Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI)

The graduate-level curriculum in Health Informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago provides you with a comprehensive, real-world approach to systems integration within the healthcare industry. This dynamic degree program encompasses the broad study of how healthcare data are collected into electronic health records (EHR), as well as how information technology systems are built to effectively house and circulate this data across organizations. In addition to delivering a solid foundation of technical knowledge, the 100 percent online curriculum also covers a wide range of industry-relevant topics, including clinical trends, government regulations and healthcare management best practices.

Upon completing the MSHI 14-course program, consisting of 45 credit hours, graduates will have a thorough understanding of the tools and practices used to improve the use of information technology throughout all facets of healthcare (including nursing, pharmacy, clinical care, public health and medical research).

Prerequisite Courses (may be waived in some instances)

BHIS 406
Medical Terminology for Health Information Management
An introduction to the medical terminology and pharmacology necessary to understanding the use of clinical vocabularies and classification systems in health information systems. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. 2 hours

HIM 486
Fundamentals of Health Information Management
Provides students new to the health informatics field with knowledge of the U.S. healthcare system and health record content and practice. Extensive computer use required. Field work required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor and enrollment in the MS in Health Informatics program or Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics. 2 hours

 

Core Courses

BHIS 437
Healthcare Data
Health communication is an emerging field in which professional communicators inform, influence and motivate individual, institutional and public audiences about important health issues. This course examines theories of interpersonal, organizational and mass communication relevant to the professional communicator in the health field. Review strategies of persuasion, the relationship between attitudes and behavior, and the changing nature of health and health delivery in the United States. Evaluate successful and unsuccessful health information campaigns. 3 hours

BHIS 499
Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences
Prepares students to locate, interpret and evaluate pertinent research information sources. Includes discussion on writing literature reviews. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above required; or consent of the instructor. 1 hour

BHIS 503
Communication Skills in Health Informatics
An application course in which students assess and practice effective written and oral methods of communication skills necessary for health informatics professionals. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 4 hours

BHIS 505
Ethics & Legal Issues in Health Informatics
Examination of the legal and ethical issues involved in computerized health information systems. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 3 hours

BHIS 510
Healthcare Information Systems
Examination, through case studies, group and class discussions, and problem-based learning, of the effective utilization of information technology applications currently in place and on the horizon in healthcare organizations. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. 4 hours

BHIS 511
Application of Healthcare Information Systems
Knowledge and experience with a variety of healthcare applications utilizing current information technology and systems implemented in healthcare provider organizations. This is an online course. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 or consent of the instructor. 2 hours

BHIS 514
Patient Safety and Health Informatics
The application of health informatics knowledge to the issue of patient safety. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 and BHIS 511; or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Students should have completed at least one semester of Health Informatics courses in the Health Informatics program curriculum in order to have sufficient knowledge to frame patient safety as a health informatics issue; approximately 10 credit hours earned. Online IBHE Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics students may take the course as an additional elective, but not as a substitute for the courses in the curriculum. Students in other colleges and programs require consent of the instructor. 3 hours.

BHIS 515
Management of Healthcare Communication Systems
Examination and management of data communications in and between healthcare facilities, including examination of issues, standards, technologies and system configurations. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 or HPA 510, graduate standing and consent of the instructor. 4 hours

BHIS 520
Health Information Systems Analysis & Design
A project course applying systems analysis and design theory to healthcare systems evaluation, modeling and implementation. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 or HPA 510, graduate standing and consent of the instructor. 4 hours

BHIS 525
Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics
Examines the impact of information systems on the healthcare organization and applies theory through case study analysis. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 or HPA 510; and BHIS 515 or BHIS 520 or BHIS 530 or HPA 520 or HPA 531 or HPA 550; or consent of the instructor. 4 hours

BHIS 537
Healthcare IT Vendor Management
Examines the environment and activities necessary to plan, select, contract and implement systems from suppliers in the healthcare I.T. industry. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours

BHIS 593
Health Informatics Capstone Experience
Students demonstrate a mastery of health informatics knowledge concepts and skills, including theoretical synthesis, integration with practice and critical evaluation.

