MS in Information Technology - Healthcare Informatics

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Healthcare Informatics Concentration Offers Real-World Opportunities

If you have an understanding of healthcare and information technology and need to earn a healthcare informatics online master's degree, the Master of Science in Information Technology with a Healthcare Informatics Concentration enables you to expand this knowledge to take advantage of growing employment opportunities in the medical informatics field. The program builds upon MS in Information Technology course work to advance understanding of IT applications used by a range of healthcare organizations. With this specialized knowledge and expertise in healthcare informatics, graduates of this IT health informatics master's program will be valued developers and managers of health information systems that benefit patients and medical staff.

Gain In-Depth Knowledge and Experience in Healthcare Informatics

Our MS in IT with a Healthcare Informatics concentration provides specialized knowledge and skills in medical informatics. The Healthcare Informatics Concentration reviews how the healthcare industry uses information systems - electronic medical records and laboratory and radiology systems - to provide access to medical information and improve patient care. Course work includes case studies and research that explore the successful use and management of health information technology. The IT health informatics master's program delves into strategies for implementing healthcare informatics technologies and actual IT project management in a healthcare setting.

MS in IT Healthcare Informatics Concentration Leads to Growing Career Opportunities

Health information technology will play a dynamic role in the future of healthcare, particularly with federal legislation mandating the use of electronic medical records and health information. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 20 percent increase in the employment of technicians in this field through 2018, which should result in similar growth in career opportunities for healthcare and IT professionals well versed in healthcare informatics technology. Professionals with expertise in both healthcare and information technology, including a health informatics degree, will be in demand to fill upper management positions that implement and oversee an organization's healthcare informatics.

Take MS in IT Health Informatics Courses Online, On Campus or Both

Southern New Hampshire University's MS Information Technology Health Informatics Concentration is designed for busy business professionals. Attend classes on campus or online, whichever is more convenient. Experienced instructors undergo extensive training before teaching online courses, which deliver the same quality of education as on-campus courses. Online learning's distinct advantage is the continuous virtual interaction with your peers and your ability to attend class and complete course work 24/7.

MS in IT Healthcare Informatics - Curriculum

Total Credits Required: 36 minimum
To complete your Master’s in IT degree, you will take 12 courses (36 credits), including nine core MS in Information Technology courses and three IT concentration courses.

Healthcare Informatics Courses

HCM-500: Healthcare Informatics
Students will learn the history and current state of healthcare and how the industry uses information systems. Throughout the course students will discuss types of information systems, such as the electronic medical record (EMR), laboratory and radiology systems and more. Students will also study trends in new practices, such as telemedicine and home healthcare, and how they function in various healthcare settings. Finally, students will explore how these and other industry trends, with the use of technology, can improve patient care.
HCM-600: Social & Organizational Issues in Healthcare
Students will learn the social, ethical and organizational challenges healthcare workers at all levels face with the incorporation of technology into the healthcare setting. Students will study change management strategies, current in the Healthcare Industry, including the impact of introducing or enhancing clinical information systems, while providing quality care, and the effect of these systems on patients and on interdisciplinary teams within the healthcare setting.
IT-550: Management of Information Technology
This course is a detailed introduction to the major issues underlying the successful management of information technology in contemporary organizations. The course covers three major areas: (1) The interrelations between organizational structure and process, and the adoption of new information systems technologies; (2) The actual management of the IT function within the organization; and (3) IT project management which focuses on the operational steps in designing and carrying out specific IT projects. The course makes extensive use of case studies. The focus is on both national and global perspectives. Students write a research paper on the business impacts of emerging IT trends.
Prerequisites:
IT-500 or IT-510

MS in Information Technology Core Courses

IT-510: Advanced Information Technology
This course focuses on the principles and practices underlying the analysis, design, implementation and management of information technology systems. Topics include information system development methodologies, systems planning, requirements analysis, systems implementation, software engineering, project management, and interface, database and process design.
Prerequisites:
IT-501
IT-511: Object Oriented Application Development
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of object- oriented software development and provides a foundation for developing quality software. Students develop skills in applying object- oriented concepts to solve software problems and implement solutions. The course also teaches the concepts and design of algorithms for problem solving and includes the topics of data structures as they are related to the algorithms that use them. The course provides the technical foundation necessary to handle the material covered in the subsequent IT courses.
IT-600: Operating Systems
This course focuses on computer architecture and the operating systems of digital computers. Students learn about the operational methods of hardware; the services provided by operating systems' software; acquisition, processing, storage and output data; and the interaction between computers. Topics include widely used operating systems such as DOS, Windows, and UNIX.
Prerequisites:
IT-501 and IT-510
IT-610: Object-Oriented Systems Analysis
This course focuses on the systems analysis tools and techniques that underlie the development of information systems. Object-oriented analysis is emphasized. The course examines approaches for establishing the scope of a system, capturing and modeling information gathered during analysis, and managing and controlling project development. Students will get a working understanding of the methods for developing and specifying application system requirements. CASE tools will be used to develop system models.
Prerequisites:
IT-501 and IT-510 or permission of instructor
IT-625: Information Technology Project and Team Management
This course introduces the students to the principles and practices necessary to be an effective IT project manager. The course covers project scope, time, cost, quality and human resource management techniques as applied to the kinds of project management problems and issues unique to the IT environment. Students learn how to design an actual IT project structure and will obtain hands-on experience using project management software. Emphasis is on the techniques of project management, leadership, teamwork and project risk management as applied to the IT environment. Case work is an important part of this course.
Prerequisites:
IT-501 and IT-510 or permission of instructor
IT-630: Computer Simulation and Modeling
This course focuses on the theory and practice of discrete system simulation. Topics include simulation/modeling techniques and methodologies illustrated by business and industrial applications such as computer and network modeling, manufacturing simulation and queuing systems. Queuing theory and input/output statistical analysis are included. Modeling software is used.
Prerequisites:
IT-501 and IT-510 or permission of instructor
IT-640: Telecommunications and Networking
Telecommunications is a business resource that must be well managed. This includes the technical aspects and the application of telecommunications technology to solve specific business problems and enhance the strategic position of a business enterprise. Topics include the importance of telecommunication in today's business environment, the analysis, design and implementation of telecommunications systems, the scope of the telecommunications industry and current trends; telecommunications hardware, the OSI network model, networking technologies and telecommunications software, protocols and standards.
Prerequisites:
IT-600 and Minimum grade C, T, WV
IT-650: Principles of Database Design
This course is a study of the design, development and implementation of database management systems (DBMS) that emphasizes relational DBMS architecture using SQL. Students will design and implement projects and complete case exercises as they are introduced to new developments in data- base design.
Prerequisites:
IT-501 and IT-510
IT-700: Information Technology Strategy & Policy
This is the capstone course of the IT master's degree program and is designed to provide in-depth understanding of the central role of information technology in the contemporary business environment. Students develop an understanding of the strategic uses of information technology from a business perspective at the enterprise level. Students also learn how to manage the introduction of new information technologies in the firm. They learn how to harness the power of these new technologies, enabling them to make better decisions and more effectively manage their organizations. Students conduct an extensive research project on the business impact of emerging technologies.
Prerequisites:
IT-510, IT-600, IT-610, IT-625, IT-630, IT-640 and IT-650 or permission of instructor

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates are also required to submit a resume.

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