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This list of courses describes the nature of the 5 pillars that make up the CHIP PhD curriculum. This is by no means an exhaustive list of courses available to CHIP students. This list is also subject to change to reflect the development of different courses. CHIP encourages all PhD students to use this list as a guide to completing the pillar requirements but stresses that courses listed under each pillar do not include every option a student could take to fulfill the pillar requirement. For any questions regarding courses and pillar requirements, please email Lindsey Womack, CHIP PhD Coordinator.


1 - Core & Frontier Courses

Core & Frontier courses will expose students to the foundational concepts in informatics.  This pillar will also allow students to gain a firm understanding of where research challenges lie and the nature of these challenges.  Courses in this pillar will cover: advanced data modeling, data management and warehousing; data integration and networking; data presentation and visualization principles; data governance and data ethics.
6 credit hours are required.


Example of Core & Frontier Courses

BIOS 511 - Introduction to Statistical Computing and Data Management

COMP 722 - Data Mining

INLS 523 - Database Systems I

INLS 541 - Information Visualization

INLS 623 - Database Systems II

INLS 718 - User Interface Design

INLS 725 - Electronic Health Records

INLS 760 - Web Databases

NURS 730 - Foundations in Clinical Informatics: Data, Information, and Knowledge


2 - Tools & Infrastructure Courses

Tools & Infrastructure courses will go beyond the basic concepts and principles covered in core topics.  This pillar will offer opportunities for students to gain experience in manipulating wide varieties of data occurring in diverse health care contexts. It will also train students to build new tools and methods for extracting insights from health data.  The courses in this pillar will cover: advanced training in statistical analysis; data mining; system analysis and design; data interpretation and data quality.
6 credit hours are required.


Example of Tools & Infrastructure Courses

COMP 790 – Machine learning in Computational Biology

HPM 804/DPOP 804 – Introduction to Healthcare Database Research

INLS 582 - Systems Analysis

INLS 613 - Text Mining

INLS 641 - Visual Analytics

INLS 725 – Electronic Health Records


3 - Research Methods Courses

Research Methods courses will focus on constructing sound research studies concentrated on various aspects of health care.  The courses in this pillar will cover: gathering research data; analysis of research data; drawing conclusions from research data; presenting research data; and identifying limitations based on gaps present in research data.
3 credit hours are required.


Example of Research Methods Courses

DPET 831 - Quantitative Methods in Clinical Research

INLS 581 – Research Methods Overview

INLS 691H – Research methods in Information Science

INLS 884 – Seminar in Research Methodology


4 - Project Management & Leadership Courses

Project Management & Leadership courses examine current techniques and methods on leading and sustaining research projects.  Emphasis will be placed on project management skills in the context of developing and maintaining research projects that span a several year period.
3 credit hours are required.


Example of Project Management & Leadership Courses

GRAD 712 - Leadership in the Workplace

GRAD 713 – Applied Project Management; Frameworks, Principles and Techniques

HPM 620 - Implementing Health Informatics Initiatives

HPM 625 – Diagnosis and design of Multilevel Intelligence for a Smart Health System

HPM 940 – Leadership in health Informatics

HPM 959 – Strategic Management in Health Leadership

INLS 690-215 – Leadership: Nature and Nurture

NURS 871 - Leadership and Advanced Practice Roles in Health Care Organizations


5 - Implementation Science & Research Translation Courses

Implementation Science & Research Translation courses emphasize developing research projects with an eye toward the conversion of key outcomes that will have a direct impact on the health care of individuals or a community.  Coursework in this pillar will cover: understanding intellectual property rights; collaboration with stakeholders such as government, for-profit and non-profit organizations; dissemination of research; and ensuring long-term sustainability of outcomes/solution.
3 credit hours are required.


Examples of Implementation Science & Research Translation Courses

PATH 723 – Practical Considerations for Translational Research

HPM 532 - Health Care Consulting

HPM 759 – Health Policy Analysis and Advocacy for Health Leaders

NURS 871 – Leadership and Advanced Practice Roles in health Care Organization