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Health Care Informatics

School/College: College of Health Sciences

Degrees Conferred:

  • M.S. in Health Care Informatics

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The College of Health Sciences, Health Care Administration and Informatics Program, offers the Master of Science in Health Care Informatics (HCI).

The HCI Program is designed to meet the demand for highly trained health care informatics professionals by drawing on the experience and expertise of several UWM disciplines: Computer Science-College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), Health Care Administration and Informatics . College of Health Sciences (CHS), Management Information Systems-Lubar School of Business (LSB), and the School of Information Studies (SOIS). The curriculum covers several areas including: systems analysis and design, database and project management, decision support, network design, and health care applications and procurement.

The program is designed for full-time and part-time students who seek employment as health care informatics professionals within health care delivery systems, managed care organizations, and with health care computer vendors.

Graduate Faculty

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(Professors' home departments, programs, or schools appear in parentheses)

Professors
Ron Cisler, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Health Care Administration & Informatics)
Hemant Jain, Ph.D. Lehigh University (Business Administration)
Mary K. Madsen, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Health Care Administration and Informatics
K. Ramamurthy, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh (Business Administration)
Associate Professors
Susan McRoy, Ph.D. University of Toronto (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
Derek Nazareth, Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University (Business Administration)
Timothy Patrick, Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia (Health Care Administration and Informatics)
Atish Sinha, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh (Business Administration)
Hanh Trinh, Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University (Health Care Administration and Informatics)
Dietmar Wolfram, Ph.D. University of Western Ontario (Information Studies)
Min Wu, Ph.D. University of North Carolina (Health Care Administration and Informatics)
Jin Zhang, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh (Information Studies)
Assistant Professors
Joseph Bockhorst, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
Rohit Kate, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (Health Care Administration and Informatics)
Amol Mali, Ph.D. Arizona State University (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
Rashmi Prasad, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (Health Care Administration and Informatics)

Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

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Admission

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus the following requirements to be considered for admission to the program:

  1. Submission of GRE scores taken within the past five years.
  2. Completion of the following foundation requirements or equivalents prior to admission into the program.* HCI foundation courses provide a basis for subsequent coursework:
    • HCA 102: Health Care Delivery in the U.S., 3 credits or BUS ADM 756: Health Care Delivery Systems, 3 credits
    • CL SCI 301-305: Human Pathophysiology, 5 credits or CL SCI 701 & 702: Human Pathophysiology I & II, 6 credits.
    • HMS 270: Statistics in the Health Professions, 3 credits or BUS ADM 210: Introduction to Management Statistics, 3 credits.
    • *Individual course exemptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Credits earned in these courses do not count toward the degree.
  3. Basic proficiency in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
Major Professor as Advisor

A student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student.s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. Initially the director of the HCI Program advises and supervises newly admitted students. Students are then assigned faculty advisors according to faculty advising loads.

Credits and Courses

The Master of Science in Health Care Informatics degree will be awarded upon completion of appropriate prerequisite course work and 35 credits of prescribed graduate study. Credits must be taken in each of nine Core Content areas, in an Emphasis Area, and in the project or thesis course.

Core Content

Completion of one of the following courses or equivalents in each of the core content areas is necessary to fulfill this requirement. Combined undergraduate and graduate-level (U/G) courses must be taken for graduate credit. Courses are 3 graduate credits unless otherwise noted.

Health Care Informatics
HCA 700: Introduction to HealthCare Informatics, 2 cr
Programming
BUS ADM 740: MIS Concepts & Languages
BUS ADM 813: Object-Oriented & Visual Paradigms
Systems Analysis and Design
BUS ADM 747: Systems Analysis & Design
HCA 441: Healthcare Information Systems Analysis & Design, 3 cr (U/G)
Database Management
BUS ADM 749: Data Management Systems
COMPSCI 557: Introduction to Database Systems, 3 cr (U/G)
COMPSCI 757: Data Base Organization and File Structure
HCA 442: Healthcare Database Design & Management, 3 cr (U/G)
Project Management
BUS ADM 748: Information Technology Project Management
Decision Support Systems
BUS ADM 814: Intelligent Systems for Business
COMPSCI 720: Computational Models of Decision Making
Network Design /Telecommunications
BUS ADM 893: Infrastructure for Electronic Business
COMPSCI 520: Computer Networks, 3 cr (U/G)
L&I SCI 710: Electronic Networking and Information Services
Technology Procurement
HCA 721: Health Information Technology Procurement, 3 cr (G)
Applications
HCA 723: Health Care Systems Applications - Administrative & Clinical
Emphasis Areas

Students are expected to complete their training by choosing one (Thesis students) or two (Project Students) additional course(s) from one of the following emphasis areas: Technology, Decision Support Systems, or Administration. Combined undergraduate and graduate-level (U/G) courses must be taken for graduate credit. Courses are 3 graduate credits unless otherwise noted.

