Curriculum

The Medical Informatics Graduate Program requires 30 credits of course work and/or research for the MS degree. The program offers core courses and three specializations. Students declare a specialization on admission to the graduate program and a comprehensive plan of study for each individual is formulated as they enter the program.  

Program Requirements

  • Medical Informatics Graduate Core Courses (12 credits)
  • Area of Specialization (9-12 credits)
  • Elective courses or Report option or Thesis option (6-9 credits)

Core Courses

(All four courses are required under coursework and report option for 12 credits)

  • SAT 5001: Introduction to Medical Informatics
  • SAT 5001: Security and Privacy
  • SAT 5161: Systems Analysis and Design
  • SAT 5424: Population Health Management and Monitoring

Specializations

1) Healthcare Information Security and Privacy

(All four courses are required under coursework and report option for 12 credits)

(Three courses are required for thesis option)

  • SAT 5241:Designing Security Systems
  • SAT 5281: Information Governance and Risk Management
  • SAT 5815: Digital Forensics
  • SAT 5817: Security Penetration Test and Audit

2) Healthcare Data Informatics

(All four courses are required under coursework and report option for 12 credits)

(Three courses are required for thesis option)

  • UN 5550:  Introduction to Data Science
  • CS  4821:  Data Mining
  • SAT 5141: Clinical Desicion Support Modeling
  • SAT 5151: Application Integration and Interoperability

3) Imaging Informatics

(At least four courses are required under coursework and report option for 12 credits)

(Three courses are required for thesis option)

  • SAT 5141: Clinical Decision Support Modeling
  • SAT 5151: Application Integration and Interoperability
  • SAT 5255: Medical Imaging I
  • SAT 5256: Medical Imaging II
  • SAT 5261: Medical Image Analysis

The program also permits three curriculum options: a thesis option, a report option, and a course work option.

Thesis Option—Plan A 

The thesis option requires students to complete research under the supervision of an advisor and present research information and the results. An oral examination and a final thesis are required in order to successfully complete this option.

Report Option—Plan B 

The report option requires students to work on an independent study project and to complete a report of the results. Students are also required to complete an oral examination of the report results and submit a paper copy of the approved report in a binder with an original signature page to the Graduate School.

Course Work Option—Plan C

The course work option requires students to successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits. Research credits may be applied to the requirements if permitted.

Table 1 outlines options and requirements for the master of science degree in medical informatics. Participating faculty members from across campus will advise Plan A and B students.

Table 1: MS Degree Requirements
Program Option Coursework Research Credits Total Credits
MS Plan A ≥20 ≥6-10 ≥30
MS Plan B ≥24 2-6 (to be completed under SAT 5999) ≥30
MS Plan C ≥30   ≥30