Curriculum: Master of Health Informatics (MHI)

November 17, 2020
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curriculum icon Curriculum at a Glance

The Master of Health Informatics (MHI) Degree Program totals 33 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 24 months. UC Online takes an interdisciplinary, multi-faceted approach with courses focused on healthcare, information technology, data analytics and leadership development.

Program faculty includes nationally-recognized, highly-respected professors from the University of Cincinnati’s top-ranked Analytics Program at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business, as well as leading experts in the healthcare industry. This uniquely blended and balanced curriculum prepares students to take on any number of high-earning roles within the healthcare, data analytics and informatics industries.

The program consists of 10 courses and 1 practicum, designed to provide relevant experience in healthcare, IT, analytics, leadership and management. All coursework helps prepare students for informatics certification.

Health Information Security Certificate

Students enrolled in the online MHI program have the option to add on a Security Certificate for just 9 additional credit hours (all electives). The Security Certificate program positions students to take on an even wider variety of careers and responsibilities in the healthcare and data industries.

HI 7001 The Healthcare and Public Health Landscape

This course focuses on U.S. healthcare and public health topics such as healthcare delivery, public health services, performance, organization, financing and technology. Key emerging global health topics are taught. The course introduces key public policy impacting health and healthcare, such as policy advocating for patient-centered care, efficiency, quality and safety. The course introduces the role of health information technology and electronic health information sharing. This course also introduces and compares key healthcare quality initiatives.

HI 7010 Health Informatics, Information Systems and Technology

This course introduces the discipline of health informatics and covers emerging trends. Various information systems, technologies and applications utilized in the context of health and health care are introduced. Their characteristics, strengths, challenges, purpose and impact are taught. Impact on patients, populations and health care providers is emphasized. Factors influencing adoption and use of various clinical and health information systems and technologies are taught. Key information technologies and systems such as electronic health records, health information exchanges, personal health records, public health information systems and mobile health technologies are introduced in this course. Topics such as telemedicine, interoperability and technical concepts are taught and evaluation framework is applied.

HI 7030 Health Information Legislation, Privacy and Security

This course introduces legislation relevant to electronic health information privacy and information security. Topics such as electronic health information privacy and security safeguards, risk assessment methodology and contingency planning are taught. Students learn how to mitigate risk to business continuity and plan for disaster recovery.

HI 7040 Workflow Process Analysis, System Development, Human Factors and Usability

The simple objective of healthcare is to provide medical services beneficial to patients, yet the complexity of modern day healthcare delivery exceeds that simple objective. The influences of patient needs, regulatory demands, variation in provider practice, as well as, social, psychological, political, financial, and technical factors contribute to this complexity. In this course, we will discuss the influences that shape modern healthcare, including socio-technical models, cognitive behavioral models, and the findings of workflow studies. Students will be introduced to workflow processes, what influenced the development of  those processes, and the concept of workflow re-engineering in the context of health information systems. They will gain hands-on experience depicting the processes using modeling notation. Students will also gain knowledge about the information software development process, as well as designing and evaluating a needed user-centered health informatics solution. Throughout the course, students will consider and apply principles and methods drawn from human factor and usability engineering, and, socio-technical and behavior sciences.

HI 7050 Project and Program Management

This course applies project and program management knowledge and frameworks to health and health care scenarios specifically focusing on health information technology projects and programs. The course focuses mostly on project management but introduces key knowledge and frameworks utilized by program managers. Topics such as professional communication, team building, project integration management, project risk management, project time management and project quality management are covered. Students can learn the characteristics of a successful project and program. Advanced principles of project scheduling and control are taught. This course is aligned to Project Management Institute standards.

HI 7060 Leadership and Strategic Management in Health Settings

Students learn theories and best practices of leadership, understanding how to manage people and change in the context of health information technology implementation and use. Strategic management practices are covered in this course. Students are introduced to financial management and contract and vendor management. Students also learn best practices for managing the information technology consulting experience.

IS 7031 Database Modeling and Design

This course teaches students principles of data modeling and database design. Students gain hands-on experience data modeling, designing and developing a database for a health scenario. Students gain experience with a querying language such as structured query language (SQL).

BANA 7011 Data Analysis

Introduction to data analysis and statistical methods with focus on practical decisions using quantitative models in a spreadsheet environment. Topics include sources of data, descriptive and graphical statistical methods, probability, distributions, sampling and sampling distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.

BANA 7015 Advanced Health Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and Reporting OR other elective (see below)

This course teaches the use of health and healthcare data to make decisions and transform healthcare delivery and the health of individuals and populations. The course concentrates on big and small data, and structured and unstructured data. Tools, applications and approaches for health data analytics are taught. This course covers topics such as statistical approaches; data, web and text mining; data visualization, simulation, modeling and forecasting.  Key regulatory health and healthcare reporting requirements are taught.

HI 7071 Introduction to Healthcare Data Science

This course introduces the student to data science in healthcare. The course addresses both advanced database and introductory statistics and data science programming as essential skills in data science. Students increase their database and data science skills through the use of the programming language and advanced database-related assignments. Concepts such as data exploration, transformation and visualization are taught, along with how to address missing data and outliers, and how to conduct tests of assumptions and hypothesis testing. This course assumes that students have completed an introductory database course.

HI 7072 Leveraging Analytics and Business Intelligence Tools for Healthcare

This course will introduce students to a variety of cutting-edge analytics and business intelligence tools applicable to health or healthcare data. Both structured and unstructured data will be introduced in this course. The course will also address topics related to data governance and data quality and various other topics relevant to health data management. This course is predominately hands-on and students will complete a project to demonstrate skills acquired. Students will learn how other industries have applied similar or the same tools.

HI 7090 Practicum

In collaboration with the course instructor and a preceptor, students design an experience to facilitate the application of health informatics principles, techniques, tools and theories. Emphasis is on activities related to the project objectives that contribute to meeting program objectives. Students are challenged to select health informatics projects that are beneficial to the healthcare industry and that generate meaningful tangible deliverables, and to advance their leadership skills. Students complete an approved project during the duration of the practicum course

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