 

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Capstone Experience may be completed face to face or online. Students wishing to complete the course face to face must inform the instructor by the end of the first week of class. 1 hour

Additional Core – Course Only Track

BHIS 530
Topics in Health Informatics
Current theories and methods in health informatics. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 or HPA 510; and BHIS 515 or HPA 520, or BHIS 520 or HPA 531, or BHIS 525 or HPA 540; and graduate standing and consent of the instructor. 4 hours

 

MSHI Research Track Courses

As more and more healthcare organizations successfully implement electronic health records over the next few years, there will be greater opportunities for skilled professionals to advance in data mining and analysis, quality improvement, performance measurement and research roles.
If you have a passion for delving deeper into data analysis and research, you have the option to extend your health informatics education to include a specialty in research.
Additional Core – Research Track

BHIS 500
Strategic Inquiry in BHIS
An overview of research methods appropriate for BHIS to enable students to make better research method decisions appropriate for their self-selected research project topics. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 3 hours

BHIS 595
Seminar in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Provides students with an opportunity to present preliminary research for critique by peers and faculty. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 499 and BHIS 500 or consent of the instructor. 1 hour

BHIS 597
Project Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Independent investigation that draws upon the professional experience and knowledge synthesis of the student. Students investigate a topic/problem in their field, write an article and deliver an oral presentation. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 499, 500 and 595 and consent of the instructor. 0–5 hours

BHIS 598
Thesis Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Independent research in one area of health informatics directed by a faculty member. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 499, BHIS 500 and BHIS 595 and consent of the instructor. 0–16 hours

Electives – Other Courses Offered

BHIS 509
Informatics for the Clinical Investigator
This course provides the foundation of requisite knowledge of computer and healthcare information sciences for the clinical investigator. Extensive computer use required. Taught only online. A UIC netID is required. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 3 hours

BHIS 517
Healthcare Information Security
Health information security and methods to achieve it; stresses risk assessment and pre-emptive action; outlines important role of security policies and procedures; surveys security technology with focus on non-technical security approaches. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 437 and BHIS 510 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours

BHIS 522
Mobile Health Informatics
This elective course examines the field of mobile health informatics from theoretical and applied information management perspectives. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Extensive computer use required. Offered completely online. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 437, BHIS 510 and BHIS 515 or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: BHIS 528 or the equivalent. 3 hours

BHIS 527
Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organizations
An examination through readings, case studies, research publications and discussion of the current issues, concepts and technologies of knowledge management in healthcare organizations. Offered online using asynchronous discussion in conjunction with seminar format. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in BHIS 510 and consent of the instructor. 3 hours

BHIS 528
Consumer Health Informatics
Examines the developing area of consumer health informatics from both theoretical and practical knowledge management perspectives through class discussions. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 and BHIS 527 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours

BHIS 529
Transforming Healthcare Using Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics
An examination through readings and class discussion of various health information technologies and capabilities required by healthcare organizations as they undergo the major transformations needed to support emerging care models. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in BHIS 510 and Grade of B or better in BHIS 437; and consent of the instructor. Recommended background: BHIS 525. 3 hours

BHIS 530
Topics in Health Informatics
Current theories and methods in health informatics. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 or HPA 510; and BHIS 515 or HPA 520, or BHIS 520 or HPA 531, or BHIS 525 or HPA 540; and graduate standing and consent of the instructor. 4 hours

BHIS 538
Healthcare IT Administration
Examines organizational and management issues in healthcare IT. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510, BHIS 511 and BHIS 537 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours

BHIS 543
Healthcare Project Management
Introduces health industry workers to specific healthcare project management and methods that achieve outcomes in the healthcare organization; stresses project life-cycle as the primary approach; uses project management book of knowledge. Prerequisites: BHIS 437, BHIS 510, BHIS 520, and BHIS 525 or consent of the instructor. 3 hours

BHIS 546
Leadership Development in Health Informatics
Students will analyze, evaluate and practice the competencies necessary for leadership unique to the health informatics profession. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 3 hours

BHIS 580
Practicum in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Field experience under supervision of a professional expert in a health informatics setting that is consistent with the student’s area of study and career goals. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 3–12 hours

BHIS 596
Independent Study
For graduate students who wish to pursue independent study not related to their project/thesis research. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. 1–4 hours

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