Health Informatics and Management

All courses, arranged by program, are listed in the catalog. Courses designated as “active” have been offered in the past three years. Courses designated as “inactive” have not been offered in the past three years and indicate the semester in which the course was last offered. If you cannot locate a specific course, try our advanced search link. Current class schedules, with posted days and times, may be found on the Registrar's Office website or by logging directly into SiS.

31.514 Program Management in Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1253
Status Active

The concepts of program planning, development, budgeting and evaluation, which are essential functions for individuals working in health care agencies, are presented. Starting with the mission of the organization, the steps of conceptualizing, designing, implementing, budgeting and evaluating health programs are covered. Students will be expected to develop a grant proposal for an agency. This course is a capstone experience and resources from all other relevant coursework will be called upon. Seniors only.

PUBH.501 Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38621
Status Active

This course provides a foundation for the analysis of social and behavioral influences on public health. Planning, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives designed to improve public health are discussed. The course reviews prominent concepts in the social and behavioral sciences and provides examples of their impact on public health. Psychosocial theories of health promotion and how they inform public health practice are analyzed. Public health competencies in social and behavioral sciences provide a foundation for the course content.

PUBH.502 Health Policy and Management Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38618
Status Active

The course provides students with a foundation of public health practice and management. Topics include critical issues for the future of healthcare in the U.S., leadership and politics in public health, partnerships to improve public health, leading and managing change in public health organizations, and improvement in public health practice. The course also provides an overview of the U.S. healthcare system, its organization, management and financing, current policy issues (e.g., cost, quality and access) and healthcare reform activity.

PUBH.520 Inequality and Organization Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6198
Status Active

Despite the lowest unemployment rate in 25 years, the economic recovery of the 1990s has brought a Treadmill Economy running faster with minimal gain. With low productivity growth, surprisingly little growth in wages and a long-term slowdown in economic growth since the 1970s, the United States continues to experience increasing inequality. What forces are at work shaping these trends and can they be modified or reversed on the local, state and regional levels? How have these trends both shaped and been influenced by social and business policies concerning poverty and welfare, local and urban development, technology and economic development, changes in work organization and labor-management relations, domestic investment and international competition? This seminar course will bring local and national experts on these issues to present their findings and discuss their view of future prospects for local and regional social and economic development policy.

PUBH.603 Global Development and Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38622
Status Active

This course discusses global health efforts in relationship to human health and quality of life. Using a case methodology, this course will enable students to analyze complex health and development challenges in the less-developed world, and propose and evaluate interventions that address challenges. Topics include maternal and child health, nutrition, infectious and noninfectious diseases, natural disasters, sanitation and health inequality. Access to health care in developing and developed countries will be analyzed. The concept of positive deviance will also be explored

PUBH.604 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Health Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 38619
Status Active

Geographic information systems (GIS) are of growing importance for analyzing health and environmental data. GIS is a spatial analysis system for the organization, storage, retrieval, and analysis of public health and many other types of data The course will provide an overview of spatial analysis of data of importance to environmental and public health issues and students will analyze implications of spatial data analysis for public health.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 92.283 Introduction to Statistics, and Co-req: PUBH.604L Geographic Info. Systems (GIS) for Health Lab.

PUBH.613 Environmental Epidemiology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38623
Status Active

An advanced course in modern epidemiologic methods as applied to physical and chemical hazards in the environment. Students read and critique some of the classic studies that have led to recognition of the effects of the environment on health, as well as some current topics of intense and active research. Major topics covered include: air pollution and lung disease, water pollution and infectious disease, ionizing radiation and cancer, outbreak investigation for foodborne infectious agents, lead poisoning, and endocrine disruption. Through reading the literature, students strengthen their skills in study design and analysis, while learning about important aspects of environmental health.

PUBH.614 Occupational Epidemiology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38620
Status Active

An advanced course in modern epidemiologic methods as applied to occupational health risks and interventions. Students read and critique numerous studies in the field, and learn the particular methods and difficulties of conducting epidemiologic studies in the work environment. Major topics covered include: causal inference in epidemiology, point and interval estimation for cohort and case control studies, exposure assessment for epidemiology, multivariate linear and logistic models for control of confounding.

PUBH.666 MPH Practicum l Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39342
Status Active

This practicum is the first of two culminating experiences in the MPH program that requires a student to apply theories and principles from coursework in a public health setting. The practicum is a planned, supervised and evaluated practice experience under the supervision of a qualified preceptor. Students meet bi weekly on campus in a seminar with a faculty member who oversees the practicum experience. Students may begin work on their final capstone applied practice or research project during the practicum.

PUBH.667 MPH Practicum ll Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39343
Status Active

This practicum is the second culminating experience during the student's final semester in the MPH program. Students will demonstrate the mastery of a body of public health knowledge and achievement of the MHP competencies through a practicum experience under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and faculty member, a biweekly seminar, and completion and presentation of an applied practice or research project.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: PUBH.666 MPH Practicum l.

