What's New?

WHAT'S NEW?

The Health Informatics and Analytics Program is newly updated to reflect best practices and state-of –the art thinking in the profession.

Some history: In 2009, the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Computing and Informatics collaborated to launch a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics.  This highly flexible nascent program largely drew upon existing courses.  In 2012, the program expanded to include a Master of Science degree program built on the professional science master’s paradigm as part of the university's Data Science Initiative.  The master’s program responded to the 4 HI-TECH domain areas.  In 2014, the curriculum was streamlined into two foci, but remained largely unstructured.  These rapid changes largely reflected the national lack of consensus about health informatics needs and the rapidly evolving field.

New for 2018: Guided by input and guidance from our Health Informatics Advisory Board, the 2018 curriculum revision provides students a structured, thorough grounding in data science, system architecture, and health analytics.  It facilitates a seamless transition from the graduate certificate into the master’s program and enhances practical application opportunities by the addition of a capstone course to complement the internship.

Starting with a pre-program self-directed online training in basic concepts and vocabulary in health, medical nomenclature, and computer science terminology, the program begins by building foundational knowledge in the both computer and health systems sciences and then developing competence in core domains. This foundation comprises the graduate certificate curriculum.  

Students then develop additional depth in either or both foundational pillars and select focused elective content consistent with the individualized career plans.  Students integrate and apply their new found knowledge and skills within most classes, where problem sets and projects are a main assessment tool, as well as via a mid-program internship and a culminating capstone.

The program is formally available in dual degree configurations with the Department of Public Health Science’s CAHME-accredited MHA (Master of Health Administration) and CEPH-accredited MPH (Master of Public Health) Programs.  HIAN students take coursework with students in public health and health administration and data science, among others, providing a stimulating, inter-professional education environment.