Major: Health Informatics
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2706
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 15-1111
About the Program
The Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) at the College of Computing & Informatics prepares graduates to use data, information and knowledge for scientific inquiry and problem solving to improve health outcomes. The program addresses the challenges and opportunities encountered as healthcare transforms itself into a digital, patient-centered system. The inter-disciplinary nature of the MSHI program brings clinicians and IT professionals together to analyze problems and develop solutions through the application of advanced information technology.
Students in this program complete their required courses in the College of Computing & Informatics and choose from a group of approved electives drawn from the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the Dornsife School of Public Health and the LeBow College of Business. All courses are delivered online and students are encouraged to enroll in approved experiential learning programs. Under the guidance of skilled faculty, students engage in a variety of learning activities, develop their organizational leadership skills and develop an appreciation of the varied perspectives in today’s healthcare world.
The MS in Health Informatics enables IT professionals who want to expand their knowledge and skills into healthcare, whether in patient care organizations such as hospitals and clinics, or the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. The flexibility of this program is ideal for clinicians who wish to acquire technical skills to advance their careers in today’s competitive health care environment.
For more information about this program, visit the College of Computing & Informatics' MS in Health Informatics web page.
The curriculum is based around contemporary health issues and has been designed to help students understand the current landscape of health informatics and how information, technology and people relate and intersect in healthcare environments. Because health informatics is an interdisciplinary field, all students will complete a common core of 10 courses (30 quarter hours) from the College of Computing & Informatics before choosing from a suite of specialized electives offered by the College of Computing & Informatics or other Colleges at Drexel University.
The College recommends that all students take INFO 648 in their first term, if possible. Students wishing to take two classes their first term should consider enrolling in INFO 530 as well.
Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their graduate advisor when registering for courses.
|INFO 530||Foundations of Information Systems||3.0|
|INFO 605||Introduction to Database Management||3.0|
|INFO 608||Human-Computer Interaction||3.0|
|INFO 671||Web Systems & Architecture||3.0|
|INFO 620||Information Systems Analysis and Design||3.0|
|INFO 648||Healthcare Informatics||3.0|
|INFO 712||Information Assurance *||3.0|
|INFO 731||Managing Health Informatics Projects||3.0|
|INFO 732||Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation||3.0|
|Principles of Cybersecurity|
|Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice|
|Introduction to Geographic Information Systems|
|Public Health Informatics|
|Introduction to Digital Curation|
|Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease|
|Evaluation of Health Outcomes|
|Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions|
|Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy|
|The Business of Healthcare|
|Introduction to Biostatistics|
|Methods for Health Research|
|Healthcare Business Practice I: Foundations|
|Healthcare Business Practice II|
|Healthcare Business Practice III: Capstone|
NOTE: After 6 courses, students must file a Statement of Intent with the Program Director.
Dual Degree Opportunities
Graduate students already enrolled in a master's degree program at Drexel have the opportunity, through the dual master's program, to work simultaneously on two CCI master's degrees and to receive both upon graduation. To be eligible, graduate students must be currently working on their first CCI master's degree when requesting admission to the second CCI master's degree. They must obtain approval from the graduate advisors of both programs and work out a plan of study encompassing coursework and/or research (thesis) credits for both degrees. Please contact your advisor for more information on program requirements as some CCI master's degree combinations may require additional pre-requisites.
The dual master's student must complete the Change of Curriculum and Status form and obtain approvals from both graduate advisors. Final approval is granted by the Graduate College. The student is then registered in both majors simultaneously. Upon graduation, the student must file two Application for Degree forms.
The College of Computing & Informatics works continually to improve its degree programs. As part of this effort, the Health Informatics degree is evaluated relative to the following Learning Objectives:
Specific learning outcomes for program graduates include the following:
- Articulate the ways in which data, information, and knowledge are used to solve health problems from the individual to the population level.
