Curriculum

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 38 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 406Medical Terminology for Health Information Management2 Hours

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.

HIM 486Fundamentals of Health Information Management2 Hours

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.

Core Courses

BHIS 437Healthcare Data3 Hours

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.

BHIS 499Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences1 Hour

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.

BHIS 503Communication Skills in Health Informatics3 Hours

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.

BHIS 505Ethics & Legal Issues in Health Informatics3 Hours

Examination of the legal and ethical issues involved in computerized health information systems. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

BHIS 510Healthcare Information Systems3 Hours

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.

BHIS 515Management of Healthcare Communication Systems3 Hours

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.

BHIS 520Health Information Systems Analysis & Design3 Hours

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.

BHIS 525Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics3 Hours

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.

BHIS 530Topics in Health Informatics3 Hours

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.

BHIS 593Health Informatics Capstone Experience1 Hour

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.

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 500Strategic Inquiry in BHIS3 Hours

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.

BHIS 595Seminar in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences1 Hour

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.

BHIS 597Project Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences0–5 Hours

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.

BHIS 598 Thesis Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences0–16 Hours

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.

Electives – Other Courses Offered

BHIS 509Informatics for the Clinical Investigator3 Hours

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.

BHIS 511Application of Health Care Information Systems2 Hours

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.

BHIS 514Patient Safety Topics in Health Informatics2 Hours

The application of health informatics knowledge to the issue of patient safety. Course Information: Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 and BHIS 511; or consent of the instructor.

BHIS 517Healthcare Information Security3 Hours

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.

BHIS 522Mobile Health Informatics3 Hours

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.

BHIS 527Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organizations3 Hours

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.

BHIS 528Consumer Health Informatics3 Hours

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.

BHIS 529Transforming Healthcare using Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics3 Hours

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.

BHIS 532Theoretical Concepts of Clinical Decisions Support Systems3 Hours

An examination of foundational concepts of clinical decision support systems, an area that utilizes both biomedical and computer sciences to enhance effectiveness of the clinical decision making process. Course Information: Extensive computer use required. Taught online. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 437, BHIS 499, BHIS 503, Grade of B or higher in BHIS 510; or consent of instructor.

BHIS 533Practical Implementation of Clinical Decision Support Systems3 Hours

A practical application of CDSS concepts in which students plan, design, and implement course CDSS projects intended for patient care settings. Course Information: Extensive computer use required. Taught online. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 437, BHIS 499, BHIS 503, Grade of B or higher in BHIS 510, and BHIS 532; or consent of instructor.

BHIS 537Health Care IT Vendor Management3 Hours

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.

BHIS 538Healthcare IT Administration3 Hours

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

BHIS 543Healthcare Project Management3 Hours

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.

BHIS 546Leadership Development in Health Informatics3 Hours

Students will analyze, evaluate and practice the competencies necessary for leadership unique to the health informatics profession. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

BHIS 554Health Informatics Business intelligence Tools and Applications3 Hours

Provides students with core business intelligence concepts and fundamentals, applying them to create best practices through informed decision making. Course Information: 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; or consent of the instructor.

BHIS 580Practicum in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences3–12 Hours

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.

BHIS 596 Independent Study1–4 Hours

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.