The Department of Health Informatics and Administration in the College of Health Sciences offers the Master of Science in Health Care Informatics degree. Health care informatics focuses on the use of information technologies, data analytics and automation to improve health care. Professional expertise in health care informatics is needed by hospitals and other health care providers, medical centers and facilities, medical software companies, pharmaceutical companies, public health organizations, health insurance companies and medical research institutions. The master's program is designed to meet the demand for highly trained health care informatics professionals. The curriculum covers several areas including: systems analysis and design, database design and management, clinical decision support and computer programming. Students also get exposed to cutting-edge research in areas such as big data, predictive analytics, natural language processing, medical knowledge representation and information retrieval, which are rapidly becoming indispensable for improving health care.
The program is designed for both full-time and part-time students. Courses are offered both face-to-face and online. Mid-career professionals can use the fully online option for completing the degree.
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements and submit GRE scores taken within the past five years (GRE requirement will be waived for applicants who already hold another master’s degree or PhD, or the equivalent). No specific undergraduate major is necessary for admission. A typical applicant will have a background in a health-related field or in an information/computer-related field, but applicants from other academic or professional backgrounds are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Credits and Courses
The Master of Science in Health Care Informatics degree will be awarded upon completion of appropriate 36 credits (non-thesis option) or 39 credits (thesis option) of prescribed graduate study; 27 credits of core courses and 6 credits of electives are required, plus either 3 credit HCA 891 or 6 credits HCA 890.
|HCA 700||Introduction to Health Care Informatics||3|
|HCA 741||Essential Programming for Health Informatics||3|
|HCA 723||Health Care Systems Applications - Administrative and Clinical||3|
|HCA 541||Healthcare Information Systems Analysis and Design||3|
|HCA 722||Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Health Care Informatics||3|
|HCA 740||Introduction to Biomedical Database Applications||3|
|HCA 742||Computational Intelligence in Health Informatics||3|
|HCA 745||Health Big Data Processing Platforms||3|
|PH 801||Seminar in Public Health Research||3|
|Select two of the following: 1||6|
|Biomedical and Healthcare Terminology and Ontology|
|Health Information Technology Procurement|
|Predictive Analytics in Healthcare|
|Text Retrieval and Its Applications in Biomedicine|
|Biomedical Natural Language Processing|
|Biomedical Information Extraction|
|Guided Teaching Experience in Health Sciences|
|Seminar in Health Outcomes Assessment|
|Project or Thesis|
|HCA 890||Health Care Informatics Research and Thesis (taken for 6 credits)||3-6|
|or HCA 891||Health Care Informatics Professional Project|
Electives other than those listed below are to be approved by the student’s major professor.
Option A: Project Option
The Project option requires students to apply health informatics research and theory to a professional situation. The project must be undertaken in compliance with program requirements under the supervision of a HIA major professor. Students who choose this option count 3 credits of HCA 891 toward the required 36-graduate-credit minimum.
Option B: Thesis Option
The thesis option requires students to plan, design, execute and report results of original applied or basic research. Students who choose the thesis option are responsible for identifying a HIA major professor and a thesis committee. The thesis committee should consist of the major professor and at least two other graduate faculty. The student must pass a comprehensive oral examination in defense of the completed thesis. Students who choose this option count 6 credits of HCA 890 toward the required 39-graduate-credit minimum.
Major Professor as Advisor
A student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. Initially the director of the HCI Program advises and supervises newly admitted students. Students are then assigned faculty advisors according to faculty advising loads.
Program Completion Time Limit
The student must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment.