The Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics curriculum includes a core sequence of courses (24 credits), as a foundational base of knowledge, skills, and competencies in Health Informatics put forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics (CAHIIM), taken during the summer I, II and fall semester. Students then select a specialization of study (12 credits) for the spring semester in Knowledge Management and Leadership, or Clinical Informatics. Each specialization requires students to complete 16 credits of practicum courses. Practicum I (4 credits) is completed during the spring semester with the specialization courses and practicum II & III (12 credits) are completed during the second summer session I & II.
The MS/AHI curriculum provides broad knowledge and skills of health IT, the curriculum:
- Fosters critical thinking, evidence-based practice, leadership and professionalism with an emphasis on the development of professional knowledge, skills and competencies that are valued and needed by healthcare organizations.
- Utilizes problem-based learning, case studies, and student presentations as instructional methodologies.
- Focuses on the application of health informatics with the primary purpose of responding to the high demand workforce needs.
- Includes a 16 credit internship which will provide the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the curriculum and build skills and competencies that will enhance the students' ability to find gainful employment in the region.