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 program, and are based on previous academic records and work experience. These don’t count toward required program credit hours, but the grades are included in your GPA calculation.

HIM 486 Foundations of Health Information Management
May be waived with a passing grade on proficiency exam
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 and HIM 486 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 register for 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:

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 ($300-$400) 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 2013
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or later
    • 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 2013
    • 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

Students in both the coursework-only and research tracks have eleven required courses. Most students take one course each eight weeks and spread their required courses out over six semesters.

 
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 4 hours
BHIS 511 Application of Health Care Information Systems 2 hours
BHIS 515 Management of Health Care Communication Systems 4 hours
BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design 4 hours
BHIS 525 Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics 4 hours
BHIS 537 Health Care I.T. Vendor Management 3 hours
BHIS 593 Health Informatics Capstone Experience 1 hour

Capstone

You’ll take BHIS 593 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.

If you want to be considered for the research track, you need to declare your intent by the 8th week of the fall semester so you can register for BHIS 500 and BHIS 597/598 in the spring and BHIS 595 in the summer semester.

At the end of every semester, we ask faculty to identify students who may potentially be good research candidates. The names of these students are communicated to advisors, who invite those students to participate in research. We place emphasis students who’ve already completed their second semester in the program.

If you don’t receive an invitation, after you’ve completed 15-20 hours of program, if you have a GPA of at least 3.5, you may declare your intent to be considered for the research option.

The coursework-only track requires a minimum of 45 semester hours.

You’ll complete the required courses for all tracks as well as one additional required course, totaling 36 hours or required coursework.

To reach the minimum 45 hours, you’ll work with your advisor to choose at least 9 hours of electives based on your area of interest and professional experience.

Additional required courses

BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics 4 hours

Recommended electives

BHIS 508 Q Research Methodology ? Qualitative Research 3 hours
BHIS 509 Informatics for the Clinical Investigator 3 hours
BHIS 514 Patient Safety Topics in Health Informatics 2 hours
BHIS 517 Health Care Information Security 3-4 hours
BHIS 527 Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organizations 3 hours
BHIS 528 Consumer Health Informatics 3 hours
BHIS 529 Transforming Healthcare using Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics 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 538 Health Care I.T. Administration 3 hours
BHIS 543 Health Care Project Management 3 hours
BHIS 546 Leadership Development in Health Informatics 3 hours
BHIS 554 Health Informatics Business Intelligence Tools and Application 3 hours
BHIS 580 Practicum in Health Informatics 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 in their fourth or fifth semester. **check**

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.

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The research track requires a minimum of 45 semester hours.

You’ll complete the required courses for all tracks and two additional required courses, totaling 36 hours of required coursework.

In order to reach the minimum 45 hours, you’ll register for BHIS 597 or 598 (based on if you’re completing a thesis or project) as well as additional electives. Thesis students must earn at least 8 hours in BHIS 598Project students must earn at least 4 hours in BHIS 597.

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/Thesis Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 0-16 hours

Electives

BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics 4 hours

In the research track, you undertake a research project exploring a question related to the field of health informatics under the guidance of HI faculty.

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. Most of our students submit their research to a peer-reviewed journal.

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