Courses & Curriculum

Courses & Curriculum

Online Master of Science in Health Information Technology Curriculum

Graduates must complete 36 credit hours (12 courses) and successfully complete two 1-credit professional project courses in Health Information Technology. 




ALH 500

Health Care Systems


HIT 515

Introduction to Health Information Technology


HIT 525

Introduction to Information and Computer Science


HIT 535

Understanding EHRs


HIT 555

Networking and Health Information Exchange


HIT 625

Health IT Security and Privacy


HIT 600

Health IT Workflow


HIT 615

Public Health Information Technology


HIT 545

Health Management Information Systems


HIT 635

Planning, Management/Leadership for Health IT


ALH 645

Teaching Techniques for Health Leaders


HIT 689

Professional Project I


HIT 699

Professional Project II


Total Credit Hours:  35


Course Descriptions for MS in Health Information Technology 

ALH 500 Health Care Systems

This course introduces students to the historical development, structure, operation, and current and future directions of the major components of the American health care delivery system.  It examines the ways in which health care services are organized and delivered, the influences that impact health care public policy decisions, factors that determine the allocation of health care resources and the establishment of priorities, and the relationship of health care costs to measurable benefits.  The course enables students to understand the role of organized efforts to influence health policy formulation, and the contributions of medical technology, research findings, and societal values on the evolving health care delivery system in the United States.

HIT 515 Introduction to Health IT

This course traces the development of IT systems in health care and public health, beginning with the experiments of the 1960s and culminating in the HITECH Act.  The course focuses on the concept of meaningful use of technology and the federally required stages of Meaningful Use.

HIT 525 Introduction to Information and Computer Science

This course is recommended for students without an IT background providing: a basic overview of computer architecture; data organization, representation and structure; networking; and data communication. Includes basic terminology of computing.

HIT 535 Understanding EHR’s

This course presents approaches to assessing, selecting, configuring, and using EHRs to meet the specific needs of end-users.  Includes discussion of Stages of Meaningful Use and reimbursement.  Provides an overview of the most popular vendor systems, highlighting the features of each, as they relate to practical deployments, and noting differences between the systems.  Will also include discussion around the use of tools such as registries and clinical decision support.

HIT 545 Health Management Information Systems

This course presents general functions, purposes and benefits of health information systems in various health care settings in terms of their ability to support the requirements of a health care enterprise.  Course content lays the foundation for understanding health management information systems (HMIS). Topics include HMIS: applications; planning; management; standards; and case studies.

HIT 555 Networking and Health Information Exchange

This course involves instruction on data mobility (HISP) and other standards, Internet protocols, federations and grids, the National Health Information Network (NHIN) and other nationwide approaches, continuity of care documents, etc.

HIT 600 Health IT Workflow

This course introduces the concepts of health IT and practice workflow redesign as instruments of quality improvement.  For those focused on health care, course materials will addresses establishing a culture that uses IT to support improved quality and safety.  Approaches to assessing patient safety issues and implementing quality management and reporting through electronic systems will be discussed.  For those with IT backgrounds, the course includes fundamentals of health workflow process analysis and redesign as a necessary component of complete practice automation; includes topics of process validation and change management.

HIT 615 Public Health

This course provides an overview of specialized public health applications such as registries, epidemiological databases, and bio-surveillance.

HIT 625 Health IT and Security Privacy

This course will focus on increasing understanding of the State and Federal health care laws and regulations regarding security and privacy.  Students will learn to develop health care solutions and strategies within the limitations of these statutes.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of HIPAA and how to protect its’ use or guard against misuse.

HIT 635 Planning, Management, and Leadership for Health IT

This course is intended for those preparing for leadership roles and includes the principles of leadership and effective management of teams. Emphasis on the leadership modes and styles best suited to health IT deployment.  Students will receive a broad overview of project management including some distinctive characteristics of health IT projects. This unit includes several real life scenarios to illustrate the diversity of projects in health IT.

ALH 645 Teaching Techniques for Health Leaders

This course presents an overview of instructional design tools, teaching techniques and strategies, evaluation of learner competencies, maintenance of training records, and measurement of training program effectiveness.