- Apply theories, methods, and processes for the generation, storage, retrieval, use, management, and sharing of healthcare data, information, and knowledge.
- Apply, adapt, and validate informatics concepts and approaches as they relate to specific biomedical and healthcare problems.
- Select relevant concepts and techniques from the social sciences to solve problems in health informatics.
- Work collaboratively across disciplines to define, discuss, and resolve health problems.
- Analyze the ethical and policy issues related to biomedical and healthcare informatics.
Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Graduate Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 9.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 3 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.2706
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 15-1111
Certificate in Healthcare Informatics
This online certificate program is designed for working professionals who want to increase their knowledge of how health information technology can be deployed to improve health outcomes. Clinicians and information professionals gain a broad knowledge of contemporary health informatics, and the complex social and organizational issues surrounding this major change in healthcare. Students also acquire skills in planning and evaluation.
Graduates of the program may advance their careers in health IT-related responsibilities or explore new opportunities in this growing field. Students enrolled in any master's program in the College of Computing & Informatics may also complete the certificate in healthcare informatics.
|INFO 648||Healthcare Informatics||3.0|
|INFO 731||Managing Health Informatics Projects||3.0|
|INFO 732||Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation||3.0|
For additional information about this program, visit the Certificate in Healthcare Informatics page at Drexel University Online.
Drexel University Libraries
Drexel University Libraries is a learning enterprise, advancing the University’s academic mission through serving as educators, supporting education and research, collaborating with researchers, and fostering intentional learning outside of the classroom. Drexel University Libraries engages with Drexel communities through four physical locations, including W. W. Hagerty Library, Hahnemann Library, Queen Lane Library and the Library Learning Terrace, as well as a vibrant online presence which sees, on average, over 8,000 visits per day. In the W.W. Hagerty Library location, College of Computing & Informatics students have access to private study rooms and nearly half a million books, periodicals, DVDs, videos and University Archives. All fields of inquiry are covered, including: library and information science, computer science, software engineering, health informatics, information systems, and computing technology. Resources are available online at library.drexel.edu or in-person at W. W. Hagerty Library.
The Libraries also make available laptop and desktop PC and Mac computers, printers and scanners, spaces for quiet work or group projects and designated 24/7 spaces. Librarians and library staff—including a liaison librarian for computing and informatics—are available for individual research consultations and to answer questions about materials or services.
Located in Room 106 of the Rush Building, the College’s iCommons is an open lab and collaborative work environment for students. It features desktop computers, a wireless/laptop area, free black and white printing, more collaborative space for its students and a furnished common area. There is a fully equipped conference room for student use with a 42” display and videoconferencing capabilities. The iCommons provides technical support to students, faculty, and administrative staff. In addition, the staff provides audio-visual support for all presentation classrooms within the Rush Building. Use of the iCommons is reserved for all students taking CCI courses.
The computers for general use are Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OSX machines with appropriate applications which include the Microsoft Office suite, various database management systems, modeling tools, and statistical analysis software. Library related resources may be accessed at the iCommons and through the W.W. Hagerty Library. The College is a member of the Rational SEED Program which provides cutting-edge software development and project management software for usage in the iCommons and CCI classrooms. The College is also a member of the Microsoft Academic Alliance known also as “DreamSpark” that allows students free access to a wide array of Microsoft software titles and operating systems.
The iCommons, student labs, and classrooms have access to networked databases, print and file resources within the College, and the Internet via the University’s network. Email accounts, Internet and BannerWeb access are available through the Office of Information Resources and Technology.
The Rush Building houses classrooms, CCI administrative offices (academic advising, graduate admissions, faculty, etc.) and the iCommons computer lab (open to all CCI students). The building holds 6 classrooms equipped for audio-visual presentation. These rooms typically contain a networked PC, HD video player, ceiling mounted projectors, and other equipment for presentations and demonstrations. Four of these classrooms are fully equipped to function as laptop computing labs for networking, programming and database-related projects.
