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Health Informatics Courses

  • INFO-B 505 Informatics Project Management (3 cr.) This course introduces standard project management concepts and capabilities, in the context of innovative and creative knowledge-work projects involving computers. These are targeted as a common ground for all members of a successful team, not only for the Project Manager. Through lecture, reading, discussion, computer lab exercises, and projects, students will become more proficient with basic project management terminology, techniques and technologies. Students will apply industry-standard project management in a framework of productive team dynamics, consumer frame of reference, and organizational change and optionally continuing to professional certification.
  • INFO-B 509 Fundamentals of Clinical Care for Health Informaticians (3 cr.)

    Fundamentals of Clinical Care for Health Informaticians is an introduction to the concepts, principles, problems, and practices that define the U.S. healthcare system. Topics include health and health status, elements of the healthcare delivery system, healthcare facilities and professions, healthcare financing and regulation, ethics in healthcare and overarching policy issues.

    This course enables health informatics students who do not have medical backgrounds to work within the U.S. healthcare system and communicate with clinicians and providers by developing a fundamental understanding of the healthcare system, processes for delivering healthcare, clinical decision-making, and basic principles of evidence-based practice.

  • INFO-B 510 Data Acquisition and Laboratory Automation (3 cr.) This course covers the entire process by which signals from laboratory instruments are turned into useful data: (1) fundamentals of signal conditioning and sampling; (2) interfacing, communications, and data transfer; (3) markup languages and capability systems datasets; (4) general lab automation; (5) robotics. A significant portion of this course is devoted to practical learning using LabVIEW.
  • INFO-B 512 Scientific and Clinical Data Management (3 cr.) Management and mining of data generated in scientific laboratories and clinical trials for data mining and knowledge discovery requires robust solutions that include knowledge discovery techniques and databases, extraction of data/metadata stored in data warehouses that use Storage Use Networks and dealing with security issues of handling this data.
  • INFO-B 513 The Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Electronic Health Record Systems (3 cr.) Students learn how to design, implement, and evaluate electronic health record (EHR) system and how to use technology to support their data acquisition, storage, reuse, interoperability, exchange, and analysis. They also evaluate their legal, ethical, and regulatory implications and learn how to build teams to manage their implementation in healthcare organizations.
  • INFO-B 530 Foundations of Health Informatics (3 cr.) This course will introduce the foundation of health informatics. It will review how information sciences and computer technology can be applied to enhance research and practice in healthcare. The basic principles of informatics that govern communication systems, clinical decisions, information retrieval, telemedicine, bioinformatics and evidence based medicine will be explored.
  • INFO-B 531 Seminar in Health Informatics (1-3 cr.) Variable topic. Emphasis is on advanced topics and research in health informatics.
  • INFO-B 535 Clinical Information Systems (3 cr.) Clinical Information Systems includes: human computer interface and systems design; healthcare decision support and clinical guidelines; system selection; organizational issues in system integration; project management for information technology change; system evaluation; regulatory policies; impact of the Internet; economic impacts of e-health; distributed healthcare information technologies and future trends.
  • INFO-B 536 Computational Methods for Biomedical Informatics (3 cr.) Course covers algorithm design, algorithm analysis, and complexity analysis and their applications in biomedical informatics.
  • INFO-B 537 Health Literacy (3 cr.) Course examines health literacy, its role in a multicultural society, and its impact on patient care. Students learn how to increase health literacy so that patients better understand their health issues. The course also examines communication problems between healthcare providers and patients and how to improve health communication.
  • INFO-B 543 Professional Practicum in Health Information Management I (1-6 cr.) Course provides professional practice experience. Students complete the project-based practicum under the direction of the assigned site supervisor. The student develops a project and presentation for the site. The student conducts all necessary research and applies project management tools and skills in completing the project.
  • INFO-B 544 Professional Practicum in Health Information Management II (1-6 cr.) Course provides professional practice experience. Students complete the project-based practicum under the direction of the assigned site supervisor. The student develops a project and presentation for the site. The student conducts all necessary research and applies project management tools and skills in completing the project.
  • INFO-B 551 Independent Study in Health Informatics (1-3 cr.) Independent study under the direction of a faculty member, culminating in a written report. May be repeated for credit. Total credit for seminars and independent study courses may not exceed 9 hours.
  • INFO-B 578 Data Analysis for Clinical Administrative Decision Making (3 cr.) P: INFO I575 Focuses on understanding, manipulating, and analyzing quantitative data in nursing and healthcare. Includes use of computer-based systems for data management and statistical analysis. Application and interpretation of multivariate statistical models for decision making.
  • INFO-B 581 Health Informatics Standards and Terminologies (3 cr.) Health information standards specify representation of health information for the purpose of communication between information systems. Standards not only standardize data formats, but also the conceptualizations underlying the data structures. The design process of data standards, domain analysis, conceptualization, modeling, and the methods and tools commonly used are explored.
  • INFO-B 582 Health Information Exchange (3 cr.) This course describes the drivers and challenges, the data and services of electronic health information exchange (HIE). The five focus areas of HIE are reviewed relative to strategies and actions: Aligning Incentives; Engaging Consumers; Improving Population Health; Managing Privacy, Security and Confidentiality; and, Transforming Care Delivery.
