Master of Science in Health Informatics with a concentration in Health Data Science (MSHIHDS)

The graduate-level curriculum in Health Informatics with a concentration in Health Data Science (HDS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago introduces students to a more technical subject matter and move them beyond “knowing about” the subject to developing experience actually working with healthcare data.  HDS requires a unique set of skills that combine deep business and quantitative abilities applied to solve clinical and research challenges.  Students build key competencies in data analytics applied specifically to healthcare.  The HDS concentration addresses a job market gap and prepares students for the data analytics profession.

The competency-based approach incorporates a focus on active learning through hands-on assignments. Students are engaged to “learn how to learn” through experiential learning applied to real-life scenarios. This prepares students to be independent thinkers and researchers that use creative, critical and computational approaches to solve new problems they encounter. The HDS concentration empowers students to become more expert, regardless of their level, by choices they make themselves in a new field that is still developing. Collaboration is encouraged and everyone learns more when interacting and contributing together. The HDS curriculum will enable students to:

Work on solutions that support innovation in healthcare
Learn how to identify key questions to help them define new problems
Design their own unique solutions
Develop solutions from initial ideas to completion and implementation
Build an intellectual toolkit of ideas and tactics that meet new industry demands
Assemble a portfolio of completed projects in their specific area of interest

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 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. 3 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. 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. 3 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. 3 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. 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. 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

Health Data Science Electives

Students can earn the concentration by completing four courses – using their 12 hours of required electives to complete concentration requirements. The concentration is documented on the official student transcript.

Required Courses for the Health Data Science concentration

BHIS 540
Essentials in Health Data Science
Provides foundation in data science applied specifically to healthcare. 3 hours

BHIS 575
Applied Statistics for Health Data Science 
This course presents statistical foundations for health data science using a popular statistical software like R.  The course also provides exposure to common statistical techniques, and interpretation focusing on health care data. 3 hours

Elective Courses for the Health Data Science concentration

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 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 532
Theoretical Concepts of Clinical Decisions Support Systems
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. 3 hours

BHIS 533
Practical Implementation of Clinical Decision Support Systems
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. 3 hours

BHIS 541
Health Data Analytics
Explores the spectrum of ways data analytics is being used in healthcare organizations today.   Students will complete hands-on exercises to design and formulate datasets, interpret and articulate data results needed to transform healthcare delivery and the health of individuals and populations.  Tools, applications, approaches for health care data analytics are taught. 3 hours

BHIS 542
Artificial Intelligence
(coming soon)

BHIS 554
Health Informatics Business Intelligence Tools and Applications
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 561
Programming for Health Analytics
(coming soon)

BHIS 567
Healthcare Data Visualization
(coming soon)

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