Health Informatics Course Descriptions

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HIF 6010 - Foundations Health Informatics - 3 cr.
An introduction to the US healthcare system and the role of informatics. Examines clinical, research, and administrative applications of information technology applications used by healthcare professionals. The course will cover the history of the field, an introduction to clinical data, electronic health records, decision support systems, computerized order entry, and consumer applications.


HIF 6210 - Health Information Technology in Practice - 3 cr.
Prepares students to appraise, implement, and optimize Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology to support the utilization and management of clinical information. Students will describe information infrastructure, data, and databases; employ processes for implementing healthcare information systems and clinical decision support tools; relate privacy and security issues to healthcare information; and explain personal health records and EHR applications used in acute, ambulatory, and specialty services.


HIF 6220 - Advanced Biostatistics and Health Analytics - 3 cr.
Examines and applies analytic methods, data handling, and data cleansing techniques to ensure quality analyses. Applies current theoretical models and research to clinical practice to gain new knowledge from data. Requires students to use a myriad of analytic tools for analyzing healthcare data with statistics, data visualization, data mining, and report generation.

Prerequisite Course: HIM 6508


HIF 6230 - Human Factors and Usability Assessment - 3 cr.
Explore human factors principles and the application of usability assessments for the development and use of health information technology by clinicians and patients. The course covers the role of human factors and human-computer interactions in medicine, usability assessments and user-centered design, and theories of cognition, memory, and technology.


HIF 6240 - Consumer Health Informatics - 2 cr.
Examine the field of consumer health informatics and apply analytic methods, system analysis and design, and research methods to address issues related to patient use of health information for individual decision-making. Students will also apply current theoretical models and research to gain knowledge regarding the information structures that facilitate patient engagement.


HIF 6537 - Systems Design and Software Development - 3 cr.
Introduction to computer programming with a focus on the phases of the systems development life cycle. Topics include: preliminary investigation, physical and logical documentation, detailed investigation of requirements and alternative specifications, analysis and design techniques, implementation considerations, development of logical and physical data flow diagrams, data modeling, prototyping, and tools.