  • INFO-B 583 Security and Privacy Policies and Regulations for Health Care (3 cr.) This course discusses privacy and security regulations for health care information transactions including policy, procedures, guidelines, security architectures, risk assessments, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Particular attention is given to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.
  • INFO-B 584 Practicum in Health Information Technology (3 cr.) This course provides an opportunity for the learner to synthesize all previous coursework and to demonstrate beginning competency in Health Information Technology (HIT) applications. The course employs an application focus in which the learner demonstrates comprehension, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities within the context of a real-world environment.
  • INFO-B 605 Social Foundations of Informatics (3 cr.) Topics include the economics of information businesses and information societies, legal and regulatory factors that shape information and information technology use, the relationship between organization cultures and their use of information and information technology, and ownership of intellectual property.
  • INFO-B 626 Human Factors Engineering for Health Informatics (3 cr.) Students review and critique traditional and emerging human factors engineering approaches, concepts, and methods and apply them to contemporary health informatics problems. Class activities include discussions and interactive peer review of articles, presentations, and original research proposals.
  • INFO-B 641 Business of Health Informatics (3 cr.) This class focuses on the economic importance of healthcare information technology adoption for value realization, as a strategic asset, as an investment, and transformation toward integrated decision making. Topics covered include but are not limited to implementation of Decision Support System, barcode tracking, Electronic Health Records, pay-for-performance incentives for e-prescribing.
  • INFO-B 642 Clinical Decision Support Systems (3 cr.) This course provides an overview of the background and state-of-the-art Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS). Topics include: the design principles behind clinical decision support systems, mathematical foundations of the knowledge-based systems and pattern recognition systems, clinical vocabularies, legal and ethical issues, patient centered clinical decision support systems, and the applications of clinical decision support systems in clinical practice.
  • INFO-B 643 Natural Language Processing and Text Mining for Biomedical Records and Reports (3 cr.) This course familiarizes students with applications of Natural Language Processing and text mining in health care. While the course provides a short introduction to commonly used algorithms, techniques and software, the focus is on existing health care applications including clinical records and narratives, biomedical literature and claims processing.
  • INFO-B 644 Consumer Health Informatics (3 cr.) This is a consumer health informatics course in which we learn about how technologies are used to deliver healthcare to the public.
  • INFO-B 668 Seminar in Health Informatics II (3 cr.) This course provides graduate students with knowledge on a wide range of current topics in health informatics from faculty and professionals engaged in cutting edge research and practice. Students connect with innovative faculty while learning through a combination of lectures, practicums, and discussions. The topics and presenters will be different each semester.
  • INFO-B 690 Topics in Informatics (3 cr.) Variable topic. Course is intended for Ph.D. students in the School of Informatics. Can be repeated with different topics, subject to approval of the dean.
  • INFO-B 691 Thesis/Project in Health Informatics (1-6 cr.) The student prepares and presents a thesis or project in the area of health informatics. The product is substantial, typically multi-chapter paper or carefully designed and evaluated application, based on well-planned research or scholarly project. Details are worked out between the student and sponsoring faculty member.
  • INFO-H 559 MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP (3 cr.) This course is intended for students who are interested in starting their own company or who anticipate joining a start-up company. It will provide students with a solid foundation on a variety of legal and business matters that need to be considered when starting a new company, such as selecting a business structure (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, etc.), financing and credit, drafting business plans, preparing appropriate paperwork such as articles of incorporation and bylaws, tax implications, marketing and public relations, bankruptcy and other pitfalls, insurance, planning for growth, resources for entrepreneurs, contracts, real and personal property, shareholder and governance issues and working with professionals such as attorneys, accountants and insurance agents.
  • INFO-I 501 Introduction to Informatics (3 cr.) Basic information representation and processing; searching and organization; evaluation and analysis of information. Internet-based information access tools; ethics and economics of information sharing.
  • INFO-I 575 Informatics Research Design (3 cr.) Full spectrum of research concepts, designs, and methodologies used in informatics research, from quantitative to qualitative research; from deterministic, hypothesis-driven experimental designs to a posteriori discovery through data mining. Philosophical foundations to practical applications. Provides the conceptual framework in which the informatics graduate student may develop their own research agenda.
  • INFO-I 590 Topics in Informatics (3 cr.) Variable topic. Emphasis is on new developments and research in informatics. Can be repeated with different topics, subject to approval of the Dean.
  • INFO-I 595 Professional Internship (1-6 cr.) An experiential learning course where students apply classroom theory and learning in degree-related work experience under the supervision of a mentoring supervisor and course instructor.
  • INFO-I 600 Professionalism and Pedagogy in Informatics (3 cr.) This course introduces students to topics and skills necessary for entering careers in industry or the academy. Topics covered include career planning, curriculum development, effective teaching, research ethics, scholarly and trade publishing, grantsmanship, and intellectual property consideration.
  • INFO-I 699 Independent Study in Informatics (1-3 cr.) Independent readings and research for Ph.D. students under the direction of a faculty member, culminating in a written report. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours.
  • INFO-I 790 Informatics Research Rotation (3 cr.) Work with faculty, investigate research opportunities. Can be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours.
  • INFO-I 890 Thesis Readings and Research (1-12 cr.) Research under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty leading to a Ph.D. dissertation. Can be repeated for credit for a total of 30 credit hours.