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Health Informatics Master's Program

Overview
Healthcare throughout the World is changing rapidly. Electronic medical records, electronic prescriptions, digital imaging, clinical decision support, and other applications are changing the way care providers use the information they need to produce the best healthcare outcomes possible. Misericordia’s  Master's degree in Health Informatics develops the skills needed to succeed in healthcare informatics management roles. This master's degree will prepare the experienced, healthcare or information technology professional to become a leader in managing the information management processes and technologies revolutionizing the health care industry.

Goals
The Masters in Health Informatics curriculum has the following goals:

  1. To prepare future health informatics leaders who understand the complex interplay among the health informatics stakeholder communities.
  2. To enhance the ability to use the inter-relationships among health information technology, the healthcare delivery and regulatory processes, and information management.
  3. To prepare graduates with a set of leadership skills and behaviors that emphasizes professional competence, moral and ethical performance.
  4. To demonstrate professional and technical competence of informatics.
  5. To instill a dedication to the use of technology for the benefit of humanity.
  6. To create a sensitivity to the impact that the use of technology has on the person, and
  7. To build a desire for life-long professional learning and development in health informatics.

Program Delivery
Misericordia’s master's degree consists of 36 credits, delivered entirely online. The courses are presented asynchronously so that a student with Internet connectivity anywhere in the world can study at a time that bests fit their schedule. In addition, our health informatics faculty, all current health informatics practitioners, have scheduled time available online each week for student interaction. Misericordia University uses Black Board as the platform for distance education and training is available on how to use this Internet tool.

Outline of Health Informatics Curriculum
The master's degree consists of the following required graduate level health informatics courses: 

Course Number
Course Name
Credit Hours
HCI 505
The Business of Health Informatics
3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online
HCI 510

Modeling Health Care Process and Information

3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online
HCI 520
Health Care Information Systems
3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online
HCI 530
Health Systems Analysis and Design
3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online
MBA/OM 580
Project Management
3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online
HCI 550

Health Informatics Standards and Best Practices

3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online
HCI 610

Legal, Ethical, and Public Policy Issues in Health Informatics

3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online
HCI 620
Enterprise Information Governance
3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online
HCI 640
Executive Informatics
3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online
HCI 650
Health Informatics Proficiencies
3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online

Students can tailor their program along either an academic track with a thesis, or a professional track with a professional contribution. 

Academic Track

Course Number
Course Name
Credit Hours
HCI 660
Health Informatics Research
3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online
HCI 665
Health Informatics Thesis
3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online

Professional Track

Course Number
Course Name
Credit Hours
HCI 660
Health Informatics Research
3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online
HCI 675

Health Informatics Professional Contribution

3 credits, 7 ½ weeks, online

The Professional Contribution can be completed through activities such as writing and presenting a paper at a professional meeting, performing a real-world informatics project at a healthcare organization, or similar activities.

For information on Health Informatics, please contact David Pasquini, at 570-674-8183, or dpasquin@misericordia.edu