Course Descriptions

Courses In Health Informatics (HCIP)

HCIP 5121. Information Visualization. (3)  Cross-listed as ITCS 5121. Prerequisite: Full graduate standing and enrollment in Health Informatics Masters or Graduate Certificate program. Information visualization concepts, theories, design principles, popular techniques, evaluation methods, and information visualization applications. (Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 5122. Visual Analytics. (3) Cross-listed as ITCS 5122. Prerequisite: STAT 1220, STAT 1221, STAT 1222, STAT 2122, STAT 2223, or approval of the instructor, full graduate standing, and enrollment in Health Informatics Masters or Graduate Certificate program. Introduces the new field of visual analytics, which integrates interactive analytical methods and visualization. Topics include: critical thinking, visual reasoning, perception/cognition, statistical and other analysis techniques, principles of interaction, and applications. (Fall) (Evenings)

HCIP 5123. Applied Statistics I. (3) Cross-listed as STAT 5123. Prerequisites: MATH 2164 with a grade of C or above and junior standing, or permission of the department, and enrollment in Health Informatics Masters or Graduate Certificate program. Review of stochastic variables and probability distributions, methods of estimating a parameter, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and contingency tables. Linear and multiple regression, time series analysis. (Fall)

HCIP 5160. Applied Databases. (3) Cross-listed as ITIS 5160.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI and full graduate standing required.  Identification of business database needs; requirements specification; relational database model; SQL; E-R modeling; database design, implementation, and verification; distributed databases; databases replication; object-oriented databases; data warehouses; OLAP; data mining; security of databases; vendor selection; DBMS product comparison; database project management; tools for database development, integration, and transaction control. (Fall) (Evenings)

HCIP 5166. Network-Based Application Development. (3)  Cross-listed as ITIS 5166.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI and full graduate standing.  Examines the issues related to network-based application development.  Topics include:  introduction to computer networks, web technologies and standards, network based programming methodologies; languages, tools, and standards. (Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 5220. Vulnerability Assessment and System Assurance. (3)  Cross-listed as ITIS 5220.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Discusses methodologies, tools, and technologies that are important for vulnerability assessment and systems assurance.  Topics include:  ethical hacking techniques, vulnerability assessment, risk assessment/management, finding new exploits, discovering vulnerabilities, penetrating network perimeters, bypassing auditing systems, and assured administration of systems, as well as evaluating systems assurance levels.  Focus will be placed on:  1) understanding current penetration techniques for networks, operating systems, services and applications; 2) investigating mitigation and defense strategies; and 3) studying legal and ethical considerations.  Based on case studies with a strong lab component. (On demand)

HCIP 5250. Computer Forensics. (3)  Cross-listed as ITIS 5250.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  The identification, extraction, documentation, interpretation, and preservation of computer media for evidentiary purposes and/or root cause analysis.  Topics include:  techniques for discovering digital evidence; responding to electronic incidents; tracking communications through networks; understanding electronic media, crypto-literacy, data hiding, hostile code, and Windows™ and UNIX™ system forensics; and the role of forensics in the digital environment. (On demand)

HCIP 5370. Health Vocabularies and Classification Systems. (3)  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Development of fundamental medical terminology, consisting of basic word structure (including word analysis, combining forms, suffixes, prefixes, and pronunciation) of descriptive medical terms pertaining to the body as a whole and to each body system.  Clinical vocabularies, terminologies and coding systems, along with definitions are described in the context of caring and treating patients.  Terms covered include:  diseases, diagnoses, findings, operations, treatments, drugs, and administrative items as utilized to support recording and reporting a patient's care at varying levels of detail via an electronic medical record.  Identifying appropriate representation elements, uses, and sources in order to apply them in the context of health information systems and communication. (Fall or Summer)

HCIP 5375. Computer Vocabularies and Programming Systems. (3)  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Study of the terminology and concepts used in Information Technology, Computer Science, and Information Systems.  Topics include:  computers and their components, system and application software, programming paradigms, databases and data warehouses, networks, Internet, Web, security, personal digital assistants, communications, data formats and media, data representations, computer games, and technology.  Explores technological constraints introduced by the intricacies of varying application domains. (Fall or Summer)

HCIP 5376. Introduction to Programming for Health Informatics. (3)  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Foundational use of object-oriented programming and scripting techniques to solve common problems in health informatics.  Topics include:  data structures for electronic health records; developing basic electronic health record applications; relational database connectivity; and interfacing with industry standard health information systems. (Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 6002. Responsible Conduct of Research (2)  Cross-listed as GRAD 8002. An introduction to several aspects of a successful professional career emphasizing research. Designed to benefit graduate students across the University. Focuses on practical skills and critical thinking about the responsible conduct of research, highlighting the nine areas of instruction required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Features several different speakers with expertise in various areas of professionalism and research ethics. (Fall, Spring)

