Biomedical and Health Information Sciences - BHIS


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Fall 2014. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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405 Medical Sciences and Human Pathophysiology
3 hours. Introduction of fundamental concepts in pathophysiology. Specific disorders of major organ systems including etiology, manifestations, diagnostic tests, treatment modalities, pharmacotherapy and complications. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Taught fully online. Students must have an active UIC NetID with valid password and access to a computer and the Internet.

406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management
2 hours. An Introduction to medical terminology and pharmacology, necessary to understanding the use of clinical vocabularies and classification systems in health information systems. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Taught fully online. Students must have an active UIC NetID with valid password and access to a computer and the Internet. Restricted to students in the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences or consent of the Instructor.

410 Health Data Structures and Management
3 hours. Data structures in clinical information systems, including database design and management, networking and security. Emphasis on "intrapreneurial" skills required to solve organizational information management problems. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 460 and BHIS 461 and BHIS 480.

433 Principles of Evidence-Based Health Care
2 hours. Qualitative and quantitative assessment of human subject clinical research: locating, evaluating, comparing scientific papers as bases for health care education and practice. Same as MHPE 433. Prerequisite(s): Graduate or professional standing and approval of the school.

437 Health Care Data
3 hours. Review of data types in a health care information system. How data is transformed into information and then again transformed into knowledge through integrated computer systems. Taught online only. A UIC netid is required. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

460 Introduction to Health Informatics
1 hours. Introduction to information technology and systems in a healthcare setting. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Taught online. Students must have an active UIC NetID with valid password and access to a computer and the Internet. Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in HIM 410 or equivalent experience. Students should demonstrate basic computing skills including knowledge of an office productivity suite (MS Office or other), electronic mail, and Internet browsers. Recommended background: IDS 200 or the equivalent.

461 Information Systems for Health Information Management
2 hours. Advanced topics in information technology and systems in a health care setting; collection, analysis and management of health care data; special issues related to the role of health information administrators. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): IDS 200 and credit or concurrent registration in BHIS 460.

480 Management and Business Practices
3 hours. Principles of management with emphasis on business functions, procedures, and organizational structure as applied to various health care settings including private and institutional practice. Prerequisite(s): Advanced undergraduate or graduate standing in the Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences or consent of the instructor.

499 Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences
1 hours. Prepares students to locate, interpret and evaluate pertinent research information sources. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Extensive computer use required. Taught fully online. Students must have an active UIC netid with valid password and access to a computer and the internet. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above required; or consent of the instructor.

500 Strategic Inquiry in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
3 hours. Overview of research methods for BHIS, IRB, research ethics, and development of a pre-proposal including thesis statement, project question, background and justification. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Extensive computer use required. Taught fully online (HI) or blended (BVIS). Students must have an active UIC netid with valid password and access to a computer and the internet. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 499.

503 Communication Skills in Health Informatics
3 hours. An application course in which students assess and practice effective written and oral methods of communication skills necessary for health informatics professionals. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

504 Methods in Qualitative Inquiry
3 hours. Qualitative research methods to account for systematic description of environments where quantitative methods are not sufficient. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 500 and BHIS 510 or consent of the instructor.

505 Ethics and Legal Issues in Health Informatics
3 hours. Examination of the legal and ethical issues involved in computerized health information systems. Taught online only. A UIC netid is required. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

508 Q Research Methodology-Qualitative Research
3 hours. An in depth study of the basic principles and application of Q methodology as a research and analytical tool. This is an online course. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Recommended Background: BHIS students must have successfully completed BHIS 499.

509 Informatics for the Clinical Investigator
3 hours. This course provides the foundation of requisite knowledge of computer and healthcare information sciences for the clinical investigator. Extensive computer use required. Taught only online. A UIC netid is required. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

510 Health Care Information Systems
4 hours. Examination, through case studies, group and class discussions, and problem-based learning, of the effective utilization of information technology applications currently in place and on the horizon in health care organizations. Taught online only. A UIC netid is required. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

511 Application of Health Care Information Systems
2 hours. Knowledge and experience with a variety of healthcare applications utilizing current information technology and systems implemented in healthcare provider organizations. This is an online course. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 or consent of the instructor.

514 Patient Safety Topics in Health Informatics
2 hours. The application of health informatics knowledge to the issue of patient safety. Extensive computer use required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 and BHIS 511; or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: Students should have completed at least one semester of Health Informatics courses in the Health Informatics program curriculum in order to have sufficient knowledge to frame patient safety as a health informatics issue; approximately 10 credit hours earned. Online IBHE Postmaster's Certificate in Health Informatics students may take the course as an additional elective, but not as a substitute for the courses in the curriculum. Students in other colleges and programs require consent of the instructor.

