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Health Informatics

Master of Science in Health Informatics | On-Campus

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New England College’s Master of Science in Health Informatics is a 36-credit program, based on the knowledge domains and standards established by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This program prepares students with technical knowledge and organizational management skills to improve access to health data, with special emphasis on electronic health records, and thus contribute to the enhancement of delivery of healthcare across the world.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, students will:

  • Apply a range of concepts and tools to identify, analyze and creatively solve complex problems connected to the design and implementation of health informatics systems and documentation;
  • Understand the main principles and practices of healthcare data management and how information technology can help improve patient care and meet organizational goals;
  • Discuss and establish action plans to address regulatory and ethical issues in the management of health data;
  • Interpret and use biomedical information across departmental units;
  • Develop the expertise to manage data and data systems;
  • Comprehend the challenges and opportunities of working effectively with other people across a wide array of departments, outside vendors, and individuals with diverse backgrounds who interact with health informatics systems and records;
  • Build expertise in all business aspects of health informatics, including project management, organizational issues, communication plans, and strategic planning

Curriculum

Required Courses (all courses are 4 credits)

  • HIM 5110 Principles of Health Informatics
  • HIM 6000 Health Care Technology and Systems
  • MG6610 Project Management
  • HIM 5330 Information Security in Healthcare
  • MG 6420 Issues in Ethics for Healthcare
  • HIM 6020 Knowledge Management in Healthcare
  • HIM 6240 Research and Evaluation
  • MG 6970 Capstone Project

Electives: Choose one from the Following List (4 credits)

  • CT 7610 Database Management
  • CT 6670 Network Communications

Course Descriptions

Required Courses

HIM 5110 Principles of Health Informatics

An overview of definitions, systems, and challenges in the field of health informatics and its place in the design and management of healthcare systems. Students will study key terminology and analyze the systems behind the use of Electronic Health Records. The course touches people and organizational aspects of health information systems as well as technology.

HIM 6240 Research and Evaluation

Research and development projects in the broad field of biomedical informatics can take many forms, from field studies that improve understanding of the tasks and information needs of users, to development projects that design, build, and deploy information systems, to studies that assess the impact of information systems on health care processes and outcomes. This course provides an overview of the concepts, vocabularies, and strategies needed to design and evaluate projects in biomedical informatics, including a breadth of methodologies drawn from qualitative research, quantitative research, and software engineering. Prerequisite: Principles of Health Informatics

HIM 6000 Healthcare Technology and Systems

An in-depth study of clinical information systems, with emphasis on electronic health records – terminology and standards, clinical configuration, user interface design, computerized physician order entry, clinical decision support, and clinical reporting. This course introduces concepts dealing with interoperability. The course then focuses on the practical application of these concepts, including implementation, clinical workflow, privacy and security, certification, medical device integration, and community health information exchange. Prerequisite: Principles of Health Informatics

HIM 5330 Information Security in Healthcare

Multi-user, multi-device network security is essential in healthcare. This course will review the policies associated with patient privacy and the use of electronic records. Students will be introduced to the threats to network security, ways to mitigate these threats, and recovery systems. The wide variety of policy and technical solutions available to improve data security and patient records will be explored. This course will examine the security issues facing healthcare providers as technology advances. Prerequisite: Health Technology and Systems

HIM 6020 Knowledge Management in Health Care

This course explores the relationship between clinical data and clinical knowledge and how organizations develop and deploy them to support improvements in patient care and research. The course content includes topics such as available medical data and how it should be accessed, analyzed, and organized to support evidence-based medicine and research. Throughof7tut the course, students will analyze current and prospective approaches to clinical decision support and expert system development and how to deploy them via new or existing knowledge-management infrastructures.  Prerequisite: Principles of Health Informatics

MG 6420 Issues in Ethics for Healthcare

This course explores and analyzes the interrelationships among stakeholders in the healthcare industry.   The moral implications of the healthcare organization and its decisions are explored with respect to their social effects, and the tension that exists between achieving desirable outcomes and attending to the means by which they are achieved. Topics include: theories of morality; analysis of ethical decision-making; interaction and conflicts among personal, professional, and organizational values; the effect of cultural diversity on individual and group values; current issues; and the impact of ethical considerations on healthcare organizations.

MG 6110 Project Management

This course presents an overview of managing a project from start to finish, including planning, executing, monitoring, and controlling. Areas covered include project organizational structure, work breakdown structure, scheduling, budgeting, costing, resource allocation, and human resource dimensions such as staffing, negotiations, and conflict resolution throughout the project process.

MG 6970 Capstone Project

In this course, each student work on a case study from a real organization that addresses the field of health informatics. Students analyze, synthesize, and evaluate learned knowledge in the project, consider potential recommendations, and communicate the results of the project effectively at a professional level. Written and oral component required. Prerequisite: Health Informatics Core Courses or permission of instructor

Elective Courses

CT 6670 Network Communications

This course undertakes the study of the movement of information (data) from one device to another by means of electrical, optical, radio, or satellite transmission systems. This course will introduce the architecture, concepts, terminology, design, and management issues related to the modern environment of networking and data communications. Various types of networks and communication systems, protocols, regulatory issues, and policies will be explored. Data and network security will be examined.

CT 7610 Database Management

This course seeks to help students develop database management skills covering installation, configuration and tuning a database, administering servers and server groups, managing and optimizing schemas, tables, indexes, and views, creating logins, configuring permissions, assigning roles and performing other security tasks, including the design and implementation of backup and recovery strategies as well as maintenance.

Contact

New England College
School of Graduate and Professional Studies
98 Bridge Street
Henniker, NH 03242

graduateadmission@nec.edu
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