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Health Informatics

Bachelor of Science or Arts in Information Networking and Telecommunications: Health Informatics

The Health Informatics concentration is designed to give those already working in the healthcare industry, or hoping to work in healthcare the ability to understand the needs and demands of patient care and information security.

As the healthcare industry increasingly transitions to web-based interfaces, electronic storage and retrieval of patient information, and more sophisticated networks for medical information management, the demand for medical professionals with technology training and expertise is growing. In larger markets, technology professionals with training and expertise specific to medical industries, patient care practices, and information security have created niche demand that is not being met.

Hospitals, clinics, specialty practices, pharmaceutical, and insurance industries are aggressively recruiting this kind of professional, with a uniquely mixed background. These new positions now have some of the highest salaries in the IT field.

Program Summary

Bachelor of Arts
General Education Coursework (65 hours)
Core/Cross Concentration (40 hours)
Free Electives (19 hours)
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE (124 hours)

Bachelor of Science
General Education Coursework (55 hours)
Core/Cross Concentration (40 hours)
Free Electives (29 hours)
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE (124 hours)

INFORMATICS MAJOR CORE (18 hours)

  • INF 250 Introduction to Web Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 300 Foundations of Information Networking (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 405 Research Methods in Informatics (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 430 Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 490 Capstone Seminar in Informatics (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 610 Public Policy, Ethics and Law in Telecommunications (3 Credit Hours)

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS: (17 hours)

  • INF 291 Internetworking I (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 292 Internetworking II (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 678 Seminar in Information Networking: Health Information Networking (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 684 Foundations of Information System Security (3 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 320 Health Care Ethics (1 Credit Hour)
  • NURS 321 Health Care Legal Aspects (1 Credit Hour)

ELECTIVES FOR SELECTION (5 Credit Hours)

Complete one of the following courses:

  • MDI 472 Problems in MDI: PACS Administration (2 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 245 Medical Terminology (2 Credit Hours)

Complete one of the following courses:

  • INF 393 Internetworking III (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 662 Modern Telephony (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 654 Introduction to Web Enabled Databases: MySQL (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 664 Wireless and Cellular Systems (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 671 Linux for Networks (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 678 Seminar in INT: Virtualized Infrastructure (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 685 Fundamentals of Network Security (3 Credit Hours)
REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
  • COMM 318 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 110 College Algebra (or higher) (3 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 250 Elements of Statistics (3 Credit Hours)

PROGRAM OF STUDY

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