PUBH.680 Aging and Society Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39069
Status Active

This course will focus on the study of aging as a social process affecting individuals, society, and social institutions and the impact of social structure and institutions on older adults. The course will use a life course perspective of aging to examine the social construction of old age influenced by race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic disparities, and income and educational opportunities. Changing context of family, work and religion impacting the aging population in contemporary society will be analyzed. Effective public health policies and programs to address the well-being of the aging population will be discussed.

PUBH.681 Global Aging and Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39067
Status Active

This course will provide an overview of the relevance of global aging to public health in high-income, emerging economies, and low -income countries. The course will examine the global perspective of public policy issues related to the aging of the world population. Topics include: demographic trends, global burden of disease, health systems design and caregiving models, social insurance programs, age-friendly cities, cross-cultural perspectives on aging, social change and aging, and public policy responses driven by a global aging population.

PUBH.682 Epidemiology of Aging Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39070
Status Active

This course focuses on concepts, principles, and methods of epidemiological research in the study of population aging. Interpretation of the relevance of epidemiological findings to the public health of older populations will be examined. Theoretical and methodological issues in conducting epidemiological research with an aging population will be analyzed.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 19.575 Intro Biostat & Epidemiology.

PUBH.683 Nutrition & Physical Activity in Aging Populations Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 39068
Status Active

The course reviews the importance of two key life-style behaviors, nutrition and physical activity, in older adults. Methods of nutritional and physical activity assessment, inter-relationships between nutrition, physical activity, and health, and public health policy impacting nutrition, activity and health will be discussed. Physiological, psychological and socio-economic issues affecting nutrition and physical activity among older adults will be analyzed. The impact of nutrition and physical activity in health, longevity, and quality of life in aging populations will be analyzed.

32.502 Organizational Behavior in Health Care Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33039
Status Active

Provides a systems overview of the organizational structure and behavior of individuals in healthcare institutions, along with an examination of the role of managers, clinicians and other leaders. The course applies organizational, behavioral and social science practice and theory to healthcare organizations.

32.506 Quantitative Methods in Health Management Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34589
Status Active

The course teaches analytic methods that can be used to improve the decision making of healthcare managers, clinicians and others within the healthcare industry. Students learn the following: the conceptual foundations of quantitative analysis - e.g., what statistics is all about, how to think statistically and how to understand and interpret statistical findings; the importance of quantitative methods in supporting healthcare decision-making and developing evidence-based practices; bivariate and multivariate statistical methods for analyzing data and testing hypotheses; and how to use an industry-standard data analysis and statistical software in developing and reporting analytic findings.

32.511 Health Care Finance Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33042
Status Active

Provides broad exposure to the concepts and practices of healthcare finance and healthcare financial management. Teaches a practical understanding of basic healthcare financial issues, financial reporting and analysis, and provider payment structures. The course enables students to read, analyze and use healthcare financial information in today's healthcare environment.

32.512 Operations Analysis for Quality Improvement Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33483
Status Active

This course teaches a multi-disciplinary approach to operations analysis, process redesign and quality improvement in healthcare. Students study the history, development and principles of quality improvement in healthcare; how quality improvement processes have been used in various healthcare settings; the tools and processes used in quality improvement; how to structure and implement a quality improvement program; and how to collect, analyze and interpret quality improvement data.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: Graduate level or Instructor permission.

32.514 Healthcare Management Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33130
Status Active

This course provides a framework for addressing management problems in healthcare organizations, providing an overview of how healthcare institutions are organized and governed, the role of the management, physicians, nurses and other clinical and support staff in these organizations, and the management systems designed for their efficient and effective operation.

32.515 Applied Health Economics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33127
Status Active

Students study basic economic concepts and how they are applied to healthcare and gain a broad familiarity with the health economics and related health services research literature, as well as experience using economics to analyze health policy issues.

32.527 Planning and Marketing in Healthcare Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33041
Status Active

The course examines the history, principles and methodologies of health services planning and marketing. Students learn how to develop various types of health plans (e.g., community and regional, strategic, business and marketing plans). They also learn about the research process and data resources required to support health services planning and marketing. Practical approaches to health care problems are studied using case analysis of actual healthcare projects and programs.

32.531 Health Informatics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33129
Status Active

The course provides healthcare professionals with a conceptual and practical understanding of information and communication systems, and how they are used. It also addresses the systems analysis, development and implementation challenges in optimizing today's complex healthcare systems designs to improve both use and clinical outcomes. Students learn the theory, techniques and systems used for transforming clinical data into information useful for decision-making. The current and future role of the health care informatics professional is discussed.

32.607 Healthcare Information Systems Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4507
Status Active

This is the introductory, first-recommended course in health informatics. It provides a broad-ranging overview of the healthcare information systems industry, its history, recent developments and continuing challenges, and a practical understanding of healthcare information systems acquisition and implementation. Topics include meaningful use, EMR, CPOE, and health information exchange.

