What to Expect

Thinking about joining our program? Find out what you can expect as an online student at UIC.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites must be completed before you can start the core program and are assigned based on previous academic records and work experience. Pre-reqs don’t count toward required program credit hours, but the grades are included in your GPA calculation.

HIM 486 Foundations of Health Information Management
BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management
May be waived with a passing grade on proficiency exam

Proficiency testing

Proficiency testing is available for BHIS 406 during specified dates. Specific technology is required for online proctored proficiency testing. Check with your student advisor for details.

Checklist

  • Online orientation and stats modules must be completed before you can access your first courses.
  • Order your textbooks in time to receive them a week before courses start.
  • Verify you have the correct computer technology and software to start your online courses.
  • Activate your UIC email and set up your personal student dashboard at my.UIC
  • Check your email often! Follow the announcements and dates on the university calendar on my.UIC.

Technical Requirements

Make sure you have access to a computer with the following minimum requirements below:

PC Users

  • Processor: Any current i5 or i7 processor
  • Video Card: Built-in graphics card acceptable for most cases, but will not be sufficient for high-end graphics work. Any current mid-range graphics card should be acceptable for most graphics work.
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum, 8–16 GB recommended
  • Hard Drive: 250 GB or more with 100 GB free space preferred
  • Modem: A cable or DSL connection
  • Sound Card: Any current sound card is acceptable
  • Monitor: 17-inch minimum, larger recommended
  • Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  • Software:
    • An active antivirus program and an office suite such as Microsoft Office
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or later
    • Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11.x or later OR Mozilla Firefox ESR
      • Flash plug-in (latest version)
      • Java plug-in (latest version)
  • High speed broadband access: Wireless networks are acceptable for static web pages but are not sufficient for working in a learning management system.

MAC Users

  • Processor: Intel i5 or i7 processor, running Mac OS 10.9.5 or higher
  • Memory: Minimum of 8 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB Serial ATA HD; 128 GB or 256 GB solid state drive recommended
  • Software:
    • An active antivirus program and an office suite such as Microsoft Office
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
    • Safari 8 OR Mozilla Firefox ESR
      • Flash plug-in (latest version)
      • Java plug-in (latest version)
  • High speed broadband access: Depending on the bandwidth requirement for course work applications, wireless networks may or may not be sufficient for working in a learning management system

You can test your computer’s browser to see if it meets our Blackboard Learn platform’s requirements: click here!

 

Students in both the coursework-only and research tracks have required  core courses and elective courses. Most students take one course each eight weeks and spread their required courses out over six semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer).

Masters in Health Informatics course track only requires 28 core course credits and 9 elective course credits for a total of 37 credit hours. Prerequisites, if required,  are in addition and not included in this 37 credit hour requirement.

 Core Required Courses (28 credit hours)
BHIS 437 Health Care Data 3 hours
BHIS 499 Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences 1 hour
BHIS 503 Communication Skills in Health Informatics 3 hours
BHIS 505 Ethics and Legal Issues in Health Informatics 3 hours
BHIS 510 Health Care Information Systems 3 hours
BHIS 515 Management of Health Care Communication Systems 3 hours
BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design 3 hours
BHIS 525

 

BHIS 530

Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics

Topics in Health Informatics

3 hours

 

3 hours

BHIS 593 Health Informatics Capstone Experience 1 hour

Electives List (9 credit hours required)

BHIS 509 Informatics for Clinical Investigators                                      3 hours

BHIS 511 Application of Health Care Information Systems                 2 hours

BHIS 514 Patient Safety in Health Informatics                                         2 hours

BHIS 517 Health Care Information Security                                               3 hours

BHIS 522 Mobile Health                                                                                      3 hours

BHIS 527 Knowledge Management in Health Care Orgs.                     3 hours

BHIS 528 Consumer Health Informatics                                                     3 hours

BHIS 529 Business Intelligence/ Predictive Analytics                           3 hours

BHIS 532 Theoretical Concepts of Clinical Decision Support             3 hours

BHIS 533 Practical Concepts of Clinical Decision Support                   3 hours

