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 and 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
(Six courses/24 credits)
MET CS 546 Quantitative Methods for Information Systems
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. ]
|A1||IND||Gorlin||FLR 109||M||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
|EL||IND||Gorlin||FLR 109||M||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
MET CS 625 Business Data Communication and Networks
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. ]
|B1||IND||Arena||FLR 109||T||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
|EL||IND||Arena||FLR 109||T||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation for Business
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. ]
|C1||IND||Maiewski||FLR 109||W||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
|EL||IND||Maiewski||FLR 109||W||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
MET CS 682 Information Systems Analysis and Design
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. ]
|D1||IND||Guadagno||FLR 134||R||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
|EL||IND||Guadagno||FLR 134||R||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
|BCL||IND||Siegel||U||8:00 am – 3:30 pm|
MET CS 782 IT Strategy and Management
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. ]
|A1||IND||Arakelian||FLR ARR||M||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
|EL||IND||Arakelian||FLR ARR||M||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
|BCL||IND||Siegel||S||8:30 am – 4:00 pm|
And one of the following:
MET CS 520 Information Structures
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. ]
MET CS 601 Web Application Development
|C1||IND||Sheehan||SMG 326||W||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
|EL||IND||Robertie||SMG 228||W||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
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.
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
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. ]
|C1||IND||Duke-Cohan||FLR ARR||W||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
|EL||IND||Zhang||FLR ARR||W||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
MET CS 580 Health Informatics
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. Prerequisite: MET CS 570 Biomedical Sciences and Health IT, or comparable knowledge of health sciences and fundamentals of IT with instructor's consent. [ 4 cr.] [ 4 cr. ]
|C1||IND||Zhang||CAS 208||R||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
|EL||IND||Zhang||CAS 208||R||6:00 pm – 9:00 pm|
MET CS 581 Electronic Health Records
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. ]
MET CS 781 Advanced Health Informatics
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. ]
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