Master of Science in Health Care Informatics Curriculum

The program integrates health care technology, leadership, and business knowledge and skills in preparing you for leadership in health care informatics in a variety of positions within health care organizations.

The 31-unit program consists of eleven courses including a Capstone course.  View the list of courses below, or download a PDF of all courses included in the MS in Health Care Informatics curriculum.

NOTE: In addition to the courses listed below, students who do not have health care experience and a basic knowledge of medical terminology will be required to enroll in and complete the online Medical Terminology course by the end of their second semester.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes, in addition to the graduate learning outcomes shared across all of USD’s Master’s level programs.

  • Develop specialized field knowledge and integrate knowledge with technical skills across content areas
  • Demonstrate leadership skills, such as critical inquiry through field based approaches and methods; organizational and technology management, and professional communication
  • Apply multidisciplinary learning across contexts within the field, integrating knowledge and practice to improve health care delivery
  • Reason from an ethical and legal perspective relevant to the field by acknolwedging conflicting values or rights as they affect health care decisions

Program Courses

3 units

HCIN 540

Introduction to Health Care Information Management

Introduction to Health Care Information Management

Provides students with necessary skills to understand the basis for health care informatics. Emphasizes basic understanding of computer hardware, network architecture, clinical application of electronic health records, and health care software applications. Includes relevant regulatory, patient privacy, security, and reimbursement issues. Examines current trends in meaningful use and electronic health record (EHR) certification as a foundation for understanding emerging issues in health care informatics.

3 units

HCIN 541

Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems

Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems

Provides an overview of the health care delivery system, professional roles, care delivery models, and relevant regulatory environment in the United States. Overviews common chronic and acute disease states that drive the U.S. healthcare system to provide the student with context for care delivery models.

3 units

HCIN 542

Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics

Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics

Prepares students in the planning, analysis, design, and implementation of computer-based
information and technology systems. Includes systems development life cycle, project management skills, requirement analysis and specification, feasibility and cost-benefit analysis, logical and physical design, prototyping, system validation, deployment, human factors, and post-implementation review.

3 units

HCIN 543

Database Design and Knowledge Management

Database Design and Knowledge Management

Provides opportunities to gain advanced skills in data and knowledge management. Addresses applied skills in database design, data structure, modeling, and development of database management systems to resolve problems in health care informatics and research settings. Also focuses on development of fundamental skills in knowledge management and knowledge engineering as applied to the health care environment. Provides an overview of national health care databases such as National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Core measures and data mining techniques. Promotes skills in accessing clinical databases to resolve selected clinical problems.

3 units

ENLC 500

Health Care Leadership, Values, and Social Justice

Health Care Leadership, Values, and Social Justice

Examines leadership theories, corporate ethics, values-focused strategies and principals of social and health care justice that can be actualized across the spectrum of health care settings. Synthesis of the literature is required to support development of clinical project relevant to a health care setting.

3 units

ENLC 553

Financial Management in Health Systems

Financial Management in Health Systems

Provides a forum for the exploration and evaluation of the financial environment of the health care industry and how it specifically affects the role of the mid-level manager and health care executive. Additionally, the course will emphasize the development of practical financial analysis skills that will provide students with a foundation for immediate application within the health care delivery system.

3 units

ENLC 556

Management of Health System Care Delivery and Outcomes

Management of Health System Care Delivery and Outcomes

Focuses on the process of health care delivery from a systems perspective and emphasizes continuous process improvement as crucial to achieving high quality outcomes. Addresses health system outcome measurement and evaluation and analysis of research on organizational effectiveness.

3 units

ENLC 557

Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems

Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems

Emphasizes strategic planning and management as requisite to growth and survival of health care systems. Acquaints students with the language, processes, tools, and techniques of strategic planning and marketing that will enable them to contribute effectively to strategic thinking and action in health care systems.

3 units

MSNC 507

Statistics

Statistics

Provides students with the necessary skills to perform statistical analysis of data in order to present information in a meaningful way. Emphasizes basic understanding of probability concepts, common probability distributions, and inferential statistical methods. Includes identification of data requirements and statistical method to answer specific research questions. Incorporates SPSS statistical software as well as statistical calculations. Explores methods to display data and findings. Assists students to interpret SPSS output, and effectively present findings. Also focuses on critical review of scientific manuscripts and interpretation of findings.

3 units

HCIN 544

Advanced Health Care Information Management

Advanced Health Care Information Management

Provides information and skills necessary for leadership in informatics roles in health care
systems. Emphasizes design, implementation, and evaluation of electronic health record systems and clinical decision support systems. Also addresses regulatory, reimbursement, ethical issues, and emerging technology in health care informatics.

1 unit

HCIN 546C

Capstone

Capstone

This is the final course in the Health Care Informatics program sequence and is given during the final 14-week semester of the degree program. The purpose of this course is to thread program concepts, skills, and knowledge developed throughout the program into a culminating capstone experience.