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Healthcare Informatics Administration - Courses


Course Credits Weeks
MHA 530 Health Care Systems and Organizations 3 5
BUS 500 Organizational Leadership 3 5
MHA 520 Health Care Research Methods 4 7
MHI 500 Health Care Informatics 3 5
MHI 515 Health Care Data and Document Management 3 5
MHI 525 Health Care IT Standards 3 5
MHI 545 Health Care Systems Analysis & Design 3 5
MHA 580 HA Health Care Financial Management 5 8
MHI 575 Health Care IT Policy, Regulation, and Law 3 5
MHI 595 Decision Support Systems 3 5
MHA 690 Strategic Planning in Health Care 4 6
MHA 695 Health Organization Transformation 4 6
  41 67*

 *Program length is approximately 17 months.

PLEASE NOTE: To enhance your understanding of Health Information Technology, we recommend that applicants without an IT or computer science degree consider completing the following certificates online: CPHIT, CPHIE and/or CPEHR. These certificates are offered online by HealthIT Certification (, a provider of IT certification programs and a partner of Roberts Wesleyan College.

*All certification costs are in addition to the M.S. HIA program and not included in tuition.


MHA 530 - Health Care Systems and Organizations (3 credits)
This course introduces the history and evolution of our health care system. The structure and function of health care organizations, internally and with one another, is examined in depth. A systems approach to administration and management is covered within the health care context. The organization of health services is reviewed with an overview of the interaction among, and the integration of, the major health care subsystems: primary; secondary; tertiary; long-term; palliative; special populations/disorders. Delivering health care in a systematic and integrated framework is stressed throughout the course.

BUS 500 - Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
This course examines organizational leadership; the role that visionary leaders play in empowering employees, providing the environment for effective work units; and harnessing diversity (organizational, cognitive, and physio-cultural) for competitive advantage.

MHA 520 - Health Care Research Methods (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to quantitative research methods in general, and health care research methods in particular. First, an overview of research is given with attention to various purposes and approaches. Next, the components of the quantitative research process are studied, including the research problem, review of the literature, methodology, human subjects concerns, collection of data, analysis, results of the data, and conclusions. Statistical software is introduced as a tool to analyze, interpret and present data. Emphasis is on understanding the concepts of statistical analysis, choosing appropriate tools, and procedures to use in a given context, using the computer to carry out the procedures, and then interpreting the computer results within the given context. Prerequisite: Introduction to statistics or equivalent.

NOTE: A semester break occurs between after this module. For those considering the optional online Health Information Technology certificates (CPHITCPHIE or CPEHR), this may be a good time to fit them in.

MHI 500 - Health Care Informatics (3 credits)
This course introduces all of the fundamental elements of informatics; health information systems, health records systems, and information technology.  The clinical and administrative information needs and use of computer tools of a health care organization are covered.  Students will study the interrelationships between administrative data and clinical systems.  Students will study the differences between and Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Electronic Health Record (EHR), and a Personal Health Record (PHR).  The course also covers the role and function of Health Information Exchanges (HIE) such as a Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO).

MHI 515 - Health Care Data and Document Management (3 credits)
This course provides an in-depth view of typical health care IT systems, data and document management and information challenges facing health care knowledge workers.  Implementation of electronic content management systems and interoperable electronic health records are explored. Students will also study data models, data conversion, data warehousing, data mining and mechanisms for data sharing and transfer.

MHI 525 - Health Care IT Standards (3 credits)
This course covers key standards in Health Informatics Systems. The course explores specific health care IT standards and reviews the benefits that the adoption of standards brings toward the successful health care transformation. The course will review legacy standards and terminologies, ICD-9, ICD-10, SNOMED, HL7, X12, DICOM, NCPDP, HITSP, HIPAA, NIST, XDS, XDS-I, etc..  The role of non-medical standards in medical informatics will also be studied.

MHI 545 - Health Care Systems Analysis & Design (3 credits)
This course focuses on the critical role of health information systems and technology planning, operation, and management in health care organizations. Topics addressed include the analysis, design, selection, implementation, operation, and evaluation of health information technology and systems in a variety of settings such as health systems, hospitals, and medical practices. This course also reviews tactics and tools for constructing a health care information technology strategy and plan.

MHA 580 HA - Health Care Financial Management (5 credits)
This is an overview course that will provide an in-depth investigation of health care accounting and finance. This course is intended to give those who seek to manage health care organizations the accounting and financial management foundation they need to assure that their organizations produce information that will support their responsibility to make necessary and sound decisions. The course will focus on the operations of health care organizations such as not for profit and for profit hospitals, physician groups and other health care groups including how these organizations use accounting and financial systems for decision making.  In this course, we will examine the health care organization as a management function and the basic principles of accounting followed by financial statement analyses, cost accounting, cost shifting, budgeting, managing accounts receivable, materials management and health care economics. We will examine these topics and their use in planning, control, evaluation and “real life” work examples.  The course covers all the essential functions in health care accounting and financial operations that would be experienced throughout the Health Care industry, except for the insurance business and those entities which have special and additional requirements for being for-profit. During the course the participants will carefully construct what the accounting and finance department is expected to accomplish. The course objectives are reinforced through the lecture notes and supplemental readings, significant group discussions, homework problem sets, a case study, topic presentation, and a final paper and presentation.

MHI 575 - Health Care IT Policy, Regulation, and Law (3 credits)
This course reviews the areas of IT policy, regulation, and law with an emphasis on risk management. Specific attention will be given to regulation, risk, and security as it relates to HIPAA compliance, electronic medical records (EMRs), pre-populated forms issues, data mining for research, informed consent, DNR forms, health care proxy, and regulatory reporting to local, state, and federal authorities.

NOTE: Option to take either CPHIE Certificate or CPEHR Certificate during semester break.

MHI 595 - Decision Support Systems (3 credits)
This course covers trending and forecasting, the capital budgeting process, and return on investment in HIT. In addition, issues such as supply chain management, clinical algorithms, and care plans/clinical pathways and implementation strategies as related to IT purchases will be covered. Adult learners will study the development of rules, implementation of systems, and the evaluation of decision support systems in the HIT arena.

MHA 690 - Strategic Planning in Health Care (4 credits)
This is the capstone research course in the health administration program. All other required courses must be completed before registering for this course. This course reviews strategic thinking and planning from a systems perspective. Students will integrate the knowledge and information from their previous course work and employ strategic planning tools, techniques, and data for the development of an integrative research experience. The course culminates in the development of a comprehensive business plan in a health care industry sector selected by the students. Students may work independently or petition the instructor to produce a team-developed business plan.

MHA 695 - Health Organization Transformation (4 credits)
This course prepares health care professionals to lead change and drive the transformation of health care organizations in the 21st century. The elements studied are an achievement orientation, managing ethically, values-based leadership, community service, innovation, relationship building, accountability, process, and project management.

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