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 Executive Master's degree in Health Informatics develops the skills and behaviors needed to succeed in healthcare informatics senior management roles. This master's degree will prepare the experienced, mid-career healthcare informatics professional to become a leader in managing and using the information management processes and technologies that are revolutionizing the health care industry.
Misericordia’s executive master's degree consists of 39 credits, of which 36 are delivered online. Face-to-face courses are presented on the Misericordia campus as weekend sessions at the start, midway and at the end of the program. Weekend courses introduce the student to classmates who will be participating in their project teams throughout the program and place the student in simulated situations often found in the executive and professional work environment. Remote conferencing accommodations can be made for students who have an emergency that prevents their attending a weekend session.
The online 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 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 executive master's degree consists of the following required graduate level health informatics courses:
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|HCI 500||Informatics for Healthcare Leaders||1 credit, one weekend on campus|
|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 600||Emerging Issues in Health Informatics||1 credit, one weekend on campus|
|HCI 610||Legal, Ethical, and Public Policy Issues in Health Informatics||3 credits, 15 weeks, online|
|HCI 620||Enterprise Information Governance||3 credits, 15 weeks, online|
|HCI 640||Executive Informatics||3 credits, 15 weeks, online|
|HCI 650||Health Informatics Proficiencies||3 credits, 15 weeks, online|
|HCI 690||Health Informatics Colloquium||1 credit, one weekend on campus|
Students can tailor their program along either an academic track with a thesis, or a professional track with a professional contribution. Students selecting the academic track will take the following second-year courses:
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|HCI 660||Health Informatics Thesis Research||3 credits, 15 weeks, online|
|HCI 665||Health Informatics Thesis||3 credits, 15 weeks, online|
Students selecting the professional track will take the following courses:
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours |
|HCI 655||Health Informatics Proficiencies||3 credits, 15 weeks, online|
|HCI 675||Health Informatics Professional Contribution||3 credits, 15 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. The proficiencies courses consist of 45 study modules designed to provide advanced skills in a broad range of informatics topics - the student and faculty advisor determine which topics will be completed to best meet the student’s educational goals.
All students will be required to take a pre-assessment on entry into the program and a comprehensive examination on program completion. The pre-assessment identifies the student’s entrance competencies and helps the faculty tailor the program to deliver the best education possible to the student group. The comprehensive examination occurs immediately prior to the HCI 690 weekend, and validates student accomplishments throughout the program.
This executive master's degree is an integrated study program where many of the courses use core textbooks with supplemental materials such as readings provided by the faculty, online sources, etc. The core required texts are:
Some courses will also use supplemental texts such as:
All students must meet the entrance requirements and follow the policies and procedures for graduate study at Misericordia University as specified in the Misericordia Catalog. All executive master's degree students must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and have been employed in a mid-career capacity in a healthcare organization healthcare informatics or an IT role within two years of entry into the program – contact Larree Brown for details about entrance requirements.
Larree Brown, Assistant Director, Recruitment and Admissions at 570-674-6451, or firstname.lastname@example.org