Class time for Kent State’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics program is 100 percent online to help you balance your education with working full time.
*For applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
All courses are worth 3 credits each unless otherwise indicated.
For those who are interested in graduating sooner, Kent State also offers a postbaccalaureate certificate option.
All courses are worth 3 credits each unless otherwise indicated.
Covers the areas encompassing health informatics management including the planning, selection, deployment and management of electronic medical records (EMR), management decision-support and tracking systems (DSS), and other health information technologies (HIT). (3 Credit Hours)
Introduction to the fundamentals of law for health informatics and information management. Elements of the course include general legal principles and healthcare; legal electronic medical records (EMR); Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rules and security rules; access, requests and disclosure of health information; required reporting and mandatory disclosure laws; risk management and quality improvement; compliance; workforce overview; and related ethics and social issues. (3 Credit Hours) Prerequisite: HI 60401
Introduction to information systems and their applications in healthcare used for managerial and clinical support. Study the fundamentals of information systems, including electronic medical records (EMR), and information security. Understand the role of standardized codes, vocabularies and terminologies used in health information systems. Analyze management and enterprise systems, and identify the key elements to manage information resources effectively and the trends affecting the development of health information systems and networks. (3 Credit Hours) Prerequisite: HI 60401
Conceptual foundations and practicum for health records management, including the planning, implementation and operation of electronic medical records (EMR); the management of EMR in management and enterprise systems; identifying, selecting and evaluating EMR and health information systems, applications and repositories; and issues of data quality, integrity, migration and interoperability. (3 Credit Hours) Prerequisite: HI 60401
The use of well-defined and well-integrated clinical analytics throughout the healthcare value chain can be transformative. Through careful implementation of health analytics, hospitals can transform unwieldy amalgamations of data into information that can improve patient outcomes, increase safety, enhance operational efficiency and support public health. Given the immense size of the data challenge, the distinctness and geographic spread of many healthcare-related activities, and the fact that so many healthcare activities are conducted by different entities which must interact with each other, there is really no other way to provide operations management tools necessary to deliver personalized medicine and to control spiraling costs. Since clinical analytics is an immature discipline, we carefully examine the practices of those institutions who are standard setters in the industry. (3 Credit Hours) Prerequisite: HI 60401 or MIS 64936
Provides students with the foundational principles of usability and human factors as applied to safety and quality in health informatics technology. Course readings and materials review the concepts of human factors, usability and the cognitive consequences of health information technology on clinical performance and decision making. Attention is given to the role of mobile computing in healthcare, as well as information visualization. (3 Credit Hours) Prerequisite: HI 60401 (with a minimum grade of C)
Introduce various types of standardized healthcare terminologies (controlled vocabularies) used in electronic health records (EHR) and the Health Information Exchange (HIE). Presents the benefits of using standardized terminologies, as well as the interoperability and meaningful use (MU) requirements and standards. Explain the purposes, structures, components and application of the most widely implemented standardized terminologies such as ICD, CPT, SNOMED CT, LOINC, RxNorm, ICNP and UMLS. (3 Credit Hours)
Choose 12 credits from the following courses:
Provides a practical survey of clinical decision support systems that collect clinical data and enable the transition to clinical knowledge in real world applications intended to improve quality and safety of patient care. Students become familiar with the basic requirements for clinical decision support systems and the challenges associated with the development and deployment of new applications within the healthcare setting. (3 Credit Hours) Prerequisite: HI 60401
Designed to cover the process of change management in large healthcare organizations in light of current trends. Topics related to technology requirements, technology implementations, risk assessment and buy-in are among those covered. (3 Credit Hours) Prerequisite: HI 60401
Provides a foundation for understanding research in health informatics with a focus on user and experience design research. Through lectures, readings, discussions and assignments, students review user research methods, data collection techniques and communication strategies within the healthcare context. Students then apply this knowledge to creating a research plan for assessing health information technology and communicating results to key organizational stakeholders. (3 Credit Hours) Prerequisite: HI 60401 (with a minimum grade of C)
This course uses a policy analysis lens to critically examine issues related to the use of information technology in healthcare from an ethical, political and regulatory perspective. The primary focus will be on the United States, but international approaches will also be discussed. Legislation affecting the health information technology area will be examined including the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, HITECH section; the Affordable Care Act; and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Topics and issues related to health informatics including the structure of health administrative and delivery systems, the assessment of population health, models of health care delivery, access and quality of care will also be discussed. (3 Credit Hours)
Public health informatics (PHI) is an emergent, interdisciplinary field that focuses on the systematic management and dynamic application of information resources to enhance public health practice, education and research. As an emerging subset of health informatics, PHI is practiced by individuals, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations at the international, national, regional, state and local levels. PHI deals with the collection and analysis of vital statistics data through surveillance; information creation; information storage and retrieval; visualization and graphics; dissemination; and the use of information for policy, decision-making and trend tracking. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introductory overview of the vast and dynamic field of PHI, including definitions, approaches, competencies, applications and informatics principles applied in public health settings. (3 Credit Hours)
As the volume and complexity of health data continues to grow, analysis of that data requires more advanced tools to transform it into meaningful information for clinical decisions. Not only is data from electronic medical records (EMRs) growing at a rapid pace but new types of data are available for analysis, such as genomic data and patient generated data. These advanced analytic tools break down into three areas: new data warehousing techniques to manage big data, new analytic tools including cognitive computing and predictive analytics, and new ways to visualize the data. All of these techniques transform the raw data into use cases, such as, population health, precision medicine and clinical decision support using artificial intelligence and machine learning. (3 Credit Hours)
