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Fast Facts

Our program was among the first to partner with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) to provide their 10x10 certification.

MSBI Program graduates were among the first group of physicians in the nation to become board certified in clinical informatics.

MSBI Program students have completed internship and practicum experiences at many sites including Cleveland Clinic Florida, Palmetto General Hospital, National Institutes of Health, and Mayo Clinic.

The Biomedical Informatics Program is growing with faculty positions currently available.

Our students have won the South Florida Chapter Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Scholarship three times.

As a part of the Biomedical Informatics Program’s Academic Organizational Affiliate status with the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), all full time students are entitled to a free HIMSS membership!

The Biomedical Informatics Program was ranked No. 6 out of 25 on BestMedicalDegrees.com’s 2015 list of Best Value Online Master’s in Health Informatics and Health Information Management.

NSU's Biomedical Informatics Program was was the first graduate program in health informatics in the state of Florida.

Students & Alum

"NSU's M.S.B.I. program gave me the tools and knowledge to navigate the health informatics industry with confidence. It prepared me to provide meaningful contributions to seasoned professionals and organizations. Two years after graduation my relationship with the program is still going strong."

Teresa Blanco, M.S.B.I., (’12), Charge Services Support Analyst at Cerner Corporation

"Tons of work to get reach this simple goal: 'The right information, to the right person, at the right time.' The healthcare industry is not there yet, but with programs such as NSU’s Biomedical Informatics program, it will be soon."

April M. Green, M.S.B.I., ('13), Clinical Integration Specialist at Holy Cross Hospital

"This program allowed me to gain the experience that I needed in order to follow the career path that I wanted to take."

Anthony Meglino, N.C.P., M.S.B.I.,(’14), NextGen EHR Template Developer Consultant at Dell

"The program helped me turn an adversary into an opportunity. Tenacity and a strong drive led to my success in M.S.B.I. program and in my world."

Stephen Amoah, M.S.B.I. (’14), Ph.D. Student

"The faculty and staff of the NSU MS in Biomedical Informatics program are amazing! I was nervous to enroll in this program because I had little knowledge of the healthcare industry. With preparation from the pre-requisite courses, I was able to obtain an entry level position in healthcare. Approaching the end of the program, I was able to obtain a promising healthcare IT position, where I could effectively contribute my knowledge and skills at a large healthcare organization."

Kenneth Simpson, Current Student, Application System Analyst II at University of Maryland Medical System

"Certainly, I had such an amazing experience[with my practicum],where I could put what I've learned into practice and also I've explored other learning possibilities and gained some new skills. "

Eswald Fertil, Current Student

Congratulations to alum Tracy Eckerle for passing the ANCC Certification for Informatics Nursing!

Congratulations to student Tanny Schertzer for winning the 2016 South Florida Chapter HIMSS Foundation Scholarship!

Congratulations to student Mark Carnemolla for winning the 2011 South Florida Chapter HIMSS Foundation Scholarship!

Congratulations to alum Monty Islam for winning the 2012 South Florida Chapter HIMSS Scholarship!

Congratulations to student Jacques Orces, D.O. for passing the clinical informatics subspecialty board exam administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine!

Congratulations to alum Danielle Oryn, D.O. for passing the clinical informatics subspecialty board exam administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine!

Congratulations to alum James Seltzer, D.O. for passing the clinical informatics subspecialty board exam administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine!

Congratulations to student Monica Terrazas on winning a Broward Women's Alliance scholarship!

Congratulations to alum Darnell Smith for passing the ANCC Certification for Informatics Nursing!

M.S. in Biomedical Informatics Curriculum

Curriculum

The NSU COM Biomedical Informatics Program is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges and opportunities of a career in the health information technology sector. The three major focus areas of the NSU COM Biomedical Informatics Program's curriculum are: computer science with a medical informatics focus, clinical informatics with a concentration in the areas of applications and evaluation, and business and management of health information technologies.

The NSU COM Biomedical Informatics Programs can be completed entirely online allowing working professionals to obtain their degree or certificate without career disruption. The skills-based curriculum includes courses leading to Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, CPHIMSS, and NextGen certifications. A paid internship at NSU's clinics is also available, in addition to a number of practicum experience opportunities in the surrounding community and beyond.

Curriculum Requirements

The innovative skills-based curriculum leading to a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics degree consists of the following didactic courses offered predominantly in an online fashion via NSU's state-of-the-art web-based, distance-learning technology. Students are required to complete a practicum project consisting of hands-on practical work within a health information technology or other appropriate environment.