The Information Technology Laboratory, located in the Rush Building, consists of enterprise class information technology hardware that students would encounter in industry positions. The hardware includes 20 high powered workstations that are available to students and specialized networking lab simulation software. The hardware is networked and reconfigurable utilizing multiple virtual technologies as needed for the various classes the laboratory supports. In addition, a special system has been built into to the classroom to allow for conversion into a standard laptop computing lab utilizing motorized monitor lifts that allow the monitors and keyboards to recess into the desk.
University Crossings - Cyber Learning Center and Computer Lab
CCI also has classrooms, administrative office and faculty offices located in University Crossings, located at the corner of JFK Blvd. and Market Street. The building houses the Cyber Learning Center, a student computer lab, as well as several classrooms with video-conference enabled technology and media projection capabilities.
The Cyber Learning Center (CLC) provides consulting and other learning resources for students taking computer science classes. The CLC is staffed by graduate and undergraduate computer science students from the College of Computing & Informatics.
Both the CLC and UC Lab now serve as a central hub for small group work, student meetings, and TA assistance. The UC Lab is organized with desk space around the perimeter of the lab for individual or partner/pair-programmed student work, as well as with clusters of tables which can be connected as needed into pods to create workspaces for larger groups.
The College houses multiple research labs, led by CCI faculty, across Drexel’s main campus including: the Auerbach and Berger Families Cybersecurity Laboratory, Drexel Health and Risk Communication Lab, Socio-Technical Studies Group, Intelligent Information & Knowledge Computing Research Lab, Evidence-based Decision Making Lab, Applied Symbolic Computation Laboratory (ASYM), Geometric and Intelligent Computing Laboratory (GICL), High Performance Computing Laboratory (SPIRAL), Privacy, Security and Automation Laboratory (PSAL), Drexel Research on Play (RePlay) Laboratory, Software Engineering Research Group (SERG), Vision and Cognition Laboratory (VisCog) and the Vision and Graphics Laboratory. For more information on these laboratories, please visit the College’s research web page.
The Rush Building’s Alumni Garden provides additional collaborative space for students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Garden features wireless networking, tables with built-in power outlets, accessible covered patio and balconies and a bicycle rack. The Alumni Garden may be reserved for Drexel events.
3401 Market Street
3401 Market Street houses faculty offices and doctoral student workspaces. It also is home to College research groups such and University initiatives such as the Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute. The Institute’s Auerbach and Berger Families Cybersecurity Laboratory serves as University’s first training facility dedicated to identifying challenges and discovering solutions in the areas of cyber infrastructure protection and incident response.
Computing & Informatics Faculty
Denise E. Agosto, PhD (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
. Professor. Information behavior, public libraries, gender, children, young adults, multicultural materials.
Larry Alexander, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Executive in Residence
. Research Professor. Large scale modeling and simulation, pattern recognition, the future of information technology.
Yuan An, PhD (University of Toronto, Canada)
. Associate Professor. Conceptual modeling, schema and ontology mapping, information integration, knowledge representation, requirements engineering, healthcare information systems, semantic web.
David Augenblick, MS (University of Pennsylvania)
. Associate Teaching Professor. Introductory and object-oriented programming, data structures and database systems, computer application project management, application of computer programming principles and solutions to engineering problems.
Marcello Balduccini, PhD (Texas Tech University) Senior Research Scientist, Applied Informatics Group
. Associate Research Professor. Logic programming, declarative programming, answer set programming, knowledge representation, various types of reasoning
Ellen Bass, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology) Head of Department of Information Science; Joint Appointment with the College of Nursing and Health Professions
. Professor. Characterizing human judgement and decision making, modeling human judgement when supported by information automation, computational models of human-human and human-automation coordination.
