HI 5310 Foundations of Health Information Sciences I

Course Type: Foundation
Credit Hours: 3

This course assists the student in the area of technical writing, the development of 
scholarly and academic writing abilities. Each student will complete the process of 
generating a written document from topic selection through outlining, drafting, and 
revising. Writing in the field of Biomedical Informatics will be addressed and the genre 
of written discourse in informatics will be explored by the student. The elements of the 
recursive writing process and a review of the technical aspects of writing will also be 
considered. Critical reading, thinking and writing will be emphasized in the course. 
Weekly assignments require writing throughout the course.  A course writing project is 
required such as developing a manuscript for review, submission and possible 

Foundations of Health Informatics I is designed to provide an overview of current issues and future challenges in the field of health information sciences.


This course requires consent of the instructor.  You need to secure that consent before you can register for this course. Contact your instructor if you have any questions. Also, in terms of background this course requires the following.

  • High-school math including algebra and basic statistics.
  • A basic functional understanding of the World Wide Web (i.e. how to use a web browser, download files, play media files, etc.)
  • A modern computer (any kind) with administrator access. You cannot use a work-issued computer for this class.

Additional Information

Course Goals

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Apply the thought processes of health informatics to real world problems
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using information technology in healthcare
  • Discuss the role of Data, Information, and Knowledge in modern healthcare 
  • Read and discuss the contemporary Informatics scientific literature