2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

M.S. in Health Informatics

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The M.S. in Health Informatics program is designed for current and aspiring informatics professionals. The program facilitates the development and advancement of eHealth initiatives and other emerging information technologies to improve healthcare quality.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Develop skills necessary to utilize health information technology for knowledge management.
2. Identify issues related to the implementation of the electronic health record.
3. Apply the systems development life cycle (SDLC) approach to the utilization of health information systems.
4. Describe key legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to the utilization of health information technology.
5. Apply information technology to improve healthcare quality.
6. Acquire the skills necessary to contribute to strategic and tactical planning in utilizing health information systems.
7. Articulate the organizational needs and readiness for adoption of health information technology solutions.
8. Apply concepts of leadership in managing organizational change.
9. Describe key financial indicators related to the utilization of health information technology in an organization.
10. Recognize the language, terminology, ontology, acronyms, coding, and classification systems of healthcare and health informatics.
11. Identify the applications of statistical software to support evidence-based research and evaluation.

Degree Requirements

  • 33 total semester credit hours
  • Core courses (30 sem. cr.)
  • Scholarly Project (3 sem. cr.)



Scholarly Project (3 sem. cr.)

Course Sequence

Semester Course
1 HINF 6100 Introduction to Health Informatics
HINF 6115 U.S. Health System
2 HINF 6130 Information Systems Management
HINF 6145 Nature, Structure, and Representation of Health Information
3 HINF 6160 Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Issues
HINF 6175 Quality Assessment and Improvement
4 HINF 6190 Project Management
HINF 6205 Research and Program Evaluation
5 HINF 6220 Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Change Management
HINF 6235 Healthcare Information Technology Business and Finance
6 HINF 6960 Scholarly Project


Practicum (Optional)

Students in the M.S. in Health Informatics program may elect to earn a practicum experience by adding an additional course, HINF 6950 Practicum, to their program of study. Students should contact the Academic Advising Team at any point in their program before completing HINF 6205 Research and Program Evaluation to request the addition of HINF 6950 Practicum to their program of study.

The M.S. in Health Informatics optional practicum is designed to provide students who have finished their coursework with the opportunity to synthesize knowledge, to develop competence in professional practice, to apply knowledge to the solution of health information problems, and to develop a respect for and a commitment to continued professional knowledge.

The field practicum takes place in conjunction with registration in HINF 6960 Scholarly Project. The required hours of agency service may take place only during registration in the appropriate seminar. All work hours must occur on or after the official start date of the approved semester and may not go beyond the end date of the semester. Students who cannot complete the practicum hours in one semester must register for the seminar until all field hours are completed.

Students must have completed the first five semesters of required coursework to begin the practicum and must be in good academic standing. Students are advised to begin seeking a practicum placement as early as possible, but no later than two terms before they plan to begin the practicum. Details about the practicum, the required forms, the approval process, and important practicum application deadlines are available through students’ myWalden university portal.

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