Mark Boady, PhD (Drexel University)
. Assistant Teaching Professor. Computer Algebra, complex symbolic calculations, automation of computation problems
Jennifer Booker, PhD (Drexel University)
. Associate Teaching Professor. Software engineering, systems analysis and design, networking, statistics and measurement, process improvement, object-oriented analysis and design, bioinformatics, and modeling of biological systems.
David E. Breen, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
. Associate Professor. Self-organization, biomedical image/video analysis, biological simulation, geometric modeling and visualization
Matthew Burlick, PhD (Stevens Institute of Technology)
. Assistant Teaching Professor. Image processing, machine learning, real-time video tracking, object detection and classification, statistics/probability, and acoustics
Yuanfang Cai, PhD (University of Virginia)
. Associate Professor. Formal software design modeling and analysis, software economics, software evolution and modularity.
Christopher Carroll, MS (Drexel University)
. Assistant Teaching Professor. Information technology within healthcare companies, computer networking and design, IT infrastructure, server technology, information security, virtualization and cloud computing.
Bruce W. Char, PhD (University of California-Berkeley)
. Professor. Symbolic mathematical computation, algorithms and systems for computer algebra, problem-solving environments parallel and distributed computation.
Chaomei Chen, PhD (University of Liverpool)
. Professor. Information visualization, visual analytics, knowledge domain visualization, network analysis and modeling, scientific discovery, science mapping, scientometrics, citation analysis, human-computer interaction.
Catherine D. Collins, MLIS (Indiana University)
. Associate Teaching Professor. Knowledge management, collection development, management of information organizations, information sources and services, international development.
John D'Ignazio, MS (Carnegie Mellon University)
. Assistant Teaching Professor. Human information interaction, digital curation, design of information infrastructures, methods development to elicit and evaluate impact on information environments, metadata schemes.
Prudence W. Dalrymple, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Director, Institute for Healthcare Informatics
. Research and Teaching Professor. User-centered information behaviors, particularly in the health arena, health informatics, evidence based practice, education for the information professions and evaluation, and translation of research into practice.
M. Carl Drott, PhD (University of Michigan)
. Associate Professor. Systems analysis techniques, web usage, competitive intelligence.
Andrea Forte, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology)
. Associate Professor. Social computing, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, information literacy.
Susan Gasson, PhD (University of Warwick)
. Associate Professor. The co-design of business and IT-systems, distributed cognition & knowledge management in boundary-spanning groups, human-centered design, social informatics, online learning communities, grounded theory.
Christopher Geib, PhD (University of Edinburgh)
. Associate Professor. Decision making and reasoning under conditions of uncertainty, planning, scheduling, constraint, based reasoning, human computer and robot interaction, probabilistic reasoning, computer network security, large scale process control, user interfaces.
Colin Gordon, PhD (University of Washington)
. Assistant Professor. Software reliability, program behavior, concurrent and systems-level code, formal assurance, programming models, distributed computing, even testing
Jane Greenberg, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Alice B. Kroeger Professor
. Metadata, ontological engineering, data science, knowledge organization, information retrieval
Rachel Greenstadt, PhD (Harvard University)
. Associate Professor. Artificial intelligence, privacy, security, multi-agent systems, economics of electronic privacy and information security.
Peter Grillo, PhD (Temple University) Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs, Information Science
. Teaching Professor. Strategic applications of technology within organizations.
Gregory W. Hislop, PhD (Drexel University) Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
. Professor. Information technology for teaching and learning, online education, structure and organization of the information disciplines, computing education research, software evaluation and characterization.
Xiaohua Tony Hu, PhD (University of Regina, Canada)
. Professor. Data mining, text mining, Web searching and mining, information retrieval, bioinformatics and healthcare informatics.
Jeremy R. Johnson, PhD (Ohio State University)
. Professor. Computer algebra; parallel computations; algebraic algorithms; scientific computing.
Weimao Ke, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
. Associate Professor. Information retrieval (IR), distributed systems, intelligent filtering/recommendation, information visualization, network science, complex systems, machine learning, text/data mining, multi-agent systems, the notion of information.
