The MSHI curriculum consists of 36 credits of core Health Informatics courses. Students without a degree in the computing sciences (such as business informatics, health informatics, computer information systems, or computer science) will be required to take 9 additional credits of prerequisite courses and will be admitted into the MSHI-1.
Students with a degree in a computing discipline will be admitted into the MSHI-2.
For course course ID's and more details, visit the Course Catalog.
The MSHI-1 curriculum includes the the following three classes prerequisite courses listed below (9 credits), in addition to the classes courses listed in the MSHI-2 curriculum, plus section, including either the a project or thesis and an internship within a healthcare organization (36 credits).
A survey course to introduce basic informatics principles, theories, and technology to non-business students.
Networking and Virtualization
Study of the implementation and development of network information systems. Protocols and techniques will be compared, and virtualization and cloud co mputing will be emphasized.
Database Design and Implementation
Covers multi-user relational database management systems, stored procedures, SQL, transaction processing, etc. The course emphasizes Secure Software Design, which includes secure design elements, software architecture, secure design review, and threat modeling.
The MSHI-2 is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a computing discipline. Students can select from two options: 33 credits of coursework plus a health informatics project, or 30 credits of coursework plus a thesis. Coursework for both options includes a required internship within a healthcare organization.
Statistical Methods for Data Analytics
This course encompasses data visualization, descriptive data analysis, ANOVA approaches, correlation and multiple regression and additional modeling topics. Emphasis will be based upon appropriate interpretation of statistical results. All data will include a business or health care context to acquaint students with current statistical practice.
This course presents an overview of the evolution of healthcare informatics. It also introduces the student to human factors issues within health informatics, critical issues affecting the development and implementation of information technologies (clinical, administrative, and learning), knowledge management principles, professional practice trends, and emerging information technology in healthcare.
Health Information Governance
The aim of this course is to help students understand the range of issues that IT professionals must be aware of within the healthcare industry. Students will be exposed to the current state of healthcare industry security environments and the larger regulatory environment in which healthcare organizations operate. This is important in light of the recent move towards cloud-based electronic health records (EHRs) and third party health applications.
Healthcare Workflow Process Analysis and Redesign
The aim of this course is to provide a broad-based understanding of workflow processes in the healthcare industry. In particular, the course will develop skills necessary to critically analyze and redesign the patient flow processes and utilize health IT systems both in the administrative and clinical landscape to achieve greater operational efficiency and provide higher quality of care to patients.
Health Data Analytics
In this course, students will use intermediate analytical skills to identify trends, predict outcomes and provide meaningful recommendations for health data problems. This course also uses health data analytics to improve the design of policy and programs, improve service delivery and operations, enhance sustainability, mitigate risk, and provide a means for measuring and evaluating critical organizational data.
Electronic Health Records
This course introduces students to Electronic Health Records (EHR), which aggregate patient health information across healthcare organizations. Students will learn the technical infrastructure required for EHRs including distributed architecture, network and security design, and configuration approaches. Students will also have hands-on learning experience through simulated EHR activities in different roles within an ambulatory care setting.
Management of Informatics Projects
This course provides an informatics orientation for project management. Students learn techniques for planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling informatics projects, including software cost estimation and software risk management. Establishing project communications, change management, quality assurance, and managing distributed software teams will also be discussed.
Health Law and Bioethics
This course develops a roadmap to facilitate risk management in the provision of healthcare services. Issues addressed include regulation and licensure, liability, selected aspects of public programs, and ethical issues regarding death, reproduction, and research. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus.
US and Global Health Systems
Explore the historical and contemporary multi-layered social, cultural, political, and economic determinants in the US and internationally that shape health status, health behavior, and health inequalities. This course focuses on a practical application of creating appropriate interventions specific to the target population.
Health Clinical Practicum (Internship)
All MSHI students are required to complete a 128-hour internship within a healthcare setting. This internship will provide the opportunity to perform various supervised health informatics-related activities in one or more clinical departments.
Health Informatics Project or Thesis
In addition to building a deeper understanding of health informatics through course work, students will gain knowledge and skill in the field by conducting a significant health informatics project or writing a Master’s thesis. The thesis option (6 credits) is for students who wish to gain experience in conducting intense research, and/or plan to pursue a Ph.D. The project option (3 credits) is geared toward students who expect to pursue a non-academic career within the healthcare industry. In addition to the project, students are required to take an additional 3 credit elective course for a total of 6 credits for the project option.
Concurrent & Joint Degree Programs
Undergraduate BBA-HI students in the College of Business have the opportunity to complete the MSHI degree concurrently, giving students the chance to broaden their business skills and career outlook.
Students qualifying for advanced standing, who have at least a 3.0 GPA, and are within 30 credits of completion of the BBA-HI can apply for the joint BBA-HI/MSHI program. A formal application is required, including acceptance to the ISU Graduate School. Application to the graduate school includes submitting a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, a resume, and scores from either the GRE, GMAT, or MCAT.
Applicants must also submit a two-year plan and a Master's Check Sheet with the application. This plan will include the courses that will finish the requirements for the BBA-HI degree and the courses to fill the requirements for the MSHI degree. Upon acceptance, a students will become a ‘Concurrent Candidate’, and will be allowed permitted to enroll in 5000 level classes. Students will not be granted either degrees until all requirements for both degrees are completed.
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