Health Informatics Concentration


The University of North Texas Information Science PhD Program (or IIS PhD Program) responds to the varied and changing needs of the information age, therefore offering the Health Informatics Concentration. This concentration is offered with contributions from multiple UNT departments and colleges with the goal of providing interdisciplinary education, research, and professional services in health informatics. The Health Informatics concentration prepares individuals to conduct research on the critical issues in health informatics and related areas. The concentration focuses on the intersection between information science, healthcare, and technology. There is a great need for a health care workforce that possesses the skills and competencies that this concentration provides. Graduates will be able to work in health care as well as health information management settings.

Course Requirements

Students enrolled in the data science concentration will take courses from four blocks of courses:

1. Information Science Core Area (12 graduate credit hours)

  • INFO 6000 - Seminar in Information Science
  • INFO 6660 - Readings in Information Science
  • INFO 6700 - Seminar in Communication and Use of Information
  • INFO 6945 - Doctoral Seminar in Information Issues

2. Research Courses (minimum of 24 graduate credit hours, including doctoral dissertation hours)

  • INFO 6940 Inquiry and Research Design
  • Quantitative Research Methods/ Statistics (6 graduate credit hours in consultation with advisor)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (3 graduate credit hours in consultation with advisor)
  • Doctoral Dissertation Hours (minimum of 12 hours of INFO 6950 to be completed after passing the qualifying exam)

3. Health informatics Concentration Core (12 graduate credit hours)

  • GEOG 5140 - Medical Geography
  • INFO 5307 - Knowledge Management Tools and Technologies
  • INFO 5637 - Medical Informatics
  • INFO 6220 - Information Retrieval Theory

4. Health Informatics Concentration Electives (a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours; the following is a partial list. Other relevant courses may be used with approval).

  • INFO 5960 Medical Digital Imaging
  • INFO 5707 Data Modeling for Information Professionals (or CSCE 5350 Database Systems)
  • INFO 5305 System Analysis (or BCIS 5120 Information Systems Development)
  • ANTH 5210 Anthropology of Public Health
  • BCIS 5420 Foundations of Database Management Systems
  • COMM 5226 Seminar in Health Communication
  • CSCE 5380 Data Mining
  • CSCE 5270 Computer-Human Interfaces (or CECS 5310 Human-Computer Interaction)
  • CSCE 5810 Biocomputing
  • CSCE 5820 Computational Epidemiology (or BIOL 5820 Computational Epidemiology)
  • CSCE 6810 Advanced Topics in Computational Life Sciences (or BIOL 6810)
  • ECON 5180 Economics of Health Care
  • GEOG 5140 Medical Geography
  • GEOG 5580 Health GIS
  • SOCI 5400 Health Delivery Systems
  • SOCI 5420 Introduction to Health Services Research