32.616 Law and Ethics in Healthcare Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4513
Status Active

This course presents and overview of legal and ethical issues facing managers and providers in health care. It provides students with a foundation of health law and ethics and reviews health care legal and ethical situations and dilemmas. The goals are to provide students with practical knowledge of health law and ethics and their application to the real world of health care.

32.625 Health Policy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4520
Status Active

This course provides students with a basic framework for health policy analysis and examines major aspects of U.S. health policy. Detailed consideration and discussion focus on the relationship of national policy to the planning, implementation and funding of healthcare services. The course covers topics such as the healthcare policy environment in the U.S, government-funded healthcare through Medicaid and Medicare, and the Massachusetts healthcare reform.

32.626 Leadership in Healthcare Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4521
Status Active

The purpose of this course is to encourage students to carefully analyze their leadership style and skills within the context of health care. The course includes the study and application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. Students will also assess their own leadership potential through the completion of readings, personal and leadership self-assessments, values exploration, and leadership skill exercises.

32.627 Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4522
Status Active

The course explores the relationship between social and economic justice and public health. Focusing primarily on the U.S., the forces that either establish and exacerbate or prevent socioeconomic inequities will be analyzed to understand the intricate links between social, behavioral, physical, and biological determinants of health. Several theoretical orientations will be reviewed in order to better understand how each frames research and public health strategies that have been used to address health inequalities. Students will be able to competently articulate the relationships between social and health inequalities. They will be able to explain the strengths and limitations of different theoretical orientations to these issues and frame the policy needs to positively reduce health disparities.

32.632 Health Information System Planning Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4527
Status Active

A course examining contemporary healthcare information system requirements and focusing on the design, implementation, and modification of these systems. Actual or hypothetical health system related projects are used to support the theoretical framework.

32.633 Healthcare Database Design Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4528
Status Active

A practical approach to the design, and development of a relational database with an emphasis on healthcare. Analyzing the requirements of the database proceeds to the design of the structure of the relational database, which is then developed in a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). Microsoft Access is used as the RDBMS platform.

32.635 Healthcare Project Management Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35735
Status Active

A graduate level course providing a comprehensive foundation for project management as it applies to healthcare. Students will be introduced to the theory and concepts of project management, and the tools to manage projects with a specific focus on health information technology.

32.638 Strategic Planning in Healthcare and HIT (Health Information Technology) Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36675
Status Active

A graduate-level course introducing healthcare professionals to strategic planning for the information systems organization. Skills learned in this course will enable the student to work effectively with and support the information systems planning effort and assure business alignment.

32.639 Electronic Health Record Systems Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37456
Status Active

The course addresses Electronic Health Records (EHR) integration with patient care flow, clinical decision making and patient engagement, as well as clinical quality reporting. The students also learn core EHR functions. The course uses industry-leading EHR software as a learning tool to demonstrate how electronic health record technologies are used in a clinical setting.

32.671 Comparative Health Systems Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33719
Status Active

The course explores and compares national health systems (public health and healthcare). Each will be examined to understand its orientation and capacity to promote health, prevent morbidity and premature mortality, and provide primary healthcare for all. Analysis will address the political, economic, and social contexts within which the systemfunctions, as well as their underlying principles. Systems will include the U.S., European nations, and developing nations from latin America Asia, and Africa. Criteria put forward in health promotion charters and declarations developed through World health organization sponsored meetings will be used to assess each systems' strengths and limitations. Students will be able to competently articulate the principles, criteria for effectiveness, and poliies and practices that can establish successful achievement of strong international public health indicators as a foundation for sustainable social development.

32.672 Socioeconomic Inequalities and Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33720
Status Active

The course explores the relationship between social and economic justice and public health. Focusing primarily on the U.S., the forces that either establish and exacerbate or prevent social inequities will be analyzed to understand the intricate links between social, behavioral, physical, and biological determinants of health. Several theoretical orientations will be reviewed in order to better understand how each frames research and public health strategies that have been used to address health inequalities. Students will be able to competently articulate the relationships between social and health inequalities. They will be able to explain the strengths and limitations of different theoretical orientations to these issues and frame the policy needs to positively reduce health disparities. Permission of instructor.

32.733 Capstone Project Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4533
Status Active

Near the end of one's Master's Degree program, students register for Capstone Project and complete an independent study under faculty supervision. The Capstone Project applies concepts and skills learned in the program. It involves research and development, and culminates in a substantial (20 pages or more) business-type report. Many working professionals develop projects related to work assignments. Students are also required to present their Capstone Projects to students, faculty and alumni at a semester-end student recognition event.

32.775 Capstone/Thesis Review Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 35254
Status Active

32.776 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 35276
Status Active

An internship, practicum or other type of employment that is either required by the students academic program or an experience for which a student receives academic credit. To be eligible the student must be in legal F-1 status and have been enrolled full-time for one academic year. CPT work experience must be in the students field of study and contain a curricular component.