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.

Commission on Accreditation for Health InformaticsThe MSCIS concentration in Health Informatics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Completion of a CAHIIM-accredited program is required in order to be eligible to sit for AHIMA professional HIM Certification Exams.

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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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in Health Informatics program is to prepare information technology and health care professionals for careers in development, implementation, and use of modern health care information systems. The program provides an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to health care IT, and teaches both the fundamental concepts and the cutting-edge IT technologies used in the design, implementation, and management of health care IT applications.

Health Informatics Advisory Board 2017–2018

Ms. Claritza Abreu
Ms. Abreu is vice president for enterprise technology risk management at State Street in Boston. She has previously served as the director of applications at the Federal Reserve System and as CIO for analytics and business intelligence, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where she was responsible for the oversight of all information technology operations for the Department of Mental Health, for the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, and for the MassHealth Data Warehouse. She also serves as program chair and senior faculty for the Health Care Informatics and Information Technology program at Cambridge College School of Management.

Dr. Vladimir Brusic
Dr. Brusic is director of the Bioinformatics Research Center, professor at the School of Medicine, and former dean, School of Science and Technology at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Previously, he was director of bioinformatics for the Cancer Vaccine Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School (2006–2014); professor of bioinformatics and database management at the University of Queensland, Australia (2005–2009); and head of the Knowledge Discovery Department, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore (1998–2005).

Mr. David Delano
Mr. Delano is project director at Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative and directs the Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire’s meaningful use services and health information exchange technical services for critical access hospitals. He has 30 years of experience in the fields of health informatics, information technology development, programming, systems management, and IT operations and strategic planning.

Dr. Charles DeLisi
Dr. DeLisi is Metcalf Professor of Science & Engineering at Boston University, and is dean emeritus of BU’s College of Engineering (1990–2000). Prior to moving to Boston University, he was professor and chair of biomathematical sciences and professor of molecular biology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1987–1989); director of the United States Department of Energy’s Health and Environmental Research Programs (1985–1987); section chief at the National Institutes of Health (1975–1985); and Theoretical Division Staff Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1972–1975).

Dr. Hee-Young Park
Dr. Park serves as the assistant dean for Graduate Medicine Science (GMS), School of Medicine at Boston University. She is the chair and professor of the Department of Medical Sciences & Education and also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Dermatology at the rank of professor. Park received both BS and PhD degrees from MIT. She has been a biomedical researcher prior to joining GMS, where her research was focused on signaling pathways and factors that control skin color, aging, and cutaneous wound healing. Park has published extensively in these fields and presented her findings at lectures and seminars around the world. In addition, she has consulted cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies interested in developing treatments for pigmentation disorders, and holds a patent for a method to decrease skin pigmentation. She has served as a faculty advisor and mentor to graduate students, medical students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows.

Dr. Howard Williams
Dr. Williams is a member of the Metropolitan College Dean’s Advisory Board, and is on the faculty of Administrative Sciences at the College. Williams came to Boston University after a 28-year career in the automotive industry. He retired as vice president of Textron Automotive Group, Interior Trim Division. In 1989, Williams was a presenter at the united Nations World Environmental Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. His master’s degree is in adult and continuing education and his PhD is in curriculum and instruction in higher education. He currently teaches Negotiations and Dispute Resolution in MET’s Administration Sciences department.

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. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Arena T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Arena T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Rizinski ARR
O2 IND Mansur ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Arena KCB 102 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Rizinski ARR
O2 IND Rizinski 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. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Wolfe M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C1 IND Maiewski W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Mansur ARR
O2 IND Farr ARR
BCL IND Parrott U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
BHA IND M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Maiewski CAS 237 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Matthews FLR 134 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Matthews FLR 134 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Mansur ARR
O2 IND Mansur ARR

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 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Guadagno W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Guadagno R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Guadagno W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Braude ARR
O2 IND Williams ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Guadagno KCB 102 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Guadagno KCB 102 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Williams ARR
O2 IND Polnar ARR

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. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Arakelian R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Arakelian R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Williams ARR
O2 IND Arakelian ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Arakelian FLR 121 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Arakelian ARR
O2 IND Williams ARR

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. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Guardino M 7:00 am – 8:00 am
O2 IND Guardino ARR
BCL IND Kieffer S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
E1 IND Donald KCB 104 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O2 IND Guardino ARR
BHA IND Orsini ROOM M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

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 300 Foundations of Modern Computing, or instructor's consent.  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C1 IND Pinsky W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Pinsky W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Pinsky ARR
O2 IND Pinsky ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Lu CAS 213 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C1 IND Aleksandrov CAS 226 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Pinsky CGS 527 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Pinsky ARR
O2 IND Pinsky ARR

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. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Keskin 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. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O2 IND Zhang 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. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Levinger ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Levinger CGS 113 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Levinger CGS 113 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 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 535 or MET CS 625. Or instructor's consent.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Jacobs M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Jacobs M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Pak ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Jacobs FLR 134 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Jacobs FLR 134 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
BCL IND Rachamadugu ROOM U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
BHA IND Dyer ROOM W 6:00 pm – 8:45 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. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O2 IND ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Loughlin CGS 121 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
E1 IND Loughlin CGS 121 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

*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, or with courses from the following list:

Introduction to the concepts, methods and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Mcgue T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C1 IND Mendlinger W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Mcgue R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O2 IND ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Mcgue KCB 107 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
B1 IND Stodder CAS 237 T 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
B2 IND Staff SHA 201 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C1 IND Mcgue CGS 311 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Page MET B02B R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D2 IND Mcgue HAW 101 R 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
O2 IND Cohen ARR

The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan and scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Keegan M 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
B1 IND Cipriano T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C1 IND W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Maltzman ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Maltzman CAS 426 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
B1 IND Cipriano CAS 237 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C1 IND Keegan FLR 123 W 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
C2 IND Kanabar CAS 213 W 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
D1 IND Maltzman HAW 301 R 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
O1 IND Maltzman ARR

This course focuses on the role of the leadership of a corporation in determining and implementing the corporation?s strategy. Through the analysis and the discussion in class of a number of cases, the leadership styles, approaches and methods will be studied, as well as the implications for the strategies of the corporations concerned, and the resulting successes or failures.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
BCP IND Siegel U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
BHA IND U 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This course is recommended for students who are not Epidemiology concentrators. The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and demonstrate their applicability in the field of public health. A further objective is to provide an introduction to the basic skills needed to critically interpret the epidemiologic literature relevant to public health professionals. [ 4 cr.]  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Healey ARR

This course applies the core principles of bioethics to ethical dilemmas that arise in the context of public health, individualized medicine, and the provision of health care services in order to provide students with the tools necessary (i) to identify the stakeholders and their respective interests; (ii) to analyze those dilemmas from the perspectives of the various stakeholders; (iii) to think critically about the way public policy and public perceptions about the issues are shaped and thus (iv) to become effective agents of information concerning these kinds of controversies.  [ 4 cr. ]

This course will examine the underlying values of organizations and guides students through the evolutionary development of successful leadership models. Students will be exposed to multiple profiles and strategies of renowned leaders with a diverse set of challenges reflecting innovative and evolving methodologies. 4 cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
BA1 IND M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
BNR IND Cleary U 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Please refer to the MET CS Academic Policies Manual for further details.

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

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

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Extra!

Interested in learning more about health informatics? Adjunct Professor Vladimir Brusic, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lou Chitkushev, and Assistant Professor Guanglan Zhang sound off on how MET’s master’s degree in Computer Informations Systems with a concentration in health informatics will prepare students for a robust career. Read all about it »