Health Informatics and Information Management Major

If improving health care delivery through information technology intrigues you, the Western Michigan University health informatics and information management major may be the right one for you. Designed to provide balanced education in health sciences and health care information technology and management, the employment demand is exceeding supply in this growing field.

You’ll become a specialist in managing electronic health records, customizing health information systems and conducting value-added activities for health administration in a variety of health care settings. Our Haworth College of Business alumni are employed as clinical system specialists, informatics analysts, and health IT project managers.

Interested in joining this rapidly growing industry? Explore what we have to offer and how it will prepare you for a successful career in health information management.

The framework of the curriculum for health informatics and information management majors at Western Michigan University is composed of three components: the pre-program core courses, the program core courses and the hosting college specialty courses.

A health informatics and information management major will complete all required courses (pre-program core and program core) and a minimum of nine hours of specialty track courses. The total credit hours to complete a health informatics and information management major is between 51 and 55 hours, depending on the actual courses you take.

Health Informatics Major Coursework

Health Informatics Major Coursework

Pre-program courses

The following courses or their equivalents must be completed for a health informatics and information management major. Each course shall be completed with a grade C or above.

  • Business Computing—select one of the following:
    • CIS 1020: Introduction to Business Computing (three credits)
    • CIS 1100: Business Computing(one credit)
  • Health and Human Services—select one of the following:
    • NUR 1040: Introduction to the Health Disciplines and Inter-professional Practice (two credits)
    • HSV 1040: Introduction to the Health Disciplines and Inter-professional Practice (two credits)
  • MDSC 2010: Medical Terminology (one credit)
  • BIOS 1120: Principles of Biology (three credits)
  • CIS 2700: Business-Driven Information Technology (three hours)
  • Statistics—select one of the following:
    • STAT 2160: Business Statistics (four credits)
    • STAT 2600: Elementary Statistics (four credits)
    • STAT 3660: Introduction to Statistics (four credits)
  • Human anatomy—select one of the following:
    • BIOS 2110: Human Anatomy (three credits)
    • OT 2000: Human Functional Anatomy (three credits)
  • BIOS 2400: Human Physiology (four credits)

Program core courses

All of the following courses must be completed.

  • Health Info Systems and Management—Select one of the following:
    • NUR 2350: Special Topics in Nursing (three credits)
    • HSV 2350: Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Health Services (three credits)
    • BUS 2700: Business-driven Information Technology (customized contents) (three credits)
  • CIS 3600: Systems Analysis and Design (customized contents) (three credits)
  • CIS 3660: Information Assurance and Compliance (customized contents) (three credits)
  • Health Care Ethics—Select one of the following:
    • NUR 3220: Healthcare Ethics (three credits)
    • PHIL 2010: Introduction to Ethics (three to four credits)
    • PHIL 3340: Biomedical Ethics (three to four credits)
  • NUR 3330: Health Informatics (three credits)
  • CIS 4600: Business Database Applications (customized contents) (three credits)
  • HSV 4800: Health Services Practice Management (three credits)
  • Health Informatics and Information Management Capstone Project—Select one of the following:
    • NUR 4300: Special Topics in Nursing (three credits)
    • CIS 4990: Enterprise Project (customized contents) (three credits)
    • HSV 4350: Special Topics in Health and Human Services (three credits)

College specialty courses

You will take a minimum of nine credit hours of coursework from the hosting college where you obtain your baccalaureate degree.

College of Health and Human Services

One specialty track is offered.

College of Health and Human Services

  • HSV 4150: Administrative Functions of Health Care (three credits)
  • HSV 4810: Health Systems and the Environment (three credits)
  • HSV 4850: Major Issues in Health and Human Services (three credits)
  • HSV 4860: Health Literacy Practices (three credits)
  • HSV 4890: Health and Human Services Independent Research (three credits)
  • NUR 4300: Special Topics in Nursing

Haworth College of Business

Three specialty tracks are offered.

Data analytics

  • CIS 2640: Business Reporting and Analysis (three credits)
  • CIS 3640: Business Analytics (three credits)
  • CIS 4640: Business Data Mining (three credits)
  • CIS 3620: IT Project Management (three credits)

Health information networking

  • CIS 2660: Networking and Data Communications (three credits)
  • CIS 5550A: Advanced Networking (three credits)
  • CIS 5550B: Network Security (three credits)
  • CIS 5550C: Health Information Networking (three credits)

Management

  • MGMT 3010: Project Management (three credits)
  • MGMT 3520: Human Resource Management (three credits)
  • MGMT 4540: Employment Relations (three credits)

Questions

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