Medical Informatics

Joint Degree Program with the Milwaukee School of Engineering Graduate School

Degree Offered
Master of Science

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  Program Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general Graduate School admission requirements, this program has additional specific requirements.

Applicants must satisfy the following requirements for admission:

  • Transcripts should show proof of undergraduate course work in college algebra, statistics, introduction to computers, computer programming, and medical terminology.
  • Prior to registering for any classes, the accepted applicant is required to speak with an MSMI program director to plan a course of study.
  • Please note that your application is evaluated in its entirety. If you feel that you are deficient in one or more areas, you are still encouraged to apply and we may be able to recommend ways to complete the prerequisites and requirements.

* Indicates Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) course number. All MSOE courses require an off-campus course registration procedure.

  Required Courses

13101 Introduction to Medical Informatics I and
13102 Introduction to Medical Informatics II.
6 credits.
This course is taught over two sequential quarters (3 credits each) beginning in the fall. This course provides the foundation for graduate study in Medical Informatics and is a broad overview of the field. It is recommended that all students begin their program of study with this course. Topics covered include the healthcare environment and culture, electronic medical records, clinical information systems (hospital, outpatient, nursing, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, etc.), decision-support systems, clinical research and health-assessment systems, technology assessment, and healthcare business processes.

MI-787* Healthcare Systems Analysis and Design. 3 credits.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Medical Informatics I.

This course covers systems development methodologies; the systems development life cycle and the concepts, tools and techniques currently used in the analysis of healthcare information systems and the design of new systems and applications. You will work in project teams to develop the preliminary design of an informatics application for a fictitious organization.

MI-783* Database Structures and Processing. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Introduction to Medical Informatics II.
This course provides an overview of the current database modeling techniques, database technologies, and database design principles. Topics include entity-relationship and semantic data modeling; relational, network, and hierarchical database technologies; normalization; data dependencies; resource sharing; and distributed databases.

MI-789* Medical Informatics Case Study Seminar. 3 credits. Prerequisite: MI-783*, MI-787.*
This course is an in-depth study of real-world medical informatics systems. It is run in seminar format and requires considerable reading in preparation for each class discussion. Case studies based on student internship/research projects (see 13297 and 13298) will be used to discuss how and why a system is designed and implemented. The medical, business/financial, and legal implications of automating a healthcare function are discussed.

MI-693* Intermediate Statistics. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Introductory course in statistics.
This course provides the essential data analysis tools necessary for data mining and evidence-based medicine. The concepts in this course are also needed to assess information system performance and decision making. Topics include probability theory, discrete and continuous variables, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation analysis.

MI-720* Six Sigma Quality and Patient Safety. 3 credits.
Six Sigma is a modern management methodology that can be widely applied in healthcare environments to address issues of quality and patient safety. This methodology also incorporates the organizational change management required to achieve successful outcomes—improved quality and reduced errors. Students in this course will learn to use and apply the Six Sigma tools to define, measure, analyze, improve and control the complex processes of healthcare delivery. Patient safety will be the main issue addressed by the Six Sigma methodology. These same tools can also be applied to create quality processes related to the development, implementation and management of informatics solutions.

MI-885* Computer Network Design. 3 credits.
This course provides an introduction to telecommunication concepts necessary for understanding network design and operation both within and between healthcare organizations. Topics include network designs (topology), client-server and mainframe environments, the operation of various network hardware devices (servers, routers, gateways, modems, cable types, etc.), network operating systems and other network applications. The understanding of telecommunications concepts is essential for teaming with technical professionals.

MI-756* Healthcare Provision and Payment. 3 credits.
A survey course on healthcare delivery and payment and delivering information services in the healthcare environment. Topics include the different models for delivering health-care and payment, financial decision making, business case development, vendor evaluation, RFPs, quality issues in healthcare, and process evaluation and redesign.

MI-743* Principles of Healthcare Management. 3 credits.
This graduate level course provides students with an overall understanding of the principles of management as practiced in today’s healthcare environment. Emphasis will be on those fundamentals of management that impact the performance of interdisciplinary teams and the interaction that occurs between individuals, the team, the organization and beyond. Topics include organizational theory, information and control, strategic planning, leadership, motivation and employee development, change management, project management, uncertainty, conflict, ethics and social issues. Case studies illustrating the topics in healthcare settings are used throughout.

MI-13203* Healthcare Decision Support. 3 credits.
Because of the sheer complexity of healthcare both clinically and operationally, organizations are turning to computer applications that support the decision-making process. This course highlights both clinical and operational decision support systems (DSS) as they are currently used and explores future applications. Clinical DSS topics include electronic medical records, computerized physician order entry, disease management systems, expert systems/neural networks, automated documentation, Bayesian networks, clinical vocabularies, and evidence-based medicine. Operational DSS topics include executive information systems, consumer informatics, and contract modeling. This is critical content as healthcare institutions increasingly focus on outcomes measures for clinical and business decision making.

MI-13204* Information Systems Project Management. 3 credits.
The design and implementation of an informatics application in the healthcare environment is an incredibly complex project. This course provides a basic methodology for understanding and defining the scope of the project, planning and running it, as well as post implementation assessment. As a final project, students work either individually or in groups to produce their own project-management documentation.

13297 Internship/Research Project I and
13298 Internship/Research Project II.
6 credits.
Prerequisite: Completion of 27 credits in the MSMI Program.

To be designed jointly by you and your advisor and contingent on approval by various review boards. In most cases, the internship will consist of a project completed in a healthcare setting. The project should reflect your area of professional interest. If agreed upon by you and your advisor, additional course work in the area of interest may also be included.

MI-786I* Medical Informatics Journal Club. 3 credits (1 per quarter via Internet).
Weekly readings will be selected from contemporary literature in medical informatics. Each student will choose an article once during the quarter, write a summary and discussion questions for online discussion. You must enroll in this course three times, for a total of three credit hours.

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