MS in Health Informatics Curriculum

Core Courses

Credits: 3

This course provides an in-depth discussion of selected legal and regulatory issues that are applicable to the management of patient information in health informatics.

Credits: 2

This course examines selected ethical considerations that are significant components of health sciences, informatics and electronic medicine and often represent important considerations to be addressed during the delivery of healthcare using e-medicine models.

Credits: 3

The e-Medicine Business Models course is designed to highlight the centrality of “business” processes to the practice of medicine and the provision of healthcare.

Credits: 3

Managerial Communications focuses on the centrality of communication to the delivery and management of healthcare and explores challenges faced by the diverse community of healthcare professions and their interactions.

Credits: 3

This course provides an in-depth discussion of selected case studies in health informatics management and is designed to assist integration of the study of the basic principles and applications of health informatics.

Credits: 3

Healthcare Project Management is designed to provide a discussion of the various facets of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, closing, and controlling projects in healthcare environments.

Required Courses

Credits: 3

Integrated electronic medical records is designed to provide an overview of the functions, limitations, opportunities and challenges presented by this very rapidly developing branch of information technology in the healthcare environment.

Credits: 3

Introduction to Health Informatics is designed to provide a discussion of the various facets of health informatics of interest to the healthcare professional.

Credits: 3

This course is designed to provide a discussion of the various facets of MIS, including acquiring, storing and interpreting information of interest to the informaticist and healthcare professional.

Credits: 3

This course introduces data management and database technologies, including relational database systems and the structured query language (SQL). In addition, data warehousing and more analytic databases also are introduced, along with online analytic processing (OLAP) tools to support decision making. Data quality issues, emerging cloud databases and other special topics will round out the coverage. Finally, the course offers a brief introduction to data mining techniques.


*Students using financial aid benefits may be required to take 33 credit hours.

Credit hours for this course may vary from 1-3. Prior approval is required.

Credits: 1

Develop, in conjunction with a faculty advisor, an individual project with the goal of completing an in-depth study of a topic directly relevant to the student’s program of study in health informatics.

Credits: 3

The course is designed to provide fundamental understanding of medical and scientific content information used in health informatics.

Credits: 3

Introduction to Healthcare Analytics is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction of the current state of the science and practice of analytics in healthcare.

Credits: 3

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of health outcomes research and clinical trial design. It explores the principles and methods used to obtains quantitative evidence on the effects of interventions on the diagnosis, etiology, and prognosis of a disease.

Credits: 3

The health informatics program addresses both clinical informatics and health information systems informatics. The program provides an opportunity for a student to develop an internship to complement required and elective coursework to broaden technical skills, as well as the organizational competencies needed for senior-level positions. The internship provides students with a competitive advantage to all students who are aiming for a career in health informatics. 

This is a 16-week course that is only offered starting Fall I, Spring I and Summer I and requires students to provide additional forms, documentation and is subject to USF’s approval. Forms must be submitted to USF a minimum of one semester (two sessions) prior to the term the student plans on enrolling. For example, a student must complete and submit forms by the start of Fall I to be considered for Spring I.

Total Courses

Curriculum and tuition are subject to change. Please contact a student services representative for the most current information.

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Average salary of computer and information system managers in the U.S.*

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