HCIP 6070. Current Issues in Health Informatics. (3)  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Current topics and issues related to Health Informatics, including health policy analysis and development, ethical issues, structure of health administrative and delivery systems, assessment of population health, models of healthcare delivery, access and quality of care issues. (On demand)

HCIP 6100. Introduction to the U.S. Healthcare System. (3)  Cross-listed as HADM 6100.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Overview of healthcare delivery in the United States, including organizational structures, financing mechanisms and delivery systems, with particular attention to program formation. (Fall or Summer) (Evenings)

HCIP 6102. Health Care Data Analysis (3) Prerequisites: enrollment in the Professional Science Masters in Health Informatics or the Graduate Certificate in HI.  This course develops skills in the management, analysis, and reporting of health data using SAS, including introductory applied statistical analysis.  Students use SAS in exercises to control costs, improve quality, adjust for risk, quantify access, target marketing, measure population health, and evaluate policies and programs.  The course focuses on using base SAS and SAS STAT, and introduces SAS Maps, Enterprise Miner, and Visual Analytics to generate reports, develop clinical, financial, and operational recommendations for managerial action, and communicate with stakeholders.  It also introduces SPSS, Stata, SQL, IML/R, qualitative methods, and managerial, legal, and ethical concepts in health care data analysis. (Fall or Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 6103. Big Data Analytics for Competitive Advantage (3) Cross-listed as DSBA 6100. Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  This course provides an introduction to the use of big data as a strategic resource.  A focus is placed on integrating the knowledge of analytics tools with an understanding of how companies leverage data analytics to gain strategic advantage.  A case approach will be used to emphasize hands-on learning and real-world view of big data analytics. (Fall)

HCIP 6104. Health and Disease. (3)  Cross-listed as HADM 6104.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Principles and methods of epidemiology, including definitions and models of health, illness, and disease; modes of transmission of clinically important infectious agents; risk factors and chronic diseases; and insights into existing studies and paradigms of health promotion and disease prevention. (Fall or Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 6108. Decision Analysis in Healthcare. (3)  Cross-listed as HADM 6108.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Study of selected quantitative management tools useful in the analysis of managerial decisions, a review of basic descriptive and inferential statistics, applied probability distributions, forecasting methods, statistical process control, queuing, transportation and assignment modeling, and linear programming.  Emphasis on applying quantitative decision making methods to the operational problems facing healthcare organizations.  Familiarity with computers and computer software will be important for success in this course.  (Fall or Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 6112. Software System Design and Implementation. (3)  Cross-listed as ITCS 6112 and ITIS 6112.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Introduction to the techniques involved in the planning and implementation of large software systems.  Emphasis on applying quantitative decision making methods to the operational problems facing healthcare organizations.  Familiarity with computers and computer software will be important for success in this course. (Fall or Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 6134. Quality and Outcomes Management in Healthcare. (3)  Cross-listed as HADM 6134.  Prerequisite:  HCIP 5370, HCIP 6100, and enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Examination of the concepts and practices of quality management, performance improvement, and assessment of outcomes in healthcare delivery settings.  Designed to provide an in-depth understanding of basic concepts and frameworks and of their applicability and relevance in specific situations.  Topics include:  process reengineering, service improvement, continuous quality improvement, accreditation standards, patient satisfaction, outcome measurement, teamwork, and case management. (Fall or Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 6146. Information Resources Management. (3)  Cross-listed as HADM 6146.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  A study of the use of information management to improve the delivery of healthcare.  Information resource management includes methods and practices to acquire, disseminate, store, interpret and use information to provide healthcare in a more efficient, effective and economical manner.  Emphasis is placed upon information as central to the ongoing operations and strategic decisions of healthcare organizations. (Fall or Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 6150. Health Law and Ethics. (3)  Cross-listed as HADM 6150.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Analysis of ethical and bioethical problems confronting healthcare delivery systems.  Selected legal principles and their application to the healthcare field, including corporate liability, malpractice, informed consent and governmental regulation of health personnel and health facilities. (Fall or Spring) (Evenings or Weekends)

HCIP 6156. Machine Learning. (3) Cross-listed as ITCS 6156. Prerequisite: ITCS 6150 or permission of department, and enrollment in Health Informatics Masters or Graduate Certificate program. Practical perspectives and applications of machine learning methods and techniques including: acquisition of declarative knowledge; organization of knowledge into new, more effective representations; development of new skills through instruction and practice; and discovery of new facts and theories through observation and experimentation.. (Fall, Odd years)

