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Master's Degree in Health Informatics and Management: Management Concentration

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Students interested in workflow analysis, process improvement and quality management may choose to focus their graduate degree in the study of health management.

Coursework in this concentration fosters the ability to make administrative decisions based upon sound policies, resource utilization, planning principles and analytical techniques to emphasize the delivery of quality patient care. Additionally, students will learn techniques for promoting a satisfying and rewarding work environment for all levels of staff within the healthcare organization.

Curriculum Outline

- Total Number of Courses Required: 12 (36 credits)

Course Descriptions

PUBH.5020 Organizational Behavior in Health Care

Provides a systems overview of the organizational structure and behavior of individuals in healthcare institutions, along with an examination of the role of managers, clinicians and other leaders. The course applies organizational, behavioral and social science practice and theory to healthcare organizations. 3 credits.


PUBH.5060 Quantitative Methods in Health Management

The course teaches analytic methods that can be used to improve the decision making of healthcare managers, clinicians and others within the healthcare industry. Students learn the following: the conceptual foundations of quantitative analysis - e.g., what statistics is all about, how to think statistically and how to understand and interpret statistical findings; the importance of quantitative methods in supporting healthcare decision-making and developing evidence-based practices; bivariate and multivariate statistical methods for analyzing data and testing hypotheses; and how to use an industry-standard data analysis and statistical software in developing and reporting analytic findings. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions


PUBH.5110 Health Care Finance

Provides broad exposure to the concepts and practices of healthcare finance and healthcare financial management. Teaches a practical understanding of basic healthcare financial issues, financial reporting and analysis, and provider payment structures. The course enables students to read, analyze and use healthcare financial information in today's healthcare environment. 3 credits.


PUBH.5120 Operations Analysis for Quality Improvement

This course teaches a multi-disciplinary approach to operations analysis, process redesign and quality improvement in healthcare. Students study the history, development and principles of quality improvement in healthcare; how quality improvement processes have been used in various healthcare settings; the tools and processes used in quality improvement; how to structure and implement a quality improvement program; and how to collect, analyze and interpret quality improvement data. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

Graduate level or permission


PUBH.5140 Healthcare Management

This course provides a framework for addressing management problems in healthcare organizations, providing an overview of how healthcare institutions are organized and governed, the role of the management, physicians, nurses and other clinical and support staff in these organizations, and the management systems designed for their efficient and effective operation. 3 credits.


PUBH.5150 Applied Health Economics

Students study basic economic concepts and how they are applied to healthcare and gain a broad familiarity with the health economics and related health services research literature, as well as experience using economics to analyze health policy issues. 3 credits.


PUBH.5270 Planning and Marketing in Healthcare

Students learn the fundamentals of planning and marketing and how they are applied to the different aspects of the health care system. 3 credits.


PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems

This is the introductory, first-recommended course in health informatics. It provides a broad-ranging overview of the healthcare information systems industry, its history, recent developments and continuing challenges, and a practical understanding of healthcare information systems acquisition and implementation. Topics include meaningful use, EMR, CPOE, and health information exchange. 3 credits.


PUBH.6160 Law and Ethics in Healthcare

This course presents and overview of legal and ethical issues facing managers and providers in health care. It provides students with a foundation of health law and ethics and reviews health care legal and ethical situations and dilemmas. The goals are to provide students with practical knowledge of health law and ethics and their application to the real world of health care. 3 credits.


PUBH.6250 Health Policy

This course provides students with a basic framework for health policy analysis and examines major aspects of U.S. health policy. Detailed consideration and discussion focus on the relationship of national policy to the planning, implementation and funding of healthcare services. The course covers topics such as the healthcare policy environment in the U.S, government-funded healthcare through Medicaid and Medicare, and the Massachusetts healthcare reform. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions


PUBH.6260 Leadership in Healthcare

The purpose of this course is to encourage students to carefully analyze their leadership style and skills within the context of health care. The course includes the study and application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. Students will also assess their own leadership potential through the completion of readings, personal and leadership self-assessments, values exploration, and leadership skill exercises. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions


PUBH.6270 Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health

The course explores the relationship between social and economic justice and public health. Focusing primarily on the U.S., the forces that either establish and exacerbate or prevent socioeconomic inequities will be analyzed to understand the intricate links between social, behavioral, physical, and biological determinants of health. Several theoretical orientations will be reviewed in order to better understand how each frames research and public health strategies that have been used to address health inequalities. Students will be able to competently articulate the relationships between social and health inequalities. They will be able to explain the strengths and limitations of different theoretical orientations to these issues and frame the policy needs to positively reduce health disparities. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions


PUBH.6320 Health Information System Planning

A course examining contemporary healthcare information system requirements and focusing on the design, implementation, and modification of these systems. Actual or hypothetical health system related projects are used to support the theoretical framework. 3 credits.