(Repeatable for credit) Advanced research by students who are qualified to examine problems of certain special areas related to concentrations of study in health informatics. (3 Credit Hours)
Supervised work experience in health informatics of a professional nature of not less than 100 clock hours (for 2 credit hours) or 150 clock hours (for 3 credit hours) with directed preparation of a reflection paper. In-progress (IP) mark permissible. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) graded. (2-3 Total Credit Hours)
(Repeatable for credit). Offered irregularly as resources and/or opportunities permit. Topics could include current or emerging issues in health informatics. Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes. (3 Credit Hours)
(Repeatable for credit). Research or individual investigation in areas not covered by the existing curriculum for master's level students. Maximum 6 credit hours toward the health informations major within the master of science degree. In-progress (IP) mark permissible. (3 Credit Hours)
This course introduces students to the basic elements of project management as it relates to software development and the corporate environment. Although not formally endorsed by The Project Management Institute (www.PMI.org), the course will align with the project management lifecycle approach endorsed in The Project Management Book of Knowledge. (3 Credit Hours)
This course covers an introduction to: historical roots for knowledge and knowledge management; theories/definitions of knowledge; theories, applications tools and practices of KM; knowledge management life-cycle framework and models; significant issues in KM—best practices, culture, economics, strategy, intellectual capital, sustainable innovation. (3 Credit Hours)
Introduction to business process management and workflow management. BPM will describe how organizational business processes (internal, external, manual and automated) can be transformed and managed to increase efficiency and effectiveness and positively affect performance. Topics include the discovery, analysis, modeling and automation of workflow processes. (3 Credit Hours)
Introduces students to the practical contexts, methods and tools associated with semantic analysis. Focuses on early life cycle aspects of semantics, including identification and modeling of semantic problems, design of semantic solutions, and the identification and implementation of appropriate semantic technologies. Covers natural language processing, rule-based and grammar-based concept extraction, rule-based and dynamic classification, and automated summarization. Students work with a variety of semantic technologies. (3 Credit Hours)
Introduction to the fundamental concepts and practices of information architecture (IA). Students develop practical skills for comparing, analyzing, critiquing and designing information architectures. Major topics include organization, navigation, labeling, search and other core IA concepts. Students learn to create blueprints, wireframes, process flows and other documents used to communicate an information architecture design. (3 Credit Hours)
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following options:
Supervised work experience of an advanced professional nature that concentrates on developing skills in areas of health informatics and integrates students' knowledge from all HI courses and experiences. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) graded. In-progress (IP) mark permissible. Students must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours toward the health informatics major within the master of science degree. (3 Credit Hours)
Provides a means for the application of the knowledge, research and competencies learned through study in health informatics to the development of an information system, product, setting or service. Students must have completed a minimum 30 credit hours toward the MS-HI program prior to registration. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) graded. (3 Credit Hours)
Under the advisement of a faculty member, students will complete a research paper that serves as a culminating experience for the MS-HI degree. Cumulative GPA of 3.000 is required prior to enrolling in the course. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) graded. Students must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours toward the MS-HI program prior to registration. (3 Credit Hours)
Thesis students must register for a total of 6 hours, either in a single semester or distributed over several semesters with a minimum of 2 hours per semester, if desired. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) graded. Students must have completed a minimum 30 credit hours toward the MS-HI program prior to registration. (2-6 Credit Hours)
No, you can more or less than two. We do not recommend taking more than two courses if you are working full time, or have other responsibilities such as children, elderly parents, etc.
No, you may take up to seven years to finish the program. However, we do not recommend taking seven years to complete it. HI technology changes quickly and some of the things you learned in the early years of your program may have changed.
Kent State University is an affiliate of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. (https://www.kent.edu/tusc/accreditation). While neither certification nor external accreditation are required to successfully work in health informatics, we are in the process of pursuing accreditation for the HI program and plan to apply in academic year 2019. Students may also pursue certification after graduation; for more information about HIMSS certification, please visit: www.himss.org/health-it-certification.
The culminating experience is a course taken after completing at least 30 hours in the program. It is the final opportunity to meld together everything that you learned in the classroom and apply it in practice. You may take this course alone, or along with another final elective course.
A project is an independent or dependent activity completed to operationalize some aspect of HI. You may propose a project on your own, have a project assigned to you by your employer, or work on a project with a faculty member. A research paper is simply research on some aspect of HI that is of interest to you. You must have a thesis statement and the paper should prove or disprove the thesis through research. You may or may not be using human subjects. A research paper can also be a comprehensive and integrated literature review of a particular aspect of HI. An internship places you in an organization where you will receive education and training in the role of the HI specialist. You will be assigned a preceptor and will complete activities that help you integrate the concepts you learned in class. You will be eased into the role of the HI specialist.
All of the options require a log of hours completed (minimum 150) to be turned in at the end of the term and a 30-50 page paper summarizing the experiences, answering the research questions and explaining project deliverables.You will have a preceptor for each of the options. In some cases, you may have an on-site preceptor as well as a supervising faculty member.
It is optional. It is not required to obtain a position unless it is specified in the job description.
Depending upon what your final goal is, you may take electives from any area that is related to HI. You must have the approval of your advisor before registering for any elective not on the approved list.
It is not required to complete the culminating experience at Kent and we encourage you to do your culminating experience where you live or hope to live. If you wish us to arrange this for you, you need to make your advisor aware of this the semester prior to doing the culminating experience. With out-of-town culminating experiences, it may take up to two months to make arrangements.