Master of Science in Health Informatics
Master of Health Informatics Course DescriptionsHMP500 Health Care Organization
This course introduces students interested in the health care delivery system to contemporary issues in the organization, financing and delivery of health and medical care in the United States. This cornerstone course provides students with fundamental concepts, terminology, and factual information that are the building blocks for other courses in their program of study. It also helps students understand the views and values of patients, providers and payers.
HSR510 Research Methods in Health and Medicine
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the techniques, methods, and tools used for research in the health sciences. Students will obtain an understanding of the research process and scientific method, specific study designs, methods for data collection and analysis. This is a very applied and hands-on course focused entirely on the unique aspects of research in the health sciences. This course will utilize Blackboards for all lectures, online discussions, assignment submissions, and examinations.
HSR530 Foundations of Outcomes Research I
This course is designed to introduce health outcomes research, its conceptual foundation, methods, and applications to students from a variety of disciplines. Students will be introduced to the theory and history of outcomes research, how outcomes research intersects with medicine and public health, and outcomes specific study designs and measurement including quality of life, clinical data and adherence measures, and cost and economic analysis. The course will also address how outcomes research influences policy, both national and organization specific.
IF500 Informatics Foundations
A multidisciplinary based introduction to the informatics principles that support knowledge discovery and dissemination - the ways data is collected, organized, analyzed, represented, managed and communicated. Selected topics include basic information representation, processing and analysis; organizational informatics; current applications and trends in informatics; legal and ethical issues in informatics; the roles and responsibilities of informatics professionals; and informatics impact on the evolution of society.
IF505 Programming and Problem Solving
A survey of the computer programming concepts used to solve problems within the study of informatics. The course will emphasize logical problem analysis, program development techniques, data organization and user interface concepts used to develop informatics applications.
ITM605 Project Management
This course provides students with the fundamental concepts of project management and experience applying these concepts. Topics covered will reflect the Project Management Institute's Book of Knowledge and encompass the project life cycle, including project quality, scope, time constraints, cost and budgeting, resource allocation, communication, teamwork and leadership, risk, procurement, and project management tools. Students will create deliverables such as a statement of work, work breakdown structure, project schedule, budget, and, risk management plan. The course format typically includes interactive discussion, case studies, in-class activities, and a small-scale simulation project. Students are encouraged to integrate current projects in their work place or volunteer activities into class activities and discussion to reinforce opportunities for practical application of course topics.
ITM610 Systems Analysis and Design
Systems analysis and design provides a general understanding of the systems development life cycle as well as other techniques including prototyping. Students will develop the analytical skills required to thoroughly understand a problem and formulate the optimal solution. Data modeling techniques such as data flow diagrams (DFDs) and IDEF will be used. Projects will require the student to use a product such as Oracle's Designer 2000 to assist in the analysis and design process.
ITM630 Database Management Systems
This course provides an overall understanding of database techniques, beginning with a study of the characteristics of relational database management systems and continuing with structured query language (SQL), entity-relationship diagrams, dependencies and normalization, and multi user systems. Evolving approaches to database management, such as object-oriented databases, will also be examined. Projects will require the student to develop a database design from the analysis stages to the final implementation by utilizing various design tools and a major DBMS package such as Oracle.
MHI500 Medical Terminology
This course provides an introduction to the formation of medical terms stressing prefixes, suffixes, and roots with application to each system of the body. Basic pharmacology, diagnostic tests, procedures, and therapies will be covered.
MHI510 Medical Vocabularies and Classification Systems
The representation of clinical data through the use of medical vocabularies and clinical classification systems. Emphasis is on developing expertise in identifying appropriate clinical classification systems and medical vocabularies, identifying their appropriate uses and sources, and applying them within and among health information systems to promote effective communications.
MHI520 Introduction to Health Informatics
This course surveys the fundamental concepts and activities of information technology as applied to health care. Topics include the main applications of information technology in health and biomedicine including electronic health records, information retrieval, genomics, telemedicine, decision theory and decision support, human-computer interfaces, consumer health informatics, e-Health, and the personal health record.
MHI525 Strategic Leadership in Health Informatics
Students will identify the fundamental leadership behaviors that enable people to excel in their careers. The course looks at the theory and practice of leadership at the individual and organizational level. The course explores definitions of leadership, the importance of leadership, leadership styles, the role of vision and integrity, the importance of giving and receiving feedback, how to lead change and solve problems, effective teamwork, and communication strategies, ethical and diversity issues in the workplace, and how to foster success in the face of significant change. Students will apply course concepts to real-world scenarios and their personal experiences.
MHI530 Information Security
This course addresses the legal, ethical, and social challenges of health care informatics. The regulatory environment, licensure, Joint Commission, HIPAA, confidentiality, disclosure and accountability will be discussed.
MHI540 Clinical Decision Making
This course allows students to explore the history, evolution, and current applications of clinical decision support. The course emphasizes the unique challenges of clinical data representation and information retrieval techniques that are foundational to clinical decision support systems. Students will evaluate the value of clinical decision support systems in contrast with the complexities of implementation in the current medical, legal, financial, technological and cultural context.
MHI550 Regulations and Standards
The purpose is to provide a three hour, on-line course on the regulations and standards related to healthcare and health IT for the Master in health Informatics students. This course will provide students with in-depth knowledge and analysis of regulations and standards that drive and constrain health IT, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Accountable Care Organization (ACO), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Emphasis will be placed on meaningful use compliance.
MHI560 Resource Management
This course addresses topics such as cost analysis, justification, capital purchasing, leasing strategies, risk-sharing models, purchase agreements, contracts, corporate compliance, charge master, prospective payment systems, healthcare organization revenue cycle, and leveraging health care information to drive strategic decision making. The course will provide an overview of how health information technology relates to these business practices. Additional concepts discussed will include provider profiling, tracking utilization of resources, and quality improvement methodologies.
MHI570 Project Management for the Health Informatics Professionals
This course prepares future health informaticians with the knowledge needed to manage projects, add value and guide health care discussions and teams in a variety of project and most specifically the develop and implementation of information systems.
MHI590 Applied Informatics Project I
The goal of the applied informatics project I is to prepare students in the areas of inferential statistics, the research process, study/project design and outcome analysis.
MHI591 Applied Informatics Project II
The goal of the applied informatics project II is for the student to use the skills they acquired over the course of their studies in informatics to analyze, develop and implement research plans that produce a pilot project, a proof of concept or a prototype system that has the potential to impact and/or promote knowledge discovery and dissemination.
MHI 593 Current Topics in Health Informatics
This course will examine high profile current topics within the area of Health Informatics.