Healthcare Informatics (online)

 The explosive advances in information technology, combined with shifts in health care provision, have created the need for skilled people who can develop, manage and integrate medical information systems. The College of Management is offering a unique and innovative online certificate consisting of four courses in the field of healthcare informatics. The certificate is designed to facilitate the delivery of modern healthcare systems by focusing on concepts and tools that aid decision making in health care. 

UMass Boston's College of Management was recently ranked 47 for Information Management by QS TopMBA, highlighting the quality of our IT-related offerings.

How to Apply

Applications are now being accepted for fall 2015, with an application deadline of June 1. For more details, please feel free to contact us directly by emailing


MSIS 632: Introduction to Health Informatics
This course provides core definitions and concepts of systems in general and healthcare in particular. Examples of HIT systems from a variety of settings as well as functional aspects of interoperability within and between systems are examined.  The concepts of usability, consistency, and reliability in regards to HIT systems and how each contributes to, or detracts from, effectiveness will be presented. An overview of the concepts of privacy, security, and confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) in relation to HIT systems will be presented.  Patient-centered care will be defined and explained. The course is concluded with a focus upon future directions for HIT.  New areas of research and development in HIT will be examined.  Students will gain a foundational understanding of these areas and will debate appropriateness and feasibility of new HIT development areas.

MSIS 633: Health Information Exchange: Management & Technology 
This course emphasizes the values and principles of quality healthcare via integration and access to reliable patient and transaction information.  The basic premise of the course is health information exchange defined as “ the electronic movement of health related information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards. ” There are substantial barriers, however, to the exchange of health information through electronic interoperability. Such an exchange would require extended technical and political processes and involve standardization and modification of current information systems. Electronic exchange of health information also raises questions about policies and procedures regarding confidentiality, security, and identity management. The success of interoperability between healthcare computer systems depends on implementation and deployment of appropriate standards, such as Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and Health Level Seven International (HL7). As the nature of healthcare is evolving due to advances in technology, health information exchange is taking an important role to improve the quality of healthcare.

MSIS 634: Health Information Privacy & Security
This course addresses the security, privacy and compliance issues as they impact health information systems. The course explores and evaluates the moral and ethical concepts of information security. Students will explore security issues including the importance of establishing a health care organization wide information security program, the ability to identify significant threats, learn about security standards, best practices, emerging issues and lessons learned from case studies. The overall goal of the course is the evaluation and implementation of security in the healthcare environment.

MSIS 635: Health Information Analytics
This course covers concepts and tools that aid decision making in healthcare by applying data-driven, computer-based tools to healthcare problems. This course aims to introduce the emerging information technologies for management support through  data analysis and business intelligence systems. The course helps students  learn the importance of proper formatting of data in order to obtain high quality results; study the need for management support and business intelligence requirements beyond typical transactional information systems; identify appropriate tools and techniques required for implementation of business intelligence systems  applied to the healthcare industry.

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Applicants for the Healthcare Informatics certificate** will need to submit:

Online application and fee ($60 domestic, $100 international)
• Official transcripts (completed bachelor’s degree required)
• Submission of TOEFL or IETLS score (required for all students that submit undergraduate transcripts where the national language is not English. Minimum required score for TOEFL is 85 to be considered).
• Resume (3-5 years of related work experience required)
• 3 letters of recommendation
• Statement of Intent. Please express in less than 1000 words:

You can find admission information about the application process at the Graduate Admissions homepage

**please note the certificate does not meet eligibility requirements for issuance of an I-20.

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