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Health Information Technology


Course Descriptions


Note: Some courses may have Prerequisites.   Not all courses are offered every semester and new courses may be added at any time; check the appropriate program/departmental website for the latest offerings.


HIT 658: Health Informatics I

As the first required course in the series, Health Informatics I starts with introductory topics and proceeds with an overview of the essential topics of Health IT. Consistent with the interdisciplinary nature of Health IT, the course touches people and organizational aspects of health information systems as well as technology. While covering the essentials of Health Informatics, the course also achieves depth by engaging students in a semester- long study of a particular topic in Health IT. Some of the topics covered in this course include electronic health records, practice management, health information exchange, data standards, consumer health informatics and mobile health.


Health Informatics II

As the second required course in the health informatics series, Health Informatics II extends the coverage of the health informatics issues into areas such as online medical resources and search engines, evidence-based medicine and clinical practice guidelines, disease management, disease registries and quality improvement, patient safety and health IT, electronic prescribing, telemedicine, and bioinformatics. Prerequisites: Health Informatics I.


HIT 663: Health IT Policy and Administration

This course provides a comprehensive overview on the policy and administration of health information technology. Students will develop an understanding of the management principles in the American healthcare delivery system, including the roles of patients, third party insurance payers, and healthcare professionals. The course will also include healthcare policy in the US with specific examples from Medicare, Medicaid and ongoing efforts for healthcare reform.


HIT 664: Health IT Law and Ethics

This course provides a comprehensive overview of important legal principles affecting health information technology and management, with a focus on the intersection of these legal principles with business ethics.  The student will learn how to think through and process legal problems consistent with ethical norms, and how to analyze business risks in light of operative legal constructs, taking into consideration ethical issues, to arrive at a range of correct business decisions.  Throughout the class the student will learn substantive legal principles including an overview of constitutional, contract, tort, corporate and regulatory law.  Students will work in groups during certain exercises, role play in real and hypothetical case studies, and make a final presentation of a comprehensive legal and ethical health IT problem.


Health Data Analytics

This course covers large-scale analytics for health care. The course will start with an overview of data mining techniques including classification, clustering, association rule mining, anomaly detection, and data visualization. These techniques will be covered in the context of healthcare data such as electronic medical records. This course will address the challenges of analyzing healthcare data, and integration strategies for various data types commonly found in electronic medical records as well as genomic, environmental, and biological data that affect healthcare.


Health IT Implementation

This course covers the design, implementation, and application of electronic health record systems. Topics include design, selection, implementation, integration, testing, evaluation, and support of electronic health record systems. The course will also cover specific techniques for voice recognition and imaging technology, information security and integrity, data dictionaries, modeling, and warehousing to meet departmental needs. In this course students will learn how to apply policies/procedures to facilitate electronic health records and other administrative applications.


Health Information Privacy and Security

This course will provide a deep understanding of the principles of health data protection, the privacy and security requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The course will discuss the statutory and regulatory background and purpose of HIPAA and the principles and key provisions of the privacy rule, protected health information, uses and disclosures, compliance and enforcement. The course will also cover the state of the art on “privatizing” health data with minimal impact on data utility.


Public Health Informatics

This course will cover the key components of public health practice, and include topics such as disease surveillance, outbreak, detection, investigation, vital records, and dissemination of information. The course will include data collection, data analysis, data cleaning, ways to provide data to customers, improve data quality and access to care, and develop and evaluate interventions. Students will develop an understanding of the use of IT to support public health practice, increase individual effectiveness, and improve the effectiveness of the public health enterprise.


Personalized Medicine

This course will cover the transition of the traditional “blockbuster” style practice of medicine to “personalized” medicine, a movement that is touted by many experts as the future of medicine. The course will cover how genomic information can be incorporated into disease treatment and their efficacy as compared to conventional treatment, current state of the art of the practice of personalized medicine in various diseases, challenges and opportunities, and implications on biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. 


Quality of Life Technologies

This course is an introduction to intelligent systems that aid in increasing the quality of life for the elderly and disabled.  Quality of life technology should act to augment life activities that a person may not be able to accomplish due to aging, disease or other factors while preserving the activities the individual can do.  Topics include the design, development and evaluation of quality of life technologies (QoLT) as well as how they fit into the global healthcare market.  The course will touch on smart home, virtual coach, power wheel chair and personal robotic technologies.  Students will learn about both personal and clinical needs for technology that that the elderly and disabled face and the challenges with getting those technologies to market.  At the end of the course, students will present an original project at a poster session. 


HIT 674: Process & Quality Improvement with Health IT

This course provides an overview of quality measurement and process improvement as they relate specifically to the health care industry. The course will focus on the tools, techniques, and resources available to health care professionals through effective use of health IT. Students will learn how to create quality benchmarks, gather data, and analyze results. They will learn how to design specific processes that directly address analytic findings and have the potential to improve outcomes. Students will understand a variety of implementation strategies for new processes, and be able to use health IT and other tools to measure the overall effectiveness. They will also learn how to prioritize improvement efforts across complicated business and practice systems. Students will work in groups during certain exercises, explore real and hypothetical case studies, and make a final presentation of an improvement process and implementation which utilizes health IT as their course project.

Additional Health IT Courses: 

  • Health Information Exchange and Interoperability 
  • Patient Safety & Health IT 
  • Human Centered Computing in Health IT 
  • Health IT Start-ups and Entrepreneurship 
  • Programming for Health Informatics  
  • Exploration of Clinician Information Needs