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Many graduate programs miss or short change perhaps the most important skill set for this new kind of practitioner: the translational, communication and interpersonal skills that make the difference between success and failure during selection, implementation and optimization of healthcare IT systems. 

What makes our program unique is familiarization with critical skills in change management, knowledge management, project management, organizational psychology, generational differences, human-machine interfaces and optimization tools such as Lean and Agile.

Today’s multi-institution healthcare delivery systems and even larger stand-alone hospitals employ clinician ‘Champions’ to assist with the implementation of health-related information technology projects such as electronic medical records and meaningful use. Commonly, preparation for this role is simply familiarization with the operation of the system being installed. This does not solve problems such as resistance to change and designs for the optimization of dashboards. A full set of change management skills adds significant value to employing either Informaticists or Champions both during and after initial deployments of new systems or upgrades and optimization of present systems.

Program Goals

The M.S. in Healthcare Informatics at HU addresses the need for healthcare informaticists who require in-depth knowledge in selected informatics specialty areas and prepares students to:

Program Lead

 Michael L. Seavers, Ph.D., MBA, MHA, MSCS

Michael L. Seavers, Ph.D., MBA, MHA, MSCS Healthcare Informatics Program Lead

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Full Time Faculty

Chaza Abdul-Al

Assistant Professor of Healthcare Informatics

Albert Sarvis, PMP, GISP

Assistant Professor of Geospatial Technology & Director HU Geospatial Technology Center

Nancy Mimm, DNP

Assistant Professor of Population Health Nursing

Corporate Faculty

Raymond Robinson, M.D.

Corporate Faculty (Healthcare Informatics)

Chaojie (Jay) Wang, D.Sc.

Corporate Faculty (Healthcare Informatics)

Program Courses

This program requires a total of 36 semester hours: 1) 15 semester hours from the core courses listed below, 2) 6 semester hours of experiential courses, and 3) 15 semester hours of Individualized Concentration courses. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

HCIN 500 – Healthcare Informatics (3 credits)

This is the survey course for the Program in Healthcare Informatics, both for the certificate and the master’s degree. The student is exposed to the full range of healthcare informatics as it is employed in today’s workplace. This course discusses issues, trends, challenges, and applications related to the role of the Informaticist in Healthcare Systems and Institutions including big data management, electronic medical records systems, eHealth, data governance and data sharing. Casebased and project-based approaches are used for discussion and assignments. The student does not require academic healthcare system knowledge beyond that contained in ISEM541 Healthcare Systems, although clinical experience facilitates more rapid assimilation of content material and a deeper understanding of the overall curriculum. The overall goal of the course is familiarity with the potential contributions of informatics to both health outcomes and business operations so that successful learners return to their workplaces with sufficient knowledge to immediately function more effectively and efficiently as Informaticists.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: ISEM 541, Bachelor of Science Nursing Major, or permission of instructor

HCIN 515 – Essential Informatics Skills I (3 credits)

This is the first half of the keystone course for the Program in Healthcare Informatics, both for the certificate and the master’s degree. The student engages in a 3-credit executive format course which provides them with a robust set of tools for devising customized potential solutions to a range of Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) implementation challenges facing healthcare systems today. Interactive sessions are needed to facilitate mastery of interpersonal skills. The goal of the course is familiarity with basic techniques and current best practices for the planning, evaluation, implementation, adoption and optimization of healthcare IT systems. The successful learner will be able to plan and execute HIT projects, facilitate change, communicate effectively with all staff, and intervene with problem adopters.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

HCIN 520 – Essential Informatics Skills II (3 credits)

This is the second half of the keystone course for the Program in Healthcare Informatics, both for the certificate and the master’s degree. The student engages in a 3-credit executive format course that provides them with a robust set of tools for devising customized potential solutions to a range of Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) implementation challenges facing healthcare systems today. Interactive sessions are needed to facilitate mastery of interpersonal skills. The goal of the course is familiarity with basic techniques and current best practices for the planning, evaluation, implementation, adoption and optimization of healthcare IT systems. The successful learner will be able to lead multidisciplinary teams, plan and execute HIT projects, work in an Agile/Lean environment, leverage adult learning theory, optimize the human-computer interface, and advise on HIT compliance issues.

Prerequisites: HCIN 515
Corequisites: None

HCIN 545 – Healthcare Data (3 credits)

This course addresses the central role of healthcare data in both health outcomes and business operations. This is the basic course in healthcare data management for the ISEM graduate program as well as the program in Healthcare Informatics, both the certificate and master’s degree. The goal of the course is familiarity with basic techniques and current best practices for the governance, collection, cleaning, storage, sharing and handling of healthcare data. Case-based and project-based approaches are used for discussion and assignments. Prior experience in healthcare systems is not required, but knowledge of material contained in ISEM 541 Healthcare Systems is helpful in establishing context. Cross-listed with ISEM 545

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

HCIN 550 – Intro to Healthcare Analytics (3 credits)

This is the analytics survey course for the Program in Healthcare Informatics, both for the certificate and the master’s degree. Graduate students are exposed to the wide range of analytics tools and techniques used in today’s workplace. The ultimate goal of the course is familiarity with the strengths and limitations of these tools so that successful learners return to their workplaces with sufficient knowledge to ask appropriate questions of the available data, choose the appropriate tools and techniques used to analyze the available data, and explain the strengths and weaknesses of any inferences made. Master’s Degree students in Healthcare Analytics desiring more in-depth analytics application knowledge will pursue elective courses in ANLY. The student does not require mathematical knowledge beyond high school level algebra, although introductory calculus knowledge facilitates understanding in a few areas such as matrices, vectors, and rates of change.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

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Information for International Students

All of the University’s graduate programs are STEM approved, and curricular practical training (CPT) is offered for this program.

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