Course Descriptions

NMETH 520: Scholarly Inquiry for Clinical Informatics Practice

Credits: 4
This course prepares students to evaluate completed research for scientific adequacy and applicability to clinical informatics practice. You’ll learn how to apply conceptual, theoretical, ethical and empirical knowledge as a basis for posing clinical informatics research questions, identifying research designs, selecting sampling and data collection strategies and proposing analytic methods to answer a research question.

NMETH 523: Project Management & Systems Analysis for Health Informatics

Credits: 3
This course focuses on the application of health information technology project management tools and techniques through group discussion and health care-related project focused assignments. You’ll select the health care-related project and apply the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) framework.

NMETH 524: Health Care Information Systems & the Electronic Health Record (EHR)

Credits: 3
This course provides an overview and analysis of health care informatics issues, including patient safety and information technology, infrastructure, clinical systems, definitions and functions of EHR systems, IT leadership in health care organizations, and informatics change management, with an emphasis on key user roles evaluating EHR and workflow changes.

NMETH 526: Patient-Centered Technologies

Credits: 3
This web-based course offers an overview of current and emerging consumer-centric eHealth technologies. It emphasizes theories and principles of health, communication, information, cognitive processing and human-technology interaction. Experts from multiple disciplines and patients/consumers will lead seminar presentations and discussions on select topics. This course also addresses the ethical implications of eHealth technologies, including health disparities.

NMETH 527: Introduction to Clinical Informatics

Credits: 3
This course provides an overview of the history, current efforts and future challenges in designing, developing and implementing health care information and communication technologies. We’ll examine these technologies with the goal of fulfilling the quadruple aim: enhancing the patient experience, improving population health, reducing the overall cost of care and improving the work life of health care providers.

NMETH 528: Computing Fundamentals for Health Professionals

Credits: 3
This course provides a survey of applied computing concepts, including computer algorithms, operating systems, networking, databases, digital privacy and security, applied programming principles to enhance productivity, and data science opportunities and pitfalls in health care.

NMETH 529: Database Concepts & Application in Clinical Informatics

Credits: 3
This course provides an introduction to relational database theory and technology from a clinical informatics perspective. Content focuses on transactional database theory, architecture and implementation in a socio-technical context and analyzes database applications used in clinical environments. You’ll be introduced to knowledge bases and data warehouses.

NMETH 530: Scholarly Proposal Development

Credits: 4
This course focuses on the application of methods of inquiry to develop a scholarly proposal through faculty-guided individual composition. You’ll select the project topic and complete the conceptual phase of proposal development to fulfill their project plan.

NSG 540/BIME 581: Telehealth Systems & Applications

Credits: 4
This course is designed to develop the abilities of managers, leaders and researchers of telehealth systems through exploration into systems components by introducing challenges for designers and managers of telehealth and remote health care networks. You’ll participate in activities ranging from research to implementation of system design for applications that bridge geographic distance to the development of practical applications.

NURS 524: Conceptual Foundations for Health Care Systems: Organizational Structure & Effectiveness

Credits: 4
This course examines broad health care delivery systems and included systems of care, as well a detailed analysis of key drivers and enablers of organizational effectiveness. The course will define and describe care systems, and you’ll study key system components. You’ll also evaluate and analyze innovations in care system design, along with enablers and barriers.

NURS 525: Managing Quality Improvement, Access & Utilization

Credits: 5
This course covers care system practices for managing quality improvement, access and utilization within health care systems. The course emphasizes using quality improvement and process improvement practices, with a particular focus on leadership, to manage clinical effectiveness and efficiency within care systems. This course will address impacts of these issues on health care delivery from policy, leadership and practical perspectives.