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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Jun 13, 2024
 
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Health Informatics, MS


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Data Science Concentration


Data Science (DS), a concentration in the Master of Science in Health Informatics program, is housed in the Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS).   

The Data Science (DS) concentration prepares students to be responsible for the development, evaluation, and management of health information technologies and systems. Graduates of this concentration analyze, design, implement, and evaluate health information systems. They will also have the ability to conduct in-depth data analytics projects to improve the quality of health care and reduce the cost of health care services. Students enrolled full-time can complete the program in 3-4 consecutive semesters.  

There are online and on-campus versions of this concentration. The curriculum and course contents are identical in these two versions. Domestic students can choose either of them according to their situation or preference before their enrollment. International students are required to attend the on-campus version of the concentration. 

Program Requirements

All students enrolled in the Data Science concentration are required to complete 36 creditsCourses are chosen with the advisor and a Plan of Study will be developed to enable each student to have an in-depth study of Data Science considering the student’s previous academic preparation and experience.  

Around half of our courses are only offered once per academic year. In this case, if a student fails to successfully complete a course, the student must retake the course the next academic year. Furthermore, this may also prevent the student from registering for the advanced-level courses and delay the date of graduation. 

DS Curriculum

The Data Science curriculum allows students to take required courses and choose from elective courses. Up to 6 credits of elective courses can be chosen from other departments in the SHRS or other academic programs within the University. 

Please note: All students are required to finish one course in medical terminology if they do not have that course in their previous study or clinical background. Pitt offers a Coursera course in medical terminology that can meet this program requirement and can be found at this link  https://www.coursera.org/learn/clinical-terminology. Students can choose an equivalent medical terminology course from somewhere else as well. 

Health Services Analytics Concentration


The Health Services Analytics (HSA) concentration leading to a Master of Science degree in Health Informatics prepares students to be responsible for the development and management of health information systems consistent with the clinical, fiscal, administrative, ethical, and legal requirements of healthcare institutions. Graduates of this program analyze and evaluate health information systems. As members of the healthcare team, they interact with other healthcare professionals and administrators, and provide healthcare data for patient care, research, quality improvement, strategic planning, reimbursement, and related analytics and managerial functions.  

HSA graduates work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, health planning agencies, computer companies, consulting firms, information systems vendors, ambulatory care centers, research centers, rehabilitation facilities, and insurance companies.  

There are online and on-campus versions of this concentration. The curriculum and course contents are identical in these two versions. Domestic students can choose either of them according to their situation or preference before enrollment. International students are required to attend the on-campus version of the concentration. 

Program Requirements - HSA

All students enrolled in the HSA concentration are required to complete 36 credits. Students enrolled full-time normally complete the program in 3-4 consecutive semestersCourses are chosen with the advisor and a Plan of Study will be developed to enable each student to have an in-depth study of Health Informatics considering the student’s previous academic preparation and experience.  

Around half of our courses are only offered once per academic year. In this case, if a student fails to successfully complete a course, the student must retake the course the next academic year. Furthermore, this may also prevent the student from registering for the advanced-level courses and delay the date of graduation.  

Please note: All students are required to finish one course in medical terminology if they do not have that course in their previous study or clinical background. Pitt offers a Coursera course in medical terminology that can meet this program requirement and can be found at this link https://www.coursera.org/learn/clinical-terminology. Students can choose an equivalent medical terminology course from somewhere else as well. 

Healthcare Supervision and Management Concentration


Health Care Supervision and Management (HSAM), a concentration in the Master of Science in Health Informatics program, is housed in the Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS).  

The Health Care Supervision and Management (HSAM) concentration provides students an opportunity for knowledge, skills, and career advancement. Qualified students with interests in administration and supervisory management in health care, long-term care, and rehabilitation may pursue this 36-credit concentration in HSAMStudents enrolled full- time normally complete the program in 3-4 consecutive semesters.  

This program is designed for students who wish to attain knowledge and skills at the graduate level to prepare for a supervisory management position or to upgrade competencies developed earlier in his/her career.  

There are online and on-campus versions of this concentration. The curriculum and course contents are identical in these two versions. Domestic students can choose either of them according to their situation or preference before enrollment. International students are required to attend the on-campus version of the concentration. 

Program Requirements              

All students enrolled in the Health Care Supervision and Management concentration are required to complete 36 credits.  Courses are chosen with the advisor and a Plan of Study will be developed to enable each student to have an in-depth study of Health Care Supervision and Management considering the student’s previous academic preparation and experience.  

