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Clinical Science PhD Program

Health Information Technology (HIT)

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Provides a background in clinical informatics: the study of how medical data and knowledge can be stored, analyzed, and delivered to facilitate research and to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of care. Students will develop a fundamental understanding of the technical and organizational challenges particular to the field of health information technology and will train in evaluation and research methods. Graduates will be prepared for leadership roles in developing, implementing, and evaluating clinical informatics applications in academia, industry and clinical practice. Training occurs in the following disciplines:

  • Electronic health records
  • Decision support
  • Telehealth
  • Public health informatics
  • Research informatics
  • Standards and data integrity
  • Privacy and security

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrate understanding of relevant standards and terminologies for communication and representation of health data
  • Demonstrate understanding of major types of clinical and administrative information systems and how they are integrated
  • Demonstrate understanding of computerized provider order entry (CPOE) and clinical decision support systems (CDSS), including
    • Success factors for implementation
    • Methods of encoding rules/logic
  • Ability to assess and develop methods to protect privacy (e.g. HIPAA issues) and security (confidentiality, integrity, and availability) of health information
  • Design appropriate research and evaluation studies in HIT, with understanding of both experimental and quasi-experimental research designs
  • Ability to apply systems life cycle approach to HIT planning, analysis, design, implementation and evaluation, including translation of user needs into functional requirement
  • Apply database concepts to the design and implementation of databases for clinical, research, and public health applications

 Health Information Technology Curriculum

BIOS 6601 or 6611Applied Biostatistics I or Biostatistical Methods I3
Courses required before Preliminary Exam (biostatistics, ethics, epidemiology).
BIOS 6602 or 6612Applied Biostatistics II or Biostatistical Methods II3
Courses required before Preliminary Exam (biostatistics, ethics, epidemiology).
CLSC 7150Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research1
Courses required before Preliminary Exam (biostatistics, ethics, epidemiology).
EPID 6630Epidemiology3
Courses required before Preliminary Exam (biostatistics, ethics, epidemiology).
CLSC 7202Clinical Outcomes and Applications3
CLSC 6270Critical Appraisal Seminars in Clinical Science1
CLSC 6800Intro to Health Information Technology3
CLSC 6820 or NURS 6289Management of HIT (3 credits) or IT Systems Life Cycle (4 credits)3-4
NURS 6293 or ISMG 6080Database Management Systems (Informatics focus) or Database Management Systems (Information Systems focus)3
BIOS 6648 or EPID 6626Design and Conduct of Clinical Research or Research Methods in Epidemiology3
CLSC 6210Research Seminars in Clinical Science1
CLSC 6210 is taken over 1 year typically during the second or third year of your PhD (after passing the Preliminary Examination but before completing the Comprehensive Examination).
CLSC 7101Grant Writing I1
Prerequisite courses: BIOS 6601 & EPID 6630
CLSC 8990Doctoral Thesis≥ 30
  • 28-29 Required Health Information Technology Course Credits
  • 2-3 Elective Course Credits
  • Total Required Course Hours for Degree = 31

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