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Explore our MS in Information Technology Health Informatics specialization

The fast-growing field of health informatics focuses on applying IT-based innovations to reduce medical costs and improve the delivery of patient care. The Health Informatics specialization helps prepare you to take an active role in designing, building, and supporting the complex information systems required in today’s healthcare organizations.

Program Savings

Receive your first course at no cost or a 10% tuition reduction for the life of the program if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 2, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Curriculum

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (18 sem. cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

CORE COURSES

ITEC 6111

Information Technology in the Organization

Through a review of modern computer systems and the social and economic issues related to their use, students in this course are introduced to the conceptual foundations for designing, developing, and deploying large-scale management information systems. Students investigate the role of information technology in an organization—particularly the collection, storage, and distribution of information for operations, planning, and decision making.

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6115

Computer Networking and Operating Systems

Within this course, students can learn the concepts of computer operating systems, including the main functions, similarities, and differences. Students can explore a variety of topics, including configuration, file systems, security, administration, interfacing, multitasking, and performance analysis. In addition, they can further their understanding of computers through the study of computer networks by learning key networking concepts, components, and the design of information and communication infrastructure solutions.  

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6145

Enterprise Database Design

In this course, students discuss the design, implementation, and operation of databases using a principal relational database management system (DBMS). Many fundamental topics are covered in this course including: data modeling using entity-relationship diagrams; data storage, manipulation, and queries using structured query language (SQL); functional dependencies, normalization concepts, data warehouse architectures, data warehouse modeling, and data analytics.

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6030

Principles of Programming

The discipline of software development demands a variety of skills. Students in this course assess the fundamental practices and principles of designing and constructing object-oriented programs. They engage in substantial hands-on practice, reinforcing algorithmic thinking, logical design, precise coding, and careful attention to quality.

(3 sem. cr.)

SPECIALIZATION COURSES

ITEC 6712

Business Architecture and Process

Students in this course examine the structure and operations of organizations from an information-processing point of view and develop their skills in analyzing, designing, and improving operations. Topics include fundamental business structures; business process design, management, and optimization; decision support and automation; and enterprise resource planning and integration.  

(3 cr.)
ITEC 6721

Organizational and Social Dimensions of Information Systems

In this course, students place their technical and process work in a human context, focusing on issues and effects in a broader domain. Topics include organizational behavior and change; intellectual property issues; ethics, professionalism, and social impact; and privacy and security.

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6713

Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage

The focus of this course is on the development and implementation of business strategies that enable competitive advantage, with an emphasis on understanding the current environment in which the organization competes and forecasting how that environment may change.  

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6600

Foundations of Health Informatics

In this course, students are provided with a broad historical, technological, and theoretical framework for the study of health informatics. Consideration is given to the past, present, and future of this rapidly evolving discipline, with exploration of critical issues and challenges within the field, as well as potential applications, benefits, and opportunities for improving the management of healthcare through information technology. Special topics to be considered include the development of virtual and interactive healthcare through technology; the interoperability, standardization, safety, and risks associated with the implementation of the electronic health record; and the emergence and adoption of new information technologies. Professional roles and responsibilities related to managing health information technology are described, as well as organizations that promote health informatics. A global perspective of trends and issues in health informatics is provided.  

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6631

Information Systems Management

Students learn key approaches to the integration of enterprise-wide information to support business strategy and decision making. They cover issues in data acquisition, storage, retrieval, and analysis. Topics include data warehouses; data marts; dashboards, key performance indicators, and scorecards; online analytical processing; and data visualization.  

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6645

Representation of Health Information

In this course, students examine the need for consistency in health data standards and the importance of appropriate identification and selection of these standards. The structure of medical and health information through effective knowledge representation is presented, with an emphasis on the practice of knowledge management and the incorporation of evidence-based best practices. The diverse terminology, ontology, acronyms, coding, and classification systems used in health information technology, both by information systems users and by those who design and maintain those systems, are examined. Topics include data communication, the development and advancement of e-health technologies, and future federal initiatives to digitalize health data.  

(3 sem. cr.)
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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 30 total semester credit hours $880 per semester hour $26,400
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $1,050


TOTAL $27,450


Transfer up to 15 credits $13,620


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $13,830

The tuition reflects the minimum credits to completion. Program completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 and $1,400.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive your first course at no cost or a 10% tuition reduction for the life of the program if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 2, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: All specializations require a bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

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