Health Care Informatics

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Health Care Informatics, M.S.

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Health Care Informatics, M.S.
School/College: College of Health Sciences

Department Links: Degrees Conferred:
  • M.S. in Health Care Informatics
The College of Health Sciences, Health Care Administration and Informatics Program, offers the Master of Science in Health Care Informatics (HCI).

The HCI Program is designed to meet the demand for highly trained health care informatics professionals by drawing on the experience and expertise of several UWM disciplines: Computer Science-College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS), Health Care Administration and Informatics, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Management Information Systems-Lubar School of Business (LSB), and the School of Information Studies (SOIS). The curriculum covers several areas including: systems analysis and design, database and project management, decision support, network design, and health care applications and procurement.

The program is designed for full-time and part-time students who seek employment as health care informatics professionals within health care delivery systems, managed care organizations, and with health care computer vendors.

Graduate Faculty

(Professors’ home departments, programs, or schools appear in parentheses)

Cisler, Ron Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Health Care Administration and Informatics)

Associate Professors
Kate, Rohit Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (Health Care Administration and Informatics)
Nambisam, Priya Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Health Care Administration & Informatics)
Patrick, Timothy Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia (Health Care Administration and Informatics)
Trinh, Hanh Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University (Health Care Administration and Informatics)
Wu, Min Ph.D. University of North Carolina (Health Care Administration and Informatics)

Assistant Professors
Fink, Jennifer Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Health Care Administration & Informatics)
Luo, Jake Ph.D.,Queen’s University, Belfast, UK (Health Care Administration and Informatics)

Master of Science in Health Care Informatics

An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus the following requirements to be considered for admission to the program:
  1. Submission of GRE scores taken within the past five years.
  2. Completion of the following foundation requirements or equivalents prior to admission into the program.* HCI foundation courses provide a basis for subsequent coursework:
    • HCA 102: Health Care Delivery in the U.S., 3 credits
      or BUS ADM 756: Health Care Delivery Systems, 3 credits
    • BMS 301-305: Human Pathophysiology, 5 credits
      or BMS 701 & 702: Human Pathophysiology I & II, 6 credits.
    • KIN 270: Statistics in the Health Professions, 3 credits
      or US ADM 210: Introduction to Management Statistics, 3 credits.
    *Individual course exemptions will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Credits earned in these courses do not count toward the degree.
  3. Basic proficiency in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
Major Professor as Advisor
A student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. Initially the director of the HCI Program advises and supervises newly admitted students. Students are then assigned faculty advisors according to faculty advising loads.

Credits and Courses

The Master of Science in Health Care Informatics degree will be awarded upon completion of appropriate 32 credits (non-thesis option) or 35 credits (thesis option) of prescribed graduate study; 23 credits of core courses and 6 credits of electives are required, plus either 3 credit HCA 891 or 6 credits HCA 890.

Core required courses
HCA 700 Introduction to HealthCare Informatics (2 credits)
HCA 741 Essential Programming for Health Informatics (3 credits)
HCA 760 Biomedical Terminology and Ontology (3 credits)
HCA 723 Health Care Systems Applications—Administrative & Clinical (3 credits)
HCA 541 Healthcare Information Systems Analysis & Design (3 credits)
HCA 722 Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Health Care Informatics (3 credits)
HCA 542 Healthcare Database Design & Management (3 credits)
HCA-742 Computational Intelligence in Health Informatics (3 credits)

Electives other than those listed below are to be approved by the student’s major professor.
HCA 721 Health Information Technology Procurement (3 credits)
HCA 744 Text Retrieval and Its Applications in Biomedicine (3 credits)
HCA 776 Biomedical Natural Language Processing (3 credits)
HCA 789 Biomedical Information Extraction (3 credits)
HCA 909 Guided Teaching Experience in Health Sciences (3 credits)
HS 917 Seminar in Health Outcomes Assessment

Project or Thesis
HCA 891 Health Care Informatics Professional Project (3 credits)
or HCA 890 Health Care Informatics Research and Thesis (1-6 credits)

Thesis/Project Options

Option A: Project Option
The Project option requires students to apply health informatics research and theory to a professional situation. The project must be undertaken in compliance with program requirements under the supervision of a HIA major professor. Students who choose this option count 3 credits of HCA 891 toward the required 32-graduate-credit minimum.

