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 iSiS.

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.

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.

32.504 Health Data Analysis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33128
Status Active

This course focuses on the application of both descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to the analysis of health care data. Students will learn how to a) formulate research questions and hypotheses answerable through quantitative data analysis, b) use computer software (Statistical Package for The social Sciences, SPSS) and an online Probability Calculator to analyze data, and c) interpret the meaning of statistical findings. Areas covered include graphs, measurement, normal distribution, hypothesis testing, t tests, ANOVA, correlation and regression, and chi-square. Emphasis is on using weekly SPSS assignments to analyze research questions using a sample data base from the Framingham Heart Study. Prerequisite: an elementary statistics course.

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 Health Care 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 health care organizations. It provides students with an overview of the manner in which health care institutions are organized and governed, the role of management, physicians, nurses and other clinical and support staff in these organizations, and the management systems designed for their efficient and effective operation.

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 Healthcare Planning and Marketing Credits: 3

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

Students learn the fundamentals of planning and marketing and how they are applied to the different aspects of the health care system.

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.

32.593 Independent Study Credits: 1-9

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 9
Course ID 34586
Status Active

32.606 Quantitative Methods Health Services Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4506
Status Active

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 and Change Credits: 3

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

The strategic planning and management of health care organizations is covered. Development and implementation of strategic plans is covered. Alternative theories of organizations and change are explored. The capstone experience for the major.

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.

32.634 Healthcare Database Development Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34791
Status Active

The course is designed to introduce the student to as Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) used to create and manage a Database. Students will use the database designed in 32.633 Healthcare Database Design to develop a working database system that can be used to manage data. No prior knowledge of a particular RDBMS application is required.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 32.633 Healthcare Database Design.

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.

32.705 Supervised Teaching Health Services Administration Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 4532
Status Active

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.

32.743 Master's Thesis Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4536
Status Active

Each student is required to complete a thesis or project under the supervision of a faculty member. The project is intended to integrate the concepts and skills learned in previous courses, should be original, and make a contribution to the field. Thesis must meet the requirements of the Graduate School and receive permission of the coordinator.

32.763 Continued Graduate Research Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4537
Status Active

32.775 Capstone/Thesis Review Credits: 1

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

32.776 CPT Co-op Credits: 0-1

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 1
Course ID 35276
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.