Master of Science in Health Informatics 2016

[Some modifications will appear in the 2017 catalog. Click here to see the changes.]

The Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) is a 36 credit hour program. Students can select from two options: 33 credits of coursework plus 3 credits of Informatics Project, or 30 credits of coursework plus 6 credits of thesis.

Students advancing to a higher level degree program will experience an educational transition. A certain amount of technical foundation knowledge is required to prepare students to be successful in the graduate level MSHI courses.

Prerequisite Knowledge Courses

Students without a degree in the computing sciences, such as business informatics, health informatics, computer information systems, or computer science will be required to successfully complete five "leveling courses" as listed in the Prerequisite Knowledge table.

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Although the courses taken to gain this technical foundation knowledge are undergraduate courses, MSHI majors may have higher expectations than the other students in the courses.

Students who already have a degree in the computing sciences should already have the technical foundation knowledge, but are welcome to take any or all of the leveling courses to refresh their knowledge.

Admissions and Advising

Admissions inquiries can be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies in BA 510.

Advising for the Master of Science in Health Informatics will be coordinated by the Graduate Advisor of Health Informatics, Dr. Bob Houghton at You should meet with Dr. K to develop a study plan.

Required Courses

The table below lists the required courses for the MSHI degree. Click on any course to see a course description.

Required Courses
Course# Name Prereq
INFO 5417 Statistical Methods for Data Analytics
Encompasses data visualization, descriptive data analysis, ANOVA approaches, correlation and multiple regression and additional modeling topics. Emphasis will be based upon appropriate interpretation of statistical results. All data will include a business or health care context to acquaint students with current statistical practice.
INFO 5520 Health Informatics
Presents an overview of the evolution of health care informatics. Students will learn health care informatics history, concepts, theories, legal and ethical implications, and applications within the health care industry. This course will introduce the student to human factors issues in health informatics; critical issues affecting the development 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 5522 Health Information Governance INFO 5520
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 environments 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 5524 Healthcare Workflow Process Analysis and Redesign INFO 5520 (Coreq okay)
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 and INFO 5417
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
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
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
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
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.
MPH 6607 US and Global Health Systems
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.


As noted above, students can select from two options: a thesis option with 30 credits of coursework plus 6 credits of thesis, or a project option with 33 credits of coursework plus 3 credits of Informatics Project.

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Thesis Option
Course# Name Prereq
INFO 6650 Thesis
Six hours of thesis work required over two semesters. Graded S/U.
INFO 6650 Thesis
Six hours of thesis work required over two semesters. Graded S/U.

Project Option
Course# Name Prereq
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.
INFO 66xx Informatics Elective
Usually 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.

Classes offered each Fall and Spring:

  • INFO 5417: Statistical Methods for Data Analytics
  • INFO 5520: Health Informatics
  • INFO 6540 Health Clinical Practicum
  • INFO 6650: Thesis
  • 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
  • MPH 6607: US and Global Health Systems

Classes offered each Spring:

  • INFO 5522: Health Information Governance
  • INFO 5526: Health Data Analytics
  • INFO 6528: Electronic Health Records
  • INFO 66xx: Informatics Elective