Michael Khoo, PhD (University of Colorado at Boulder)
. Assistant Teaching Professor. The understandings and practices that users bring to their interactions with information systems, with a focus on the evaluation of digital libraries and educational technologies.
Xia Lin, PhD (University of Maryland)
. Professor. Digital libraries, information visualization, visual interface design, knowledge mapping, human-computer interaction, object-oriented programming, information retrieval, information architecture, information-seeking behaviors in digital environments.
Geoffrey Mainland, PhD (Harvard University)
. Assistant Professor. High-level programming languages and runtime support for non-general purpose computation.
Spiros Mancoridis, PhD (University of Toronto)
. Professor. Software engineering; software security; code analysis; evolutionary computation.
Gabriela Marcu, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University)
. Assistant Teaching Professor. Human-computer interaction, health informatics, action research, ethnography, user experience design, designing for social change, organizational information systems, ubiquitous computing, knowledge management.
Linda S. Marion, PhD (Drexel University)
. Teaching Professor. Formal and informal communication, bibliometric studies of scholarly communication, diffusion of information, information use in the social sciences, academic and public libraries, information science education.
Adelaida Alban Medlock, MS (Drexel University)
. Associate Teaching Professor. Introductory programming; computer science education.
William Mongan, MS (Drexel University) Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Affairs, Computer Science
. Associate Teaching Professor. Service-oriented architectures, program comprehension, reverse engineering, software engineering, computer architecture, computer science education, engineering education outreach
Gaurav Naik, MS (Drexel University)
. Assistant Research Professor. Computer networking and cybersecurity
Delia Neuman, PhD (The Ohio State University)
. Professor Emeritus. Learning in information-rich environments, instructional systems design, the use of media for learning, and school library media.
Ko Nishino, PhD (University of Tokyo) Associate Department Head for Graduate Affairs, Computer Science
. Professor. Computer vision, computer graphics, analysis and synthesis of visual appearance.
Danuta A. Nitecki, PhD (University of Maryland at College Park) Dean of Libraries
. Professor. Library metrics and use in management, library as place, and academic library service models.
Krzysztof Nowak, PhD (Washington University)
. Associate Teaching Professor. Fourier analysis, partial differential equations, image processing, wavelets, asymptotic distribution of eigenvalues, numerical methods and algorithms, computer science education.
Santiago Ontañón, PhD (University of Barcelona)
. Assistant Professor. Game AI, computer games, artificial intelligence, machine learning, case-based reasoning
Jung-ran Park, PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
. Associate Professor. Knowledge organization and representation, metadata, computer-mediated communication, cross-cultural communication, multilingual information access.
Alex Poole, PhD (University of North Carolina)
. Assistant Professor. Archives and records, digital humanities, digital curation, pedagogy, diversity and inclusivity in the LIS profession
Jeffrey L. Popyack, PhD (University of Virginia)
. Professor. Operations research, stochastic optimization, computational methods of Markov decision processes; artificial intelligence, computer science education.
William C. Regli, PhD (University of Maryland-College Park)
. Professor. Artificial intelligence; computer graphics; engineering design and Internet computing.
Lori Richards, PhD (University of North Carolina)
. Assistant Professor. Archives, digital curation, electronic records management, information technology and digital collections, cloud computing and record keeping, management of information organizations.
Michelle L. Rogers, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
. Associate Professor. Human-computer interaction, healthcare informatics, human factors engineering, socio-technical systems, health services research, patient safety.
Jeffrey Salvage, MS (Drexel University)
. Teaching Professor. Object-oriented programming, multi-agent systems, software engineering, database theory, introductory programming, data structures.
Dario Salvucci, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University) Department Head, Computer Science
. Professor. Human computer interaction, cognitive science, machine learning, applications for driving.
Kurt Schmidt, MS (Drexel University)
. Associate Teaching Professor. Data structures, math foundations for computer science, programming tools, programming languages.
