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Health Informatics M.H.I.

Health Informatics, AHC Inst
Graduate School
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Contact Information
Physical Address: 505 Essex St. SE, 330 Diehl Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55455 Mailing Address: MMC 912, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Email: ihi@umn.edu
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 31
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Health Informatics
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
Health informatics is an interdisciplinary field of scholarship that applies computer, information, and cognitive sciences to promote the effective and efficient use and analysis of information, ultimately improving the health, well-being, and economic functioning of society. Students take a sequence of core courses in health informatics and biostatistics, and electives in technical and health science areas. Possible areas of emphasis include health information systems, telehealth, bioinformatics, user interface design, system impact evaluation, database construction and analysis, clinical decision-making, evaluation of health programs, and physiological monitoring and control.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
  • primarily online (at least 80% of the instruction for the program is online with short, intensive periods of face-to-face coursework)
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants are expected to have at least a bachelor of science or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an international equivalent.
Required prerequisites
Health or Biological Sciences
6-semester credits or 9 quarter-credits of health or biological coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level.
or Department Consent
Programming Language
Documented work or educational experience working with a programming language such as C, C++, Java, Visual Basic, PASCAL, etc.
or HINF 5502 - Python Programming Essentials for the Health Sciences (1.0 cr)
or Department Consent
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 152
    • General Test - Quantitative Reasoning: 153
    • General Test - Analytical Writing: 4.0
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Reading Score: 6.5
    • Writing Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
The preferred English language test is Test of English as Foreign Language.
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 18 to 24 major credits and 7 to 13 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: The capstone project is a 3-credit course in which students will have a final opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills to a project involving a practical problem in health informatics. Students will learn how to design these projects properly, reviewing past exemplary projects as guides. Then, with the help of their advisors and the capstone course director, students will design and carry out their own projects which can take a variety of forms, including: developing design and evaluation specifications for software to address a specific healthcare need; working on, observing, analyzing, and reporting the actions of a team involved in implementing a new information system; or observing and measuring the impact of such a system in a healthcare setting. Students will submit a written project report in lieu of a final examination. The capstone project instructor and the student's advisor grade the report.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
HINF Courses
Students must take HINF 5436 AHC Informatics Grand Rounds twice for a total of 2 credits.
HINF 5430 - Foundations of Health Informatics I (3.0 cr)
HINF 5431 - Foundations of Health Informatics II (3.0 cr)
HINF 5436 - AHC Informatics Grand Rounds (1.0 cr)
HINF 5510 - Applied Health Care Databases: Database Principles and Data Evaluation (3.0 cr)
HINF 5520 - Informatics Methods for Health Care Quality, Outcomes, and Patient Safety (2.0 cr)
HINF 5531 - Health Data Analytics and Data Science (3.0 cr)
Other Required Courses
NURS 5116 - Consumer Health Informatics (1.0 cr)
NURS 7108 - Population Health Informatics (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I (4.0 cr)
Electives
Graduate-level electives of your choice to complete the total 31 credits; see student handbook for a list of recommended electives.
Final Project
MHI students should take HINF 5499. MD/MHI students should take LAMP 7195 for 3 credits.
HINF 5499 - Capstone Project for the Masters of Health Informatics (3.0 cr)
or LAMP 7195 - Medical Informatics (4.0 cr)
Joint- or Dual-degree Coursework:
MD/MHI program Students may take a total of 3 credits in common among the academic programs.
 
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HINF 5502 - Python Programming Essentials for the Health Sciences
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Computer programming essentials for health sciences/health care applications using Python 3. Intended for students with limited programming background, or students wishing to obtain proficiency in Python programming language. prereq: Junior or senior or grad student or professional student or instr consent
HINF 5430 - Foundations of Health Informatics I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
An introductory survey of health informatics, focusing on foundational concepts. Topics covered include: conceptualizations of data, information, and knowledge; current terminologies, coding, and classification systems for medical information; ethics, privacy, and security; systems analysis, process and data modeling; human-computer interaction and data visualization. Lectures, readings, and exercises highlight the intersections of these topics with electronic health record systems and other health information technology. prereq: Junior, senior, grad student, professional student, or instr consent
HINF 5431 - Foundations of Health Informatics II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
An introductory survey of health informatics, focusing on applications of informatics concepts and technologies. Topics covered include: health informatics research, literature, and evaluation; precision medicine; decision models; computerized decision support systems; data mining, natural language processing, social media, rule-based system, and other emerging technologies for supporting 'Big Data' applications; security for health care information handling. Lectures, readings, and exercises highlight the intersections of these topics with current information technology for clinical care and research. prereq: Junior, senior, grad student, professional student, or instr consent
HINF 5436 - AHC Informatics Grand Rounds
Credits: 1.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Presentation/discussion of research problems, current literature/topics of interest in Health Informatics.
HINF 5510 - Applied Health Care Databases: Database Principles and Data Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles of database theory, modeling, design, and manipulation of databases will be introduced, taught with a healthcare applications emphasis. Students will gain experience using a relational database management system (RDBMS), and database manipulation will be explored using Structured Query Language (SQL) to compose and execute queries. Students will be able to critically evaluate database query methods and results, and understand their implications for health care. prereq: Junior or senior or grad student or professional student or instr consent
HINF 5520 - Informatics Methods for Health Care Quality, Outcomes, and Patient Safety
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application/operation of clinical information systems, electronic health records, decision support/application in health care system. Use of clinical information systems/association with health care delivery, payment, quality, outcomes. prereq: Junior or senior or grad student or professional student or instr consent
HINF 5531 - Health Data Analytics and Data Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Data science methods and techniques for the extraction, preparation, and use of health data in decision making. prereq: Junior or senior or professional student or grad student or instr consent
NURS 5116 - Consumer Health Informatics
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examines issues from consumer's perspective in acquisition, understanding, use or provision of health information. Online strategies for improving health. Impact on consumer-provider relationships/ethical and legal issues. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
NURS 7108 - Population Health Informatics
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Standards, interoperability, and integration of information systems for population health are examined. Population health use cases are analyzed for potential benefits, legal, ethical, and practical issues related to the development of population health information systems. prereq: [5115 or [HINF 5430, HINF 5431]] or instr consent
PUBH 6450 - Biostatistics I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics. Gaussian probability models, point/interval estimation for means/proportions. Hypothesis testing, including t, chi-square, and nonparametric tests. Simple regression/correlation. ANOVA. Health science applications using output from statistical packages. prereq: [College-level algebra, health sciences grad student] or instr consent
HINF 5499 - Capstone Project for the Masters of Health Informatics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Final opportunity to apply newly acquired knowledge/skills to project involving practical problem in health informatics. Submit written project report in lieu of final examination. prereq: second semester MHI student or instr consent
LAMP 7195 - Medical Informatics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: H-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Medical informatics uses computer and information science to solve problems in medicine, health care delivery, and medical research. The student works on a project under the supervision of faculty and/or fellows in medical informatics. The specific project depends on faculty availability and the student's background, interests, and experience. Projects have included computer assisted instruction for medical students or patients, computer-based medical decision support systems, creation of clinical database management systems, and statistical analysis of data from clinical research. As schedule permits, the student is expected to attend health informatics courses and seminars.