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The MAS degree in health informatics is a flexible program formatted to meet the needs of working professionals. Core courses provide a background in clinical informatics, while electives allow students to specialize in focus areas such as data science or mobile health. The degree program prepares graduates with skills for careers in a wide range of health care settings. Professionals in nonhealth fields can also develop the skills needed to transition into careers in this rapidly expanding field.

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MAS Health Informatics Course Descriptions

Core courses (12 credits):

BMI 601 Fundamentals of Health Informatics (3)
Offers an overview of the field of health informatics. Combines perspectives from medicine and computer science for use of computers and information in health care and the health sciences. Includes an overview of health information literacy and data standards. Covers specific applications and general methodology in health informatics using current topics in the field. Discusses evaluations of health systems.

BMI 603 Health Informatics Database Modeling and Applications (3)
Thorough coverage of the foundations of database systems and their specific use and modeling in healthcare and biomedical environments. Students learn through hands-on experience with the modeling and implementation of health-related databases using the relational approach. Topics include an overview of database models and architecture, database design, SQL, XML, and data warehousing as they are applied in clinical domains. Students are encouraged to explore database-related topics of their own, choosing ones that are relevant to a bioinformatics or clinical domain.

BMI 614 Current Perspectives in Health Informatics (3)
Seminar course using external speakers to discuss and review the current state of the health informatics field.

BMI 616 Clinical Decision Support and Evidence-Based Medicine (3)
Focuses on the major problems of human decision making in health care including causes of errors, decreased quality and increased costs. Explores the role of information technology, primarily through computer-based clinical decision support (CDS), to address these problems. Explores key methods used to provide CDS, the capabilities and limitations of current approaches, and the challenges for managing and updating the knowledge needed to deliver CDS in an enterprise setting. Origins of evidence-based decision making and policy formulation; how to use the tools and approaches that have been developed to support evidence-based decision making and policy formulation; and the history and evolution of systematic review and meta-analysis as a tool to inform decisions and policies based on evidence. Students gain hands-on experience by conducting a systematic review and a meta-analysis and using the results to draw conclusions and formulate health policy.

Featured Electives Include (15 credits are required for the degree):

BMI 515 Applied Biostatistics in Medicine and Informatics (3)
Comprehensive treatment of the statistical methods used most often to analyze quantitative data collected in medical and biomedical informatics studies, including clinical trials, epidemiologic studies, studies of the accuracy and performance of screening and diagnostic tests, and studies to develop predictive models. Students learn to use SAS statistical software to analyze biomedical data.

BMI 605 Health Information Systems and Applications (3)
Explores the use of information systems in different health care settings, analyzing operational and strategic objectives for their deployment. Emphasizes the analysis of the different factors that influence decision making during the process of design and deployment of systems, including human factors, hardware, software, policy, communications, and the successful management of such systems. Also covers guidelines for the design and successful deployment of systems to meet those objectives and includes discussion of architectures, components, and models. Analyzes specific case studies of successfully and unsuccessfully deployed systems.

BMI 612 Applied Data Mining (3)
Comprehensive introduction to data mining methods and algorithms used most often to analyze data collected in biomedical informatics studies, including genomics and proteomic disease association studies, clinical trials, clinical image analysis and studies of the accuracy and performance of screening and diagnostic tests. Emphasizes assessing data quality, understanding how to select an overall approach to analysis, and presenting and interpreting the results of data mining analysis. Students learn to use Excel to effectively display data collected in biomedical research studies and Weka software to analyze data using approaches that are used commonly in biomedical studies.

BMI 613 Workflow Analysis and Redesign in Health Systems Engineering (3)
Provides an overview of workflow analysis and process redesign and their use in quality improvement activities, including specification. Uses case examples to highlight key concepts and measurement concepts and covers techniques. Includes the links of systems engineering to fundamentals of decision theory, statistics and optimization. Includes discussion of current successful techniques for systems engineering. System engineering seeks to enable the successful design, implementation, deployment and maintenance of successful systems. Emphasizes gathering and analysis of customer needs for the specification and documentation of required functionality early in the system's lifecycle.

BMI 618 Leadership and Change in Clinical Environments (3)
Covers core concepts related to leadership and specific methodologies used by effective leaders, including running meetings, negotiation, and conflict management. Also reviews change management as a structured approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations from a current state to a desired future state. Provides exposure to various models and processes related to change management and the tradeoffs between these different approaches. Includes case examples related to health information.

Culminating Event (3 credits)

BMI 593 Applied Project (3)
Preparation of a supervised applied project that is a graduation requirement in some professional majors. 

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