HCIP 6160. Database Systems. (3)  Cross-listed as ITCS 6160. Prerequisite:  Graduate standing or permission of instructor.  The modeling, programming, and implementation of database systems.  Focuses on relational database systems, but may also address non-relational databases or other advanced topics.  Topics include:  (1) modeling: conceptual data modeling, ER diagram, relational data model, schema design and refinement; (2) programming: relational algebra and calculus, SQL, constraints, triggers, views; (3) implementation: data storage, indexing, query execution, query optimization, and transaction management; and (4) advanced: semi-structured data model, XML, and other emerging topics. (Fall, Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 6162. Knowledge Discovery in Databases. (3)  Cross-listed as ITCS 6162 and ITIS 6162.  Prerequisite: ITCS 6160 and enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  The entire knowledge discovery process is covered in this course.  Topics include:  setting up a problem, data preprocessing and warehousing, data mining in search for knowledge, knowledge evaluation, visualization and application in decision making.  A broad range of systems, such as OLAP, LERS, DatalogicR+, C4.5, AQ15, Forty-Niner, CN2, QRAS, and discretization algorithms are covered. (Fall) (Evenings)

HCIP 6163. Data Warehousing. (3)  Cross-listed as ITCS 6163 and ITIS 6163.  Prerequisite: ITCS 6160 or equivalent and enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Topics include: use of data in discovery of knowledge and decision making; the limitations of relational databases and SQL queries; the warehouse data models: multidimensional, star, snowflake; architecture of a data warehouse and the process of warehouse construction; data consolidation from various sources; optimization; techniques for data transformation and knowledge extraction; relations with enterprise modeling. (Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 6167. Network Security. (3)  Cross-listed as ITIS 6167.  Prerequisite: ITIS 6200 or equivalent and enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Examines the issues related to network security.  Topics include network security background and motivation, network-centric threats, network authentication and identification, network security protocols, firewall, IDS, security in wireless environments, email security, instant message security, network application security, and network-based storage security.  There are heavy lab based components in this course. (Fall) (Evenings)

HCIP 6198. Health IT Internship Project. (3)  Cross-listed as ITIS 6198.  Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Complete a team-based project that is originated from an IT organization and approved by the department. (Fall, Spring or Summer)

HCIP 6200. Principles of Information Security and Privacy. (3)  Cross-listed as ITIS 6200.  Prerequisite: Permission of department.  Topics include:  security concepts and mechanisms; security technologies; authentication mechanisms; mandatory and discretionary controls; basic cryptography and its applications; database security, intrusion detection and prevention; assurance requirement, assurance class, evaluation methods and assurance maintenance; anonymity and privacy issues for information systems. (Fall, Spring) (Evening)

HCIP 6201. Computer Security, Privacy, and Legal Issues. (3)  Prerequisite: Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Topics include: security concepts and mechanisms; security technologies; authentication mechanisms; mandatory and discretionary controls; basic cryptography and its applications; database security, intrusion detection and prevention; assurance requirement, assurance class, evaluation methods and assurance maintenance; anonymity and privacy issues for information systems.  Students gain hands-on experience through lab exercises and case studies. (Summer/Fall) (Evening)

HCIP 6210. Access Control and Security Architecture. (3)  Cross-listed as ITIS 6210.  Prerequisite: ITIS 6200 or equivalent and enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Discusses objectives, formal models, and mechanisms for access control; and access control on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems.  Examines the issues related to security architectures and technologies for authorization.  Topics include: cryptographic infrastructure, distributed systems security architectures, database systems security architectures, Internet security architectures, network security architectures, and e-commerce security architectures. (Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 6213. Applied Healthcare Business Analytics. (3) Cross-listed as DSBA 6213, MBAD 6213. Focuses on applying business analytics within the healthcare setting.  Students learn analytical tools used to synthesize big data into meaningful management information that is used in making key business decisions that impact the delivery of healthcare services.  Case studies are utilized to prepare students for delivering boardroom level presentations of their findings. (On Demand)

HCIP 6228. Medical Informatics. (3) Cross-listed as ITCS 6228.  Prerequisite: Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI and graduate standing.  Focuses on methods and techniques used in storage, communication, processing, analysis, integration, management, and distribution of medical information.  Emphasizes the applications of telemedicine and intelligent computer-aided decision-making systems in different medical and surgical systems.  Discusses the computational methods to accept or reject a new drug or a new treatment for a given disease. (On demand)

