MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS AT BJC
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called for a national healthcare information infrastructure - including electronic health records - by 2014. The mandate created an industry-wide focus on the cohesive operation and transparency of healthcare systems and records. Technology use at every level of healthcare is increasing rapidly. Front line healthcare workers interact daily with an overwhelming array of computerized technology, and healthcare IT roles are growing in complexity and number. The primary goal continues to be enhanced patient care, but the means by which this is accomplished is changing rapidly.
Healthcare Informatics at SIUE
The healthcare informatics program is designed for Barnes Jewish Christian (BJC) healthcare professionals in partnership with SIUE. This premier graduate program combines the specific information technology needs of healthcare professionals with the professional expertise of the faculty in the SIUE Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Healthcare informatics at SIUE will provide you with skills and perspective in planning, designing, implementing and using information technologies. The program is designed for clinical BJC employees who currently have technology-based responsibilities or have an interest in moving their careers in that direction. This program provides a unique opportunity for you, as healthcare professionals, to leverage your prior education and experience to direct your careers to meet this trend.
Healthcare informatics brings together computer technology and clinical expertise to effectively organize, analyze, manage and use clinical knowledge and data for problem solving and decision making. As hospitals and healthcare organizations convert to electronic medical records, the need for healthcare informatics has increased significantly.
Healthcare informatics enables health care providers to use computerized systems to:
• Develop standards and clinical guidelines
• Guide their diagnoses and treatment recommendations
• Facilitate communication and manage the flow of information
• Evaluate quality of care
Program of Study
Fall Year 1
NURS 509 (3) – Interdisciplinary Health Care Informatics
CMIS 535 (3) – Project Management Standard Process
Spring Year 1
CS 434 (3) – Database Management Systems
CS 560 (3) – Information Discovery in Electronic Healthcare Records
Fall Year 2
HED 450 (3) - Introduction to Epidemiology
NURS 511 (3) – Social, Ethical, and Legal Issues in an Information Age
Spring Year 2
CMIS 557(3) – Enterprise Resource Planning
PSYC 576 (3) – Graduate Seminar in Organizational Development
CMIS/CS/NURS 596a (1) – Capstone I
Fall Year 3
IT 590 (3) – Seminar in IT: Instructional Design and Media Selection for HIM
NURS512 (3) – Managing Quality and Safety in Healthcare
CMIS/CS/NURS 596b (1) – Capstone II
Spring Year 3
CMIS 588 (3) – Seminar in CMIS: Information Security
CMIS/CS/NURS 596c (1) – Capstone III
Completion of the above listed courses with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (A=4.0), an electronic portfolio (assignments, program goals, and reflection statements), and a final presentation.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEQUENCE
The Professional Development Sequence (PDS) in Healthcare Informatics will provide skills and perspectives in planning, designing, implementing and using information technology for individuals with clinical experience or who have an interest in moving their careers in that direction. Students who complete the professional development sequence will have additional knowledge for positions in health informatics that deal with analysis and interpretation of clinical data and medical information. This might include roles in administration, consulting, or as clinical information specialists. The program is designed to meet the needs of part-time students and will be delivered in a hybrid format.
A Healthcare Informatics PDS student may be either an unclassified graduate student or in a graduate nursing program. In addition to the University requirements for admission (which include an application to the Graduate Admissions Office, submission of official transcripts, and an application fee), candidates will be evaluated for admissions based on the following criteria:
PROGRAM OF STUDY
NURS 510 - 3 Healthcare Informatics
CMIS 535 - 3 Project Management Standard Processes
CMIS 564 - 3 Database Design
CS 560 - 3 Data Mining: Information Discovery in Electronic Healthcare Records
Completion of the above listed courses with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (A=4.0).