Online Master's in Health Informatics
Master of Science in Healthcare Management - Informatics
Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 CTU’s online Master of Science in Healthcare Management with an Informatics concentration was created to help you explore how to use technological solutions and data analysis to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.
Explore data management approaches to managing patient-centered electronic health data. Examine health information systems, delivery systems and classification systems. Review innovative approaches in computer science, information technology, and decision science, used to deliver and enhance care. In a capstone project case study, you will have the opportunity to use innovative IT approaches in data analytics to develop a framework for the redesign of a patient-center electronic health data system for a health organization. CTU Mobile is designed to help you stay on top of your education using your smartphone or tablet. Online classes start soon.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited February 10, 2021).
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The Master of Science in Healthcare Management with a concentration in Informatics is a 48-credit-hour program that is offered online. The program consists of 28 credit hours in the healthcare management core with 20 credit hours dedicated to the informatics concentration.
This degree program is designed to guide students in the study of informatics, information technology, and information systems as they integrate with and apply to the principles of health care management. This program examines innovative approaches to information technology and computer science that are needed by leaders in the health informatics field to improve the quality and delivery of health care services.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
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Health Studies at CTU is dedicated to providing quality programs that integrate the relevant principles and competencies to empower students from diverse backgrounds to pursue leadership roles and career pathways in an evolving healthcare field.
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CS651
This course introduces the overall foundations required for the understanding of, and further study in, information systems security. It reviews the history of security and computer systems security in particular to develop a set of models to guide the approach to realizing computer systems security. An overview of current security technologies is presented. A research project and formal paper are required.
Computer Systems Security Foundations 4 CS660
This course explores current database systems and provides a foundation for future study. Techniques for the design and implementation of relational databases are presented and applied using SQL and a DBMS. Other data models such as the object-oriented and object-relational models are examined and compared to the relational model. Database systems using data warehouses and data marts, distributed databases, and web-based databases are discussed.
Database Systems 4 HCM655This course establishes the knowledge for understanding informatics as it relates to healthcare. This course will examine innovative approaches in prevention, health promotion, population health, bio-surveillance, epidemiology and preparedness. Consideration is given to the use of information technology to address concerns about sharing and protecting information and system integrity in medical, clinical, and public health services. The course will address innovation in areas of informatics including data mining, data research, data analytics, and decision support. Healthcare Informatics 4 HCM690This course will be a capstone project where students will have a case study and will be required to use innovative IT approaches in data analytics to improve service delivery and healthcare quality. Students will be required to use innovative data analytics to develop a framework for the redesign of a patient-center electronic health data system for a health organization. The course will take the student through the entire system development life cycle process including how they will lead and management the change. The student will be required to consider security aspects, information exchange, database structure, abstracting information, reporting, and continuity and disaster recovery. The student will use knowledge of health information and delivery systems to finalize an approach that would be successful in the health care management environment Healthcare Informatics Capstone 4 IT621
This course introduces the fundamental Enterprise Data Management concepts of enterprise content management (ECM) and data governance. ECM techniques for building, managing, and maintaining an organization’s information infrastructure is studied. Data governance topics include development of policies and procedures to ensure the availability, usability, integrity, and security of data resources and the implementation and management of those policies.
Enterprise Data Management 4 Total Credit Hours: 20
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours HCM612This course focuses on health care leadership and management practices. Students will examine the current structure, operation, and regulation of the U.S. health care system, and discuss the factors influencing the future direction of healthcare in the United States. Students will apply essential management concepts and professional competencies and behaviors to the unique social, physical and emotional environments of healthcare organizations. Managing the Healthcare Organization 4 HCM632
This course studies healthcare systems and the delivery of healthcare. In addition, factors such as access, population health and health policies will be examined to assess their influence on healthcare systems.
Systems in Healthcare 4 HCM671This course will discuss descriptive and inferential statistical concepts with an application for healthcare management. Students will learn to distinguish the various statistical tools that may be used for data collection, needs analysis, market assessment, outcome evaluation, forecasting, and quality improvement. The importance of Interpretation and accurate communication of statistical results will be discussed. Healthcare Statistics 4 HCM674
This course provides an overview of health policy-making in the United States and introduces the policymaking process and the effects of health policy across the country. Topics will include: health policy formulation, contemporary policy issues, an overview of various national health policies (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act) how interest groups influence policy, and how health policy implementation can attempt to reduce disparities in healthcare and improve quality.
Health Policy in the United States 4 HCM676This course concentrates on the financial operations of a healthcare organization including the development of capital budgets, operating budgets and cash flow budgets. Financial statements will be analyzed for variances. Students will be required to apply concepts such as time value of money, risk and return, investment decision analysis and lease valuation assisting in the understanding of financial operations of a healthcare organization. Healthcare Finance 4 HCM677Information Systems for Healthcare will provide the student with the evolution of the use of information systems in healthcare. Students will evaluate the information system needs and how to acquire those needs for the organization. An understanding of terminology relevant to health services information system management will be gained in this course. Privacy and security issues relevant to health services information will be analyzed. Information Systems for Healthcare 4 HCM678This course will provide an overview of the judicial system in the United States and contemporary ethical issues in healthcare. Topics of discussion will included tort law, criminal law in healthcare, negligence in healthcare, contracting issues in healthcare, cases that have shaped healthcare in the United States, and various legal-ethical and moral issues in healthcare Healthcare Law and Ethics 4 Total Credit Hours: 28
Total Credit Hours: 48
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CTU’s Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHM) with a concentration in Informatics Degree Program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential opportunities in the workforce. This master’s degree program may help guide students in the study of informatics, information technology, and information systems as they integrate with and apply to the principles of healthcare management. This program examines innovative approaches to information technology and computer science that are needed by leaders in the health informatics field to improve the quality and delivery of health care services.
As you work to complete your MSHM with a concentration in Informatics, you will be immersed in courses where you will study these topics and much more: health policy-making in the United States, the policymaking process, and the effects of health policy across the country; the evolution of the use of information systems in healthcare; and financial operations of a healthcare organization.
Courses for the MSHM with a concentration in Informatics degree program start online approximately every five weeks. Completion of the CTU admissions process will depend on how quickly you complete the steps in the CTU online application process. You may complete the application process over the phone with an advisor or you may go online. Once you’ve completed the online application, you may hear from an advisor within the following 24 hours to discuss the next steps toward starting your degree program.
The MSHM degree program consists of 48 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer.
Through innovative industry-relevant curricula and technology-enabled student-centered teaching, you will study through classroom learning and hands-on experience that aligns to industry standards and helps you work to develop skills that are applicable to the needs of leadership roles and career pathways in an evolving healthcare field.