Health Informatics

Masters of Science

Options for the MSHI

There are two options for the MSHI degree – the project, or non-thesis, option and the thesis option (which requires pre-approval). Both options require a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of graduate coursework. The project option involves additional courseswork as well as a significant project, while the thesis option involves a research component.

The project option is designed for flexibility and is tailored for students who don’t necessarily need a great deal of research training. Non-thesis students will take an additional elective and a project course, but they take six fewer hours of research credit.

The thesis option must be arranged with a supervising professor prior to selecting the thesis option, thus, the option may not always be available. Thesis students will conduct a large research project, which will likely involve two or more semesters of work. These students must write a thesis, which is a large document that is likely to be published. The thesis option is for students who wish to gain experience in conducting intense research, such as students who are going to pursue a Ph. D., or students who will be conducting research.

All students must complete either an Informatics Project or a thesis, which means that ALL students must have a faculty member advise their research or projects. Students are not assigned to a faculty member; instead, the student must take the initiative to contact a faculty member working in their area of interest. The sooner a student finds an advisor/mentor the better!


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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INFO 5507: Database Design & Implementation

Pre- or corequisite: INFO 3307

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. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus.

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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 healthcare context to acquaint students with current statistical practice.

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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 care 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. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus.

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INFO 5522 : Health Information Governance

Prerequisite: INFO 5520 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 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. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus.

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INFO 5524: Healthcare Workflow Process Analysis and Redesign

Prerequisite: INFO 5520

The aim of this course is to provide a broad-based 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. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus.

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INFO 5526: Health Data Analytics

Prerequisite: INFO 5520 and INFO 5417

Introduction to and the use of 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 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. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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INFO 6650: Thesis

Six hours of thesis work required. Graded S/U.

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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.

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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.

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HCA 5575: Health Law and Bioethics

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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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.