Courses

Sample plans of study for each HMI degree program:

Course Descriptions

  • HMI 7410: Design of Health and Human Service Systems (3) - The primary goal of this course is to familiarize students with the organization and delivery of health care services within the US health care system. The course covers socioeconomic, political, and environmental forces influencing the organization, financing, and delivery of personal and public health services. Health services and policy concepts and terminology, including health determinants, access to care, system integration, policy development, and federalism, are emphasized.
  • HMI 7430: Introduction to Health Informatics (3) - (same as INFO_INST 7430). Examines clinical, research, and administrative applications of information systems in health services delivery. This course provides an introduction to important topics in biomedical informatics, including clinical data (collection, storage, and management), electronic medical record systems, decision support systems, computerized order entry, telemedicine, and consumer applications.
  • HMI 7440: Health Information Technology (3) - Introduction to Visual Basic programming and application design; SQL database design, query develpment, and use; HTML5, Javascript, and VBScript languages; design of client-server database applications using Visual Basic and Web databases.
  • HMI 8090: Thesis Research in Health Management and Informatics (3) - Research leading to a thesis. Maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisite: adviser's consent. Graded on S/U basis only.
  • HMI 8401: Topics in Health Management and Informatics (3) - Organized study of selected topics. Subjects will vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: departmental consent for repetition.
  • HMI 8420: Fundamentals of Bioinformatics (3) - Fundamentals of Bioinformatics
  • HMI 8435: Information Security, Evaluation and Policy (3) - Technical and policy issues surrounding the security of data and information held in clinical and biomedical database systems.
  • HMI 8437: Data Warehousing and Data/Text Mining for Health Care (3) - This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of data warehouse and data/text mining and creates an understanding of why we need those technologies and how they can be applied to health care problems.
  • HMI 8441: Controlled Terminology Theory and Application (3) - This course in the theory and application of controlled terminology was developed to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of health care information and information technology. Only through an understanding of the fundamental importance of controlled terminology and coding systems to healthcare, both at the micro and macro levels, can intelligent decisions be made in the allocation of scarce resources toward information systems. Students are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of health care information systems by exploring, using, and creating controlled terminology systems.
  • HMI 8443: Enterprise Information Architecture (3) - Overview of the theory and methods associated with appropriate construction and management of information architecture supportive of best practice clinical, administrative, and strategic policy and procedure in the delivery of health care. A problem-based approach is used to provide the basis for addressing architecture issues and solutions specific to the health care delivery environment.
  • HMI 8450: Methods of Health Services Research (Two terms, 3 hours each) - Writing intensive course provides students with basic understanding of literature search, experimental designs, evaluation methods, ethics, reporting, and application of health services research. The first semester is used for direct instruction in research methods. Practical research problems are discussed, and in the second term, students prepare a professional, managerially relevant research proposal.
  • HMI 8460: Administration of Health Care Organizations (3) - Exploration of health organizations, how they are structured to carry out their social purpose, and the relationship between how they are structured and how they function and how they are changed. Content includes how organizations define mission and goals, structure business and clinical work processes, develop and carry out enterprise strategies, and are governed. The course introduces the role of leaders in providing organization vision and managing change. Clinical decision making and work processes carried out in complex organizations by high performance work teams are emphasized.
  • HMI 8461: Managing Human Resources in Health Care Organizations (3) - This course provides a framework for understanding and thinking strategically about employee relations and management of people in organizations. It draws on insights from the social sciences to explore how management of human resources is influenced by psychological, economic, social, and cultural forces.
  • HMI 8470: Strategic Planning and Marketing for Health Care Organizations (3) - This course provides the student with a thorough understanding of traditional and emerging 21st century strategic planning/management and marketing theories, concepts, techniques, and tools and their application in health services management, With this foundation, students will gain an integrated understanding of the organizational and behavioral change dynamics through participation in a simulation of the planning process. Students will also engage in: 1) analytical and systemic thinking, 2) cultivating new strategic mental space, 3) co-formulating business models and strategies, and 4) leveraging dynamic capabilities and marketing tools to continually rejuvenate and maintain organizational and socio-cultural business system resiliency.
  • HMI 8472: Financial Management for Health Care Organizations (3) - This course (a) provides financial and accounting concepts, tools, techniques, and assignments needed for contributing to or leading financial analyses that support current and future operations and strategic decision-making in health care organizations and (b) discusses needed health industry reforms. Emphasis is on health services management that is patient-centered, financially-responsible, systems-oriented, improvement-driven, evidence-based, and ethically-grounded.
  • HMI 8478: Knowledge Management in Health Care (3) - Representing clinical terms, concepts and knowledge in a form for manipulation by intelligent systems. Theoretical formalisms and conceptual representations of medical information. Examination of knowledge engineering tools and decision support systems.
  • HMI 8485: Problems in Health Management and Informatics (1-3) - Intensive study of an area of health services management. Prerequisites: graduate standing and instructor's consent.