Required Courses - A total of 31 credits (10 courses) must be taken:

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This course covers major concepts, systems and methodology in managing healthcare information systems. Topics will include concepts in: system implementation and support, information architecture, IT governance in health care, information systems standards, organizing IT services, strategic planning, IT alignment with the healthcare facility, and management’s role in major IT initiatives.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Design strategies for management in acquiring, planning, and implementing major healthcare IT initiatives;
  2. Implement sound project management methodologies in healthcare IT systems, which can be critical to the strategic plan of the facility;
  3. Evaluate technologies such as electronic medical records (EMRs), enterprise resource planning, or enterprise collaboration systems, which can facilitate a healthcare facility’s business processes;
  4. Integrate the roles of stakeholders, IT staff, and management in designing and implementing health information technology (HIT) projects;
  5. Analyze legal compliance requirements that organizations must comply with while implementing and supporting healthcare information systems (i.e. HIPAA regulations and JCAHO standards);
  6. Evaluate HIT systems, projects, and provider requirements.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This course introduces the fundamental principles of project management from an information technology (IT) perspective as it applies to healthcare organizations (HCOs). Critical features of core project management are covered including: integration management, scope management, time management, cost management, quality management, human resource management, communication management, risk management, and procurement management.  Also covered is information technology management related to project management:  user requirements management, infrastructure management, conversion management, software configuration, workflow management, security management, interface management, test management, customer management, and support management.  The following areas of change management related to project management will also be covered:  realization management, sponsorship management, transformation management, training management, and optimization management.  Students will explore and learn hands-on skills with project management software assignments, and participate in a healthcare systems implementation course-long group project intended to apply these newly developed knowledge and skills in a controlled environment.

Learning Objectives:

After completion of the course, will be able to:

  1. Explain the genesis of project management, information technology management, change management and their importance to improving successful HIT projects in the healthcare setting
  2. Apply project management concepts by working on a group project as project management or active team member
  3. Demonstrate how to use Microsoft Project 2013 software to help plan and manage a project
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of project management terms and methods such as:
  • The triple constraint of project management
  • The project life cycle:
    • Initiating
    • Planning
    • Executing
    • Controlling
    • Closing
  • The project management knowledge areas:
    • Integration management
    • Scope management
    • Time management
    • Cost management
    • Quality management
    • Human resource management
    • Communication management
    • Risk management
    • Procurement management
  • Tools and skills of project management such as:
    • Project selection methods
    • Work breakdown structures (WBS)
    • Network diagrams, critical path analysis, and critical chain scheduling
    • Cost estimates
    • Earned value management
    • Motivation theory and team building

5. Demonstrate knowledge of information technology terms and methods as they relate to project management such as:

  • User requirement management
  • Infrastructure management
  • Conversion Management
  • Software configuration
  • Workflow management
  • Security management
  • Interface management
  • Test management
  • Cutover management
  • Support management

6. Demonstrate knowledge of change management terms and methods as they relate to project management such as:

  • Realization management
  • Sponsorship management
  • Transformation management
  • Training management
  • Optimization management

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

This course covers basic to intermediate knowledge of the concept, the design, and the implementation of database applications in healthcare. Students will study tools and data models for designing databases such as ER Model and SQL. The course also covers Relational DBMS systems such as SQL Server, Access, Oracle and MySQL. In addition, database connectivity design (essential in data-driven web development) and database administration will also be introduced.   Students will practice designing, developing and implementing a test relational online health IT database application through a comprehensive project that contains the above topics.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course, student will be able to:

1. Identify the key elements of database management system and applications in healthcare.

2. Plan, document, and design a medical informatics database application.

3. Identify and model healthcare database application using ER Model and query against the database with SQL.

4. Identify the key concepts and process in order to SQL server, Access, Oracle or mySQL DBMS systems to build up a data-driven web application.

5. Identify the basic concepts of database administration and data warehouse for decision support system (DSS).

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

The course will cover concepts, applications and techniques of data security in healthcare system. Topics include healthcare industry, regulatory environment, decision making, policy assurance, information management, access control, risks and vulnerabilities management, database security, web security, personnel and physical security issues, and issues of law and privacy. Areas of particular focus include secure healthcare system design, implementation, data encryption and decryption, attacks, and techniques for responding to security breaches.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will have gained knowledge of information security and healthcare information security. Students will be able to use security tools and devices to encrypt data, to enhance access control and to increase application and system security.

  1. Identify healthcare organizations and third party affiliates.
  2. Prioritize threats to healthcare information resources.
  3. Define an information security strategy and architecture.
  4. Plan for and respond to intruders in a healthcare information system.
  5. Identify the practical application of risk management and decision making.
  6. Identify the practical application of risk assessment.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

The need to create effective, new solutions and innovative interventions to deliver quality patient care outside of the traditional medical setting is at the forefront of society today. The basis of this course will be providing a solid educational foundation for systems design & analysis, as it relates to current and future healthcare systems. In addition, this course will build upon the fundamental systems design & analysis principles to explore current and future healthcare systems that will include integration of disparate clinical healthcare systems, mobile technologies, as well as a combination of remote-monitoring technology, sensors, and online communications and intelligence to improve patient adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. In the role of a systems analyst, investigate and demonstrate the foundations of systems analysis & design theory and applications as it relates to healthcare systems
  2. Demonstrate skills needed to successfully function as a healthcare systems analyst by Identify key stakeholders, discover / document requirements, convert requirements into vendor specifications and evaluate vendor’s proposals, document Service Level Agreement (SLA), document / coordinate testing, training, and implementation including SLA.
  3. Determine appropriate measurement methods to evaluate and compare mobile technologies based on user requirements, available / upgradable infrastructure, and application specific software / hardware in the healthcare marketplace.
  4. Define role of stakeholders as users / customers of healthcare information systems, and give examples of each.
  5. Manage multiple roles of business drivers and technology drivers, as they relate to the healthcare industry.
  6. Distinguish between knowledge, process, and communications goals for healthcare systems.
  7. Employ the essential phases of systems development that includes purpose, inputs, and outputs of a healthcare system.
  8. Objectively judge and evaluate wireless networking in healthcare systems from a systems analysis & design perspective.
  9. Incorporate 10 basic principles of systems development as it relates to healthcare systems.
  10. Use a variety of automated tools for systems development in creation of state of the art healthcare systems.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