HCIP 6230. Information Infrastructure Protection. (3)  Cross-listed as ITIS 6230.  Prerequisite: ITIS 6200 and enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Discusses methodologies, tools, and technologies that are important for protecting information systems and information infrastructures.  Topics include: techniques, processes and methodologies for information security risk assessment and management, tools and technologies for critical infrastructure protection, methodologies for continuous operation, and recovery from disasters.(On demand)

HCIP 6260. Analytic Epidemiology. (3)  Cross-listed as HLTH 6260, HSRD 8003, and PPOL 8665.  Prerequisites: HLTH 6202 with a grade of B or above, and enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Principles and methods of studying advanced epidemiology, with emphasis on the analytic approach.  Advanced techniques in the establishment of disease causation in groups and communities.  Topics include:  risk assessment, environmental exposures, stratification and adjustment, and multivariate analysis in epidemiology.  Emphasis also placed on quality assurance and control and communicating results of epidemiological studies in professional publications and settings. (Spring)

HCIP 6330. Medical Practice Management. (3)  Cross-listed as HADM 6210.  Prerequisite: Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  A comprehensive study of medical practice management and the issues, tools, and techniques to resolve those issues.  Provides the student with an understanding of the financial and regulatory issues that influence today’s medical practice with an insight into the cultural, human resource, and governance issues that make physician practices unique among healthcare organizations. (On demand)

HCIP 6342. Information Technology Project Management. (3)  Cross-listed as ITIS 6342.  Prerequisite: Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Introduces students to problems associated with managing information technology projects involving, particularly, integration of systems, development of client-specific solutions, and project justification.  Moves beyond the classic techniques of project management and integrate communication software/systems, multi-site, multi-client facilities projects, cultural issues involved with managing interdisciplinary teams, and the effect of rapid technological obsolescence on project justification, funding and continuance. (Spring, Summer) (Evenings or Weekends)

HCIP 6350. Principles of Human-Computer Interaction. (3)  Cross-listed as ITIS 6400.  Prerequisite: Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI and full graduate standing.  Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction practice and research.  Topics include:  the perceptual, cognitive, and social characteristics of people, as well as methods for learning more about people and their use of computing systems.  The process of interface design, methods of design, and ways to evaluate and improve a design.  Also highlights a number of current and cutting-edge research topics in Human-Computer Interaction with a balance of design, sociological/psychological, and information systems elements. (Spring)

HCIP 6380. Introduction to Health Informatics. (3)  Prerequisite: Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Introduces the fundamental concepts and techniques in application data management for Health Informatics and in understanding reference terminologies, data mapping and conversion, and supporting data storage and formats.  Topics include: internal and external policy issues governing data collection, storage, exchange, and compliance.   Includes a detailed look at the Electronic Health Record and digitized Personal Health Record as used in current healthcare environments.  Primarily covers AHIMA HIM competency I.A. (Fall, Spring) (Evenings or Weekends)

HCIP 6385. Healthcare Communication and Leadership. (3)  Prerequisite: Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Principles and useful techniques for effective oral presentations, poster presentations, scientific writing.  Students critique and help revise each other’s presentations and learn how to enhance communications.  Students learn how to properly organize and run a meeting.  Also covers negotiation, conflict management, and influence.  Students use several approaches evaluate their individual leadership style.  Completes a management style assessment, and analyze leadership styles of prominent leaders in the eHealth environment, using contemporary leadership theory and principles. Primarily covers AHIMA HIM competency III.A. (Fall) (Evenings)

HCIP 6390. Advanced Programming for Health Informatics. (3)  Prerequisite: Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Examines advanced use of object-oriented programming and scripting techniques applied to case studies in health informatics development.  Emphasizes programming techniques beyond the fundamentals, with emphasis on efficiency in speed, data structures and file size.  Students learn how to optimize code and databases so that the demands of large-scale health information systems can be performed in acceptable amounts of time while minimizing hardware requirements.  Topics include:  algorithm optimization, optimization of database queries and development for software as a service. (On demand)

HCIP 6391. Architecting Health Information Systems. (3)  Prerequisite: Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Introduces planning, implementation, and maintenance of Health Information Systems for organizations.  Students learn about the development of hardware and software requirements for system deployment, including cost/benefit analysis, assessment of workflow, interface, human resource factors, as well as capability assessment of regulatory requirements.  Topics include:  policy and procedure development for capability evaluation, regulatory compliance, system use, and data exchange. (On demand)

