Online M.S. in Health Care Informatics Curriculum

The MS in Health Care Informatics program integrates health care technology, clinical analytics, leadership, and business knowledge and skills in preparing you for leadership in health care informatics in a variety of positions within health care organizations. You will have the option to choose one of three focused learning tracks:

  • Health Care Informatics
  • Health Care Analytics
  • Health Care Leadership

The 37-unit program consists of an orientation course (12-16 hours) followed by 12 seven-week courses and a final 14-week Capstone course.  All students take two foundational courses during their first term and complete the capstone project in their final term. Aside from the foundational courses and the capstone, coursework will vary slightly depending on which focused learning track you have selected.

Specific Course List for Each Track

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.

Health Care Informatics Track Courses
  • New Student Orientation – HCIN 501
  • Introduction to Health Care Information Management – HCIN 540
  • Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems – HCIN 541
  • Healthcare Leadership, Values and Social Justice – ENLC 500
  • Advanced Health Care Information Management – HCIN 544
  • Management of Health System Care Delivery and Outcomes – ENLC 556
  • Financial Management in Health Systems – ENLC 553
  • Statistics – MSNC 507
  • Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems – ENLC 557
  • Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics – HCIN 542
  • Database Design and Knowledge Management – HCIN 543
  • Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems – HCIN 552
  • Health Care Analytics – HCIN 547
  • Health Care Informatics Capstone – HCIN 546C
  • Health Care Analytics Track Courses
  • New Student Orientation – HCIN 501
  • Introduction to Health Care Information Management – HCIN 540
  • Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems – HCIN 541
  • Healthcare Leadership, Values and Social Justice – ENLC 500
  • Population Health Analytics – HCIN 600
  • Management of Health System Care Delivery and Outcomes – ENLC 556
  • Health Care Analytics – HCIN 547
  • Statistics – MSNC 507
  • Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems – ENLC 557
  • Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics – HCIN 542
  • Database Design and Knowledge Management – HCIN 543
  • Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems – HCIN 552
  • Advanced Health Care Analytics – HCIN 615
  • Health Care Informatics Capstone – HCIN 546C
  • Health Care Leadership Track Courses
  • New Student Orientation – HCIN 501
  • Introduction to Health Care Information Management – HCIN 540
  • Introduction to Health Care Delivery Systems – HCIN 541
  • Healthcare Leadership, Values and Social Justice – ENLC 500
  • Health Care Law – HCIN 630
  • Management of Health System Care Delivery and Outcomes – ENLC 556
  • Financial Management in Health Systems – ENLC 553
  • Statistics – MSNC 507
  • Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems – ENLC 557
  • Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics – HCIN 542
  • Database Design and Knowledge Management – HCIN 543
  • Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems – HCIN 552
  • Digital Health Care Marketing – HCIN 625
  • Advanced Leadership and Systems Management – HCIN 610
  • In addition to the courses listed above, students who do not have health care experience and a basic knowledge of medical terminology will be required to enroll in the online Medical Terminology course before their first day of class. The online Medical Terminology course must be completed before the end of their first semester.

    Schedule of Classes Offered Each Term

    In your first term, you will take HCIN 540 and 541, which provide an excellent foundation for the rest of the curriculum. After your first term, courses will be taken per the schedule outlined below.

    Summer 2019

    Course Units
    Statistics (MSNC 507)

    Taken by students in all tracks.

    3
    Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems (ENLC 557)

    Taken by students in all tracks.

    3
    Health Care Informatics Capstone (HCIN 546C)

    Taken by students in their final term.

    1
    Students in their first term will take HCIN 540 and 541 instead of the courses listed above.

    Fall 2019

    Course Units
    Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics (HCIN 542)

    Taken by students in all tracks.

    3
    Database Design and Knowledge Management (HCIN 543)

    Taken by students in all tracks.

    3
    Health Care Informatics Capstone (HCIN 546C)

    Taken by students in their final term.