This on-line, interactive course is an introductory survey of the discipline of biomedical informatics.  This course will introduce the student to the use of computers for processing, organizing, retrieving and utilizing biomedical information at the molecular, biological system, clinical and healthcare organization levels through substantial, but not overwhelming, reading assignments.  The course is targeted at individuals with varied backgrounds including medical, nursing, pharmacy, administration, and computer science.  The course will describe essential concepts in biomedical informatics that are derived from medicine, computer science and the social sciences. 

Learning Objectives:

1)      Demonstrate in writing and verbally a basic understanding of the learned concepts of biomedical informatics and their direct application to healthcare.

2)      Demonstrate the ability to compare, select, apply and integrate multiple technologies in and across a healthcare organization via leadership, clinical, administrative, or other staff positions.

3)      Discuss key legal and ethical issues that must be considered when implementing biomedical technology and supporting information systems to include initiatives such as the Electronic Health Record.

4)      Differentiate multiple methods to evaluate the costs versus benefits of implementing biomedical information systems.

5)      Produce evidence of a forward thinking ability to stay current in biomedical informatics. 

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

This course introduces students to theoretical, statistical, and practical concepts underlying modern medical decision making. Students will be provided a review of the multiple methods of knowledge generation for clinical decision support systems (CDSS) and create their own prototype of CDSS. Current implementations of stand-alone and integrated CDSS will be evaluated. Techniques for planning, management, and evaluation of CDSS implementations will be reviewed. Human factors, including work-flow integration, and the ethical, legal and regulatory aspects of CDSS use will be explored, as applicable to commercial implementations in patient care settings. Future models of healthcare, supported by CDSS and evidence-based medicine, will be discussed and reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will comprehend the following issues and objectives:

1. Describe the scope and kinds of clinical decision support systems; analyze CDSS effectiveness in terms of implementing for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

2. Evaluate the linkage of CDSS to the basic concepts of evidence-based medicine.

3. Apply practice guidelines for clinical decision support, including commonly-used formalisms and authoring tools for computer-interpretable guidelines.

4. Describe the social and political forces driving implementations of CDSS in the clinical field.

5. Compare and contrast the types of CDSS available in commercial and research implementations.

6. Apply statistical methods and logic concepts, such as probability, regression, Boolean logic, set theory, and inference, to underlying medical decision making.

7. Evaluate at least three methods of knowledge generation for CDSS, including decision trees, neural networks, and Bayesian analysis.

8. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of supervised vs. unsupervised learning methods in data-mining applications.

9. Evaluate how CDSS fold into the overall hospital and/or medical office health information technology environment.

10. Analyze technology and business characteristics of successful CDSS implementations using recent industry cases as guidelines and input to build student’s own attributes of an effective CDSS implementation.

11. Recognize business and clinical implementation and maintenance challenges in commercial CDSS projects, as well as possible resolutions to these challenges.

12. Assess risks involved with poor CDSS implementations from the following standpoints: health outcomes, quality of care, medical error rates, and patient and provider satisfaction standpoints.

13. Discuss ethical and regulatory issues involved in design and implementation of CDSS systems.

14. Identify opportunities for use of CDSS in personal health records and shared decision making.

15. Identify a basic clinical problem or an operational situation with the purpose of simulating an expert system to assist clinicians with problem resolution process.

16. Present a full implementation of CDSS with commercially applicable attributes, aimed at solving specific clinical problem or improving clinical workflow.

17. Integrate theoretical and practical knowledge of current and future CDSS learned in class, to apply in healthcare settings.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: MI 5120, MI 5130, MI 5200

Description: 

This interactive course will introduce students to various evaluation methods for healthcare informatics systems, projects and proposals. Students will consider both quantitative and qualitative methods of evaluation as they examine the design and implementation processes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the need for evaluating health care information technology systems and projects.
  • Analyze the roles of stakeholders in designing health information technology evaluation projects.
  • Compare and contrast quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods and their application to healthcare informatics evaluation studies.
  • Create an evaluation proposal for a health care information technology system or project.
  • Appraise ongoing evaluation barriers and facilitators at various phases of an evaluation process in health care informatics.
  • Explain the importance of usability assessment and describes techniques for completing usability assessment on information systems.
  • Determine appropriate measurement methods for various evaluation projects.
  • Explain the difference between cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses in the design and implementation of an evaluation process.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This on-line course is an introduction to the management of employees in healthcare organizations (HCO’s). Students will gain a working knowledge of how to manage personal, interpersonal, and group processes by having the interpersonal skills to assume responsibility for leading and promoting teamwork among diverse stakeholders. Students will learn to manage individual and group behaviors in improving organizational productivity and performance. Students will be able to apply newly learned organizational skills, developed through experiential and application based learning scenarios in the form of case studies as well as from their home, work, and educational observations and experiences. It is anticipated that this practical learning experience can be transferred to their day to day managerial responsibilities.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Evaluate basic concepts of organizational behavior and organizational development

