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. Nima Kordzadeh, in BA 533 or at You should meet with Dr. K 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?)


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:

Classes offered each Fall and Spring:

  • INFO 5520: Health Informatics
  • INFO 6540: Health Clinical Practicum
  • INFO 6650: Thesis
  • HCA 5575: Health Law and Bioethics

Classes offered each Fall:

  • INFO 3303: Informatics Concepts
  • INFO 3380: Networking and Virtualization
  • INFO 5417: Statistical Methods for Data Analytics
  • 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 5507: Database Design & Implementation
  • INFO 5522: Health Information Governance
  • INFO 5526: Health Data Analytics
  • INFO 6528: Electronic Health Records
  • INFO 66xx: Informatics Elective

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.


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 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.


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.


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.