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.

The 37-unit program consists of 13 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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

In your final term before graduation, you’ll take the following:

  • Health Care Informatics Capstone (HCIN 546C)
  • Clinical Analytics and Decision Support (HCIN 547)
  • Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems (HCIN 552)

Spring 2019

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.

Summer 2019

Course Units
Statistics 3
Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems 3
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 3
Database Design and Knowledge Management 3
Health Care Informatics 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

Spring 2020

Course Units
Health Care Leadership, Values, and Social Justice 3
Advanced Health Care Information Management 3
Health Care Informatics 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 2020

Course Units
Management of Health System Care Delivery and Outcomes 3
Financial Management in Health Systems 3
Health Care Informatics 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 2020

Course Units
Statistics 3
Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems 3
Clinical Analytics and Decision Support 3
Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems 3
Health Care Informatics Capstone 1
Students in their first term will take HCIN 540 and 541 instead of the courses listed above.
The Capstone, Clinical Analytics and Clinical Documentation courses are taken only by students in their final term.