Technology
BUS ADM 740:MIS: Concepts and Languages, 2 cr (G)
COMPSCI 431: Programming Languages Concepts, 3 cr (U/G)
COMPSCI 469: Introduction to Computer Security, 3 cr (U/G)
COMPSCI 536: Introduction to Software Engineering, 3 cr (U/G)
COMPSCI 557: Introduction to Database Systems, 3 cr (U/G)
COMPSCI 757: Database Organization & File Structure
COMPSCI 759: Data Security
L&I SCI 710: Electronic Networking and Information Services
L&I SCI 782:Information Systems A & D
Decision Support Systems
COMPSCI 710: Artificial Intelligence
COMP SCI 720: Computational Models of Decision Making
COMPSCI 723: Natural Language Processing
COMPSCI 790: Advanced Topics in Computer Science
COMPSCI 810: Knowledge Representation
NURSING 727: Epidemiology in Community Health
L&I SCI 817: Information Sources & Services
Administration
BUS ADM 755: Health Care Administration
BUS ADM 757: Managed Care & Integrated Health Networks
COMPSCI 469: Introduction to Computer Security, 3 cr (U/G)
COMPSCI 759: Data Security
NURSING 727: Epidemiology in Community Health
Thesis/Project Options
Option A: Thesis Option

The thesis option requires students to plan, design, execute and report results of original applied or basic research. Students who choose the thesis option are responsible for identifying a HCAI major professor and a thesis committee. The thesis committee should consist of the major professor and at least two other graduate faculty. The student must pass a comprehensive oral examination in defense of the completed thesis. Six credits of HCA 990 may be applied toward the required 35 graduate credit minimum.

Option B: Professional Project Option

The project option requires students to apply Health Care Informatics research and theory to a professional situation. Students who choose the project option may count 3 credits of HCA 890 toward the 35 graduate credit minimum. The project must be written in compliance with program format requirements under the supervision of a HCAI major professor.

Program Completion Time Limit

The student must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment.

Master of Science in Health Care Informatics/Master of Library and Information Science

The College of Health Sciences and School of Information Studies collaboratively offer a program designed to provide students with theoretical and practical exposure to the evolving field of healthcare informatics as practiced in hospitals, clinics, professional offices, corporations, the government, the insurance industry, and higher education.

Admission

Students are admitted to both graduate programs separately and admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, the Department of Healthcare Informatics, and the MLIS program of the School of Information Studies.

Credit and Courses

Students accepted into this M.S./MLIS program complete the following courses:

Healthcare Informatics
Introduction to Healthcare Informatics: 2 credits
HCA 700 Introduction to HealthCare Informatics
Programming, 3 credits (choose one):
BA 740 MIS Concepts & Languages
BA 813 Object-Oriented & Visual
Systems Analysis and Design, 3 credits (choose one):
BA 747 Systems Analysis & Design
HCA 441 Healthcare Systems A & D
Database Management, 3 credits (choose one):
BA 749 Data Management Systems
CS 557 Introduction to Database Systems
CS 757 Data Base Organization and File Structure
HCA 442 Healthcare Database Design & Mgt
Project Management, 3 credits:
BA 748 Information Technology Project Management
Decision Support Systems, 3 credits (choose one):
BA 741 Decision Support Systems and Groupware
BA 814 Intelligent Systems for Business
CS 720 Computational Models of Decision Making
HCA 744 Text Retrieval & Its Application in Biomedicine (pending)
Network Design/Telecommunications, 3 credits (choose one):
BA 893 Infrastructure for Electronic Business
CS 520 Computer Networks
L&I SCI 710 Electronic Networking and Information Services
Technology Procurement, 3 credits:
HCA 721 Health Information Technology Procurement
Clinical Applications, 3 credits:
HCA 723 Healthcare Systems Applications - Clinical, Administrative & Research
Project or Thesis, 3 credits (choose one):
HCA 890 Healthcare Informatics Research and Thesis
HCA 891 Healthcare Informatics Master's Project

Minimum Credits for M.S.: 29

Library and Information Science
L&I SCI 501 Foundations of Library and Information Science; 3 credits
L&I SCI 511 Organization of Information; 3 credits
L&I SCI 571 Information Access and Retrieval; 3 credits
L&I SCI 591 Research in Library and Information Science; 3 credits
Electives (15 credits), including at least 4 of the following 5
L&I SCI 510 Introduction to Reference Services and Resources
L&I SCI 661 Ethics and the Information Society; 3 credits
L&I SCI 714 Metadata; 3 credits
L&I SCI 791 Information Architecture; 3 credits
L&I SCI 835 Information Sources and Services—Health Sciences; 3 credits
Other elective; 3 credits

Students also must pass a comprehensive examination, or submit and successfully defend a thesis. The thesis option requires additional credits.

Minimum MLIS Credits: 27

Minimum Total Credits for the Program: 56

The credits for the coordinated program would typically be completed in both programs at the same time, rather than one program after the other. A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements for an individual program in order to receive a degree.

Time Limit

Students in the coordinated M.S./MLIS degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.

Courses

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Descriptions of required and elective courses offered at UWM as part of the M.S. in Health Care Informatics can be found under the respective curricular areas (see below).


Page last updated on: 09/26/2014