Option B: Thesis Option
The thesis option requires students to plan, design, execute and report results of original applied or basic research. Students who choose the thesis option are responsible for identifying a HIA major professor and a thesis committee. The thesis committee should consist of the major professor and at least two other graduate faculty. The student must pass a comprehensive oral examination in defense of the completed thesis. Students who choose this option count 6 credits of HCA 890 toward the required 35-graduate-credit minimum.

Program Completion Time Limit
The student must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment.

Master of Science in Health Care Informatics/Master of Library and Information Science

The College of Health Sciences and School of Information Studies collaboratively offer a program designed to provide students with theoretical and practical exposure to the evolving field of healthcare informatics as practiced in hospitals, clinics, professional offices, corporations, the government, the insurance industry, and higher education.

Students are admitted to both graduate programs separately and admission requirements are consistent with those specified by the UWM Graduate School, the Department of Healthcare Informatics, and the MLIS program of the School of Information Studies.

Credit and Courses

Students accepted into this M.S./MLIS program complete the following courses:

Healthcare Informatics

Introduction to Healthcare Informatics: 2 credits
HCA 700 Introduction to HealthCare Informatics

Programming, 3 credits (choose one):
BA 740 Information Technology Management Concepts and Languages
BA 813 Object-Oriented & Visual

Systems Analysis and Design, 3 credits (choose one):
BA 747 Service-Oriented Analysis and Design
HCA 541 Healthcare Systems A & D

Database Management, 3 credits (choose one):
BA 749 Data Management Systems
CS 557 Introduction to Database Systems
CS 757 Data Base Organization and File Structure
HCA 542 Healthcare Database Design & Mgt

Project Management, 3 credits:
BA 748 Information Technology Project Management

Decision Support Systems, 3 credits (choose one):
BA 741 Decision Support Systems and Groupware
BA 814 Enterprise Knowledge & Semantic Management
CS 720 Computational Models of Decision Making
HCA 744 Text Retrieval & Its Application in Biomedicine (pending)

Network Design/Telecommunications, 3 credits (choose one):
BA 893 Infrastructure for Electronic Business
CS 520 Computer Networks
L&I SCI 710 Electronic Networking and Information Services

Technology Procurement, 3 credits:
HCA 721 Health Information Technology Procurement

Clinical Applications, 3 credits:
HCA 723 Healthcare Systems Applications – Clinical, Administrative & Research

Project or Thesis, 3 credits (choose one):
HCA 890 Healthcare Informatics Research and Thesis
HCA 891 Healthcare Informatics Master’s Project

Minimum Credits for M.S.: 29

Library and Information Science

L&I SCI 501 Foundations of Library and Information Science; 3 credits
L&I SCI 511 Organization of Information; 3 credits
L&I SCI 571 Information Access and Retrieval; 3 credits
L&I SCI 591 Research in Library and Information Science; 3 credits

Electives (15 credits), including at least 4 of the following 5
L&I SCI 510 Introduction to Reference Services and Resources
L&I SCI 661 Ethics and the Information Society; 3 credits
L&I SCI 714 Metadata; 3 credits
L&I SCI 791 Information Architecture; 3 credits
L&I SCI 835 Information Sources and Services—Health Sciences; 3 credits

Other elective; 3 credits

Students also must pass a comprehensive examination, or submit and successfully defend a thesis. The thesis option requires additional credits.

Minimum MLIS Credits: 27

Minimum Total Credits for the Program: 56

The credits for the coordinated program would typically be completed in both programs at the same time, rather than one program after the other. A student not completing the requirements for the coordinated degree program would need to complete all requirements for an individual program in order to receive a degree.

Time Limit
Students in the coordinated M.S./MLIS degree program must complete all degree requirements within seven years of the first enrollment semester as a degree student.

Schedule of Classes

The Schedule of Classes is a list of classes offered by term.


Descriptions of required and elective courses offered at UWM as part of the M.S. in Health Care Informatics can be found under the respective curricular areas (see below).