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Master of Science in Health Sciences in Healthcare Informatics Online

The MSHS in Healthcare Informatics is a 100% online accelerated program that prepares the graduate to manage, evaluate, and use health data in order to support informed decisions with the goal of improved patient outcomes.

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About the Program

The MSHS in Healthcare Informatics is a 100% online accelerated program that prepares the graduate to manage, evaluate, and use health data in order to support informed decisions with the goal of improved patient outcomes. A student with little to no background in healthcare will gain an overview of informatics as it relates to healthcare delivery. Increased demand for US health informatics personnel is a result of the need for expanded healthcare access and the improvement of quality care, while reducing costs. Health informatics professionals interpret health information through the use of information technology and can hold various professional titles, such as clinical systems analyst, clinical informatics specialist, health information manager, and informatics nurse.

 

Courses

This course provides the knowledge about fundamentals of health Information Systems and the role of Information systems in efficient operation of health care organizations. The course specifically focuses on: Evolution of HMIS, HMIS components and basic HMIS functions, technology infrastructure for health care organizations, basic concepts such as HER, HIE, CPOE, and CDSS, HMIS standards such as HIPPA, HL7, and DICOM, strategic information systems planning for health care organizations, systems analysis and project management, information security issues, and role of HMIS professionals in health organizations.
An introduction to the health care system beginning with a historical overview, analysis of organizational components and an emphasis on the interaction of delivery systems, regulation, financial concerns, regulations and alternative strategies for health care organizations, as well as quality assurance and its role in health care organizations.
This course focuses on health care policy, organization and financing. The advanced practice nurse's role in the provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in design and implementation of health care in a variety of health care systems, and leadership in managing human, fiscal and physical health care resources is emphasized. Prerequisite: Graduate student status.
An exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experimental designs with specific application to the Health Sciences as well as an introduction to evidence-based medicine.
Overview of legal and ethical issues associated with the delivery of healthcare in today’s society. Specific areas of contemporary legal and ethical concern surrounding everyday practice will be emphasized.
This course will cover the knowledge, skills, and techniques used in the preparation of professional papers and grant proposals. Students will also be introduced to methods used in the identification of funding sources as well as the principles of successful grant management.
This course provides the knowledge about fundamentals of health Information Systems and the role of Information systems in efficient operation of health care organizations. The course specifically focuses on: Evolution of HMIS, HMIS components and basic HMIS functions, technology infrastructure for health care organizations, basic concepts such as HER, HIE, CPOE, and CDSS, HMIS standards such as HIPPA, HL7, and DICOM, strategic information systems planning for health care organizations, systems analysis and project management, information security issues, and role of HMIS professionals in health organizations.
An introduction to the health care system beginning with a historical overview, analysis of organizational components and an emphasis on the interaction of delivery systems, regulation, financial concerns, regulations and alternative strategies for health care organizations, as well as quality assurance and its role in health care organizations.
This course focuses on health care policy, organization and financing. The advanced practice nurse's role in the provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in design and implementation of health care in a variety of health care systems, and leadership in managing human, fiscal and physical health care resources is emphasized. Prerequisite: Graduate student status.
An exploration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and experimental designs with specific application to the Health Sciences as well as an introduction to evidence-based medicine.
Overview of legal and ethical issues associated with the delivery of healthcare in today’s society. Specific areas of contemporary legal and ethical concern surrounding everyday practice will be emphasized.
This course will cover the knowledge, skills, and techniques used in the preparation of professional papers and grant proposals. Students will also be introduced to methods used in the identification of funding sources as well as the principles of successful grant management.
This course examines the role and function of information management in health care organizations. Content is comprised of the tools and techniques necessary for effective information flow related to the operational management of information technology. The representation of data within the electronic and personal health record is critically analyzed for interoperability and retrieval. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
This course examines the effective use of data, information, and tools to manage, retrieve, and analyze healthcare data. Content is comprised of the principles of computer science as well as database models and systems. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
This course examines the management of the clinical information system lifecycle including infrastructure, implementation, and evaluation. Content is comprised of practical issues related to system implementation, security, and maintenance. Best practices concerning human-computer interaction and systems building will be analyzed. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
This course provides an integrated view of the many concepts, skills, tools and techniques related to healthcare project management. Fundamental project management concepts and effective project planning are presented in a theory to practice context. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of how informatics relates to the healthcare industry. This course affords the student an advanced overview of health care informatics within the context of leading and managing information technology. Included in this course are healthcare concepts related to informatics, team building, change management, policy development, quality outcomes, and staff development. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
This course provides an in depth overview of the legal, ethical, and societal issues associated with information technology. Included is practical business information for informatics specialists to examine different ethical situations that arise in information technology and practical ways to address these issues. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
This course examines the role and function of information management in health care organizations. Content is comprised of the tools and techniques necessary for effective information flow related to the operational management of information technology. The representation of data within the electronic and personal health record is critically analyzed for interoperability and retrieval. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
This course examines the effective use of data, information, and tools to manage, retrieve, and analyze healthcare data. Content is comprised of the principles of computer science as well as database models and systems. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
This course examines the management of the clinical information system lifecycle including infrastructure, implementation, and evaluation. Content is comprised of practical issues related to system implementation, security, and maintenance. Best practices concerning human-computer interaction and systems building will be analyzed. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
This course provides an integrated view of the many concepts, skills, tools and techniques related to healthcare project management. Fundamental project management concepts and effective project planning are presented in a theory to practice context. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of how informatics relates to the healthcare industry. This course affords the student an advanced overview of health care informatics within the context of leading and managing information technology. Included in this course are healthcare concepts related to informatics, team building, change management, policy development, quality outcomes, and staff development. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
This course provides an in depth overview of the legal, ethical, and societal issues associated with information technology. Included is practical business information for informatics specialists to examine different ethical situations that arise in information technology and practical ways to address these issues. Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Studies.
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Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Financial Aid for Accelerated Online Programs page.

Additional Fees

Domestic Applicant Fee: $50
International Applicant Fee: $100
Graduation Fee: $32


Admissions

Please review all the admission requirements for the Master of Science in Health Sciences in Healthcare Informatics Online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 1-833-887-4842.

Admissions Criteria

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee (for domestic applications) online.

Official Transcript

Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities

GPA

3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

References

2 References from Professional or Academic sources