Master of ScienceHealthcare Informatics
The 36-credit-hour graduate program in Healthcare Informatics provides unique educational opportunities in this emerging specialty area for experienced clinicians (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) and clinically oriented healthcare administrators.
Many graduate programs miss or short change perhaps the most important skill set for this new kind of practitioner: the translational, communication and interpersonal skills that make the difference between success and failure during selection, implementation and optimization of healthcare IT systems.
What makes our program unique is familiarization with critical skills in change management, knowledge management, project management, organizational psychology, generational differences, human-machine interfaces and optimization tools such as Lean and Agile.
Today’s multi-institution healthcare delivery systems and even larger stand-alone hospitals employ clinician ‘Champions’ to assist with the implementation of health-related information technology projects such as electronic medical records and meaningful use. Commonly, preparation for this role is simply familiarization with the operation of the system being installed. This does not solve problems such as resistance to change and designs for the optimization of dashboards. A full set of change management skills adds significant value to employing either Informaticists or Champions both during and after initial deployments of new systems or upgrades and optimization of present systems.
The M.S. in Healthcare Informatics at HU addresses the need for healthcare informaticists who require in-depth knowledge in selected informatics specialty areas and prepares students to:
- Interact effectively with analytics specialists to define priority subject areas, evaluate data sources and understand the strengths and weaknesses of analytics results;
- Communicate new knowledge and insights to senior management decision-makers; and
- Facilitate implementation of management’s decisions.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Partnership
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Harrisburg University have partnered to offer a dual PharmD/MS in Healthcare Informatics (PharmD/MSHI). Acceptance into PCOM’s PharmD program includes admission into the Online Masters in Healthcare Informatics program, which students may take after completing 1 year of the PCOM PharmD program. Eligible PCOM PharmD students and alumni will receive up to nine (9) transfer credits from PCOM towards completion of the Masters in Healthcare Informatics program.
Students must maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA in order to transfer PCOM credits.
Students who wish to take the program in executive format (weekly classes online and on-campus one Saturday per month), should email PCOM@HarrisburgU.edu.
Michael L. Seavers, Ph.D., MBA, MHA, MSCS Healthcare Informatics Program Lead
Full Time Faculty
Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
Assistant Professor of Healthcare Informatics
Executive Director and Professor of Nursing
Assistant Professor of Geospatial Technology & Director HU Geospatial Technology Center
Assistant Professor of Population Health Nursing
Healthcare Informatics Program Lead
This program requires a total of 36 semester hours: 1) 15 semester hours from the core courses listed below, 2) 6 semester hours of experiential courses, and 3) 15 semester hours of Individualized Concentration courses. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).
This is the survey course for the Program in Healthcare Informatics, both for the certificate and the master’s degree. The student is exposed to the full range of healthcare informatics as it is employed in today’s workplace. This course discusses issues, trends, challenges, and applications related to the role of the Informaticist in Healthcare Systems and Institutions including big data management, electronic medical records systems, eHealth, data governance and data sharing. Casebased and project-based approaches are used for discussion and assignments. The student does not require academic healthcare system knowledge beyond that contained in ISEM541 Healthcare Systems, although clinical experience facilitates more rapid assimilation of content material and a deeper understanding of the overall curriculum. The overall goal of the course is familiarity with the potential contributions of informatics to both health outcomes and business operations so that successful learners return to their workplaces with sufficient knowledge to immediately function more effectively and efficiently as Informaticists.
This is the first half of the keystone course for the Program in Healthcare Informatics, both for the certificate and the master’s degree. The student engages in a 3-credit executive format course which provides them with a robust set of tools for devising customized potential solutions to a range of Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) implementation challenges facing healthcare systems today. Interactive sessions are needed to facilitate mastery of interpersonal skills. The goal of the course is familiarity with basic techniques and current best practices for the planning, evaluation, implementation, adoption and optimization of healthcare IT systems. The successful learner will be able to plan and execute HIT projects, facilitate change, communicate effectively with all staff, and intervene with problem adopters.
This is the second half of the keystone course for the Program in Healthcare Informatics, both for the certificate and the master’s degree. The student engages in a 3-credit executive format course that provides them with a robust set of tools for devising customized potential solutions to a range of Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) implementation challenges facing healthcare systems today. Interactive sessions are needed to facilitate mastery of interpersonal skills. The goal of the course is familiarity with basic techniques and current best practices for the planning, evaluation, implementation, adoption and optimization of healthcare IT systems. The successful learner will be able to lead multidisciplinary teams, plan and execute HIT projects, work in an Agile/Lean environment, leverage adult learning theory, optimize the human-computer interface, and advise on HIT compliance issues.
This course addresses the central role of healthcare data in both health outcomes and business operations. This is the basic course in healthcare data management for the ISEM graduate program as well as the program in Healthcare Informatics, both the certificate and master’s degree. The goal of the course is familiarity with basic techniques and current best practices for the governance, collection, cleaning, storage, sharing and handling of healthcare data. Case-based and project-based approaches are used for discussion and assignments. Prior experience in healthcare systems is not required, but knowledge of material contained in ISEM 541 Healthcare Systems is helpful in establishing context. Cross-listed with ISEM 545
This is the analytics survey course for the Program in Healthcare Informatics, both for the certificate and the master’s degree. Graduate students are exposed to the wide range of analytics tools and techniques used in today’s workplace. The ultimate goal of the course is familiarity with the strengths and limitations of these tools so that successful learners return to their workplaces with sufficient knowledge to ask appropriate questions of the available data, choose the appropriate tools and techniques used to analyze the available data, and explain the strengths and weaknesses of any inferences made. Master’s Degree students in Healthcare Analytics desiring more in-depth analytics application knowledge will pursue elective courses in ANLY. The student does not require mathematical knowledge beyond high school level algebra, although introductory calculus knowledge facilitates understanding in a few areas such as matrices, vectors, and rates of change.
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