515 Management of Health Care Communication Systems
4 hours. Examination and management of data communications in and between health care facilities including examination of issues, standards, technologies, and system configurations. Taught online only. A UIC netid is required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510; and graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

517 Health Care Information Security
3 TO 4 hours. Health information security and methods to achieve it; stresses risk assessment and pre-emptive action; outlines important role of security policies and procedures; surveys security technology with focus on non-technical security approaches. Taught only online. A UIC netid is required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 437 and BHIS 510 or consent of the instructor.

520 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design
4 hours. A project course applying systems analysis and design theory to health care systems evaluation, modeling and implementation. Taught online only. A UIC netid is required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510; and graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

522 Mobile Health Informatics
3 hours. Examines the field of mobile health informatics from theoretical and applied information technology and management perspectives. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Extensive computer use required. Offered completely online. Some synchronous group interactions may be required. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in BHIS 437, BHIS 510, and BHIS 515; or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: BHIS 528 or the equivalent. Students will be expected to apply critical and abstract thinking skills; possess academic and/or professional experience translating clinical practices, requirements and/or workflows to healthcare information technologies, possess comprehension of the current healthcare regulatory structure and environment. Students in other colleges or programs require consent of the instructor.

525 Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics
4 hours. Examines the impact of information systems on the health care organization and applies theory through case study analysis. Taught only online. A UIC netid is required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510; and BHIS 515 or BHIS 520 or BHIS 530; or consent of the instructor.

527 Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organizations
3 hours. An examination, through readings, case studies, research publications, and discussion, of the current issues, concepts, and technologies of Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organizations. Extensive computer use required. May be offered online, using synchronous and asynchronous discussion, in conjunction with seminar format. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in BHIS 510; and consent of the instructor.

528 Consumer Health Informatics
3 hours. Examines the developing area of consumer health informatics from both theoretical and practical knowledge management perspectives through class discussions. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 and BHIS 527 or consent of the instructor. Recommended background: BHIS 505.

529 Transforming Healthcare using Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics
3 hours. An examination, through readings and class discussion, of various health data and information technologies and capabilities required by healthcare organizations as they undergo the major transformations needed to support emerging care models. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Prerequisite(s): Grade of B or better in BHIS 510 and Grade of B or better in BHIS 437; and consent of the instructor. Recommended background: BHIS 525.

530 Topics in Health Informatics
4 hours. Current theories and methods in health informatics. Taught online only. A UIC netid is required. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510; and BHIS 515 or BHIS 520 or BHIS 525; and graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

535 Group Dynamics for HI Professionals
2 hours. Team and negotiation skills as well as developing project management competencies unique to the health informatics profession. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

537 Health Care I.T. Vendor Management
3 hours. Examines the environment and activities necessary to plan, select, contract, and implement systems from suppliers in the healthcare I.T. industry. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 or consent of the instructor.

538 Health Care I.T. Administration
3 hours. Examines organizational and management issues in healthcare I.T. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 510 and BHIS 511 and BHIS 537 or consent of the instructor.

543 Health Care Project Management
3 hours. Introduces health industry workers to specific health care project management and methods that achieve outcomes in the health care organization; stresses project life-cycle as the primary approach; uses project management book of knowledge. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 437 and BHIS 510 and BHIS 520 and BHIS 525; or consent of the instructor.

546 Leadership Development in Health Informatics
3 hours. Students will analyze, evaluate and practice the competencies necessary for leadership unique to the health informatics profession. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

580 Practicum in Health Informatics
3 hours. Field experience under supervision of a professional expert in a health informatics setting that is consistent with the student's area of study and career goals. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

593 Health Informatics Capstone Experience
1 hours. Students demonstrate a mastery of health informatics knowledge concepts and skills, including theoretical synthesis, integration with practice, and critical evaluation. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Extensive computer use required. Meets eight weeks of the semester. Capstone Experience may be completed face-to-face or on-line. Students wishing to complete the course face-to-face must inform the instructor by the end of the first week of class. Course to be taken the last semester before graduation. Only for students who start the program in or after Fall 2012. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor and completion of all other MS in Health Informatics curriculum requirements.

594 Special Topics in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
1 TO 3 hours. An in-depth study of a health informatics topic of importance selected by the faculty. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

595 Seminar in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
1 hours. Presentations by invited speakers, as well as student presentations for critique by faculty and peers. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 499 and BHIS 500; and satisfactory completion of 1 hour of BHIS 597, BHIS 598, BVIS 597 or BVIS 598; and consent of the instructor

596 Independent Study
1 TO 4 hours. For graduate students who wish to pursue independent study not related to their project/thesis research. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

597 Project Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
0 TO 5 hours. Independent investigation that draws upon the professional experience and knowledge synthesis of the student. Students investigate a topic/problem in their field, write an article and deliver an oral presentation. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 499 and BHIS 500; and consent of the instructor.

598 Thesis Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
0 TO 16 hours. Independent research in one area of health informatics directed by a faculty member. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): BHIS 499 and BHIS 500; and consent of the instructor.


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This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual departments or units should be consulted for information regarding frequency of course offerings.