Dr. TBC, Chairperson of Healthcare Informatics
The mission of the Healthcare Informatics degree program is to provide
students with the knowledge they need to enter the healthcare industry to
enhance quality and operations through the application and assessment of
1. Students will be able to analyze and interpret healthcare data and how it
relates to patient care and operational effectiveness.
2. Students will be able to apply policies, standards, and regulatory
requirements to the collection, storage, classification, access, and
transmission of healthcare data.
3. Students will use healthcare information technology for
decision support, knowledge management, strategic planning, and
Program of Study for the Healthcare Informatics
Total number of credits for the MS degree is 36; 24 core credits and 12 elective credits.
|HCI 601||3||HCI 618||3||HCI 630||3|
|HCI 610||3||HCI 620||3||HCI 632||3|
|HCI Elective||3||HCI Elective||3||HCI Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 36|
HCI 601. Foundations of Healthcare Informatics. 3 Credits.
This course will provide students with an overview of hospital organization, structure and the team members and their roles. The technical infrastructure of hospital systems including informatics methods, policies and laws, implementation, and operations will also be discussed.
HCI 610. Statistical Computing for Healthcare Informatics. 3 Credits.
This course will provide students with the necessary skills to perform statistical analysis of healthcare data. Students will obtain a basic understanding of descriptive statistics, sampling, distributions, probability concepts, and inferential statistical methods. SPSS or a similar statistical software will be utilized to perform statistical calculations to display data and findings.
HCI 618. Clinical Information Systems. 3 Credits.
This course will introduce theory and applied practice of clinical documentation systems, including the Electronic Health Record. Students will learn how to implement, design and support data acquisition in the medical record system. Students will investigate different system models, including prototyping, feasibility studies, enterprise modeling and system documentation strategies, including comparisons to other Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) systems. Students will evaluate legal, ethical, and regulatory implications of clinical documentation systems as it relates to healthcare information.
HCI 620. Principles & Applications for Databases. 3 Credits.
Principles of database theory, modeling, design, and manipulation of databases will be introduced, taught with a healthcare applications emphasis. Students will gain experience using a relational database management system, and the application of databases through database manipulation to compose and execute queries. Students will be able to critically evaluate database query methods and results, and understand their implications for healthcare.
HCI 630. Project Design & Management for Healthcare Systems. 3 Credits.
This course serves as an introduction to managing healthcare information projects, including the development of the project charter and scope with emphasis on developing the competencies and skills required to successfully lead teams of technical, clinical, and professional specialists through workflow and work process redesign activities within a healthcare organization or system. Topics also include project initiating, planning and development, project management tools, budgeting, human resource management, project monitoring, and controlling and project closure. Students will study healthcare data structures, Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) and semantic linking of MEDLINE, EMBASE and PubMed in routine care delivery.
HCI 632. Legal, Regulatory, & Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Informatics. 3 Credits.
This course will provide students with knowledge of laws and regulations that are encountered by healthcare professionals with a focus on strategies to mitigate risk and increase data security potential. Legal and ethical issues as they pertain to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act will be investigated.
HCI 640. Evidence Based Patient Care. 3 Credits.
In this course students will define the principles of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and the integrated role that information technology plays. Through the development of practice searching strategies students will optimize data retrieval and identify any issues that would impact validity and reliability of study results.
HCI 650. Fundamentals of Programming. 3 Credits.
This course will provide students with the necessary fundamental skills in computer programming technology through acquisition of coding language culminating in the development of computer programs from the healthcare perspective. Students will utilize loops, lists, functions and selection structures to solve healthcare data problems.
HCI 651. Data Mining & Machine Learning in Healthcare. 3 Credits.
This course will explore the application of data mining and machine learning in the healthcare setting. Using various predictive model techniques, students will learn different methods used to solve clinical challenges and how machine learning can assist in data analysis and retrieving relevant data points to inform organizational decisions.
HCI 680. Emerging Technologies in Healthcare Informatics. 3 Credits.
In this course, current, major emerging trends, like telemedicine, in healthcare informatics will be discussed. The students will also learn how past trends have molded healthcare into what it is today.
HCI 685. Data Security & Privacy. 3 Credits.
In this course, students will learn about privacy and security regulations for healthcare information policies, procedures, guidelines, security architectures, risk assessment, disaster recovery and business continuity. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act will be covered.
HCI 690. Healthcare Informatics Capstone Consulting I. 3 Credits.
This course is the first part for a two part capstone sequence that will conclude with a consulting project demonstrating the students conceptual, analytical, research, and practical management skills achieved through the courses in the healthcare informatics program. The course will provide students with an opportunity to gather strategies for consulting best practices and application through a mock organization. The goal of HCI 690 is to prepare students to work with an assigned organization in HCI 691 and produce a consulting proposal. HCI 690 is the prerequisite for HCI 691.
HCI 691. Healthcare Informatics Capstone Consulting II. 3 Credits.
This course is the second part of a two part sequence that will complete a consulting project demonstrating the students conceptual, analytical, research, and practical management skills achieved through the courses in healthcare informatics program. This course provides students the opportunity to construct and present a formal consulting presentation for a local healthcare organization. HCI 690 is the prerequisite for HCI 691.