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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 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.

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 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 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:
 

  • Abdelhak, M., Grostick, S., and M. A. Hanken. Health Information: Management of a Strategic Resource. 4th edition. Elsevier. 2011. ISBN 9781437708875.
  • Shortliffe, E. H. and J. J. Cimino (eds.). Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine. 3rd edition. Springer. 2006. ISBN 0387289860.


Some courses will also use supplemental texts such as:
 

  • Wager, K. A., et. al. Health Care Information Systems: A Practical Approach for Health Care Management. 2nd edition. Jossey-Bass. ISBN 9780470387801.

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.

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