2. Critique the organizational behavior theories of McGregor, Maslow, Herzberg, McClelland, Blake and Mouton, Fiedler, Vroom, Skinner and Alderfer

3. Assess basic behavioral models of communication, motivation, performance organizational learning and development, and leadership

4. Analyze his/her leadership/management style

5. Synthesize the structure and dynamics of the small group process

6. Appraise the fundamentals and strategies of organizational change

No. of Credits: 4

Pre-Requisite: MI 5200, and HIPAA modules are prerequisites for MI7000. In addition, CITI certification is required for research projects. Students should complete HPD Medicine Module #13. The course director may also require specific electives to be completed depending on the nature of the project that the student chooses to perform.

Please note that students must have a GPA of at least 3.00 to be eligible to register for or participate in practicum work.

Description: This is a required course for all MSBI students. The practicum allows the student to select an area of interest in which to apply the theories, concepts, knowledge, and skills gained during the didactic courses in a real-world setting. The student will work under the supervision of a site-based preceptor and an NSU-based faculty advisor.

The student is expected to acquire skills and experiences in the application of basic biomedical informatics concepts and specialty knowledge to the solution of health information technology (HIT) problems. Students will be actively involved in the development, implementation, or evaluation of an informatics-based application or project.

A specific set of measurable learning objectives and deliverables will be determined by the student, the site preceptor, and the NSU-based faculty advisor. These learning objectives must be approved by the course director. The student’s area of interest would be determined at an earlier point in the program or by the needs of the precepting organization.

The practicum is evaluated by completion of an ePortfolio. The ePortfolio is an evidence based digital format method to assess the quality and quantity of learning gained from a student practicum experience. The ePortfolio is standardized in its structure and format yet individualized in its content for each student. Overall, the ePortfolio is a goal-driven documentation of professional growth and achieved competencies during the practicum. The ePortfolio combines self-reflection, instructor assessments, and documentation supplied by students (evidence/samples) to document what they learned/produced, and is used to help students prepare for career transition/development.

Students are responsible for finding their own practicum site. Once a site is located, the Program Office will facilitate a legal affiliation agreement between the site and the Program. Some practicum sites may require background checks, drug screening, and immunization records. Students are responsible for any associated costs.

Learning Objectives:

Individualized

Elective Courses - A total of 12 credits (4 courses) must be taken:

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: The understanding of telecommunications and networking is imperative for adequate functioning of healthcare organizations. This is due to the convergence of computing, data management, telecommunications, and the growing applications of information technology in the healthcare arena and medical facilities. The knowledge of these key areas of information systems also becomes essential for competitive advantage. This course combines the basic technical concepts of data communications, telecommunications and networking with the healthcare IT management aspects and practical applications.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

• Identify current concepts of data communications and networking and how to implement them in a medical treatment facility

• Execute a network implementation by having managerial knowledge of the technical aspects of data communications and computer networks

• Identify various security risks to a network and ways to minimize them

• Assess the current trends in telecommunications and networking and the implications for health care and medical facilities

• Analyze legal compliance requirements that organizations must comply with while implementing and supporting health care information networks. (i.e. HIPAA regulations and JCAHO standards)

• Communicate the basic concepts of information assurance and its implications in network economy

• Evaluate the implementation and use of wireless networks in medical facilities to enhance patient care, and increase the efficiency of providers.

• Determine how emerging end-user devices in the health care arena impacts computer networks, system security HIPAA Security compliance, and integrate with electronic health records.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: The dynamics of human-computer interaction (HCI) directly impacts health care. This course will introduce the student to usable interfaces and the study of social consequences associated with the changing environment due to technology innovation.

Learning Objectives:

1. Examine the need for evaluating health care information system user interfaces

2. Analyze the roles of stakeholders in designing health information user interfaces

3. Determine appropriate measurement methods to evaluate interfaces and interaction from the prospective of individual end users isolating your known knowledge from the evaluation.

4. Appraise ongoing evaluation barriers and facilitators at various phases of design and provide the necessary insight regarding interface integration.