    1
    Students in their first term will take HCIN 540 and 541 instead of the courses listed above.

    Spring 2020

    Course Units
    Health Care Leadership, Values, and Social Justice (ENLC 500)

    Taken by students in all tracks.

    3
    Advanced Health Care Information Management (HCIN 544)

    Taken by students enrolled in the Health Informatics Track.

    3
    Population Health Analytics (HCIN 600)

    Taken by students enrolled in the Health Care Analytics Track.

    3
    Health Care Law (HCIN 630)

    Taken by students enrolled in the Health Care Leadership Track.

    3
    Health Care Informatics Capstone (HCIN 546C)

    Taken by students in their final term.

    1
    Students in their first term will take HCIN 540 and 541 instead of the courses listed above.

    Summer 2020

    Course Units
    Management of Health System Care Delivery and Outcomes (ENLC 556)

    Taken by all students

    3
    Financial Management in Health Systems (ENLC 553)

    Taken by students enrolled in the Health Informatics and the Health Care Leadership Tracks.

    3
    Health Care Analytics (HCIN 547)

    Taken by students in the Health Informatics & Health Care Analytics Tracks during their final term, and by students in the Health Care Leadership Track in lieu of ENLC 553.

    3
    Health Care Informatics Capstone (HCIN 546C)

    Taken by students in their final term.

    1
    Students in their first term will take HCIN 540 and 541 instead of the courses listed above.

    Fall 2020

    Course Units
    Statistics (MSNC 507)

    Taken by students in all tracks.

    3
    Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems (ENLC 557)

    Taken by students in all tracks.

    3
    Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems (HCIN 552)

    Taken by Health Informatics & Health Care Analytics Track students who are in their final term.

    3
    Health Care Analytics (HCIN 547)

    Taken by students in the Health Informatics & Health Care Analytics Tracks during their final term, and by students in the Health Care Leadership Track in lieu of ENLC 553.

    3
    Health Care Informatics Capstone (HCIN 546C)

    Taken by students in their final term.

    1
    Students in their first term will take HCIN 540 and 541 instead of the courses listed above.

    Spring 2021

    Course Units
    Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics (HCIN 542)

    Taken by students in all tracks.

    3
    Database Design and Knowledge Management (HCIN 543)

    Taken by students in all tracks.

    3
    Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems (HCIN 552)

    Taken by Health Informatics & Health Care Analytics Track students who are in their final term.

    3
    Health Care Analytics (HCIN 547)

    Taken by students in the Health Informatics & Health Care Analytics Tracks during their final term, and by students in the Health Care Leadership Track in lieu of ENLC 553.

    3
    Health Care Informatics Capstone (HCIN 546C)

    Taken by students in their final term.

    1

    Summer 2021

    Course Units
    Health Care Leadership, Values, and Social Justice (ENLC 500)

    Taken by students in all tracks.

    3
    Advanced Health Care Information Management (HCIN 544)

    Taken by students enrolled in the Health Informatics Track.

    3
    Population Health Analytics (HCIN 600)

    Taken by students enrolled in the Health Care Analytics Track.

    3
    Health Care Law (HCIN 630)

    Taken by students enrolled in the Health Care Leadership Track.

    3
    Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems (HCIN 552)

    Taken by Health Informatics & Health Care Analytics Track students who are in their final term.

    3
    Health Care Analytics (HCIN 547)

    Taken by students in the Health Informatics & Health Care Analytics Tracks during their final term, and by students in the Health Care Leadership Track in lieu of ENLC 553.

    3
    Advanced Health Care Analytics (HCIN 615)

    Taken by students enrolled in the Health Care Analytics Track during their final term.

    3
    Digital Health Care Marketing (HCIN 625)

    Taken by students in the Health Care Leadership Track during their final term.

    3
    Advanced Leadership and Systems Management (HCIN 610)

    Taken by students enrolled in the Health Care Leadership Track during their final term.

    3
    Health Care Informatics Capstone (HCIN 546C)

    Taken by students in their final term.

    1

    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