Curriculum

The Master’s in Clinical & Health Informatics will provide students with an interdisciplinary approach with population health, biomedical informatics, industrial systems engineering, nursing, pharmacy, and healthcare operations management expertise. The 30-credit program includes the courses listed by semester below, which highlights the 2-year path to completion.

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Year 1 - Fall semester

Operations & Technology Management (OTM) 753 — Healthcare Operations Management
Healthcare delivery systems around the world struggle with three fundamental issues: patient access to care, quality and safety in the care process (incl. patient and staff satisfaction), and cost of care.  In this course, we look at these issues and selected analysis and improvement approaches that the discipline of Operations Management can offer.  In doing that, different types of both clinical and non-clinical processes in hospital settings are illustrated.  We are also using readings and cases from several countries (US, UK, Australia, France, Belgium, and Canada).

Industrial & Systems Engineering (I SY E) 557 — Human Factors Engineering for Healthcare Systems
Introduction to the application of Human Factors Engineering theory and methods to the analysis and improvement of healthcare delivery systems.

Year 1 - Spring semester

Pharmacy Practice (PHM PRAC) 617 — Health System Pharmacy Data Analysis and Informatics
Weekly lectures will familiarize the student with pharmacy information systems and the use of data and data processing systems for decision support. Students will complete a data analysis and report project to drive a decision in the hospital.

Engineering Professional Development (E P D) 706 — Change Management
Provides emerging and practicing professionals foundational knowledge sufficient to develop a change management strategy and implement it using proven processes and tools. Through this course, students will be better prepared to deliver effective organizational performance. The course applies contemporary concepts and methods in change management through student-selected projects

Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (B M I) 573 – Foundations of Data-Driven Healthcare
Familiarize students with basic informatics principles and techniques to support clinical research and quality improvement studies from a perspective of data-driven approaches. Content includes information systems for study design; regulatory compliance; use of electronic health records data for research; data collection and acquisition; data security, storage, transfer, processing and analysis.

Year 1 - Summer

Nursing 772 — Leadership and Organizational Decision-Making in Health Care
Provides healthcare leaders with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to improve individual, organization and health system outcomes. Effective organizational and systems leadership will help to eliminate health disparities, promote patient safety and excellence in practice. The course includes the analysis, integration and application of principles of leadership and management to health care organizations and to population-based efforts across the health care delivery system. Emphasis is placed on the practical skills needed to succeed as leaders in today’s complex environments. A basic introduction to finance is included.

Nursing 702 — Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Communities
Best practice approaches to health promotion and disease prevention are explored from their theoretical foundations to clinical applications in diverse populations. Content focuses on the study and synthesis of epidemiologic evidence with emerging social, psychological, and biological science to critically examine and propose evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes, mitigate risk, and reduce disparities at the population level. Epidemiological principles, levels of prevention, population health theory, infectious disease control, and considerations specific to health equity and ethical health promotion practice in populations will be addressed.

Year 2 - Fall semester

Population Health Sciences (POP HLTH) 795 — Principles of Population Health Sciences
Introduces students to the multiple determinants of health including medical care, socioeconomic status, the physical environment and individual behavior, and their interactions. Also covered will be the definition and measurement of population health, economic concepts in population health, and ethical and managerial issues in population health improvement.

Nursing 715 — Health Information Systems
Evaluate and appraise health informatics and information technology in order to develop integrative approaches to the design, implementation and evaluation of health informatics solutions and problems. Application of standards, document architecture, decision support systems and heuristic rules and system life-cycle are key areas of focus. People and organization issues for system implementation and evaluation are applied to real data issues to examine privacy, data protection. and institutional responsibilities.

Year 2 - Spring semester

Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (B M I) 750 — Cumulative Capstone in Clinical and Health Informatics
Application of core coursework to a real-world project where students assess all 10 American Medical Association informatics (AMIA) competencies for healthcare informatics. These competencies are integrated into a large cumulative project to ascertain the knowledge, skills and attributes to successfully work in an informatics field.

Population Health Sciences (POP HLTH) 709 — Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care
This course seeks to review the conceptualization of translational and outcomes research in health and health care settings; to illustrate basic concepts and methods in research as applied to current issues in health and health care settings; and to understand the diverse perspectives that can be used to inform translational and outcomes research in different organizations, including those based within communities.