BHIS 534 Health Information Tech. and Pt.  Safety (alt. yr. offering) 3 hours

BHIS 537 Health Care IT Vendor Management                                          3 hours

BHIS 538 Health Care IT Administration                                                      3 hours

BHIS 543 Health Care Project Management                                                3 hours

BHIS 546 Leadership Development                                                                3 hours

BHIS 554 Business Intelligence Tools and Applications                        3 hours

 

Concentration in Health Data Science

Concentration Requirements

 Required
BHIS 540 Essentials of Health Data Science 3 hours
BHIS 575 Applied Statistics for Health Data Science 3 hours

Select two of the following electives:

BHIS 527 Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organizations 3 hours
BHIS 529

 

BHIS 530

Transforming Healthcare using Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics

 

Topics in Health Informatics

 

3 hours

 

3 hours

BHIS 532 Theoretical Concepts of Clinical Decision Support Systems 3 hours
BHIS 533 Practical Implementation of Clinical Decision Support Systems 3 hours
BHIS 541 Health Data Analytics 3 hours
BHIS 542 Artificial Intelligence 3 hours
BHIS 554 Health Informatics Business Intelligence Tools and Application 3 hours
BHIS 561 Programming for Health Analytics 3 hours
BHIS 567 Healthcare Data Visualization 3 hours

Capstone

You’ll take the BHIS 593 Capstone course as your final course in the program. The capstone gives you the opportunity to apply what you learn from coursework and combine it with professional experience.

Guided by a faculty mentor, you’ll identify and research a relevant trend, issue or problem in health informatics. Write a paper summarizing your research, and discuss opportunities and challenges of the topic as viewed from the perspective of a health informatician.

Resources

When you start the program, you’re automatically admitted into the coursework-only option. There is a Health Data Science track in the course work only program.

There is also a research track  and a project track. A GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 is required to declare your intent to be considered for the research or project track.

To be considered for the research track or project track, you need to declare your intent by the 8th week of the first semester.  

Research Track: You are required to take BHIS 500 Strategic Inquiry in Biomedical Health Information Sciences and BHIS 598 Thesis Research  and BHIS 595 Seminar in Biomedical Health Information Sciences (research presentation).

Project Track: You are required to take BHIS 500 Strategic Inquiry in Biomedical Health Information Sciences and BHIS 597 Project Research  and BHIS 595 Seminar in Biomedical Health Information Sciences (research presentation).

 

Most students take one course each eight weeks and spread their required courses out over six semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer).

Masters in Health Informatics course track only requires 28 core course credits and 9 elective course credits for a total of 37 credit hours. Pre-requisites are in addition, if required, and not included in this 37 credit hour requirement.

 Core Required Courses (28 credit hours)
BHIS 437 Health Care Data 3 hours
BHIS 499 Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences 1 hour
BHIS 503 Communication Skills in Health Informatics 3 hours
BHIS 505 Ethics and Legal Issues in Health Informatics 3 hours
BHIS 510 Health Care Information Systems 3 hours
BHIS 515 Management of Health Care Communication Systems 3 hours
BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design 3 hours
BHIS 525

 

BHIS 530

Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics

Topics in Health Informatics

3 hours

 

3 hours

BHIS 593 Health Informatics Capstone Experience 1 hour

Electives List (9 credit hours required)

BHIS 509 Informatics for Clinical Investigators                                      3 hours

BHIS 511 Application of Health Care Information Systems                 2 hours

BHIS 514 Patient Safety in Health Informatics                                         2 hours

BHIS 517 Health Care Information Security                                               3 hours

BHIS 522 Mobile Health                                                                                      3 hours

BHIS 527 Knowledge Management in Health Care Orgs.                     3 hours

BHIS 528 Consumer Health Informatics                                                     3 hours

BHIS 529 Business Intelligence/ Predictive Analytics                           3 hours

BHIS 532 Theoretical Concepts of Clinical Decision Support             3 hours

BHIS 533 Practical Concepts of Clinical Decision Support                   3 hours

BHIS 537 Health Care IT Vendor Management                                          3 hours

BHIS 538 Health Care IT Administration                                                      3 hours

BHIS 543 Health Care Project Management                                                3 hours

BHIS 546 Leadership Development                                                                3 hours

BHIS 554 Business Intelligence Tools and Applications                        3 hours

 

Recommended course list

Most students take one course each eight weeks and spread their required courses out over six semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer).