5. Determine appropriate HCI measurement methods for various evaluation projects.

6. Examine the need for evaluating health care information technology systems and the impact of HCI in error prevention and real time applications.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: This course focuses on the principles and reasoning underlying modern biostatistics and on inferential techniques commonly used in public health research. Students will be able to apply basic inferential methods in research endeavors and improve their abilities to understand the data analysis of health-related research articles.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

Examines basic principles and methods of modern epidemiology used to assess disease causation and distribution. Students develop conceptual and analytical skills to measure association and risk, conduct epidemiological surveillance, evaluate screening and diagnostic test, as well as investigate disease outbreaks and epidemics.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

MI-6404 is an elective course designed as a student/self-directed course. In consultation with the chosen advisor/mentor and the course director, the student will determine a focused topic of quasi-independent study, research, or other appropriate learning activity. A final paper or other appropriate document(s) will serve as documentation of having met the mutually agreed upon objectives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Individualized

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

Public health informatics is the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice, research and learning. This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of systemic application of information, computer science, and technology to public health practice. Students will acquire a basic understanding of informatics in public health practice, and be able to apply the skills of using some informatics tools in public health practices.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will comprehend the following issues and objectives:

    • Develop a true understanding your personal strengths and talents.
    • Articulate how you have used your strengths in your daily work and personal performance.
    • Analyze which strengths you can apply best to various tasks required in the use of health technology.
    • Assess the strengths of your class and determine which person performs best in different situations.
    • Evaluate which of your strengths are best suited for various positions in the Health IT industry including healthcare organizations.
    • Recognize the importance of results driven organizations using individual talents to increase effectiveness.
    • Conclude which direction HIT should move in to best manage patient care.
    • Conclude which HIT applications are best suited for evaluating a patient care program.
    • Conclude which talents are best suited for being in a leadership position in HIT.
    • Conclude which talents are best suited for developing a strong HIT communication program.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

This course provides an introduction to the skills of grant writing in biomedical informatics. Each student will submit a completed grant application as a culminating experience. This course introduces students to grant development and preparation so that they can participate in the process of obtaining public or private funds to support research, education and/or service projects.

Topics will include:

• Writing specific aims and hypotheses

• Research Plan: Significance

• Methods/Approach and Innovation

• Evaluation, Timeline, Budget

• Preliminary Data, Investigator, Human Subjects

• Subcontracts (if necessary)

• Abstract, Facilities/Environment, Letters of Support 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

    • Describe the elements of successful and unsuccessful grant applications.
    • Evaluate a grant proposal and identify its strengths and weaknesses.
    • Prepare a grant application for research, education, and/or service projects in biomedical informatics.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

Discusses principles and logic involved in health policy, planning and management. Address history, political and environmental contexts, and their incorporation into population research. 

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

This course is an in-depth review of basic planning & evaluation techniques for the implementation of community health care program. The course is designed & will be taught employing comparative methodology. The material will be taught using examples & experiences from multiple international examples. The course covers the interdependence between policy and planning and management. It will consist of policy analysis techniques as well as the conceptual framework for the planning and management of health care programs. The course also reviews essential methods for effective planning & evaluation considering the economic, political epidemiological, demographic, and other components that contribute to the assessment of health needs and resource allocation. 

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

Consumer Health Informatics is a relatively new application of information technologies in the field of health care that aims to engage and empower consumers to become involved in their health care. This course provides an introduction to, and overview of, consumer health informatics, mobile health (mHealth), and social media applications used in healthcare. It explores the development of consumers as ePatients and tools such as personal health records (PHRs), as well as the fluid nature of social media in medicine and the emerging area of mobile health (mHealth). Students will learn from a combination of lectures and a hands-on approach of interacting directly with the tools and technologies discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing MI 6410, the student will be able to:

  1. Provide definitions for core terminology including consumer health informatics (CHI), mobile health (mHealth), digital health, and social media.
  2. Understand the drivers of consumer health informatics
  3. Explore opportunities and challenges in consumer health informatics technologies
  4. Outline elements of participatory medicine and health literacy associated with online health information seeking behaviors.
  5. Identify patient tools such as personal health records and assess their utility and impact.
  6. Recognize health-related social media roles for consumers and health care professionals
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of social media as marketing strategy
  8. Manipulate social media tools (e.g., Twitter) for maintaining current awareness and professional development in informatics.
  9. Identify strengths and weaknesses of mHealth applications (apps), tools, and devices (e.g., wearables) for consumers and health care professionals.
  10. Appraise the utility and value of mHealth or social media tools employed for social good via direct use.
  11. Delineate risks inherent to patients with consumer health informatics, social media, and mHealth.
  12. Construct a mobile app or device framework to address a problem or opportunity in health care.
  13. Apply principles of design and user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) creation to evaluate a digital health tool.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: MI 5120

Description: 

This course immerses students in the technical, business, cultural and organizational dynamics typically encountered during HIT systems selection and contract negotiation process. Real world case studies, replete with dynamic political, financial and technical roadblocks and opportunities, will be used to introduce the student to skills required to make the best cultural decisions and negotiate a viable contract.

Learning Objectives:

1)      Discuss and document the six phases of the procurement.

2)      Analyze factors that are important when qualifying and selecting suppliers for a project requirement.

3)      Examine the key factors, including risk factors that affect buyer/supplier decisions concerning contract pricing and the selection of the proper contract type.

4)      Analyze the application of e-Procurement and other types of supplier bidding models available.

5)      Evaluate technical, management, commercial and ethical requirements, and then prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP).

6)      Determine the key factors used when negotiating an agreement or evaluating competitive proposals and establish a negotiating strategy.