Ali Shokoufandeh, PhD (Rutgers University) Senior Associate Dean of Research
. Professor. Theory of algorithms, graph theory, combinational optimization, computer vision.
Erin Solovey, PhD (Tufts University)
. Assistant Professor. Human-computer interaction, brain-computer interfaces, tangible interaction, machine learning, human interaction with complex and autonomous systems.
Il-Yeol Song, PhD (Louisiana State University) PhD in Information Studies Program Director
. Professor. Conceptual modeling, ontology and patterns, data warehouse and OLAP, object-oriented analysis and design with UML, medical and bioinformatics data modeling & integration,.
Julia Stoyanovich, PhD (Columbia University)
. Assistant Professor. Data and knowledge management, big data, biological data management, search and ranking.
Brian Stuart, PhD (Purdue University)
. Associate Teaching Professor. Machine learning, networking, robotics, image processing, simulation, interpreters, data storage, operating systems, computer science, data communications, distributed/operating systems, accelerated computer programming, computer graphics.
Deborah Turner, PhD (University of Washington)
. Assistant Professor. Information behavior/interaction, management of information institutions, orality and information.
Kristene Unsworth, PhD (University of Washington)
. Assistant Professor. Information policy, ethics, government information.
Filippos Vokolos, PhD (Polytechnic University)
. Assistant Teaching Professor. System architecture, principles of software design and construction, verification and validation methods for the development of large software systems, foundations of software engineering, software verification & validation, software design, programming languages, dependable software systems.
Rosina Weber, PhD (Federal University of Santa Catarina)
. Associate Professor. Knowledge-based systems; case-based reasoning; textual case-based reasoning; computational intelligence; knowledge discovery; uncertainty, mainly targeting knowledge management goals in different domains, e.g., software engineering, military, finance, law, bioninformatics, and health sciences.
Erija Yan, PhD (Indiana University)
. Assistant Professor. Network Science, information analysis and retrieval, scholarly communication methods and applications.
Christopher C. Yang, PhD ( University of Arizona, Tucson)
. Associate Professor. Web search and mining, security informatics, knowledge management, social media analytics, cross-lingual information retrieval, text summarization, multimedia retrieval, information visualization, information sharing and privacy, artificial intelligence, digital library, and electronic commerce.
Valerie Ann Yonker, PhD (Drexel University)
. Associate Teaching Professor. Human service information systems, systems analysis and design, measurement in software evaluation, knowledge engineering.
Michael E. Atwood, PhD (University of Colorado) Associate Dean for Research and for Undergraduate Education
. Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, organizational memory.
Thomas A. Childers, PhD (Rutgers University)
. Professor Emeritus. Measurement, evaluation, and planning of information and library services, the effectiveness of information organizations.
David E. Fenske, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
. Dean Emeritus and Professor. Digital libraries, informatics, knowledge management and information technologies.
John B. Hall, PhD (Florida State University)
. Professor Emeritus. Academic library service, library administration, organization of materials.
Katherine W. McCain, PhD (Drexel University)
. Professor Emeritus. Scholarly communication, information production and use in the research process, development and structure of scientific specialties, diffusion of innovation, bibliometrics, evaluation of information retrieval systems.
Carol Hansen Montgomery, PhD (Drexel University) Dean of Libraries Emeritus
. Research Professor. Selection and use of electronic collections, evaluation of library and information systems, digital libraries, economics of libraries and digital collections.
Gerry Stahl, PhD (University of Colorado, Northwestern University)
. Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, theory of collaboration.
Howard D. White, PhD (University of California at Berkeley)
. Professor Emeritus. Literature information systems, bibliometrics, research methods, collection development, online searching.
Susan Wiedenbeck, PhD (University of Pittsburgh)
. Professor Emeritus. Human-computer interaction, end-user programming/end-user development, empirical studies of programmers, interface design and evaluation.