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Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

Health Care Informatics Specialization

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Health Care Informatics Specialization

The Health Care Informatics (HCI) specialization is the most popular track in the Health Informatics master’s degree program, as it gives students broad exposure to the many different aspects of health informatics.  This track covers a wide range of technical, analytical and innovative health care technology skills that will enable students to be proficient in many health care applications. Learning from expert faculty with professional experience working in health informatics — from analytics to leadership and everything in between — gives students unique insights into all facets of the health informatics field. Graduates of this specialization will be prepared for any number of careers in the health informatics field.

This track is for students who: are new to health care informatics, and those who want exposure to different aspects of the field — including data analytics and leadership — without specializing in a single area. Students in this track can pursue a career as a health or clinical informaticist, health care consultant, EHR trainer or implementation specialist, clinical analyst or a health informatics team leader.

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Health Care Informatics Online Specialization Courses

Prior to beginning your first term, you’ll be required to complete the program orientation course, which generally takes about 12-16 hours. The course is self-paced but is mandatory. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

Term 1

Course Units

This MS in Health Care Informatics course provides students with necessary skills to understand the basis for health care informatics. Empha…

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3

This MS in Health Care Informatics course provides an overview of the health care delivery system, professional roles, care delivery models,…

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3

Terms 2-5

Course Units

This MS in Health Care Informatics course develops knowledge and hones skills concerning the management of people in healthcare organization…

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3

This MS in Health Care Informatics class provides information and skills necessary for leadership in informatics roles in health care system…

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3

This MS in Health Care Informatics course focuses on the evaluation of patient safety and quality of care outcomes from a systems perspectiv…

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3

This MS in Health Care Informatics course provides a forum for the exploration and evaluation of the financial environment of the health car…

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3

This MS in Health Care Informatics course provides students with the necessary skills to perform statistical analysis of data in order to pr…

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3

This MS in Health Care Informatics course emphasizes strategic planning and management as requisite to growth and survival of health care sy…

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3

Prepares students in the planning, analysis, design, and implementation of computer-based information and technology systems. Includes syste…

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3

Provides opportunities to gain advanced skills in data and knowledge management. Addresses applied skills in database design, data structure…

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3

Term 6

Course Units

This MS in Health Care Informatics class introduces theory and applied practice of clinical documentation systems. Includes hands on experie…

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3

This MS in Health Care Informatics class prepares students, based upon prior knowledge achieved in the health care informatics program, to a…

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3

This is the final course in the online section of the Health Care Informatics program sequence and is given during the final 14-week semeste…

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1

Health Care Informatics On-Campus Specialization Courses

Course Units

This MS in Health Care Informatics course provides students with necessary skills to understand the basis for health care informatics. Empha…

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3

This MS in Health Care Informatics course provides an overview of the health care delivery system, professional roles, care delivery models,…

Read More
3

Prepares students in the planning, analysis, design, and implementation of computer-based information and technology systems. Includes syste…

Read More
3

Provides opportunities to gain advanced skills in data and knowledge management. Addresses applied skills in database design, data structure…

Read More
3

This MS in Health Care Informatics course provides students with the necessary skills to perform statistical analysis of data in order to pr…

Read More
3

This MS in Health Care Informatics class introduces theory and applied practice of clinical documentation systems. Includes hands on experie…

Read More
3

This MS in Health Care Informatics course develops knowledge and hones skills concerning the management of people in healthcare organization…

Read More
3

This MS in Health Care Informatics course focuses on the evaluation of patient safety and quality of care outcomes from a systems perspectiv…

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3

This course will explore methods and tools to address a variety of health care issues by leveraging data to design, solve, and test a data-d…

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3

The clinical informatics residency is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to apply didactic knowledge from the classroom to…

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3

This MS in Health Care Informatics class prepares students, based upon prior knowledge achieved in the health care informatics program, to a…

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3

The HCI seminar course provides the student with the opportunity to work collaboratively with faculty and student colleagues to address conc…

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2

This MS in Health Care Informatics course provides a forum for the exploration and evaluation of the financial environment of the health car…

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3

This MS in Health Care Informatics course emphasizes strategic planning and management as requisite to growth and survival of health care sy…

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3

The Health Care Informatics Seminar is worth 2 units for students in the HCI track.


Course Calendar for HCI online


Frequently Asked questions

How much time will I need to dedicate to this program?

While this will vary from student to student, most part-time campus students, as well as online students, spend approximately 20 hours per week on their studies, split between assigned coursework and participating in their online course discussions and/or seminar. Of course, full-time campus students spend more time due to a larger course load.

What is the difference between the online and on-campus versions of this program?

In terms of the quality of education you will receive, there is no difference between the online and the on-campus formats of the HCI program. The number of units is slightly different – 37 for the online section and 42 for the campus section, which is primarily due to a campus-based seminar course that is taken each term. In both formats, you will study the same material, learn the same concepts and tactics, have the same faculty, and walk away with the same proficiencies and abilities. On-campus students interact with one another directly within the classroom while online students engage in virtual sessions and online discussion forums. Another minor difference is that online students are required to complete a capstone project in their final term. Finally, the campus section admits new students two times a year (Fall & Spring), whereas the online section admits new students in Fall, Spring and Summer.

What courses will I take that are unique to the Health Care Informatics Specialization?

While all three tracks will cover some many aspects of health care informatics, the courses specific to this track are Advanced Health Care Information Management and, for on-campus students, a practicum/residency in health care Informatics.

What careers can I pursue with a Health Care Informatics Specialization?

Typical job titles that graduates of this track pursue include:

  • Electronic Health Record Administrator/Trainer
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Informatics Analyst
  • Health Care IT Project Manager

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