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Health and Medical Informatics (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Information Technology is a 36 credit sequence of courses designed for information technology professionals who need to learn the current and emerging trends in technology. The program offers courses in technical topics and management of information technology systems.

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Information Technology is a 36 credit sequence of courses designed for information technology professionals who need to learn the current and emerging trends in technology.

The program offers courses in technical topics and management of information technology systems. Emphasis is placed on current and emerging trends in the information technology field of study and profession.

Required Courses

Core Courses
ITS 518 Information Systems Strategy 3 cr.
ITS 525 Systems Architecture and Analysis 3 cr.
ITS 544 Database Management 3 cr.
ITS 548 Fundamentals of Telecommunications 3 cr.
ITS 550 Software Engineering 3 cr.
ITS 570 Business Intelligence and Data Mining 3 cr.
ITS 575 Project and Professional Management 3 cr.
Total Core Credit 21 cr.

Health and Medical Informatics Courses
MHI 550 Health & Medical Information Systems Overview 3 cr.
MHI 570 Emerging Health & Medical Information Technologies & Standards 3 cr.
MHI 590 Security, Ethics, Privacy & Compliance for Health & Medical Information 3 cr.
MHI 560 Health & Medical information systems planning and financial management 3 cr.
MHI 580 Policies and Trends in Healthcare Informatics 3 cr.
Total degree requirements

36 cr.

Course Descriptions

MHI 550 Health & Medical Information Systems Overview 3 cr.

This course provides an overview of the discipline of health informatics including key definitions, concepts, models and theories. The student is introduced to key application areas within Health Informatics, as well as historical, current, and emerging information systems in health care. Students will learn features and functions that are common to most health care information systems.

MHI 570 Emerging Health & Medical Information Technologies & Standards 3 cr.

This course introduces current and emerging information technologies in the field of healthcare including laboratory, imaging, claims, EHR, HIE and others. A discussion of data standards necessary to achieve interoperability within and among complex healthcare organizations is reviewed. Standards covered begin with the planning phases for health information technology (HIT) through data, data structures, terminology, data transport, electronic health records, decision support, privacy and security, ICD-10, HL7 and others and other related applications. This course also explores the anticipated impact of a National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII).

MHI 590 Security, Ethics, Privacy & Compliance for Health & Medical Information 3 cr.

This course provides an overview of the legal, regulatory, and ethical issues to be considered in the management and maintenance of health information. Local, state, federal, and international privacy laws and regulations---and the government agencies and regulatory bodies charged with creating and upholding these laws and regulations---will be considered, with particular attention given to the HIPAA, DEA and other healthcare specific regulations. Key topics to be explored include data security, privacy, confidentiality, data reporting requirements, compliance, accreditation, and professional ethics. Attention will be given to evaluation of the security of a system, the impact of information technology on patient safety and healthcare liability, and identification and management of potential opportunities and risks of electronic health record systems.

MHI 560 Health & Medical information systems planning and financial management 3 cr.

The course studies the types of information resources and services related to the storage and transfer of information in the healthcare field. A survey of computer applications including the organizational structure of medical knowledge is included. It is intended to familiarize students with the concepts of information management and the application of information technology specific to health care. A brief survey of the financial implications of the various applications from both an ROI and compliance perspective is also presented. This course also provides an introduction to key business and financial aspects of developing and health information technology solutions. Consideration will be given to analyzing the cost benefit of health information technology, assessing the return on investment (ROI) of implementing an information technology system, engaging in vendor evaluation and negotiations, and facilitating the acquisition of health information technology systems.

MHI 580 Policies and Trends in Healthcare Informatics 3 cr.

Introduces Health Sector Management students to the interlocking segments of the industry (for example, doctors, hospitals, HMOs/PPOs, insurers, consultants, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices), their current status, and how they are changing. The course will explore the industry from several perspectives: the provider/patient/payer interface, the changing demographics of health, growth of technology, emerging regulatory patterns, and key government programs.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Facilitate the development and advancement of emerging information technologies to improve health care delivery and cost efficiencies.
  2. Gain an in-depth understanding of new and existing health information management systems within the context of the U.S. health care system.
  3. Become proficient in the "language" of health care, navigate the rules around using medical data, and obtain relevant information to assess changes to the health care system.
  4. Participate in the development, implementation, evaluation and management of information technology solutions to improve patient care and the health care delivery process.
  5. Utilize health information technology for decision support, knowledge management, strategic planning, and outcomes assessment to optimize cost efficiencies in the health care system.
  6. Understand the business implications on security, privacy and policies.
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