Course Descriptions

Healthcare Informatics M.S. Online

HINF 410 Information Technology Overview     3 CR
An overview of technologies that support healthcare information systems. This includes system software, system analysis and design, data management, networks and data communication, information processing distribution schemes, information systems architecture, system standards, and security.

HINF 412 Introduction to Healthcare & Information Technology     1-3 CR
The student will be introduced to the use of information technology within healthcare settings.

HINF 415 Convergence of Healthcare and Information Technology     3 CR
Technology is transforming how healthcare is delivered and in the process bringing together disparate groups of people to work together collaboratively. This course will provide an overview of information technology including system analysis and design, data and network management, and information systems architecture and how each directly impacts clinical healthcare personnel. The students will also be introduced to the terminology, practices and processes found in clinical and business operations. Communication between direct patient care individuals and technology personnel will be  explored and appropriate methods fostered.

HINF 420 Introduction to the Language and Culture of Healthcare     3 CR
Introduction to organization, economic, culture, policy, and terminology of healthcare for non-health professionals. This also introduces the students to fundamental terminology, practices and processes found in clinical and business operations.

HINF 501 Foundations in Healthcare Informatics     3 CR
High level overview of Healthcare Informatics. Overviews of the following topics will be included: administrative and clinical software applications, healthcare systems acquisition, leadership skills, electronic health records, change management and organizational behavior, workflow design and reengineering, communications specific to the information systems leaders, healthcare information exchanges, and evidence based medicine. A high level look at the healthcare industry and recent government mandates will also be explored. Prerequisite: Granted Permission

HINF 502 Healthcare Industry and Policy     3 CR
An in-depth view of the major players such as hospital, insurance, government, pharmaceutical, and support vendors and information systems role will be discussed. Patient safety, medical error and healthcare quality improvement will be major topics. A portion of this class will deal with current government healthcare policies and mandates (e.g., healthcare reform) and the complexities of application in the current healthcare information systems environment. The class will take an in depth look at the HIPAA regulations such as entity definitions, information disclosures, and privacy notices. Government mandates which affect privacy, security, and electronic health records will also be discussed.

HINF 503 Effective Communications     3 CR
In addition to a formal study of various forms of communications, this course will focus on developing oral and written communication skills needed to educate and influence organizational stakeholders and decision-makers to adopt healthcare information systems. Students will hone their communication skills via simulations, in-class presentations, and case studies. Various management methods via Skype, teleconference, and email will also be practiced.

HINF 504 Business of Healthcare Information Technology     3 CR
Introduces the student to the business of healthcare at both an industry and individual business level. Includes department design, management of capital and operating budgets, budget planning process, strategic planning, and concepts necessary for the preparation and interpretation of financial statements. Additionally, the vendor identification and selection process as well as contract management will be discussed as it pertains to the healthcare environment. Prerequisites: HINF 501 and HINF 502

HINF 505 Healthcare Operations    3 CR
Health care organizations face numerous challenges, including rising costs, increasing complexity and quality issues, all while confronting an increase in demand for limited resources. This course examines the operations of the entire healthcare organization and its management, including the role of strategic planning and governance, clinical and non-clinical support services, quality improvement, Environment-of-Care and facilities management, personnel and staffing, finance, information technology and marketing. Prerequisite: HINF 501

HINF 550 Workflow Design & Reengineering     3 CR
Introduces process mapping and workflow management. The intricacies of observing, recording, analyzing and improving processes within the healthcare setting will be  discussed and analyzed. Issues arising from the development, dissemination, implementation, and use of health information technologies (information systems, monitoring systems, etc.) on individuals and organizations will be explored. The concepts of usability, learnability, likeability, ergonomic and universal design of solutions will also be discussed in depth. Social and ethical issues will also be introduced. Prerequisite: HINF 501

HINF 551 Leading & Influencing with Integrity     3 CR
Course also known as WGB 612
Leaders and managers at all levels in organizations must influence others to enable achievement of the organization’s objectives. Leading and influencing with integrity requires understanding of one’s self, other people, the situational and cultural context, as well as both current and future impacts of actions taken. Through course learning experiences students develop individual and organizational strategies to influence others, shape culture, manage change, negotiate, and facilitate employee engagement and performance so organizations can contribute to society in ways that are effective, responsible and sustainable.

