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Online Master’s in Health Informatics


This program consists of 15 courses, for a minimum of 45 credits. The program must be completed in seven years. 

Core Courses
INFO 530Foundations of Information Systems3.00 credits
INFO 605Intro to Database Management3.00 credits
INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction3.00 credits
INFO 614Distrib Comput & Networking3.00 credits
INFO 620Info Sys Analysis & Design3.00 credits
INFO 638Software Project Management3.00 credits
INFO 648Healthcare Informatics3.00 credits
INFO 712Information Assurance3.00 credits
INFO 731Organization & Social Issues in Healthcare Informatics3.00 credits
INFO 732Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation3.00 credits
Students with no previous experience in healthcare must take Independent Study: Clinical Experience.
INFO 799Independent Study2.00 to 12.00 credits

Students with no previous experience in healthcare may choose from the following Health-Related electives for 3 Courses (9 Credits). Students with previous healthcare experience may choose from the following, or from the Systems-Related Courses for 3 Courses (9 Credits). Please speak with your advisor to select the course of study best suited for you.
BUSN 651Healthcare Business Practice I: Foundations3.00 credits
BUSN 652Healthcare Business Practice II3.00 credits
BUSN 653Healthcare Business Practice III: Capstone3.00 credits
INFO 526Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice3.00 credits
INFO 555Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3.00 credits
NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease Outcomes3.00 credits
NURS 532Evaluation Methods for Health Outcomes 3.00 credits
NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions3.00 credits
NURS 558Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy3.00 credits
NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.00 credits
RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics3.00 credits
RSCH 523Methods for Health Research3.00 credits
Systems-Related Courses
INFO 606Advanced Database Management3.00 credits
INFO 610Analy of Interactive Systems3.00 credits
INFO 611Design of Interactive Systems3.00 credits
INFO 622Content Representation3.00 credits
INFO 624Information Retrieval Systems3.00 credits
INFO 634Data Mining3.00 credits
INFO 733Public Health Informatics3.00 credits

Free Electives
Students with no previous experience in healthcare will choose one free elective. Students with previous healthcare experience will choose two free electives.

Course Descriptions

INFO 530 Foundations of Information Systems - 3.00 credits

Introduction to concepts and applications of Information Systems (IS) and Information Technology (IT) as applied throughout library and information science. Topics include the structure of information systems, hardware and software concepts, basic principles of system analysis and design, and contemporary applications of computers in organizational environments.

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INFO 605 Intro to Database Management - 3.00 credits

A first course in database management systems. Covers database design, data manipulation, and data-base integrity. Emphasizes concepts and techniques related to the entity-relationship model and relational database systems. Discusses normalization up to third normal form and commercial query languages.

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INFO 608 Human-Computer Interaction - 3.00 credits

This course focuses on the design and evaluation of human-computer interfaces covering such topics as task analysis techniques for gathering design information, iterative design through prototyping, and formative and summative usability testing; theoretical foundations of HCI and cognitive modeling of user interactions; the integration of HCI techniques into the software development life cycle and the use of user constraints to generate new interaction designs.

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INFO 614 Distrib Comput & Networking - 3.00 credits

Presents the fundamentals of data communications, networking, and distributed computing technologies. Focuses on the broad foundational coverage of key technologies as well as the key concepts in network planning, design, and management. Major topics include network models, data and voice communications, local-area and wide-area technologies, IP networks and their applications, internetworking (with an emphasis on the Internet), client/server systems, and distributed computing applications.

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INFO 620 Info Sys Analysis & Design - 3.00 credits

Offers an advanced treatment of systems analysis and design with special emphasis on object-oriented analysis and design techniques based on the Unified Modeling Language (UML). Discusses major modeling techniques of UML including use-case modeling, class modeling, object-interaction modeling, dynamic modeling and state diagrams and activity diagrams, subsystems developments, logical design, and physical design.