Masters in Health Informatics course track only requires 28 core course credits and 9 elective course credits for a total of 37 credit hours. Pre-requisites are in addition, if required, and not included in this 37 credit hour requirement.

 Core Required Courses (28 credit hours)
BHIS 437 Health Care Data 3 hours
BHIS 499 Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences 1 hour
BHIS 503 Communication Skills in Health Informatics 3 hours
BHIS 505 Ethics and Legal Issues in Health Informatics 3 hours
BHIS 510 Health Care Information Systems 3 hours
BHIS 515 Management of Health Care Communication Systems 3 hours
BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design 3 hours
BHIS 525

 

BHIS 530

Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics

Topics in Health Informatics

3 hours

 

3 hours

BHIS 593 Health Informatics Capstone Experience 1 hour

 

Electives List (9 credit hours required)

BHIS 509 Informatics for Clinical Investigators                                      3 hours

BHIS 511 Application of Health Care Information Systems                 2 hours

BHIS 514 Patient Safety in Health Informatics                                         2 hours

BHIS 517 Health Care Information Security                                               3 hours

BHIS 522 Mobile Health                                                                                      3 hours

BHIS 527 Knowledge Management in Health Care Orgs.                     3 hours

BHIS 528 Consumer Health Informatics                                                     3 hours

BHIS 529 Business Intelligence/ Predictive Analytics                           3 hours

BHIS 532 Theoretical Concepts of Clinical Decision Support             3 hours

BHIS 533 Practical Concepts of Clinical Decision Support                   3 hours

BHIS 537 Health Care IT Vendor Management                                          3 hours

BHIS 538 Health Care IT Administration                                                      3 hours

BHIS 543 Health Care Project Management                                                3 hours

BHIS 546 Leadership Development                                                                3 hours

BHIS 554 Business Intelligence Tools and Applications                        3 hours

 

You have the option to participate in a structured field experience practicum created based on your individual goals, and work with a professional expert in health informatics.

Most students do this toward the end of their program.

The practicum is usually 16 weeks, and provides a foundation for professional development. You’ll refine skills and behaviors for successful practice in the complex healthcare environment. Through a mentoring relationship with the preceptor at your site, you’ll explore new opportunities for managing technology and organizational transformation in an environment that’s constantly changing.

The practicum experience will give you an appreciation of the relationships between organization culture, structure and behavior in enhancing the effectiveness of the healthcare system.

Some of the sites at which our students have worked include:

  • University of Illinois at Chicago Health System
  • Northshore University Health System
  • University of North Carolina Rex Healthcare
  • Barnsville Hospital (Barnsville, OH)
  • Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center
  • Specialtycare (Brentwood, TN)

The research track requires a minimum of 35-38 semester hours.

You’ll complete the required courses for all tracks and additional required courses for the research concentration, BHIS 500, BHIS 595, BHIS 597 (project) or 598 (research) as well as additional electives.

Thesis students must earn at least 8 hours in BHIS 598 , (Thesis research in biomedical health information sciences). 

Project students must earn at least 4 hours in BHIS 597 (Project research in biomedical health information sciences).

Additional required courses

BHIS 500 Strategic Inquiry in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 3 hours
BHIS 595 Seminar in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 1 hour
BHIS 597 or
BHIS 598
Project (597)/Thesis (598) Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 0-16 hours

In the research track, you undertake a research topic exploring a question related to the field of health informatics under the guidance of a Health Informatics faculty member.

This original investigation enables greater insight into scholarship, understanding of the research process, and emphasizes original and critical thinking. A written proposal, final research or thesis paper, final oral presentation and defense enable you to develop advanced communication skills.