School of Biomedical Informatics

Course List

  1. HIT 5000 Practicum in Health Informatics

    (Variable hours/week)

    3 Semester Credits

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer, and consent of instructor.

    Description: During the practicum, each student will select an area of interest in which to apply the knowledge and skill gained during the didactic courses. Students will become active participants in the work of developing informatics-based applications and/or applying informatics science and skills to address an information management need. Each student will develop a specific set of goals to be accomplished. The student’s advising committee and practicum supervisor must accept these goals. These goals will reflect the student’s area of interest and the needs of the precepting organization. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis and is repeated for a maximum of 6 semester credit hours to meet degree requirements.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

  2. HIT 5300 Introduction to Health Informatics

    (Variable hours/week)

    3 Semester Credits (2 hours lecture/3 hours lab per week)

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer, and consent of instructor.

    Description: This introductory graduate level course covers the discipline of informatics in health care delivery and is designed to be multi-disciplinary in nature.  The course will focus on the clinical aspects of information technology and provides a broad overview to the nature of information technology, focusing on hardware, software and conceptual models of information.  Students will explore different data types and data models, which are specific to their discipline and those, which can be shared across disciplines.  The focus will be on comparing and contrasting the data types and data models of the different disciplines.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

  3. HIT 5301 The US Healthcare System.

    (2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion)

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer, and consent of instructor.

    Description: This course will present a survey of the modern American health care system. The course will focus on the major pieces of legislation that serve as the foundation of the current US health care structures. Topics in the course will include Medicare, Medicaid, and HIPAA, their impacts on financing, health care access and professional roles. The course will integrate current legislative actions, public concerns, implications, and discussions surrounding healthcare reform.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

  4. HIT5302 Communication in Applied Health Informatics.

    (2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion).

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer, and consent of instructor.

    Description: This course will combine theoretical and practical exploration of communication within healthcare, including standard data (ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, CPT etc), data interchange (HIEs) and other standards for health communication. The course will also examine the communication patterns of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers, and the implications of these patterns in the context of information technologies. The course will examine the standard languages which each discipline has adopted and the informal language which they use when communicating to and about each other. This focus on language will be the entry point to understanding the culture of healthcare and healthcare workers. In addition, students will learn and practice interpersonal communication skills and formal communication skills with the use of PowerPoint etc.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

  5. HIT5303 Safety and Security in Healthcare.

    (2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion).

    3 Semester Credits

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer, and consent of instructor.

    Description: This course will focus on the social and technical aspects of safety and security in healthcare.  While there is much public focus on the technical aspects of privacy and security, social practices and behaviors are often the 'weak link' in the security chain.  Students will explore the strengths and weakness of different password structures, biomorphic identification, and automated security systems.  These will be explored both from the technical and social aspects.  The goal will be to find the optimal combination that can be incorporated into the workflow of specific organizations.  The rest will be a 'best fit' security solution.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

  6. HIT 5320 Applied Health Information Systems in the Delivery of Healthcare.

    (2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion)

    3 Semester Credits/meets part of basic informatics component

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer, and consent of instructor.

    Description: This course will focus on the design, implementation, and components of Health Care Information Systems. The course will include a history of health care information systems. You will examine the changing uses and expectations of health Care Information Systems and the expected usage of Health Care Information Systems at each level of development. The course will explore new options in technology and design, which will allow for the clinically-driven Information Systems of the future. The needs of multiple clinical disciplines will be explored to understand how they can share and communicate patient information using Information Systems.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

  7. HIT 5322 Systems Analysis in Applied Health Informatics

    (2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion)

    3 Semester Credits/meets part of basic informatics component

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer, and consent of instructor.

    Description: The purpose of this course is to assist the student in understanding the components, processes and tools used in the necessary components of a health information system. The course will focus on the variety of approaches and tools available for systems analysis. Students will have experience with modeling tools and rapid prototyping tools.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

  8. HIT 5323 Evaluation of Health Information Systems in Applied Health Informatics.

    (2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion)

    3 Semester Credits/meets part of research informatics component

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer, and consent of instructor.

    Description: This multi-disciplinary course will focus on the process of evaluating and choosing a health information system. The course will assist the student in identifying the critical needs that the health information system is intended to address. Different methods of evaluation will be presented and discussed in terms of how they would apply to health information systems. The evaluation process will begin with identifying the needs of the organization, and presenting them in an organized manner so the vendors can address the needs followed by mechanisms for evaluation.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

  9. HIT 5324 Project Management in Applied Health Informatics.

    (2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion)

    3 Semester Credits/meets part of the advanced informatics component

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer and consent of instructor.

    Description: This course is an introduction to Project Management that is structured for students who have begun to run their own projects. The course is project based and is designed to develop managers for large healthcare projects, such as a system implementation, evaluation of an existing system, or other large project.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

  10. HIT 5325 Social Dynamics in Applied Health Informatics.

    (2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion)

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer, and consent of instructor.

    Description: This course is based upon the premise that implementation of information systems will not only greatly enhance the quality of healthcare but also radically change the nature of healthcare. You will examine  healthcare as a distributed system composed of groups of people interacting with each other and with information technology. Two major areas will be covered in the course. The first area is computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), which is defined as computer-assisted coordination of activities such as reasoning, problem solving, decision-making, routine tasks, and communication. CSW involves a group of collaborating individuals who interact with complex information technology. Most health information systems (such as EHR) are examples of large groupware. Groupware  supports large numbers of synchronous and asynchronous users of diverse backgrounds as they execute  many different types of tasks. The second area is the social impact of information technology. This area will focus on the impact of internet, social networking, and similar innovations on healthcare.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

  11. HIT5326 Assessments in Applied Health Informatics.

    (2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion).

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer, and consent of instructor.

    Description: Students in this course will learn how to identify and assess different aspects of healthcare systems and healthcare workflow. The addition of a comprehensive electronic health record (EHR) is very disruptive to the workflow and organization of a primary care provider. It is known that EHR decreases the throughput of a primary care clinic. However, if properly designed, an EHR can improve the quality of the healthcare delivered and satisfaction of the clinicians and patients. Students will learn the skills needed to asses and help improve workflow and the quality of healthcare delivery.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.

  12. HIT5327 Standards and Standards Development in Applied Health Informatics.

    (2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion).

    Prerequisites: Access to the internet, personal computer, and consent of instructor.

    Description: Unlike much of the world, healthcare standards are frequently developed by private organizations rather than the government. The Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) create an alphabet soup of organizations that are often not well known to people within healthcare, let alone those just entering healthcare. This course will explore the history of a variety of SDOs, examining their membership and focus domain. Students will examine the role of the major SDOs and their impact on the structure and function of healthcare delivery in the US. The relationship between US and International Standards Organizations will be reviewed.

    The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics course work is not transferable to the Master of Science in Health Informatics or the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics.