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Health Informatics Courses


HMP 501 - Understanding Health Care Organizations - 3 credits

An introduction to the field to establish professional identity and understand healthcare systems. This course also exposes students to the many issues and challenges, including those dealing with ethics, surrounding the healthcare field. Topics will include organizational structures, legal and ethical issues, government policies, community health, managing information, managing people, and managing resources.

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Students will:

  • Be able to discuss issues and challenges surrounding the healthcare field
  • Apply effective management and leadership skills to address challenges within the healthcare field
  • Understand and apply the principles and guidelines for ethics and social responsibility in healthcare
  • Comprehend organizational structures of healthcare
  • Explain the government policies of healthcare, including but not limited to community health organizations
  • Grasp and discuss trends, including research and best practices in managing information, people and resources
  • Think creatively to develop solutions to leadership and teamwork problems

HMP 510 - Project Management - 3 Credits

Development of concepts and skills related to project management. Emphasis on learning and applying concepts in the Project Management Body of Knowledge and how those concepts relate to healthcare organizations.

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Students will:

  • Understand the practical application of best practices in project management
  • Learn the relevant components of project management, including project scope, schedule, and budget management
  • Become conversant in project management methodologies using the waterfall-to-agile analogy spectrum

HMP 520 - Financial Management - 3 Credits

A survey of financial management. Topics include the financial environment, working capital management, the time value of money, financial statement analysis, capital structure, valuation of securities, capital budgeting, assessment of risk, and international finance. Consideration is given to ethical relationships among the firm's contract holders.

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Students will:

  • Gain a strong understanding of basic financial management concepts
  • Acquire a basic understanding of financial statements, and analytical techniques required for effective financial management
  • Understand management of non-profit institutions using popular press books and publications
  • Identify practical applications of financial management concepts (or lack thereof).
  • Understand business terms/vocabulary that will be incorporated and emphasized through practical application to current events

HMP 620 - Information Management in Health Care - 3 Credits

Students learn to understand health informatics as the intersection of information technology, computer science, and health care. They gain broad exposure to the field of health informatics with an emphasis on its application to various clinical and related environments (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, public health), and the role of the health informaticist in bridging clinical care and information technology. Students are exposed to core concepts and technologies, including terminologies, data standards, development approaches/strategies, data security and privacy. 

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Students will:

  • Understand the management of critical decision support systems that develop effective knowledge management in healthcare
  • Understand the design and development process of health information exchange
  • Learn how the security and compliance perspective of health information exchange
  • Suggest and implement network-integrated decision support tools for medical institutions
  • Learn the potential of e-health delivery

HMP 624 - Health Informatics I: Health Info Systems and Clinical Data - 3 Credits

Students develop a comprehensive understanding of electronic health record systems, their architecture and application. Students apply systems analysis and design theory to the development of health information systems and learn principles of object-oriented programming and relational databases; processes for assessing and modeling user requirements and data structures; the role of data standards in systems design; and data warehousing strategies. Students apply these concepts to a variety of situations, with the course culminating in a business plan for the implementation and configuration of a specific EHR to address the needs of a specific clinical environment. Prereq HMP 620.

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Students will:

  • Understand terminology, language, definitions, and basic structure of informatics
  • Learn about the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine
  • Solve practical problems, including how to manage complex processes of implementing new solutions into organizations

HMP 625 - Health Informatics II: Clinical and Public Health Decision Support - 3 Credits

Focus on evidence-based medicine and the role of decision support tools in bringing informatics to the bedside. Topics cover clinical decision support systems, common data sources and medical algorithms and data mining techniques, and the applications and limitations of decision support as a supplement to clinical judgment. Prereq HMP 620.

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Students will:

  • Expand existing knowledge of basic statistics
  • Learn a variety of statistical tools to analyze data relevant to healthcare organizations
  • Learn how and when to use each of the tools
  • Learn the ability to communicate statistical results in written form

HMP 627 - Data Assurance and Security in Healthcare - 3 Credits

Examines how computer security and privacy impact electronic health information and exchange, ranging from EHRs and telemedicine to mobile devices and robotic surgical instruments. Students learn basic security concepts; analyze securing systems and sanitize data; examine privacy, identity and attribution; and are exposed to incident response, auditing and forensics. Prereq HMP 620.