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INFO 638 Software Project Management - 3.00 credits

Focuses on first-line management of software system development. Covers major themes including estimation (software cost factors, estimation models, and risk management), planning (work breakdown, scheduling, staffing, resource allocation, and creation of a project plan), and execution (team building, leadership, motivation, process tracking, control recovery, and communication within and outside the project).

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INFO 648 Healthcare Informatics - 3.00 credits

The course presents an overview of all aspects of healthcare informatics, including medical, nursing and bioinformatics. It provides an introduction to the applications of information systems in a variety of healthcare environments, including education, research and clinical settings. It includes extensive reading and critical discussion of relevant professional research literature.

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INFO 712 Information Assurance - 3.00 credits

Describes how to protect an organization's information resources and assets within national and international context. Topics include organizational policies and assurance requirements, relationships between assurance and security, and information assurance planning assessment and management.

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INFO 731 Organization & Social Issues in Healthcare Informatics - 3.00 credits

Presents an overview of sociotechnical issues in healthcare informatics, focusing on patient care and biomedical research settings. Deals with the human, social, and technological aspects of healthcare IT. Focuses on the role of information professionals in applied healthcare IT settings.

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INFO 732 Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation - 3.00 credits

Introduces planning and evaluation of healthcare informatics applications. Through critical reading, students learn the planning and evaluation cycle and become familiar with quantitative and qualitative methods and measures. Through lectures and assignments, students select a healthcare problem, formulate a problem statement, select evaluation methods and measures and write a proposal. Pre-Req: INFO 648 Healthcare Informatics

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INFO 799 Independent Study - 2.00 to 12.00 credits

Provides individual investigation in special areas of information science and technology not regularly covered in the courses offered. Topic for study must be approved, in advance of registration, by the faculty adviser, the instructor involved, and the associate dean. May be repeated for credit if topic varies.

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BUSN 651 Healthcare Business Practice I: Foundations - 3.00 credits

This is an introductory course in the business aspects of the delivery of health services and pharmaceutical/life sciences. This course will offer an overview of the healtcare marketplace and focus on the unique features of this industry. It is a multi-disciplinary survey course that will establish a foundation to develop the skills necessary for a successful business career in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and life sciences industry.

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BUSN 652 Healthcare Business Practice II - 3.00 credits

This is a continuation in the business aspects of the delivery of health services and pharmaceutical/life sciences. This course is designed to develop more specialized knowledge and skill necessary for a successful business career in the healthcare, pharmeceutical, and life sciences industry.

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BUSN 653 Healthcare Business Practice III: Capstone - 3.00 credits

This is the third course in the LeBow Healthcare concentration focusing on the business aspects of the delivery of health services and pharmaceutical/life sciences. This course is designed to finalize students' prepartations for a successful business career in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and life sciences industry by focusing on specialized knowledge areas and by providing an intensive experiential learning experience that will integrate students' knowledge of the business of healthcare.

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INFO 526 Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice - 3.00 credits

This course is designed to provide an in-depth introduction to information systems and technologies that support practice and improve patient care and outcomes. Development of information management and technology skills (which meet ANA Informatics Competencies) will be incorporated throughout the course. Content is directed toward assisting the student in understanding the relationship between patient care and complex information and data issues involved in clinical practice.

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INFO 555 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems - 3.00 credits

Explores the concepts and uses of geographic information systems (GIS). Structured as an applications-based course where students learn how to acquire, clean, integrate, manipulate, visualize and analyze geospatial data through laboratory work.

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NURS 531 Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease Outcomes - 3.00 credits

Assists students to examine and actualize the processes for development and measurement of outcomes in health care in the context of evidence-based practice. Explores epidemiologic theories and models to promote understanding of risks and disease pathogenesis. Examines the dynamic balance between health and illness. Understanding of health assessment, risk identification and outcomes measurement is emphasized.

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NURS 532 Evaluation Methods for Health Outcomes - 3.00 credits

Examines standard models for evaluation of health outcomes for clients. Clinical interventions and outcomes for specific populations will be explored from the client, provider, and payer perspective, using selected methodological and evaluative approaches. The impact of health care, disease management and outcomes will be examined in relation to public policy and legislation. Key steps in measuring clinical outcomes are explored in developing an analysis plan for a selected clinical population.

