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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.

Program Overview

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                                                                    

Exit Requirements

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.


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:

  1. Completion of a healthcare related baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (A=4.0).
  2. Evidence of completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  3. A written statement of "Goals and Objectives" related to the reasons for pursuing a professional development sequence.


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).

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