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 acknowledging conflicting values or rights as they affect health care decisions

Courses and Schedule

All students take HCIN 540 and 541 for their first term. After the first term, courses will be taken per the schedule outlined below.
In their final term, students take the Capstone in addition to their last two classes.

Summer 2017

Course Units
Health Care Leadership, Values, and Social Justice 3
Advanced Health Care Information Management 3
Students in their first term will take HCIN 540 and 541 instead of the courses listed above.

Fall 2017

Course Units
Management of Health System Care Delivery and Outcomes 3
Financial Management in Health Systems 3
Students in their first term will take HCIN 540 and 541 instead of the courses listed above.

Spring 2018

Course Units
Statistics 3
Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems 3
Capstone 1
Students in their first term will take HCIN 540 and 541 instead of the courses listed above.
The Capstone course is taken only by students in their final term

Summer 2018

Course Units
Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics 3
Database Design and Knowledge Management 3
Capstone 1
Students in their first term will take HCIN 540 and 541 instead of the courses listed above.
The Capstone course is taken only by students in their final term

Fall 2018

Course Units
Health Care Leadership, Values, and Social Justice 3
Advanced Health Care Information Management 3
Students in their first term will take HCIN 540 and 541 instead of the courses listed above.
The Capstone course is taken only by students in their final term