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The Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics program requires a total of 35 hours of coursework:

  • 12 hours of Core Informatics coursework (2 required courses + 2 electives)
  • 6 hours of Business Skills Courses
  • 6 hours of BMHI Foundations coursework
  • 8 hours of coursework in one of two tracks:
    • Clinical Health Informatics (For students interested in working in information systems division or office of Chief Information officer in the clinical care setting, as well as for physicians pursuing Clinical Informatics certification.)
    • Public Health Informatics (For students with specific career interest in applications of information systems in population health and public health policy.)
  • 3 credit hours (equivalent to 400 contact hours) of Internship

 

General Informatics Core – 12 hours required
*INLS 5231 Database Systems I: Introduction to Databases

3

F/S

Design and implementation of database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory; normalization, query construction, and SQL
*INLS 582 Systems Analysis and Design

3

F/S

Systems approach to the design and development of information systems; methods and tools for system and data modeling
At least two of the following or approved alternatives
INLS 541 Information Visualization

3

S

Introduction to information visualization and comprehensive review appropriate techniques and data mapping
INLS 560 Programming for Information Professionals

3

F/S

An introduction to computer programming focusing on language fundamentals and programming techniques for library and information science applications. Emphasizes problem-solving through the development of practical applications that include text processing, file handling, user interfaces, and web data access.
INLS 570 Fundamentals of Programming Information Applications

3

S

Intermediate programming concepts in information processing and data analysis. Students will learn object-oriented programming, data structures, data analysis methods, and information processing techniques in the context of information science topics.
INLS 572 Web Development

1.5

F/S

Introduces design principles for creating usable and accessible Web sites
INLS 573 Mobile Web Development

1.5

F/S

An introduction to techniques and technologies for the development of mobile websites and applications.
INLS 623 Database Systems II: Intermediate Databases

3

F/S

Intermediate-level design and implementation of database systems; additional topics include MySQL, indexing, XML, and non-text databases
INLS 641 Visual Analytics

3

S

This class will discuss many of the foundational concepts in visual analytics, give students opportunities to learn about some commonly used techniques, and provide hands-on experience with both existing products and in the development of custom visual analytics software.
INLS 718 User Interface Design

3

F/S

Basic principles for designing the human interface to information systems from conceptual models to interface evaluation
INLS 625 Information Analytics

3

F/S

This course introduces analytical techniques to deal with very large data sets. Students will become familiar with predictive modeling, clustering, data mining, and paradigms such as Map Reduce.
Business Skills Courses – 6 hours selected from the following or approved alternatives
INLS 690-01W Project Management: Strategy and Applications

3

F

This course introduces fundamental strategies used in successful project management. Topics include project planning tools, project life cycles, risk assessment, reasons behind project failures, and stakeholder & team management.  Through the use of readings, videos, assignments, and forum discussions, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the strategy behind successful project management and problem resolution..
INLS 490-281 Digital Health Innovations & Impact

1.5

F/S

In this course, students will be introduced to patient engagement, population health, imaging, digital therapies, clinical decision support and numerous other areas within digital health; learn about interoperability standards driving data sharing and interconnectivity across health care industry; review the regulatory bodies defining standards of care along with understanding the privacy and security laws governing the use of health care data. The course includes a semester long project prototyping and pitching a digital health solution. We will also hear from industry experts who will participate as guest lecturers with opportunities for students to ask questions.
INLS 585 Management for Information Professionals

3

F/S

An introduction to general management principles and practices intended for information professionals working in all types of organizations. Topics include planning, budgeting, staffing, leadership, organizational change and evaluation, and decision making.
MBA 893B Healthcare Analytics

1.5

S

The Healthcare Analytics course will provide students with an introduction to how analytics and data are transforming the healthcare industry. Students will learn the basic building blocks for any health organization to effectively leverage data, business intelligence, and advanced analytics. Topics covered in the course include the development and use of analytics in support of quality-based financial reimbursement, population health/disease management initiatives, and value-based contracting and reimbursement. We will also cover the fundamentals of effective design and communication, as well as opportunities for future innovations. During the course, student teams will undertake a hands-on project culminating in group presentations at the end of the term.
BMHI Foundations – 6 hours required
*INLS 725 Electronic Health Records

3

S/Su

EHR systems in healthcare operations; EHR data standards, applications, and services; EHR implementation and Meaningful Use.
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*HPM 754

 

 

Healthcare in the United States

3

S

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the structure, systems, and policies of health care delivery in the United States. The goal is to increase students' knowledge and abilities to analyze and address health care issues from both management and policy perspectives.
Clinical Informatics Track Courses – 8 credits total
*NURS 870 Health Care Informatics

3

.

F

Use of computerized information systems in health care organizations for support of clinical and administrative decision making
*INLS 7702 Health Informatics Seminar

1

F/S

Weekly presentations/discussions on current topics in Health Informatics (required twice for this track)
*INLS 7702 Health Informatics Seminar

1

F/S

Weekly presentations/discussions on current topics in Health Informatics (required twice for this track)
One of the following or approved alternatives3
INLS 515 Consumer Health Informatics

3

F

Concepts of health, health conditions, policy, and information collections and services from social and cultural perspectives
NURS 874 Improving Quality, Safety, and Outcomes in Healthcare Systems

3

F

Theories and methods for outcomes management and quality improvement in health care
Public Health Informatics Track Courses – 8 credits total
*HPM 620 Implementing Health Informatics Initiatives

3

S

Course will focus on practical aspects of implementation of government initiatives in health care
*INLS 7702 Health Informatics Seminar

1

F/S

Weekly presentations/discussions on current topics in Health Informatics
*INLS 7702 Health Informatics Seminar

1

F/S

Weekly presentations/discussions on current topics in Health Informatics
One of the following or approved alternatives3
EPID 750 Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance

3

F

designing and implementing surveillance systems; using surveillance data for the conduct and evaluation of public health programs and research
HPM 760 Healthcare Quality and Information Management

3

F

Methods and principles in healthcare quality and information management with emphasis on use of information to measure and improve quality
BIOS 669 Working With Data in a Public Health Research Setting

3

S

Introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of data management architecture, processes and applications in clinical and public health research
BIOS 511 Introduction To Statistical Computing And Data Management

4

F

Focus is on the use of SAS for data management, with an introduction to use of SAS for reporting and analysis
Health Informatics Internship - 3 credits
INLS 793 Health Informatics Internship

3

F/Su/S

Informatics project completed as part of industry internship followed by a report and presentation

 

*Indicates required course.
1 Students will have to test-out or enroll in INLS 161(261) which is the pre-requisite for INLS 523. Useful information regarding passing the tech-test can be found here.
2 Participation for at least two semesters is required.
3 Selection should be made in consultation with academic adviser; completion of pre-requisite courses may be required.