The Source of Tomorrow's Health Care IT Leaders

hi webBased on the needs of health care CIOs, UAB’s MSHI curriculum integrates the domains of information and communication technology, the health care delivery process and leadership and management principles.  This collaborative approach to health care IT allows our graduates to understand the complexity of relationships that must be considered when making technology decisions within a care delivery organization.  Our faculty members are consistently recognized as leaders in health care IT practice, research and education.   Courses will be delivered by subject matter experts who bring relevant, real-world experience to each classroom.

Students in the Master’s in Health Informatics program graduate with a solid understanding of how clinicians and administrators use information and technology in making decisions. With courses in the effective design and use of information systems, databases, software, hardware and networks, students in the program learn how to successfully manage the flow of information throughout a healthcare organization. Students also learn the value of building a solid business case for the purchase, implementation and use of technology in a healthcare setting.

Graduates of the MSHI program are prepared to become senior and executive level leaders in the healthcare IT industry. Students are exposed to a variety of academic disciplines and gain a broad education that serves as a foundation for them throughout their careers as information and health service executives.

The Health Informatics program offers a convenient and effective blended delivery format which encompasses all online classes and two 4-day residential requirements (including weekend days) per year. Students are able to maintain their full-time jobs and take classes from anywhere in the country. The MSHI program may be completed in 6 semesters over 24 months.

Data Analytics Track Description

The proliferation of information technology to support workers in the healthcare industry has resulted in a massive amount of healthcare data being generated. While the data are seen as an organizational asset that can both help determine trends and patterns inpatient care and increase the organizational efficiency, there are very few individuals trained to extract, combine, manipulate, interpret, and display these data in a meaningful way.

This track is designed to produce graduates who can immediately begin to help healthcare organizations institute data-driven decision-making processes. Beyond that, graduates of this track could assist organizations with developing information and data governance strategies, which help define the way we think about quality, security, access to data, and policies surrounding data.

User Experience Track Description

Most IT solutions currently in use by healthcare organizations were not designed to enable clinical workflows and patient/clinician interactions.  Healthcare information systems are badly in need of more intuitive interfaces that allow for the capture of specific data elements, and perhaps more importantly, model the behaviors and needs of the clinical end user. These new interfaces cannot be perceived as unnecessary, cumbersome, or too difficult to use, nor can they compromise clinicians’ ability to interact meaningfully with their patients.

Graduates of the User Experience Track bring is an in-depth understanding of a complex healthcare delivery system, the technologies that are required to support it, and the added layer of best practices in designing safe, effective, and user-friendly interfaces in the healthcare setting.  Graduates of the Healthcare User Experience Track in the MSHI program may find employment in a range of positions, including User Experience Designer (focusing on the design of healthcare interfaces to increase efficiency, ease of use, and patient safety), User Researcher (conducting research to identify usability issues, understand workflow, user needs, pain points, and opportunities), Healthcare Business Analysis, Software Developers and Product Managers and EHR/IT consultants.

Health Information Management (HIM) Track

The UAB Health Information Management (HIM) Track is a specialty track that leads to the Master of Science Degree in Health Informatics.   Credentialed HIM practitioners who have three to five years of work experience are invited to apply to the MSHI Program.  This new track is designed to train graduates for new employment opportunities in administrative, educational, and research activities in the rapidly evolving electronic health care environment.

The curriculum will address the development and implementation of the computer based electronic health record, the use of appropriate clinical classifications, vocabularies, and terminologies, the management of legal and regulatory requirements, and privacy and security oversight for health information.