7)      Analyze factors that are important when qualifying and selecting suppliers for a project requirement and;

8)      Develop the skills to negotiate fair and ethical contracts which beneficially serve the business needs and missions of all parties involved.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

This course provides the conceptual and technical skills needed in leading health information technology. It is designed to create a profound understanding of leadership at the cognitive and action levels to enable health information leaders to optimize decision-making in the workplace.  Students review remarkable leaders, organizations, and teams in order to hone their own observation, sense-making, and innovating skills in a health information setting.  This leadership course reviews and builds upon the basic knowledge of leadership provided in the organizational behavior course by expanding the scope and depth of the student's knowledge of leadership theories, conflict management techniques, and by developing the student's self-knowledge of his or her preferred leadership styles. 

Learning Objectives:

1.    Describe the historical development of leadership theory and its impact upon health information technology,

2.    Appraise how decisions made by health care leadership impact data management and health information systems,

3.   Compare the main conceptual approaches to health information technology leadership, and their strengths and weaknesses,

4.    Identify the key principles and practices of leadership in order to improve leadership skills in health information technology,

5.    Apply organizational leadership concepts in a health information setting through critical thinking,

6.    Evaluate the effectiveness of particular organizational leadership styles in health information settings,

7.    Explain current trends toward greater employee empowerment and team leadership,

8.    Develop strategies to identify options for health information organizations to adapt to changes in their environment, and

9.    Evaluate and anticipate places in which you will develop and extend your leadership in health information organizations during your career and lifetime.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

Lean Six Sigma for Health Care (Yellow Belt) participants will learn the basic philosophy, tools, and techniques to deliver breakthrough business improvements that will reduce waiting times, improve quality, and reduce costs in a health care environment. More specifically, they will learn to apply a comprehensive set of 15-20 Lean Six Sigma process improvement tools by using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) problem solving model. They will learn techniques for both quantitative and qualitative analysis, as well as methods and tools for waste reduction and process enhancement and acceleration. The course also covers how to map out processes and identify sources of variation, as well as to gain a basic understanding of descriptive statistical analysis. Finally, they will learn how to perform basic pilot studies and analyze the results, in order to determine the most effective way to improve and stabilize processes.  Candidates work on either an integrated health care case study or on an actual business project, and will apply classroom techniques to the project. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course, student will be able to:

  1. Summarize Lean Six Sigma history and philosophy and describe how it applies to modern health care organizations.
  1. Identify opportunities for system and process improvement in health care settings.
  1. Use basic problem solving and critical thinking skills and apply systems thinking to quality improvement projects in hospitals and other clinical settings.
  1. Apply techniques to decrease health care costs, increase patient safety, improve treatment outcomes, and increase customer satisfaction.
  1. Identify valid and critical to quality customer and business requirements and related measures and then turn the data into actionable information to manage and improve organizational processes.
  1. Map out work flow processes using Excel/Visio to identify sources of waste.
  1. Apply the PDCA/DMAIC model in accordance with Lean Six Sigma principles.
  1. Conduct beginning-level descriptive statistical analyses to determine baselines and identify improvements
  1. Learn different improvements designs to most effectively improve and stabilize processes.
  1. Analyze measurement patterns and results of biomedical information utilizing basic statistical concepts in conjunction with Lean Six Sigma-specific software (e.g.,SigmaXL) to synthesize pertinent data.
  1. Identify risks and basic root causes for typical process challenges.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

This class will provide students with introductory understanding of clinical analysts’ daily responsibilities and functions within hospitals. Students will be introduced to daily operations of clinical software systems and lead to understand how such systems are used by health care organizations to provide quality care services. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the management and support of clinical users’ HIT business needs.
  2. Evaluate how clinical information systems are used to improve quality of care.
  3. Illustrate and apply commonly used HIT terminologies.
  4. Take the CPHIMSS examination for certification.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

Telemedicine is the exchange of health information from one side to another utilizing electronic communications. This course introduces the student to fundamental concepts and knowledge of telemedicine technologies, its application and usage including: essential aspects of communication networks and services; wired and wireless infrastructures; safeguarding medical data including health information privacy; systems deployment; patient monitoring and care; information processing; and future trends in telemedicine will be studied. Discussions areas include telemedicine: technical perspectives; scalability to support future growth; integration with legacy infrastructures and interoperability; history; trauma; emergencies and disasters; clinical applications; and other critical components of telemedicine technologies.

Learning Objectives:

Students will apply newly learned telemedicine technology knowledge and skills to course assignments, thus after completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define the capabilities, challenges and limitations of current information technologies utilized in healthcare information communication systems in telemedicine;
  • Describe the technical components used in medical information processing;
  • Illustrate a wireless telemedicine systems deployment plan;
  • Compare information communication technologies used in patient monitoring and disaster response situations;
  • Identify the information communication technologies utilized for safeguarding medical data and privacy.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: MI 6413

Description:

Lean Six Sigma for Health Care (Green Belt) participants will learn intermediate level tools, and techniques to deliver breakthrough business improvements that will reduce waiting times, improve quality, and reduce costs in a health care environment. More specifically, they will learn to apply a comprehensive set of 15-20 Lean Six Sigma process improvement tools by using the DMAIC (define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control) problem solving model. They will learn techniques for both quantitative and qualitative analysis, as well as methods and tools for work flow enhancement and acceleration. The course also covers how to map out processes and identify sources of variation, as well as to gain a basic understanding of inferential statistical analysis. Finally, they will learn how to perform how to implement lean management tools and philosophy, in order to improve and stabilize processes.  Candidates work on either an integrated health care case study or on an actual business project, and will apply class techniques to the project. There will be additional practice with basic tools to help promote mastery.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course, student will be able to:

  1. Understand Lean Six Sigma implementation strategies for modern health care organizations
  2. Identify opportunities for system and process improvement in health care settings by using project selection and solution selection matrices.
  3. Use intermediate level problem solving and critical thinking skills on quality improvement projects in hospitals and other clinical settings.
  4. Identify valid and critical to quality customer and business requirements and related measures and then turn the data into actionable information to manage and improve organizational processes.
  5. Use break-through equations and cause and effect analysis to identify the important X and Y measures in processes and systems.
  6. Apply the DMAIC model in accordance with Lean Six Sigma principles.
  7. Map out health care value streams and other high level processes to identify sources of variation, and to acquire a beginning-level understanding of inferential statistical analysis, as well as learn to perform basic experiments and analyze data to determine the most effective way to improve and stabilize processes.
  8. Conduct measurement system analysis to determine measurement reliability and validity.
  9.  Analyze measurement patterns and results of biomedical information utilizing basic statistical concepts in conjunction with Lean Six Sigma-specific software (e.g.,SigmaXL) to synthesize pertinent data.
  10. Conduct basic risk analysis and contingency planning.
  11. Develop a lean management program to identify and sustain improvements.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: MI 5120, MI 5130, MI 5200

Description: 

This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of set-up and using the applications of one of the most commonly used electronic health record systems in the US, NextGen, in clinical settings.  Students will be required to complete the NextGen e-learning modules before the on campus hands on training sessions. 

This course is required for the competitive internship opportunity in the NSU clinics (more details to follow).  

Learning Objectives:

After Completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use and set-up NextGen EHR and ExpressRx applications.
  2. Use the Knowledge Base Model (KBM) templates and workflows
  3. Complete at least one demonstration of Stage 1 Meaningful use with NexGen solutions.
  4. Evaluate the current use of clinical application of NextGen at NSU clinics
  5. Identify ways to improve the functionality and workflow for NSU clinics

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite:

  • Learned at least one programming language in C, C++, C# or Java
  • A Mac computer (MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or others) that runs Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or over

Description: 

This course provides an introduction to iOS Applications (apps) development with an emphasis on health information technology projects. Topics cover iOS development environment setup, the Swift language syntax, Model-View-Controller design patterns, iOS apps lifecycle, GUI implementation, multi-touch handling, graphics processing, file handling, SQLite database handling, audio and video processing, multi-platform support for iPhone and iPad, maps displaying, and web service interfacing.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, a student will be able to:

  • use the Swift language and the Model-View-Controller design patterns to design and implement healthcare related apps on iOS platforms such as iPhone and iPad
  • design and implement GUIs on mobile devices to meet industry design criteria;
  • handle interactions with the multi-touch screen
  • add graphics, animations, audio and video into apps
  • use the built-in sensors to capture and process audio and video
  • integrate web services in apps
  • describe the limitations and necessary tradeoffs involved in designing healthcare apps for resource-constrained platforms

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

This course will provide students with a preliminary understanding of the theory and practice of medical image processing and analysis in healthcare. Basic concepts and fundamentals of medical image processing and analysis will be described in the course. The application of medical image processing and analysis in biomedical information systems will be discussed. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals and methodology of medical image processing, image analysis, image compression, and molecular imaging.

Learning Objectives:

After completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the principles and modalities of medical imaging analysis and processing.
  2. Identify software and hardware needs for the implementation and design of medical imaging analysis and processing applications.
  3. Differentiate various procedures used in the computer representation of images such as image enhancement, image restoration, image reconstruction, and other image analysis techniques.
  4. Explain current medical imaging analysis and processing techniques.
  5. Discuss the relevance of medical imaging analysis applications in healthcare.
  6. Apply MATLAB application tool to perform medical imaging analysis operations.
  7. Differentiate the use of various imaging analysis techniques.
  8. Test major applications of medical imaging analysis and processing in clinical practice.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

