HI 6304 Consultation in Health Informatics

Course Type: Advanced
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 
publication. 

The course will provide an overview of principles of consulting in health informatics.  There will be lectures that will consist of 1-2 hours per week on topics that relate to consulting.  The majority of the activity will be working with the instructors on a class project to learn consulting skills.  There will be one class project that will be developed for the new Geriatrics Division of the Department of Internal Medicine at the UT Medical School.  It will involve the development of a plan to apply Your Doctor Program principles to support patients in the Harris County Hospital District and Hermann Hospital for frail elderly.

Prerequisites

Graduate status, basic understanding of the health care system, Project Management HI6312, consent of the instructor, and access to Internet.  Each student must have their own computer for class.

Additional Information

Course Goals

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

  • Define the role of a consultant.
  • Learn basic principles of consulting. 
  • Learn principles of project management as it relates to consulting.