Prof. Doris Peek, PhD


Master of Science in Health Informatics

MS Health Informatics

Course Sequence

Course Sequence - MS in Health Informatics
Course sequence is subject to change.

Course Descriptions

HCS/NUR 685 - Introduction to Health Informatics

The course develops an understanding of the role of information systems and technology within a health care organization. It examines the business and technical issues associated with the selection, deployment, and use of health informatics, both in the clinical and back office areas. Health informatics, for the purpose of the course, is defined as the convergence of information technology, information management, and health care, at various levels, ranging from simple data gathering to the design and implementation of new health care information systems.

HCS/NUR 605 - Health Information Exchange

This course is designed to introduce informatics professionals to the basic principles of Health Information Exchange (HIE). The focus will be on interoperability between ambulatory clinics, acute care facilities, and long-term care; electronic health records; and electronic prescribing systems and consumer health care informatics. Special emphasis is placed on the role of HIE in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Prerequisite course: HCS/NUR 685.

HCS/NUR 658 - Structure and Processes in Health Care Organization and Health Policy

This course will explore health care organizations and health care policy, and how change is effected in both. Health care policy and planning to address health care disparities at the local, state, and federal levels will be examined. Organizational diagnosis, organizational change, and ethical dimension of public policy formulations and implementation will be highlighted. Prerequisite course: HCS/NUR 685.

HCS/NUR 603 - Healthcare Databases: Design, Development and Clinical Application

This course focuses on database systems, development, design, and implementation within the context of health care. Special emphasis is placed on the role of database applications for continuous quality improvement and regulatory compliance. Students will design a relational database applicable to informatics leadership responsibilities. Prerequisite course: HCS/NUR 685.

HCS/NUR 604 - System Life Cycle/Project Management

This course covers the identification and development of information technology plans for projects supporting a health care organization’s business objectives and all activities required in the initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing phases of the project’s lifecycle. This course is intended to provide the body of knowledge and best practices necessary for a new Consultant, Business Analyst, or Project Manager to successfully perform his/her responsibilities on an IT enterprise project. Prerequisite course: HCS/NUR 685.

HCS 608 - Information Security

This course will emphasize the importance of information security and discuss strategies and legal requirements for restricting data access and ensuring privacy. Such strategies will include discussion of industry standards for physical security, as well as hardware and software safeguards. The challenges that new and emerging technologies will present with regard to data integrity and security will also be emphasized. Prerequisite course: HCS/NUR 685.

HCS 600 - Public Health Informatics

This course will provide an overview of important health issues as they relate to public health and epidemiology. Principles and methods of public health surveillance and epidemiology will also be presented. Through hands-on assignments, students will learn how patient databases and computer information systems and technologies may be utilized to address important issues in public health. Prerequisite course: HCS/NUR 685

HCS 601 - Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Health Informatics

This course will address the legal, social, ethical, and regulatory issues that impact the use health information systems and computerized technology for health care delivery. In addition to an in-depth examination of the legal and regulatory standards that govern health informatics, emphasis will be placed on ethical decision-making and the importance of mitigating liability though the application of various risk-management strategies. Case studies will be used extensively to afford students opportunities to apply the information they have learned in the course. Prerequisite course: HCS/NUR 685.

HCS 609 - Data Analytics and Applications for Health Informatics

In this course students will be introduced to basic research methodology and design for health sciences and medicine, as well as the role informatics can play in research related to medicine, public health, and biomedical sciences. Students will also be exposed to bioinformatics, a discipline of informatics concerned with the acquisition, storage, and application of use of information for biomedical research. The course will include research seminars given by guest speakers who are conducting research using health informatics. Prerequisite course: HCS/NUR 685.

HCS 611 - Capstone in Health Informatics

In the capstone course, students will assimilate and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired from their coursework in the program. Students will complete a non-thesis capstone project that requires them to critically analyze and solve a problem they might realistically encounter in health informatics using their skills in data acquisition, project management, data presentation, and risk management. Students will also develop and submit an electronic portfolio that contains key examples of work they have generated during their time in the program along with a self-reflection of that work. Prerequisite courses: All other courses in the program should be completed before registering for the capstone course.

Elective Courses

Students may pursue facets of Health Informatics by electing to take the following courses: Health Sciences, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management, Public Health, or Business.