HINF 552 Evidence Based Practice & Clinical Decision Support     3 CR
Evidenced based practice (EBP) qualitative and quantitative methodologies will be analyzed within the scope of the healthcare industry. Topics include identification, interpretation, and evaluation of research information sources, research design, data collection, computer-based data analyses, privacy and protection of human subjects. Clinical Decision Support (CDS) technologies which provide tools for the healthcare providers’ decision making will be examined and debated. Data warehouses will also be discussed as it relat4es to facilitating and optimizing the research methodologies.

HINF 600 Special Topics in Healthcare Informatics     3 CR
Designated new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the department’s permanent course offerings. Prerequisites are established by the department as appropriate for the specific course.

HINF 601 Healthcare Information Exchange     3 CR
Evaluation and management of health information between healthcare facilities, government agencies, and consumer health records (PHR) including issues, standards, technologies, and system configurations. Electronic health records will be covered conceptually to understand their impact on HIE’s. Technical components (data exchanges, interoperability, data mining and warehouse) as well as policy issues will be discussed and debated. Exploration of the privacy and security aspects regarding electronic health information exchange. Examining current legal requirements driving policies and procedures as well as business and best practices regarding the creation, storage, processing, access, auditing, and utilization of clinical data. Prerequisites: HINF 502 & HINF 552

HINF 602 Clinical & Business Intelligence     3 CR
Utilization and leveraging of healthcare data can drive improvements in our nation’s entire healthcare system as well as in the medical and economic wellness of patients through sharing practical guidance and unbiased information on how to harness these healthcare data and facilitating problem solving, solution sharing, and education through the collection and analyzing of healthcare data.

HINF 610 Electronic Health Records     3 CR
This course is designed to provide an understanding of specific skills required to collect and maintain electronic health data in our current technical and political environment. Examines overviews and issues specific to various types of hospital systems; methods used to interface between systems; and operational issues typical of hospital systems. The course also includes a study of controlled medical vocabularies typically used to define various types of health data as well as a survey of existing and evolving government driven standards and regulations. Prerequisite: HINF 550

HINF 611 Project Management     3 CR
Introduction to managing healthcare information projects, including the development of the project charter and scope with emphasis on developing the competencies and skills required to successfully lead teams of technical, clinical and professional specialists through workflow and work process redesign activities within a healthcare organization or system. Topics also include project initiating, planning and development, project management tools, budgeting, human resource management, project monitoring and controlling and project closure. Advanced level skills in using PM methodologies to create realistic project plans, schedule tasks and resources effectively, appropriately communicate with all stakeholders and derive meaningful milestones deliverables to track and report progress for both simple and complex projects. Prerequisite: HINF 503

HINF 612 Emerging Technologies     3 CR
The concepts and latest progress on emerging technologies such as health exchanges, biometrics, wireless, mobile, and web technologies will be discussed. Biomedical technologies will also be explored. Examines trends and drivers of innovation both generally and in healthcare and how emerging technologies are adapted and evaluated. Introduces how emerging technologies are applied to improve health records, computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems, regional health information organizations, personal health records, telemedicine, new imaging systems, robotic surgery, pharmacogenomics, and national-level bio-surveillance. Prerequisite: HIS 550

HINF 613 Legal Aspects of Healthcare Information Technology     3 CR
This course explores the extent to which law can implement or facilitate sound healthcare policy. The course will cover the following major areas: employment and contract law, patient rights (e.g., provider disclosure), healthcare accountability (e.g., medical error liability), and healthcare access (e.g., universal coverage). Particular attention will be paid to the balancing act between the patient’s desires for available information over the internet with IT security that ensures patient privacy. Topics such as informed consent, electronic records over the internet, remote patient monitoring, and wireless technology privacy concerns will also be discussed. Prerequisites: HINF 501 & HINF 502

HINF 614 Strategic Application of Information Technology in Healthcare     3 CR
This course will examine the strategic application of information technology in healthcare organizations. The course will focus on the challenges facing the health care informatics administration with respect to organizational structure, alignment with enterprise strategy, portfolio management, and regulatory compliance. In addition the course will look at how the application of IT can transform healthcare delivery in the current environment.