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NURS 557 Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions - 3.00 credits

Changes in the health care system are demanding practitioners with well-honed leadership skills and with a sense of stewardship. This course explores the concepts of leadership and stewardship from a historical and contemporary perspective with particular application to the health professions.

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NURS 558 Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy - 3.00 credits

Understanding the economic and financial issues that affect today's health care environment is required for the nurse providing evidence-based services to manage and compete effectively in the health care marketplace. This course will address the changing demands for health care services, quality improvement and management measures and cost containment strategies.

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NURS 564 The Business of Healthcare - 3.00 credits

This course will address the basics of financial management in health care organizations including accounting, cost analysis, managing financial resources, and other management tools helpful to a nurse manager. Budget development and FTE allocation will be addressed along with federal and state regulations.

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RSCH 519 Introduction to Biostatistics - 3.00 credits

This is an introductory course which focuses on the fundamentals of biostatistics for health sciences graduate students. Excel-based and SPSS assignments will be used to supplement the content.

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RSCH 523 Methods for Health Research - 3.00 credits

The course is designed to provide professional graduate students with the skills necessary to evaluate the relationship between practice and published research. The course content includes an overview of research concepts, ethics in research, literature searches and reviews, quantitative and qualitative research methods and designs, and data collection, analysis and interpretation techniques. An interdisciplinary team of faculty teaches the course using a problem solving approach. When feasible, concepts and problems are addressed by students in interdisciplinary teams. Through evaluation of published research in an interdisciplinary context, the skills of evidence-based practice are developed.

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INFO 606 Advanced Database Management - 3.00 credits

Examines both traditional database systems and recent advances in database systems. Topics include formal treatment of normalization and denormalization, extended entity-relationship models, advanced query processing techniques, query optimization, physical database design and indexing, and object-oriented database systems.

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INFO 610 Analy of Interactive Systems - 3.00 credits

This course focuses on the evaluation of human-computer interfaces covering such topics as heuristic evaluation, inspection and design reviews, cognitive walkthroughs, ethnographic observation, user testing, interviews, and questionnaires; the usability engineering lifecycle, comparison of usability evaluation methods, selection or design of appropriate methods, reporting usability evaluation findings, and the development of user interface standards and guidelines.

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INFO 611 Design of Interactive Systems - 3.00 credits

Focuses on interactive system design methods in common use covering such topics as interactive design, iterative design, usability analysis, prototyping and evaluation, mental models, conceptual models, interaction styles, the use of guidelines; normative, descriptive, and formative approaches to work analysis; modeling user's activities, defining and validating requirements, presenting interactive system designs, and the theoretical foundations underlying the design of interactive systems.

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INFO 622 Content Representation - 3.00 credits

Focuses on fundamental decisions in designing subject access systems and alternative approaches to indexing. Explores current issues in content representation: principles of subject analysis; natural language vs. vocabulary control; manual, computer-assisted, and automatic indexing; faceted indexing and classification systems; image indexing and retrieval; indexing and the World Wide Web. Includes evaluation of indexer consistency and indexing system performance.

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INFO 624 Information Retrieval Systems - 3.00 credits

Covers the theoretical underpinnings of information retrieval to provide a solid base for further work with retrieval systems. Emphasizes systems that involve user-computer interaction. Covers aspects of information retrieval including document selection, document description, query formulation, matching, and evaluation.

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INFO 634 Data Mining - 3.00 credits

This course introduces the concepts and principles of knowledge discovery in databases (KDD), with a focus on the techniques of data mining and its function in business, governmental, medical or other information-intensive environments.

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INFO 733 Public Health Informatics - 3.00 credits

Presents an overview of issues, methods and tools of public health informatics. Explores topics including knowledge management, literacy skills for the public health provider and the health consumer, public health surveillance systems, public health applications of clinical data, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and eHealth/mHealth applications.

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