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 and PMI  Accreditation - Logos 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.

Degree Requirements—On Campus

Core Curriculum

(Six courses/24 credits)

MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
Sprg ‘14
Fall ‘14

The goal of this course is to provide Computer Information Systems students with the mathematical fundamentals required for successful quantitative analysis of problems in the field of business computing. The first part of the course introduces the mathematical prerequisites for understanding probability and statistics. Topics include combinatorial mathematics, functions, and the fundamentals of differentiation and integration. The second part of the course concentrates on the study of elementary probability theory, discrete and continuous distributions. 4 cr  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Kohn FLR 109 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Kohn FLR 109 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Milton ARR
Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Kohn FLR 109 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Kohn FLR 109 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Milton ARR
BCL IND Parrott U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
BHA IND Staff S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET CS 625 Business Data Communication and Networks
Sprg ‘14
Fall ‘14

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. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Arena FLR 109 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arena FLR 109 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Mansur ARR
Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Arena SMG 228 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arena SMG 228 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Mansur ARR
BCL IND Donham S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
BHA IND Staff U 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation for Business
Sprg ‘14
Fall ‘14

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. class. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Maiewski FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Maiewski FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Mansur ARR
BCL IND Simovici ARR U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Maiewski FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Maiewski FLR 109 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Mansur ARR
MET CS 682 Information Systems Analysis and Design
Sprg ‘14
Fall ‘14

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. ]

Spring 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Guadagno FLR 109 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Guadagno FLR 109 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Polnar ARR
Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Guadagno CAS 214 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Braude ARR
MET CS 782 IT Strategy and Management
Sprg ‘14
Fall ‘14

This course provides an overview of contemporary I.T. management. It explains the relevant issues of effectively managing information services. The course highlights areas of greatest current and potential application of I.T. to business needs and reviews electronic business, enterprise business systems, and decision support systems.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Arakelian FLR 266 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arakelian FLR 266 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Arakelian ARR
Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Arakelian MCS B19 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Arakelian MCS B19 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Arakelian ARR

And one of the following:

MET CS 520 Information Structures
Sprg ‘14
Fall ‘14

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.

MET CS 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology; recommended to students with no programming background. Or Instructor's Consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
OL IND Kalathur ARR
BCL IND Simovici S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Kalathur FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Kalathur FLR ARR T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Kalathur ARR
MET CS 601 Web Application Development
Sprg ‘14
Fall ‘14

This course focuses on building core competencies in web design and development. It begins with a complete immersion into HTML essentially XHTML and Dynamic HTML (DHTML). Students are exposed to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), as well as Dynamic CSS. The fundamentals of JavaScript language including object-oriented JavaScript is covered comprehensively. AJAX with XML and JSON are covered, as they are the primary means to transfer data from client and server. 4 credits.  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Sheehan FLR 266 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Sheehan FLR 266 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Bishop ARR
Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Sheehan FLR ARR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Heda FLR ARR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Bishop ARR

Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program must replace the corresponding core courses with electives. It is recommended that each replacement course be in the same technical area as the original core course. Students who have work-related experience in any of the core curriculum courses may apply for a waiver by submitting appropriate documentation. When a course waiver is granted, the student must substitute a graduate-level elective for the core course.

Concentration Requirements

In addition to the MS in Computer Information Systems core curriculum (24 credits), students pursuing a concentration in Health Informatics must also satisfy the following requirements:

Required Health Informatics Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

MET CS 570 Biomedical Sciences and Health IT
Fall ‘14

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.]   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND El-Jouni FLR ARR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Brusic ARR
MET CS 580 Health Informatics
Fall ‘14

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
OL IND Zhang ARR
MET CS 581 Electronic Health Records
Sprg ‘14
Fall ‘14

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. Prerequisite: CS 570 Biomedical Sciences and Health IT or comparable knowledge of Health Sciences and Fundamentals of IT.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
OL IND Levinger ARR
Fall 2014
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Levinger FLR ARR M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET CS 781 Advanced Health Informatics
Sprg ‘14

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. Prerequisite: CS 580 Health Informatics.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
OL IND Zhang ARR

Degree Requirements—Online

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

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