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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 Robert_Holmes@uml.edu.
Total Credits: 12 courses / 36 credits
Required Courses - 6 courses
- PUBH.5020 Organizational Behavior in Health Care - Available Spring 2017!
- PUBH.5110 Health Care Finance - Available Spring 2017!
- PUBH.5120 Operations Analysis for Quality Improvement
- PUBH.5140 Healthcare Management - Available Spring 2017!
- PUBH.6160 Law and Ethics in Healthcare - Available Spring 2017!
- PUBH.7330 Capstone Project - Available Spring 2017!
Program Electives - choose 6 courses
- PUBH.5310 Health Informatics - Available Spring 2017!
- PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems - Available Spring 2017!
- PUBH.6320 Health Information System Planning
- PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design - Available Spring 2017!
- PUBH.6350 Healthcare Project Management - Available Spring 2017!
- PUBH.6380 Strategic Planning in Healthcare and HIT (Health Information Technology) - Available Spring 2017!
- PUBH.6390 Electronic Health Record Systems - Available Spring 2017!
- 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.
Registering for Courses
Print and complete the Non-Degree Course Registration Form
or print and mail-in/fax-in the completed
pdf form following the instructions on the form.
Register online using your UML student account at https://www.uml.edu/enrollment/sis/
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.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.
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.
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.
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.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.
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.
Special Notes: Requires Instructor Permission.