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

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Students may wish to concentrate their graduate degree on the effect that massive amounts of data has on public health policy and health care delivery. Coursework in this concentration emphasizes information management and the ways in which health and computer sciences are coupled with information resources and integrated into the management of health care data for clinical, financial or analytical purposes.

For specific questions on this program, please call Dr. Robert Holmes at 978-934-5318 or email

Program Outline

Total Credits: 12 courses / 36 credits

Required Courses - 6 courses
  1. PUBH.5020 Organizational Behavior in Health Care
  2. PUBH.5110 Health Care Finance - Available Fall 2016!
  3. PUBH.5120 Operations Analysis for Quality Improvement - Available Fall 2016!
  4. PUBH.5140 Healthcare Management - Available Fall 2016!
  5. PUBH.6160 Law and Ethics in Healthcare
  6. PUBH.7330 Capstone Project - Available Fall 2016!
Program Electives - choose 6 courses
  1. PUBH.5310 Health Informatics - Available Fall 2016!
  2. PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems - Available Fall 2016!
  3. PUBH.6320 Health Information System Planning
  4. PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design - Available Fall 2016!
  5. PUBH.6350 Healthcare Project Management - Available Fall 2016!
  6. PUBH.6380 Strategic Planning in Healthcare and HIT (Health Information Technology)
  7. PUBH.6390 Electronic Health Record Systems - Available Fall 2016!

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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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. Prerequisite: 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. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

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. Prerequisite: 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. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

PUBH.5310 Health Informatics

The course provides healthcare professionals with a conceptual and practical understanding of information and communication systems, and how they are used. It also addresses the systems analysis, development and implementation challenges in optimizing today's complex healthcare systems designs to improve both use and clinical outcomes. Students learn the theory, techniques and systems used for transforming clinical data into information useful for decision-making. The current and future role of the health care informatics professional is discussed. 3 credits. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

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. Prerequisite: 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. Prerequisite: 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. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

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. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

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. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

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. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions

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. Prerequisite: CSCE Graduate Restrictions Special Notes: Requires Instructor Permission.

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