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Health Informatics Course Descriptions

Foundational Modules

Our foundational modules are designed to ground you in both healthcare and information technology. If you have no background in these areas, you will complete one or both of our one-credit hour foundational modules.

HINF 501 - Introduction to Healthcare 1 credit
This course introduces you to the healthcare system in the United States. The players, providers, and agencies involved are identified along with their roles and responsibilities.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the healthcare delivery system in the United States, identify the payment systems for healthcare and describe current concepts important to healthcare.

HINF 502 - Computer Information Technology for Health Professionals 1 credit
This course covers the foundations of today’s computer information technology. Topics include computer organization, data representation, operating systems, the Internet and Web, application software such as word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation, and computer security.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will know how computers store, access, and process data, be able to use software applications to solve simple but meaningful real world problems, and be aware of today’s computer security issues including viruses, spam, phishing, and spyware.

Core Courses

HINF 520 - Introduction to Health Informatics 3 credits
This course provides an introduction to the health informatics discipline, as the foundation for further study in this inter-professional/multidisciplinary field. This course traces the history of health data management and the role of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and other clinical informatics applications in healthcare organizations. This course provides knowledge essential for self-selection of subspecialty or pursuit of general practice within the health informatics field. Emphasis is given to clinically transformative technologies, communication processes and information practices in healthcare.

HINF 530 - Healthcare Knowledge for Health Informatics 3 credits
This course discusses healthcare knowledge essential for practice in the health informatics field. The structure and function of healthcare systems in the United States and abroad are analyzed. Concepts related to management and leadership in healthcare are described. Emphasis is given to current trends in healthcare.
Prerequisite: HINF 501 or equivalent knowledge upon program approval

HINF 535 - Principles of Computer Science and Software Development 3 credits
This course introduces you to the principles of computer science and software development as a foundation of health informatics. Topics include computer architecture and organization, programming languages, computer programming, data structures and algorithm design, software life cycle, and software development cycle.
Prerequisite: HINF 502 or equivalent knowledge upon program approval

HINF 540 - Information Technology for Health Informatics 3 credits
This course studies the application of today’s information technology in health information management. Topics include computer information technology infrastructure and architecture, systems interoperability, interface and integration, information assurance, knowledge management and decision support systems, and technology for communication.
Prerequisite: HINF 535

HINF 545 - Database Principles and Applications 3 credits
This course introduces you to database principles and database applications in health informatics. Main topics include entity relationship data model, relational model, relational database design, database queries using SQL, and database recovery and security. The course also covers emerging technologies and issues relevant to health informatics such as NoSQL, data warehousing, and data mining.
Prerequisite: HINF 540

HINF 550 - Community Health for Health Informatics 3 credits
This course explores community health from a systems and organizational perspective with an emphasis on health information technology. Research in healthcare is analyzed in relation to evidence-based practice, use of large databases, data mining, consumer information, health promotion and maintenance, and quality assessment. The management of health data in the achievement of healthcare organization objectives is emphasized.
Prerequisites: HINF 530 and HINF 545

HINF 560 - Business Management and Communication for Health Informatics 3 credits
This course examines business management principles and practices essential to the health informatics field. Concepts focus on what it takes to effectively manage, budget, govern, and evaluate information technology services in a healthcare organization. Topics include market analysis, the budget planning process, construction and evaluation of the RPF process, financial management, project management, and communication strategies.
Prerequisite: HINF 550

HINF 570 - Public Policy for Health Informatics 3 credits
This course focuses on conceptual and theoretical foundations of health policy formulation, implementation and analysis in the healthcare sector with specific applications to health informatics. The framework includes environmental assessment, competition, demand, utilization, compliance, law, healthcare reform, professionalism, elements of grantsmanship, market structure, with a strong emphasis on competency development.
Prerequisite: HINF 560

HINF 580 - Current Trends in Health Informatics 3 credits
This course will examine trends impacting the health informatics field and their impact on the structure, behavior, and interactions of natural and artificial systems that store, process and communicate information. This course provides a bridge between the didactic health informatics coursework and the capstone experience. It support you as an emerging health informatics professional in your transition from graduate student to practitioner in this inter-professional/multidisciplinary field. This course builds upon prior coursework, reinforcing and contributing to knowledge essential for self-selection of subspecialty or pursuit of general practice within the health informatics field.
Prerequisite: HINF 570

HINF 590 - Health Informatics Capstone 3 credits
This course will give you an understanding of the systematic application of digital information technologies to public health, research, and learning. You must integrate and apply knowledge, principles, theories, concepts, methods, techniques, skills, competencies, values and professional viewpoints developed throughout the curriculum to resolve complex case studies and to complete an applied health informatics project. The course uses knowledge gained in all modules and requires critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, creative capacities, communication and interpersonal skills, qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Prerequisite: HINF 580

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