to facilitate risk management in the provision of healthcare services. Issues addressed include regulation and licensure, liability, selected aspects of public programs, and ethical issues regarding death, reproduction, and research. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus.
MPH 6607 US and Global Health Systems 3
Explore the historical and contemporary multi-layered social, cultural, political, and economic determinants in the US and internationally that shape health status, health behavior, and health inequalities. Practical application of creating appropriate interventions specific to the target population.
INFO 6660 Informatics Project 3
A significant project involving informatics toward the completion of the M.S. program with non-thesis option. Includes a report and oral examination. Graded S/U. May be repeated.
Plus two approved 5000 or 6000 level electives 6
Total Hours: 150

Admissions and Advising

Advising for the Concurrent BBA and MS in Health Informatics will be coordinated by the Program Director of Health Informatics, Dr. Velma Payne. Professor Payne's office is BA 533, or she can be contacted by email at paynvelm@isu.edu for advising or admissions inquiries. Students should meet with Dr. Payne to develop a study plan.


The following table shows a possible course sequence for students attempting to complete the concurrent BBA and MS in Health Informatics courses over ten semesters. Most non-HI requirements are not listed.


Over Ten Semesters
Fall #1 Spring #1 Fall #2 Spring #2 Fall #3 Spring #3 Fall #4 Spring #4 Fall Gr Spring Gr
  INFO 1150 INFO 1182 INFO 3380 INFO 3307 INFO 4407 INFO 5524 INFO 5526 INFO 6660 INFO 6528
  INFO 1181 HCA 1115 MGT 2217 INFO 3330 INFO 4422   HCA 4465 INFO 6670 INFO 6540
    MGT 2216           HCA 5575 INFO elective

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


Course Semesters

Classes offered each Fall and Spring:

  • INFO 6540 Health Clinical Practicum
  • HCA 5575: Health Law and Bioethics

Classes offered each Fall:

  • INFO 5524: Healthcare Workflow Process Analysis and Redesign
  • INFO 6660: Informatics Project
  • INFO 6670: Management of Informatics Projects

Classes offered each Spring:

  • HCA 4465: Health Care Operations and Quality
  • INFO 4422: Health Information Governance
  • INFO 5526: Health Data Analytics
  • INFO 6528: Electronic Health Records
  • INFO 66xx: Informatics Elective
X

INFO 1150: 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. (Formerly INFO 2285)

X

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.

X

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.

X

INFO 3307: Systems Analysis and Design

Prerequisite: INFO 1181 or CS 1181 or INFO 3303

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.

X

INFO 3380: Networking and Virtualization

Prerequisite: INFO 1150 or CS 2275 or INFO 3303

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

X

INFO 4407: Database Design & Implementation

Prerequisite: INFO 3307 and either INFO 1182 or CS 1182

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.

X

INFO 3330: Health Informatics

Introduction to and 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. Equivalent to HCA 3330.

X

INFO 4422: Health Information Governance

Prerequisite: INFO 3330

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 health 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.

X

INFO 5524: Healthcare Workflow Process Analysis and Redesign

Prerequisite: INFO 3330 or INFO 5520

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.

X

INFO 5526: Health Data Analytics

Prerequisite: INFO 3330 (or INFO 5520) 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.

X

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.

X

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.

X

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.

X

HCA 3350: Organizational Behavior in Healthcare

This course is the recommended substitute for MGT 3312 for HI students in the Core Business Course Requirements.

Study of individual and group behavior in HCOs. Topics include social responsibility and ethics; decision making; motivation; leadership; communication; power, politics and stress; organizational culture, change and development.

X

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.

X

HCA 4473: Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing

This course is the recommended substitute for MKTG 2225 for HI students in the Core Business Course Requirements.

Introduction to basic marketing management issues as they pertain to healthcare. Current marketing trends in the health care marketplace. Consumer orientation, health care marketing plans, and strategy development. Equivalent to HE 4473.

X

INFO 6528: Electronic Health Records

Prerequisite: INFO 5507

Introduces students to Electronic Health Records (EHR), which aggregate patient health information across healthcare organizations, providers, and consumers. Students will learn the technical infrastructure required for EHRs including distributed architecture, network and security design, and configuration approaches to support these designs. The course may also discuss vendor and product selection along with best practices for deploying and the transition to EHRs. Students will have hands-on learning experience through simulated EHR activities in different roles within an ambulatory care setting.

X

INFO 6540: Health Clinical Practicum

Provides students with the opportunity to observe and perform various supervised health informatics related activities in one or more clinical departments. 8 hours per week. NOTE: Some facilities may require a background check. When required, this check will be conducted at the student's expense.

X

INFO 6630: Advanced Data Management

This course builds on basic database design and implementation concepts. New developments in database technology are discussed. Students examine the impact of emerging database standards and evaluate the contribution of new approaches to practical implementations of data management.

X

INFO 6660: Informatics Project

A significant project involving informatics toward the completion of the M.S. program with non-thesis option. Includes a report and oral examination. Graded S/U. May be repeated.

X

INFO 6670: Management of Informatics Projects

This course provides an information systems orientation for project management. Students learn techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling information systems projects, including software cost estimation and software risk management. Establishing project communications, change management, quality assurance, and managing distributed software teams and projects are among the topics discussed.

X

HCA 5575: Health Law and Bioethics

Replaces HCA 6625.

This course develops a roadmap to facilitate risk management in the provision of healthcare services. Issues addressed include regulation and licensure, liability, selected aspects of public programs, and ethical issues regarding death, reproduction, and research. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus.

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