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Students will:

  • Analyze large sets of data and uncover patterns within the data
  • Use mathematical and statistical algorithms to uncover patterns in web, text, speech and regular data
  • Predict data based on discovered patterns
  • Utilize technology tools to analyze large sets of data
  • Understand legal, ethical and public relations implications of data mining

HMP 640 - Quality Health Care Management - 3 Credits

The planning and control of operations and processes in health service organizations, including design for the future of healthcare. Topics include aggregate planning, facility location and community resources, patient and family centered care, layout, environmentally responsible systems, capacity planning, management of human resources, inventory management, and project management. Models are developed to maximize output while ensuring high employee standards, morale, and benefits.

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Students will:

  • Develop sound administrative and/or epidemiological data collection and sampling skills
  • Understand basic data interpretation and statistical analysis
  • Learn the management of process-improvement projects based on the Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) model
  • Understand and lead organizational change management

HMP 650 - Managing People and Human Resources - 3 Credits

Focus on recruiting, training, and developing human resources thereby enabling employees to be competent performers within organizations. In addition, strategies for developing as an effective leader and team member in the field of healthcare are covered.

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Students will:

  • Analyze the characteristics and motives of leaders
  • Apply effective leadership in all types of organizations, as well as in a global community
  • Understand the principles and guidelines for leadership ethics and social responsibility
  • Investigate fully the importance of ethics in all areas of leadership.
  • Examine and practice the leader-member exchange theories and other various styles of leadership
  • Understand the leader's role in motivation and teamwork - leadership as a reciprocal influence process
  • Discuss trends, including research and best practices in leadership from a cross discipline perspective
  • Think creatively to develop solutions to leadership and teamwork problems

HMP 662 - Health in the Community - 3 Credits

Understanding the role of health education and health resources in the community, including securing community support and investment. Topics include prevention and control of chronic health conditions, efficient use of community health services and resources, volunteer agencies, disease and injury prevention, women's health, substance use, and other relevant issues.

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Students will:

  • Explain the need for community-based partnerships to improve the health of a community and to ameliorate existing disparities in health and healthcare
  • Learn how to assess individual and community needs and assets appropriately.
  • Plan effective community health promotion programs developed with theory-based approaches
  • Design programmatic intervention strategies
  • Plan for program evaluation

HMP 670 - Legal Issues and Compliance in Health Care - 3 Credits

Understanding health laws and regulation from both the patient and corporate viewpoints, including regulatory laws, labor law, patients' rights, liability, third party providers, and contract law.

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Students will:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the American Legal System
  • Understand laws and regulations that apply to a hospital/healthcare system
  • Determine when to consult with hospital counsel regarding a legal issue that could affect the hospital/health system.

HMP 671 - Ethics in Health Care - 3 Credits

Broad coverage of the challenges and dilemmas facing the healthcare enterprise using the case study method to arrive at ethical and moral decision making. Includes examination of personal beliefs and prejudices that often influence actions. Topics vary but generally include access, cost, quality of care; organizational ethics and risk; professional codes of conduct; principles of patient autonomy and rights; and issues within the community.

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Students will:

  • Identify various models for understanding disease as well as how cultures have attempted to combat the effects of disease with attention given to forming a Christian view of health and illness
  • Review questions and discussions about the ethical implications of healthcare
  • Form personal views about these topics

HMP 675 - Organizational and Government Policy in Health Care - 3 Credits

A course that addresses the economics and financing of health policy, need and demand by the public, and quality and effectiveness of the services including issues of public health preparedness, prevention, long-term care, and mental illness.

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Students will:

  • Address the economics and financing of health policy, need, and demand by the public, and quality and effectiveness of the services
  • Understand the issues of public health preparedness, prevention, long-term care and mental illness
  • Be able to analyze health policy and make informed recommendations to improve the United States health system