HINF 615 Population Health     3 CR
Population health focuses on the health and well‐being of entire populations. Populations may be geographically defined, such as neighborhoods, states, or countries, or may be based on groups of individuals who share common characteristics such as age, gender, race‐ethnicity, disease status, employee group membership, or socioeconomic status. With roots in epidemiology, public health, and demography, a key component of population health is the focus on the social determinants of health and “upstream” collaborative interventions to improve population health and variance, identify and reduce health disparities, and reduce healthcare costs. Given the shifting health care environment – from fee‐for‐service to value‐based care – health administrators and managers who are able to apply epidemiological and demographic tools to measure, analyze, evaluate and improve population health will be well‐positioned for positions in health care as the field continues to evolve.

HINF 616 Consumer Health Informatics & Technologies     3 CR
Consumer health informatics (CHI) is rapidly-expanding and aims to give individual health care consumers, their families, and communities the information and tools that they need to become more engaged in their health and health care. In this course, students will become familiar with a range of CHI applications, including the needs/problems that the applications address, their theoretical bases, their technical architectures, and relevant evaluation results. Students will acquire an ability to evaluate existing applications intended to help individuals adopt and maintain health-protective behaviors and to generate theory-informed design and implementation strategies for CHI applications. 

HINF 620 Healthcare Information Systems     3 CR
Course also known as NU 575
An introduction to health information systems as tools for decision making and communication in healthcare. This course builds on prior knowledge of systems theory and utilizes change theory and information processing theory to analyze, manage and evaluate healthcare information. Emphasis is also on the ability to utilize information systems in the delivery of patient care and the exploration of the variety of tools available to assist in the analysis of quality care.

HINF 621 Database Design (Oracle)     3 CR
Course also known as CS 603
Discusses goals and techniques in the design, implementation and maintenance of large database management systems: physical and logical organization; file structures; indexing; entity relationship models; hierarchical, network and relational models; normalization; query languages; and database logic. Prerequisite: Information Technology Overview or equivalent course

HINF 622 Information Analysis and System Design     3 CR
Discusses the design, analysis and management of information systems: system lifecycle management, hardware and software selection and evaluation, the role of information systems in decision support and other functional areas of business, project management, systems development and analysis, module design and techniques to reduce system complexity. Prerequisite: Information Technology Overview or equivalent course

HINF 625 Field Experience I     3 CR
This Field Experience/Internship is a practical learning experience arranged with a variety of healthcare organizations and which provides a supervised short-term educational experience for students in the Healthcare Informatics (HI) program. An Internship allows a student to develop professionally through a work experience under the guidance of leaders in the fields of healthcare informatics and healthcare information technology. As an extension of the curriculum, and the Internship experience affords the student an opportunity to apply his/her theoretical knowledge and technical skills in a practical manner gaining valuable training, which will better enable him/her to perform with a higher level of skill and confidence. Required for full-time students

HINF 626 Field Experience II     3 CR
This Field Experience/Internship is a practical learning experience and is a continuation of Field Experience I (HINF 625). Arranged with a variety of healthcare organizations it provides a supervised educational experience for students in the Healthcare Informatics (HI) program. An Internship allows a student to develop professionally through a work experience under the guidance of leaders in the fields of healthcare informatics and healthcare information technology. 

HINF 660 Capstone Project     3 CR
Capstone electives should be taken as one of the last two courses in the students’ program of study, and after students have successfully completed the breadth and integrated core courses. The capstone project involves practical work and research in a major area of healthcare information systems through student-led projects. This course provides an opportunity to integrate knowledge gained in the classroom with a real-world problem. All projects require a weekly seminar and are guided by faculty members who serve as mentors. Projects may be completed on-site within a healthcare facility. Students who currently work in the healthcare industry may develop a capstone at their current place of employment with the approval of the employer. Capstone will be taken as one of the last two courses in the students’ program of study, and after students have successfully completed the required core courses.