This course will introduce students to geographic information systems (GIS) to map and spatially analyze public health and demographic data.  Students will learn the fundamentals of the ArcMap software system and ways to integrate cartography into biomedical informatics practice.  Beyond use of GIS for cartography, this course will also examine ethical issues and methods of analyzing demographic and spatial health patterns using GIS and demography analysis methods.  The versatility of GIS in a public health setting will be examined and will include exercises involving GIS applications in health marketing, demography, epidemiology, and health care systems. For example, we will look at how different socioeconomic groups use urban spaces differently in terms of transportation and how these differences in navigation impact contact points for health marketing.  Other issues covered in the class will be the ethics of GIS, manipulation of data, sources of data, and understanding some commonly used public health datasets such as the YRBS, BRFSS, and US Census.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe spatial aspects to health behaviors, health marketing, and medical care.
  2. Create maps using existing basemaps.
  3. Create new basemaps using existing basemaps.
  4. Describe key ethical concerns to mapping health care data.
  5. Access and describe key public health data sets.
  6. Use the fundamentals of the ArcGIS software to create maps.
  7. Analyze spatial data correctly.
  8. Design finished layouts meeting cartographic design standards.
  9. Produce location and thematic maps.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: The course will introduce the clinical workflow analysis as a method of choice to improve clinical processes in healthcare delivery systems. Students will review the primary objectives for process improvement in clinical healthcare: outcome quality (including patient safety) and the development of health information technology (HIT) to support the Electronic Health Record (EHR) with initiatives showing a significant impact on clinical workflows (e.g. meaningful use). Students will define the functional components of the healthcare activities and learn to map on a flowchart the standard symbols used to represent all tasks and steps, decision points, resources, and outcomes of the clinical workflow. Students will apply the tools of workflow analysis by assessing a workflow in a healthcare setting using graphical representations of 0the workflow phases (current state, desired state), and process defects identification and classification. The course will introduce the quantitative measures of workflow improvement used in Lean Six-Sigma. Students will formalize a proposal for an intervention aimed at the modification and optimization of a clinical workflow. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course, student will be able to:

1)      Define business processes and process improvement in healthcare from the patient, clinician, and analyst perspective.

2)      Identify two major challenging objectives for improvement in healthcare: 1) quality and patient safety and 2) meaningful use of EHR.

3)      Map the components of a clinical workflow chronologically into a flowchart, using the standard symbolic shapes for tasks and steps, decisions and processes, resources, inputs and outputs, connectors, and outcomes.

4)      Assess clinical workflow efficiency with workflow analysis by identifying differences with the desired state, identification of process defects, and root-cause analysis.

5)      Define the quantitative measures used to assess workflow improvement in Lean Six Sigma.

6)      Create the workflow representation of a clinical process in a healthcare setting and present a strategy for improvement.

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

In the ever changing world of information and global economic competition it is crucial that individuals and organizations understand their personal as well as group talents. Today’s educational, healthcare and institutional structures lack leadership and cutting edge thinking. By applying strength based leadership practices one comes to understand their own as well as the group’s strengths and talents and is able to apply these practices in their daily work as well as in leadership roles.

The course will produce a personal understanding of individual as well as group personality/strengths and how these evolve and affect performance in individuals. Students will develop a better self-awareness of what strengths they possess and how this affects personal as well as work performance. It demonstrates how leaders if it is a chosen career path can   continue to grow and how to develop each of your group’s talents to maximize the performance of your team and organization. The Affordable Care Act will be incorporated and students will discover what individual as well as organizational talents must be utilized to improve patient care in the future utilizing technology. 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will comprehend the following issues and objectives:

  • Develop a true understanding your personal strengths and talents.
  • Articulate how you have used your strengths in your daily work and personal performance.
  • Analyze which strengths you can apply best to various tasks required in the use of health technology.
  • Assess the strengths of your class and determine which person performs best in different situations.
  • Evaluate which of your strengths are best suited for various positions in the Health IT industry including healthcare organizations.
  • Recognize the importance of results driven organizations using individual talents to increase effectiveness.
  • Conclude which direction HIT should move in to best manage patient care.
  • Conclude which HIT applications are best suited for evaluating a patient care program.
  • Conclude which talents are best suited for being in a leadership position in HIT.
  • Conclude which talents are best suited for developing a strong HIT communication program.  

No. of Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Description: 

The course will expose students to healthcare “big data” focused on current needs such as population health, outcome reporting, clinical decision support, physician quality measurement, and various other measures including CMS initiatives such as meaningful use and Medicare and payer quality reporting requirements. The course will use current real world problem scenario’s where data analytics and visualization can be applied to successfully report on and solve various problem prevalent in today’s value based payer model. Students will learn how to do large scale data mining and the infrastructures needed to support the various system designs such as Hadoop ecosystems and Hadoop based tools. The student will be exposed to the application of predictive analytics specific to healthcare with an understanding of using data to help deliver quality and safe patient care as well as data driven methods of improving care. The course will expose students to real time data analytics where data is collected and reported on around the clock. The course will also expose student to mobile data acquisition and analysis coming from various local and remote devices. This course will introduce students to data visualization methods which will teach them how to communicate analytical insights to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Teach the students current techniques used to mine and report healthcare analytics data using both structured and unstructured data models.
  • Produce data reports using both predictive and prescriptive output modeling.
  • Acquire the basic knowledge of data visualization specific to healthcare informatics.
  • Create reports using spreadsheets, databases, and PowerPoint tools that make meaningful use of complex healthcare data
  • Communicate and display healthcare data for understanding of technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Gain knowledge on the various forms of hardware infrastructure needed to manage and distribute information within various healthcare system models from smaller scale department specific data warehouse models to big data infrastructures with fault tolerance and fail over disaster recovery architecture. 

Total: 43 credits (14 courses)

Grading System
0 - 100 Scale Letter-Grade Scale 'Quality Points Scale'
94-100 A 4.0
90-93 A- 3.7
87-89 B+ 3.3
84-86 B 3.0
80-83 B- 2.7
77-79 C+ 2.3
73-76 C 2.0
70-72 C- 1.7
Below 70 F 0.0