Around half of our courses are only offered once per academic year. In this case, if a student fails to successfully complete a course, the student must retake the course the next academic year. Furthermore, this may also prevent the student from registering for the advanced-level courses and delay the date of graduation.  

HSAM Curriculum

The Health Care Supervision and Management curriculum allows students to choose from required courses and elective courses.   

Please note: All students are required to finish one course in medical terminology if they do not have that course in their previous study or clinical background. Pitt offers a Coursera course in medical terminology that can meet this program requirement and can be found at this link  https://www.coursera.org/learn/clinical-terminology.  Students can choose an equivalent medical terminology course from somewhere else as well. 

Health Informatics Concentration


Health Informatics (HI), a concentration in the Master of Science in Health Informatics program, is housed in the Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS).  

The Health Informatics (HI) concentration prepares students to be responsible for the evaluation and management of health information technologies and systems. Graduates of this track analyze, design, and evaluate health information systems. They may also perform data analytics projects to improve the quality of health care and reduce the cost of health care services. Students enrolled full-time can complete the program in 3-4 consecutive semesters.  

There are online and on-campus versions of this concentration. The curriculum and course contents are identical in these two versions. Domestic students can choose either of them according to their situation or preference before enrollment. International students are required to attend the on-campus version of the concentration. 

Program Requirements

All students enrolled in the Health Informatics concentration are required to complete 36 credits. Courses are chosen with the advisor and a Plan of Study will be developed to enable each student to design an in-depth study of Health Care Supervision and Management considering the student’s previous academic preparation and experience.  

Around half of our courses are only offered once per academic year. In this case, if a student fails to successfully complete a course, the student must retake the course the next academic year. Furthermore, this may also prevent the student from registering for the advanced-level courses and delay the date of graduation. 

HI Curriculum

The Health Informatics curriculum allows students to choose from required courses and elective courses.   

Please note: All students are required to finish one course in medical terminology if they do not have that course or clinical background. Pitt offers a Coursera course in medical terminology that can meet this program requirement and can be found at this link https://www.coursera.org/learn/clinical-terminology, however the student can choose another medical terminology course as well.  

Total Credits: 36


Prerequisites for Graduate Internships


If a student chooses to complete their internship/capstone at a site that is under contract with the HIM department (or any other site where a contract is required), the items listed below are requiredIf a contract is not required, the student must sign a waiver. The student’s advisor will provide detailed information and time guidelines for completion of the requirements once the student matriculates into the graduate program.  

  • Physical examination including proof or completion of specific immunizations  

  • TB test, 2-step  

  • Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check  

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance  

  • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse Training  

  • FBI Background Check (includes fingerprinting)  

  • HIPAA Training and Certification  

  • Students must carry personal health insurance while participating in an internship 

Students must carry professional student liability insurance coverage while participating in an internship. The University provides liability insurance for internships covered by clinical affiliation contracts.  

Some sites may have additional requirements (i.e. drug screen, Covid-19 vaccine, influenza vaccine, or orientation programs specific to their organization).  

Internship sites may not allow a student to participate in an internship at their site if the background check reports that they have been convicted of a misdemeanor; a felony; or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse. 

Additional Information Related to Internship

Travel to internship sites is the responsibility of the student. Students are expected to have a car or to provide their own transportation to all remote sites; no exceptions will be made. Not all sites are accessible by public transportation.  

All expenses for transportation, parking, meals, and costs of prerequisites associated with clinical education are the responsibility of the student. 

For more information on internships, students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor. 

The HIM department has affiliation agreements with approximately 125+ clinical sites for student internships. The following list provides a sample of these sites:  

  • 3M/M*Modal 

  • Adelphoi Village 

  • Allegheny Health Network 

  • Athena Health 

  • Central Ohio Trauma System 

  • CVS/Aetna 

  • Deloitte 

  • Geisinger Health System 

  • goShadow 

  • Grant Thornton Consulting 

  • Highmark 

  • HM Health Solutions 

  • Infinitus 

  • KPMG 

  • Mayo Clinic 

  • Merck 

  • Neighborhood Resilience Project 

  • Omnicell 

  • Pitt CTSI 

  • Southwest Veterans 

  • UPMC Health Plan 

  • UPMC Health System 

  • UPMC Hillman Cancer Center 

  • UPMC Physician Services Division 

  • Western PA Patient Registry 

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