Master of Science in Informatics

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The M.S. in Informatics program provides graduate students with a flexible, adaptable, interprofessional and interdisciplinary approach to the study of informatics, delivered in a hybrid learning environment. Majors in this program will build upon a set of foundational courses and choose discipline specific courses within an approved Application Area (Clinical Applications, Data Science/Data Analytics, Health Studies, or Community Informatics) to complete the major.

The degree program consists of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours (SCH) of graduate coursework comprised of 15 hours of foundations in computer science, 15 hours of discipline specific coursework in one of the application areas above, and 3 hours in software/statistical tools. The program is completed with an interprofessional, interdisciplinary capstone project.

Course content for the degree provides a central set of knowledge and skills that all informatics students will possess and then allows students to explore and refine their understanding of informatics as it is applied to high-demand professions and careers.

Majors will learn to use technology and data analytics to derive meaningful information from data for data and decision-driven practice in user-centered systems.

  • Informatics is the interprofessional study and application of information science, computer science, cognitive science, and organizational science to the arts, sciences, and professions.  
  • Informatics includes a formal study of information including:
    • its structure, properties, uses and function in society,
    • the people who use the information and the technologies that are developed to record, organize, store, retrieve and disseminate the information.

Special Requirements

Only courses in which a student achieved a grade of B or higher may be counted toward the degree.

Cooperative Education

In order for coursework in Cooperative Education to be counted as degree credit, department and advisory committee approval must be received during the semester in which the course is taken. This approval is in addition to approval to enroll in Cooperative Education coursework. Only three semester credit hours of Cooperative Education may be counted toward the Master’s degree.

Master of Science in Informatics Program of Study (36 semester credit hours)

Computer Science Core
Required Courses
CSCI 5103Fundamentals of Informatics3
CSCI 5203Database Systems3
CSCI 5673Big Data: Management, Access, and Use3
Select Two Courses6
Data Communication Networks
Human-Computer Interface
Data and Information Visualization
Data Warehousing
Concepts of Data Warehousing and Data Mining
Software/Statistical Tools3
Select One Course
Biostatistics
Research Methods in Business
Statistical Programming
Statistical Computer Packages
Statistical Packages II
Statistics for Research in Family Sciences
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods In Family Sciences
Applied Multivariate Statistics for Family Sciences
Applied Statistics for Health Educators
Quantitative Methods in Health Systems Management
Applied Statistical Principles
Statistical Inference
Information Sources in Business
Theory of Probability and Statistics I
Theory of Probability and Statistics II
Statistical Methods I
Statistical Methods II
Applied Statistics and Convex Optimization
Research and Quality Improvement in Nursing
Theory and Foundations of Nursing Research
Analysis of Nurse-Generated Data
Applied Research Methods in Occupational Therapy
Statistical Analysis in Occupational Therapy
Advanced Psychological Statistics I
Advanced Psychological Statistics II
Statistical Methods I for the Health Care Professional
Statistical Methods II for the Health Care Professional
Seminar on Research Methods
Intermediate Social Statistics
Application Area (see options below)15
Interprofessional Capstone3
Select One Course
Capstone in Informatics
Capstone in Informatics
Capstone in Informatics
Capstone in Informatics
Total Semester Credit Hours36

Application Area: Clinical Applications Option

Select Five Courses15
Introduction to Applied Health Informatics
Application of Technology Enhanced Health Promotion
Advanced Applied Health Informatics
Application of Telehealth and Remote Monitoring
User Interface Design in Healthcare
Data Applications for Foundational Health Promotion
Project Management
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Application Area: Data Science/Data Analytics Option

Select Five Courses15
Data Communication Networks
Human-Computer Interface
Data and Information Visualization
Data Warehousing
Concepts of Data Warehousing and Data Mining
Theory of Probability and Statistics I
Theory of Probability and Statistics II
Computer-Aided Mathematical Modeling
Statistical Methods II
Applied Statistics and Convex Optimization
Project Management
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Application Area: Health Studies Option

Required Courses
HS 5353Epidemiology3
HS 5453Community-Based Health Informatics3
HS 5773Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics3
Select Two Courses6
Risk Reduction
Population Health
Current Issues in Health Studies
Worksite Health Promotion
Global Health
Foundations of Health Science
Project Management
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Application Area: Community Informatics Option

Required Courses
LS 5903Special Topics (Communities in Knowledge Economy )3
LS 5903Special Topics (Community Based Project Design)3
Select Three Courses9
Information and Communication Technology
Information Retrieval
Systems Analysis and Design for Libraries
Special Topics (Assessment in Practice)
Special Topics (Grant Writing and Management)
Special Topics (Trends and Issues in Community Informatics)
Total Semester Credit Hours15