MS-IS in Health Informatics

Opportunities for health information professionals are diverse and challenging. Career possibilities could include specialized positions in large research or teaching institutions, personalized service roles in hospital libraries, extensive information services in biotechnology companies, and interaction with other health care providers engaged in applications of medical informatics and bioinformatics. The program focuses on the fundamental concepts and activities in health information management, including but not limited to electronic health systems, clinical decision support, e-science, and legal, ethical, and philosophical concerns in health informatics.

The Department of Information Science provides preparation relevant to several specializations within health informatics, including:

  • Biomedical/Biotechnology Industry Academic Health Sciences Centers
  • Health Care Systems
  • Consumer and Patient Health Information Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Government Health Information Agencies
  • Community-based Health Information Agencies
  • Public Health Information Agencies

General Requirements

  1. Total coursework of 36 credit hours (12 courses).
  2. Enroll in INFO 5090 (practicum), unless officially waived based on previous professional and industry experience.
  3. Complete the End of Program Assessment - During the final semester before graduation, enroll in, take, and pass the comprehensive examination OR complete two Advanced Seminar courses (INFO 5970 & INFO 5980) during your last semesters before graduation. 

Required Courses (9 hours)

INFO 5000 – Information and Knowledge Professions
INFO 5200 – Information Organization
INFO 5600 – Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry

Guided Electives (Information Science Major)

Completion of at least two of the following major prescribed courses (6 hours) with the guidance of the academic advisor:

INFO 5305 – System Analysis and Design
INFO 5707 – Data Modeling for Information Professionals
INFO 5814 – Web Content Development and Maintenance
INFO 5960 – Computer Programming or Equivalent

Completion of at least four courses (12 hours) from the list below:

INFO 5365 – Health Sciences Information Management
INFO 5637 – Medical Informatics
INFO 5670 – Disaster Management for Information Professionals
INFO 5960 – Community-Based Health Information

INFO 5960 – Medical Digital Imaging
-or-
INFO 5960 – Genomics and Translational Medicine for Information Professionals

General Electives

Completion of additional three elective courses (9 hours) selected from the list of courses below or transferred from other programs, such as from the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, with the approval of the academic advisor.

INFO 5080 – Research Methods and Analysis
INFO 5205 – Information Indexing, Abstracting and Retrieval
INFO 5206 – Information Retrieval Design
INFO 5223 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization I

INFO 5224 – Metadata and Networked Information Organization II (Advanced Topics in Metadata) 
INFO 5647 – Legal Information and Access Services
INFO 5740 – Digital Libraries
INFO 5970 – Digital Curation and Data Management Fundamentals
INFO 5900 – Special Problems

Further information concerning these requirements may be obtained through the department or from the Health Informatics Program Home Page.