Scheduling Options for the MSHI 2017


For the 2016 scheduling options, please visit here.

This page is intended for general guidance only. Advising for the Master of Science in Health Informatics will be coordinated by the Graduate Advisor of Health Informatics, Dr. Bob Houghton at hougrobe@isu.edu. You should meet with Dr. H to develop a study plan.



There are multiple scheduling options based on your background.

Students without a degree in the computing sciences, such as business informatics, health informatics, computer information systems, or computer science will be admitted into the MSHI-1.

Students with a degree in a computing discipline will be admitted into the MSHI-2.

Indicate your background and preferences.

MSHI-1 or MSHI-2

To which degree have you been admitted?


Project or Thesis

Do you plan to pursue the Project option or the Thesis option? (What's the difference?)


Load

How many courses do you hope to take each semester? (What's a normal load for a grad student?)





The sample schedules on this page are based on the following scheduling assumptions:

Fall Courses
Course# Course Name
INFO 3303
INFO 3380
INFO 5520
INFO 5417
INFO 5524
INFO 6540
INFO 6650
INFO 6660
INFO 6670
HCA 5575*
MPH 6607*
Informatics Concepts (leveling)
Networking and Virtualization (leveling)
Health Informatics
Statistical Methods for Data Analytics
Healthcare Workflow Process Analysis and Redesign
Health Clinical Practicum
Thesis
Informatics Project
Management of Informatics Projects
Health Law and Bioethics
US and Global Health Systems
Spring Courses
Course# Course Name
INFO 5507
INFO 5520
INFO 5522
INFO 5526
INFO 6528
INFO 6640
INFO 66xx
INFO 6650
HCA 5575*
Database Design & Implementation (leveling)
Health Informatics
Health Information Governance
Health Data Analytics
Electronic Health Records
Health Clinical Practicum
Informatics Elective
Thesis
Health Law and Bioethics

*Note that HCA 5575 and MPH 6607 are offered by ISU's Kasiska School of Health Professions, and they are responsible for scheduling those classes. It is our understanding that MPH 6607 is offered in the Fall only, while HCA 5575 is offered both Fall and Spring.

Please note that these assumptions cannot be guaranteed. If a professor is struck by a meteor or abducted by aliens, it will undoubtedly create scheduling difficulties.

Another assumption is that all students will begin their coursework in the Fall semester.


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Project versus Thesis

Both options require a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of graduate coursework. The thesis option involves a research component, while the non-thesis option involves additional courseswork as well as a significant project.
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. The thesis option must be arranged with a supervising professor prior to selecting the thesis option, therefore the option may not always be available.
The project option is designed to be more flexible 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 do not take the six hours of research credit.

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What is a "related field"?

A related field refers to any degree in the computing sciences, such as Business Informatics, Health Informatics, Computer Information Systems, MIS, or Computer Science. Students coming into the program must have the basic technical foundation knowledge consisting of Software & Systems Architecture, Programming I, Programming II, Systems Analysis and Design (or Software Engineering), and Database Design & implementation.

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What is a "normal load"?

Nine credits (3 courses) is considered full time at the graduate level. Therefore, a normal load for a grad student is typically 3 to 4 courses (9 to 12 credits) per semester. Of course, if you are working and attending part time, you may need to take fewer courses.

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MSHI-1

Students without a degree in the computing sciences, such as business informatics, health informatics, computer information systems, or computer science will be admitted into the MSHI-1.

The MSHI-1 program provides students with the technical foundation knowledge required to prepare them to be successful in the graduate-level MSHI courses.

The technical foundation courses include Informatics Concepts, Networking and Virtualization, and Database Design & Implementation. These courses should be taken during the first two semesters.

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MSHI-2

Students with a degree in a computing discipline will be admitted into the MSHI-2.

The MSHI-2 does not require any preparatory computing courses prior to enrolling in the graduate HI courses.