  • HMI 8524: Health Economics (3) - Building upon previous knowledge of basic economic theories, concepts and tools, the purpose of this course is to enhance your ability to know when and how to use the theories, concepts, and tools of economics to evaluate, through a systematic approach from the economist’s point of view, the special characteristics, utilization patterns, various delivery strategies, and alternative financing mechanisms of the health care system, to ensure more efficient and effective allocation decisions, especially from the microeconomics perspective. Emphasis is placed on using economics to evaluate the benefits, costs, risks, and value of health care interventions and alternative allocations of resources to improve decision making. The focus is on applying economics to problems and policy issues in the health care system, and information requirements for making informed decisions. Prerequisite: microeconomics.
  • HMI 8544: Managerial Epidemiology (3) - Examination of basic epidemiological concepts and methods as they apply to health services management. Lectures and discussions focus on the most useful measures of occurrence of health events, methods of data collection, research study design, the interpretation of epidemiological data, and the limitations of epidemiological methods, providing the background needed by students to critically review, draw conclusions from, and use information encountered in their roles as healthcare managers. Equal emphasis on practical applications of epidemiology to health services planning, quality monitoring, planning, policy development, system development, finance, and underwriting.
  • HMI 8550: Health Data Analytics (3) - Applying data analysis to health care data, problems, and issues in the health care system, and on the data application necessary to make decisions based on this analysis. This course builds upon previous knowledge of basic statistics and analytics, concepts, and tools by applying them specifically to the health care system.
  • HMI 8565: Health Care Ethics (3) - This seminar is designed for students in the health professions and related disciplines who are seeking to develop skills and a working knowledge of health ethics and how to respond when confronted by ethical dilemmas in the clinical and organizational setting. A seminar and discussion format will be used to introduce rigorous thinking and discussion about both theoretical and applied aspects of ethics within multiple professions concerned with health care to enable students to develop an overview of ethical theory, the historical development of bioethics as a discipline, and the application of health ethics in professional life. Critical thinking, writing, and group discussion will be encouraged.
  • HMI 8571: Decision Support in Health Care Systems (3) - This course is designed to provide an overview of decision support systems in health care, with a particular emphasis on design, evaluation, and application of clinical decision support systems (CDSS). The course explores the background and state-of-the-art of CDSS. Students will understand the mathematical foundations of knowledge-based systems, learn to identify areas which might benefit from a decision support system, and evaluate the challenges surrounding development and implementation. The course also includes a detailed discussion of issues in clinical vocabularies and other important issues in the development and use of CDSS, and provides guidance on the use of decision support tools for patients.
  • HMI 8573: Decision Making for Health Care Organizations (3) - This course takes a holistic (or systems) perspective of health care by integrating marketing, operations, human resources, and financial management, applying concepts and techniques to solve problems for effective decision making. The course develops skills in defining strategic and operational management problems, understanding the complex nature of management decisions, and developing effective decision processes. Students will understand the dynamic tension between operational efficiency and organizational effectiveness, interrelationships among functional areas of management and the complexity of organizational change.
  • HMI 8574: Health Care Law (3) - This is a survey course of the law as it affects health care administration and the delivery of health care generally. The course will touch on many legal subjects including professional and institutional liability, provider - patient relationships, transactional and structural issues of the health care delivery system, and individual rights.
  • HMI 8575: Health Policy and Politics (3) - This course has been designed to provide an overview of health policy in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the policy making process. The course will explore in some detail how the dynamics of the policy making process has shaped the outcomes of a number of important policy initiatives. Examples of both successful and unsuccessful policy initiatives will be discussed.
  • HMI 8610: Consumer Health Informatics (3) - Consumer health informatics explores the branch of medical informatics that analyzes consumers' needs for information; studies and implements methods of making information accessible to consumers; and models and integrates consumers' preferences into medical information systems. Prerequisites: Health Management and Informatics [HMI] 7430/Informatics Institute [INFO_INST] 7430 or instructor's consent. Graduate standing required.
  • HMI 8689: Field Experience in Health Management and Informatics (internship) (cr.arr.) - Supervised field experience in approved health agencies and institutions. Opportunity for observation and service participation in various fields of health. Graded on a S/U basis only.
  • HMI 8810 / Info Inst 8810: Research Methods in Health and Bioinformatics (3) - Health and Bioinformatics is a broad field that is multidisciplinary and grounded in biology, computer science, health services research, information science, social science, and medicine. Research Methods in Health and Bioinformatics is a writing intensive course that provides students with an understanding of literature searching, research synthesis, research designs and evaluation methods, and ethics. This course will not provide students with all of details of any given research methodology to carry out their own Ph.D. research. It will provide students with an appreciation for the health and bioinformatics literature, knowledge about how different research methods may answer different research questions, and how to present their ideas in a research proposal.
  • HMI 8870: Knowledge Representation in Biology and Medicine (3) - (Same as MU Informatics Institute [INFOINST] 8870) The main topics presented in the course are: logic systems, knowledge representation methods, production systems and representation of statistical and uncertain knowledge. Prerequisites: Computer Science [CMP SC] 2050(Java), MU Informatics Institute [INFOINST] 7430. Graduate standing required. Graded A-F only.