Prerequisites:

CSCE Graduate Restrictions


PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design

A practical approach to the design, and development of a relational database with an emphasis on healthcare. Analyzing the requirements of the database proceeds to the design of the structure of the relational database, which is then developed in a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). Microsoft Access is used as the RDBMS platform. 3 credits.


PUBH.6350 Healthcare Project Management

A graduate level course providing a comprehensive foundation for project management as it applies to healthcare. Students will be introduced to the theory and concepts of project management, and the tools to manage projects with a specific focus on health information technology. 3 credits.


PUBH.6380 Strategic Planning in Healthcare and HIT (Health Information Technology)

A graduate-level course introducing healthcare professionals to strategic planning for the information systems organization. Skills learned in this course will enable the student to work effectively with and support the information systems planning effort and assure business alignment. 3 credits.


PUBH.6390 Electronic Health Record Systems

The course addresses Electronic Health Records (EHR) integration with patient care flow, clinical decision making and patient engagement, as well as clinical quality reporting. The students also learn core EHR functions. The course uses industry-leading EHR software as a learning tool to demonstrate how electronic health record technologies are used in a clinical setting. 3 credits.


PUBH.7330 Capstone Project

Near the end of one's Master's Degree program, students register for Capstone Project and complete an independent study under faculty supervision. The Capstone Project applies concepts and skills learned in the program. It involves research and development, and culminates in a substantial (20 pages or more) business-type report. Many working professionals develop projects related to work assignments. Students are also required to present their Capstone Projects to students, faculty and alumni at a semester-end student recognition event. 3 credits. Requires Instructor Permission.


Program Requirements

To be recommended for a University of Massachusetts Lowell master's degree, candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements below, plus any additional requirements that may be required by the department through which the program is offered. Any additional requirements for this program are either listed below or may be found in the University's Graduate Program Catalog.

General Requirements:

  • Students must complete the program of study designed by the department in which he or she is enrolled and approved by the University.
  • Satisfactory grades in all subjects offered for the degree must be earned (See Academic Standing).
  • All financial obligations, including tuition, fees, and expenses, must be satisfied as evidenced by completion.
  • Upon completion of all their courses, graduate degree candidates must submit a signed Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to the Registrar's Office.

Graduate Program Policies

In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.

Registration

The Division of Online & Continuing Education offers courses during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Approximately two months prior to the start of each semester, we post the upcoming semester course schedule on our website. Once you know which course(s) you would like to take, current students can register using SIS Self-Service, while new students, who have not already applied and been accepted into a program, must use the Non-Degree Registration Form.

You may take courses without being officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program, but you must meet the particular course prerequisites. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited. We recommend that you register early to reserve your place in class.

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Questions:

Health informatics & Management (MS) Program Support:
Contact: Sandra Guy-VanAmburgh
Email: Sandra_GuyVanAmburgh@uml.edu
Phone: (978) 934-5437
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Email our Student Support Center for assistance, or call 800-480-3190 and press 1 to speak with an advisor.

Restrictions

RESIDENTS OF Arkansas, Kansas and Minnesota: State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Due to these regulations, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is unable to accept applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Arkansas, Kansas or Minnesota. Current UML students that move their residence to one of these states should contact Catherine_Hamilton@uml.edu in Online & Continuing Education to determine their eligibility to continue their program of study.

Please Note: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented within this website, the Division of Online & Continuing Education reserves the right to implement new rules and regulations and to make changes of any nature in its program, calendar, locations, tuition and fees. Whenever possible, appropriate notice of such changes will be given before they become effective. In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript indicating graduation from an accredited baccalaureate institution;
  • Three letters of recommendation pertaining to academic ability and professional performance;
  • A page-length Statement of Purpose indicating career plans, interests and objectives in pursuing a graduate degree;
  • Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); If a student completes the Health Management, Health Informatics, or Health Policy Certificate program with a grade point average of 3.5 or better, GRE scores are not required.
  • Citizens of  non-English speaking countries who have never earned an academic degree in the United States must submit TOEFL scores. (Minimum 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 Internet-based).
  • A professional resume indicating two or more years of full-time, professional (e.g., management, clinical or informatics) work experience; and

Although a background in health is not required for admission to the Program, applicants with significant health-related work experience are given preference when program capacity is limited.  For applicants without health-related work or educational experience, one's academic and professional history is important.

Applications can be submitted and evaluated at any time.  Nevertheless, we recommend that applicants seeking admission for the Fall semester have applications complete by May 15, and that applicants seeking admission for the Spring semester have applications complete by December 15. All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

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Fees

There is a $50 application fee when you apply into this graduate degree program. Please see the Student Financial Services website for more information.

Restrictions

RESIDENTS OF Arkansas, Kansas and Minnesota: State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Due to these regulations, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is unable to accept applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Arkansas, Kansas or Minnesota. Current UML students that move their residence to one of these states should contact Catherine_Hamilton@uml.edu in Online & Continuing Education to determine their eligibility to continue their program of study.