Master of Science (MS) Health Sciences in Healthcare Informatics

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Master's in Healthcare Informatics

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.

Duration Business Administration Accelerated Online  Complete in as few as 12 months
Credit Hours Business Administration Accelerated Online  36 credit hours
Tuition Business Administration Accelerated Online  444.44 per credit hour
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

     
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree in allied health science, business, or related field
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
      • If your GPA falls between a 2.75 and 2.99, you may be eligible to appeal the admissions decision. To request an appeal you must write a formal letter of appeal to the program coordinator.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Submission of two letters of recommendation
    • Submission of a letter of intent

    Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • English translation of educational records.
    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or the World Education Services (WES) . For additional information, visit the Academic Credentials/Transcripts Evaluation section of our website.

    UPDATE ON INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:

    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.
  • Program Contact

    Program Director:Dr. Saraswathy Nair

    Phone: 956-882-5108

    Office: Brownsville Campus, BBRHB 1.103

    E-Mail: saraswathy.nair@utrgv.edu


    Special Assistant to the Program: Ms. Kim M. Garcia

    Phone: 956-665-4781

    Office: Edinburg Campus, EHABW 1144A

    E-Mail: kim.garcia@utrgv.edu

  • Deadlines

    Online Accelerated Application Deadlines:

    Spring 2018 Module I Spring 2018 Module II Summer 2018 Module I Summer 2018 Module II Fall 2018 Module I
    December 3 January 28 March 25 May 20 July 22
  • Course Requirements

     
    Required Courses 18
    INFS 6340: Healthcare Information Systems 3
    HSCI 6300: Introduction to the Healthcare System and Quality Improvement 3
    HSCI 6307: Healthcare Policy, Organization and Financing 3
    HSCI 6310: Research in Health Sciences 3
    HSCI 6345: Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3
    HSCI 7302: Professional Proposal Writing 3
     
    Healthcare Informatics Concentration: 18
    HSIN 6347: Information Management Technology 3
    HSIN 6348: Healthcare Database Management 3
    HSIN 6349: Clinical Information Systems Life Cycle Management 3
    HSIN 6350: Health Systems Project Management 3
    HSIN 6351: Leadership in Health Informatics 3
    HSIN 6352: Ethics and Legal Issues in Information Technology 3
     
    Capstone Requirement
    Written Comprehensive Exam
     
    Total graduate hours for degree: 36

    Course Descriptions:

    INFS 6340: Health Computer Information Systems               [3‐0]

    This course provides the knowledge about fundamentals of health Information Systems and the role of Information systems in efficient operation of healthcare organizations. The course specifically focuses on: Evolution of HMIS, HMIS components and basic HMIS functions, technology infrastructure for healthcare organizations, basic concepts such as HER, HIE, CPOE, and CDSS, HMIS standards such as HIPPA, HL7, and DICOM, strategic information systems planning for healthcare organizations, systems analysis and project management, information security issues, and role of HMIS professionals in health organizations.

    HSCI 6300: Introduction to the Healthcare System and Quality Improvement               [3‐0]

    An introduction to the healthcare 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 healthcare organizations as well as quality assurance and its role in health care organizations.

    HSCI 6307: Healthcare Policy, Organization and Financing               [3‐0]

    This course focuses on health care policy, organization and financing. The advanced practice nurse’s role in the provision of quality cost-effective care, participating 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.

    HSCI 6310: Research in Health Science               [3‐0]

    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.

    HSCI 6345: Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare               [3‐0]

    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.

    HSIN 6347: Information Management Technology               [3‐0]

    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.

    HSIN 6348: Healthcare Database Management               [3‐0]

    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.

    HSIN 6349: Clinical Information Systems Life Cycle Management               [3‐0]

    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.

    HSIN 6350: Health Systems Project Management               [3‐0]

    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.

    HSIN 6351: Leadership in Health Informatics               [3‐0]

    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.

    HSIN 6352: Ethics and Legal Issues in Information Technology               [3‐0]

    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.

    HSCI 7302: Professional Proposal Writing               [3‐0]

    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.