HCIP 6392. Enterprise Health Information Systems. (3)  Prerequisite: Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI. Provides graduate students with a comprehensive overview of information technology systems and applications commonly found in healthcare organizations.  Topics include:  (a) the history, evolution, state-of-art and issues of healthcare information systems; (b) the regulations, laws and standards applied to healthcare information systems; (c) the design and development principles (e.g., security and privacy) of health information systems; and (d) evaluation and adoption of clinical, administrative, and specialty information technology applications for health organizations of all sizes.(Spring) (Evenings)

HCIP 6393. Advanced Health Data Integration. (3) Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI.  Secondary data sources (registries and indexes; databases – such as MEDPAR, NPDB, HCUP); Healthcare data sets (such as OASIS, HEDIS, DEEDS, UHDDS, UACDS, NEDSS, NMMFS); National Healthcare Information Infrastructure (NHII); Standards and regulations for documentation (such as JCAHO, CARF, COP, AAAHC, AOA); Health information standards (such as HIPAA, ANSI, ASTM, LOINC, UMLS, MESH, Arden Syntax, HL-7); Healthcare taxonomies, clinical vocabularies, terminologies/nomenclatures (such as ICD-9-CM, ICD-10, CPT, SNOMED-CT, DSM-IV); Severity of illness systems ; Vital statistics ; Epidemiology ; Reimbursement Methodologies; Clinical data and reimbursement management; Compliance strategies and reporting (e.g. National Correct Coding Initiative); Charge-master management; Casemix management; Audit process such as compliance and reimbursement; Payment systems (such as PPS, DRGs, APCs, RBRVS, RUGs); Commercial, managed care, and federal insurance plans. (On demand)

HCIP 6396. Business Intelligence in Healthcare. (3) Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI. Business Intelligence is a collection of computer-based techniques used to extract, identify and analyze data.  Analytics is key in the transformation of the healthcare industry.  Healthcare business intelligence can provide organizations with the ability to improve quality of care, increase financial efficiency and operational effectiveness, conduct innovative research, and satisfy regulatory requirements.  Business Intelligence provides better access to information.  It provides current and predictive views across the enterprise.  Common functions of BI are reporting, data mining, analytical processing, knowledge management, and data visualization.  Topics include: elements of business intelligence, business analytics, data visualization, data mining, data warehousing, and business performance management.  . (Spring)

HCIP 6399. Healthcare Financial Data Analysis. (3) Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the PSM in Health Informatics or Graduate Certificate in HI. Financial data in healthcare databases can be difficult to manage and interpret. This course prepares the student to analyze and evaluate financial data including cost and charges and the ability to report the data for decision making purposes from a variety of healthcare organization perspectives including delivery systems, payers and the social welfare. Topics will focus on data management, descriptive reporting, economic evaluation of programs and econometrics. The student will work on a real-world business problem with healthcare financial data. (Fall)

HCIP 6400. Health Internship Project. (3) Cross-listed as HADM 6400.  Prerequisites:  HADM 6100; enrollment limited to students already holding or concurrently pursuing a MHA degree; instructor permission required.  Offers administrative experience in a healthcare setting for students.  The initial assumption is made that students participating in the internship experience have had limited hands-on exposure to healthcare administration.  Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis.  (Fall, Spring or Summer)

HCIP 6500. Complex Adaptive Systems. (3) Cross-listed as ITIS 8500 and ITCS 6500/8500. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, and enrollment in Health Informatics Masters or Graduate Certificate program. Complex adaptive systems (CAS) are networked (agents/part interact with their neighbors and, occasionally, distant agents), nonlinear (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts), adaptive (the system learns to change with its environment), open (new resources are being introduced into the environment), dynamic (the change is a norm), emergent (new, unplanned features of the system get introduced through the interaction of its parts/agents), and self-organizing (the parts organize themselves into a hierarchy of subsystems of various complexity). Ant colonies, networks of neurons, the immune system, the Internet, social institutions, organization of cities, and the global economy are a few examples where the behavior of the whole is much more complex than the behavior of the parts. This course will cover those and similar topics in an interactive manner. Examples of our current research effort will be provided. Topics include: Self-organization; emergent properties; learning; agents; localization effect; adaptive systems; nonlinear behavior; chaos; complexity. (On demand)

HCIP 6520 Network Science. (3) Cross-listed as ITIS 6520.  Prerequisite: Full graduate standing or permission of department.  Network Science helps students design faster, more resilient communication networks; revise infrastructure systems such as electrical power grids, telecommunications networks, and airline routes; model market dynamics; understand synchronization in biological systems; and analyze social interactions among people.  It examines the various kinds of networks (regular, random, small-world, influence, scale-free, and social) and applies network processes and behaviors to emergence, epidemics, synchrony, and risk.  This course integrates concepts across computer science, biology, physics, social network analysis, economics, and marketing.  (On demand)