Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in Health Informatics

The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in Health Informatics exposes individuals to health electronic applications andCNSS - Logo the collection, processing, and storage of data. Individuals graduating from this program will have a solid knowledge of data communication and computer networks as well as biomedical databases. Each of these areas includes data security and privacy components, which are essential for dealing with medical data. In addition, the foundations of health information technology and electronic health records give graduates a solid exposure to the latest medical technologies, as well as to the electronic record systems used in hospitals and other medical organizations. Students also have the opportunity to take a course that will expose them to the modern IT project management tools and techniques.

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Students who complete the Computer Information Systems master’s degree concentration in Health Informatics will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge in the analysis and documentation of requirements for architecture, design, and implementation of computer applications systems.
  • Proficiency in software and computing skills as they pertain to the design and implementation of database systems, data communications, systems analysis, and design.
  • Competence sufficient to identify current and emerging information technologies that may have strategic value for enterprise; assess where those technologies have value; and manage the implementation of those technologies in the enterprise.
  • An understanding of the American health care system, medical terminology, basic human anatomy and physiology, disease processes, diagnostic modalities, and treatments associated with common disease processes.
  • Advanced knowledge of the functionality, technical infrastructure, and best-practice deployment of health care IT, including medical algorithms, electronic health records, privacy and security, and regulations.
  • Proficiency in managing, processing, and analyzing medical data.
  • Competence sufficient to lead health IT initiatives, to conduct biomedical research, and to design, implement, and manage advanced solutions.

A total of 40 credits is required. Students must complete both the Core Curriculum and the Concentration Requirements.

Core Curriculum

(Five courses/20 credits)

This course presents the foundations of data communications and takes a bottom-up approach to computer networks. The course concludes with an overview of basic network security and management concepts. Prereq: MET CS 200, or instructor's consent. This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 425 (undergraduate) or MET CS 535. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND FLR 109 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND FLR 109 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND ARR
O2 IND ARR

Students learn the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Students gain extensive hands- on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as they learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. Restrictions: Only for MS CIS. This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 469 (undergraduate) or MET CS 579. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND CGS 313 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND ARR
O2 IND ARR
BCL IND U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Object-oriented methods of information systems analysis and design for organizations with data- processing needs. System feasibility; requirements analysis; database utilization; Unified Modeling Language; software system architecture, design, and implementation, management; project control; and systems-level testing.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND FLR 266 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND FLR 266 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND ARR
O2 IND ARR
BCL IND U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

This course describes and compares contemporary and emerging information technology and its management. Students learn how to identify information technologies of strategic value to their organizations and how to manage their implementation. The course highlights the application of I.T. to business needs. CS 782 is at the advanced Masters (700) level, and it assumes that students understand IT systems at the level of CS 682 Systems Analysis and Design. Students who haven't completed CS 682 should contact their instructor to determine if they are adequately prepared. Prereq: MET CS 682, or instructor's consent.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND FLR 267 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND FLR 267 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND ARR
O2 IND ARR
BCL IND S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

And one of the following:

This course covers the concepts of object-oriented approach to software design and development using the Java programming language. It includes a detailed discussion of programming concepts starting with the fundamentals of data types, control structures methods, classes, applets, arrays and strings, and proceeding to advanced topics such as inheritance and polymorphism, interfaces, creating user interfaces, exceptions, and streams. Upon completion of this course the students will be able to apply software engineering criteria to design and implement Java applications that are secure, robust, and scalable. Prereq: MET CS 200 or MET CS 300 or Instructor's Consent. Not recommended for students without a programming background.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND FLR 267 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND FLR 267 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND ARR

This course covers the concepts of the object-oriented approach to software design and development using the Python programming language. It includes a detailed discussion of programming concepts starting with the fundamentals of data types, control structures methods, classes, arrays and strings, and proceeding to advanced topics such as inheritance and polymorphism, creating user interfaces, exceptions and streams. Upon completion of this course students will be capable of applying software engineering principles to design and implement Python applications that can be used in conjunction with analytics and big data. Prerequisite: MET CS 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology or MET CS 300 Foundations of Modern Computing or instructor's Consent. Not recommended for students without a programming background.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND KCB 102 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND ARR

Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program or have relevant work-related experience may request permission from the Department of Computer Science to replace the corresponding core courses with graduate-level computer information systems electives. Please refer to the MET CS Academic Policies Manual for further details.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems core curriculum (20 credits), students pursuing a concentration in Health Informatics must also satisfy the following requirements:

Required Health Informatics Courses

(Five courses/20 credits)

This course is designed for IT professionals, and those training to be IT professionals, who are preparing for careers in healthcare-related IT (Health Informatics). This course provides a high-level introduction into basic concepts of biomedicine and familiarizes students with the structure and organization of American healthcare system and the roles played by IT in that system. The course introduces medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, disease processes, diagnostic modalities, and treatments associated with common disease processes. IT case studies demonstrate the key roles of health informatics and how IT tools and resources help medical professionals integrate multiple sources of information to make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND YAW 440 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND YAW 440 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O1 IND ARR

This course presents the technological fundamentals and integrated clinical applications of modern Biomedical IT. The first part of the course covers the technological fundamentals and the scientific concepts behind modern medical technologies, such as digital radiography, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound imaging, etc. It also presents various medical data and patient records, and focuses on various techniques for processing medical images. This part also covers medical computer networks and systems and data security and protection. The second part of the course focuses on actual medical applications that are used in health care and biomedical research.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND ARR

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are application systems that automate the activities of healthcare clinicians including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and healthcare administrative staff. Use of EHRs is increasing rapidly due to the systems' benefits and federal government programs to deploy EHRs. This increased use of EHRs has many challenges including complex data, high security requirements, integration to multiple application systems, a distributed user base, and broad impact on how these users work.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND PSY B53 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND PSY B53 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The course provides an in-depth presentation of security issues in computer systems, networks, and applications. Formal security models are presented and illustrated on operating system security aspects, more specifically memory protection, access control and authentication, file system security, backup and recovery management, intrusion and virus protection mechanisms. Application level security focuses on language level security and various security policies; conventional and public keys encryption, authentication, message digest and digital signatures. Internet and intranet topics include security in IP, routers, proxy servers, and firewalls, application- level gateways, Web servers, file and mail servers. Discussion of remote access issues, such as dial-up servers, modems, VPN gateways and clients. Prereq: MET CS 625; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND YAW 322 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND YAW 322 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BHA IND T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This course presents the details of information processing in hospitals, hospital information systems (HIS), and more broadly health information systems. It presents the architecture, design, and user requirements of information systems in health care environment. It focuses on Information Technology aspects of Health Informatics specifically addressing the design, development, operation, and management of HIS. The first part of this course covers the introductory concepts including information processing needs, and information management in health care environment. The second part covers detailed description of HIS including hospital process modeling, architecture, quality assessment, and applicable tools. The final part of the course covers management of HIS and related issues and extension of this topic to other health care organizations. The course will have a term project providing students a hands-on experience in design and research of HIS. Prereq: MET CS 580; or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND MCS B23 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E1 IND MCS B23 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Degree requirements for the online MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in Health Informatics can be viewed here.

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