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Course Sequence and Curriculum

Course Sequence

Fall Odd Years Credit Hours 1st 8 Weeks,
2nd 8 Weeks,
Entire Semester

MHI 511

Fundamentals of Health Care Systems

3

1st 8 weeks

MHI 515

Systems Analysis, Design, and Database Management in Health Care

3

2nd 8 weeks

MHI 581

Health Information Exchange

3

2nd 8 weeks

Spring Even Years

MHI 510

Effective Healthcare Operations

3

1st 8 weeks

MHI 580

Managerial Epidemiology and Evidence Based Management

3

1st 8 weeks

MHI 584

Consumer Informatics

3

2nd 8 weeks

Summer Even Years

MHI 593

Individual Research

6

Entire Semester

MHI 595

Graduate Residency

6

Entire Semester

MHI 551

Legal and Ethical Fundamentals of Health Care

3

Entire Semester

Students will take MHI 551 the first summer in the program
Students will take either take 593 or 595 but not both the second summer in the program
Fall Even Years

MHI 566

Managing Health Information

3

1st 8 weeks

MHI 585

Financial Issues in Healthcare

3

1st 8 weeks - Video Synchronous Delivery

MHI 525

Health Informatics Applications and Project Management

3

2nd 8 weeks

Spring Odd Years

MHI 531

Human Resource Management in Health Care

3

1st 8 weeks

MHI 536

Strategic Leadership in Healthcare

3

2nd 8 weeks

MHI 583

Methods of Medical Informatics

3

1st 8 weeks

Summer Odd Years

MHI 593

Individual Research

6

Entire Semester

MHI 595

Graduate Residency

6

Entire Semester

MHI 551

Legal and Ethical Fundamentals of Health Care

3

Entire Semester

Students will take MHI 551 the first summer in the program
Students will take either take 593 or 595 but not both the second summer in the program

Curriculum

MHI 510 (3) - Effective Healthcare Operations.  A course investigating why HCOs function differently than other businesses in terms of operating margins and how improvements can be addressed with properly executed logistics and supply chain control. Addresses the resources spent on the healthcare supply chain in relation to other related expenses and focuses on support systems to modify ineffective operational issues within the constraints of the highly regulated healthcare sector. e-Commerce, hospital materials supply, inventory control of medical supplies and controlled substances, vendor collaboration, purchasing, receiving, and total value analysis are explored. Case studies are used to apply techniques to specific healthcare examples.

MHI 511 (3) - Fundamentals of Health Care Systems. This course provides a multi-disciplinary analysis and is designed to provide students with information pertaining to the issues surrounding access to care, medical technology, and the complex financial structure of the health care system. Students will extensively examine aspects of the complex health care system such as managed care, Medicare, Medicaid, pharmaceuticals, health promotion and disease prevention, and the quality of care.

MHI 515 (3) - Systems Analysis, Design, and Database Management in Health Care. Students explore methods for designing and managing health care organization databases and their use in computer based information systems. Focuses is given on the impact that health care information systems have on administrative functions, data security and integrity, and business processes. Use of relational database management software, network hardware technologies, data modeling, clinical data warehousing and mining are explored, as well as, the tools necessary for successful system implementation and human computer interfaces.

MHI 525 (3) - Health Informatics Applications and Project Management. Course designed to explore the history of health information. Students learn how to integrate the clinical, financial and administrative data needed to resolve managerial and patient care problems. Explores the strengths and limitations of health information systems and principles of computer science. Focus is given on project planning, project management tools. Students will develop a workflow project plan for a health informatics project and conduct biomed simulations. 

MHI 531 (3) - Human Resource Management in Health Care. Describes the key human resource functions that play a significant role in the healthcare environment and focuses specifically on how those functions support management initiatives and accreditation and/or regulatory compliance. Explores the dynamic legal and regulatory environment and carefully examines how legislative changes in the healthcare field influence the healthcare organization. An overall focus on functions related to patient satisfaction are examined, as well, balanced scorecards and/or benchmarking of provider performance. 

MHI 536 (3) - Strategic Leadership in Healthcare. This course provides students with an examination of nature, function, and techniques of administration and supervision in HCOs. Topics include the ever-changing healthcare environment and trends impacting leadership competencies. Specific healthcare factors that influence organizing managing of varying health systems such and hospitals vs. ambulatory care. Focus will be given on the professional bureaucracy that is complex given regulatory issues, political factors, and the era of the informed patient.

MHI 551 (3) - Legal and Ethical Fundamentals of Health Care. This course provides students with an in-depth analysis of the legal and ethical environment of the health care industry. Comprehensive and focused on the health care environment, the course closely examines the judicial process specifically pertaining to torts, contracts, antitrust, corporate compliance, access to care, negligence, and professional liability. The nature of ethics in the multi-cultural health care environment is extensively examined with an analysis of the varying moral issues in healthcare.

MHI 566 (3) - Managing Health Information. A detailed review of the components of an information system as utilized for the capture of health information. Focus is on EHR, HIPAA, and implementation of information systems in healthcare organizations. Classification systems, clinical terminology, and use of health information in terms of operational management and decision making will be explored. Emerging technologies related to the security of health information management are overviewed.  

MHI 580 (3) - Managerial Epidemiology and Evidence Based Management. Epidemiological principles pertinent to the delivery, management, and marketing of healthcare services. Using a systems theory, students examine evidence and population based decisions which are critical to effective delivery of patient care. Utilizes evidence based theories to prepare the students to identify management problems and develop related paths of focused inquiry.

MHI 581 (3) - Health Information Exchange. Addresses issues related to the exchange of clinical data across multiple healthcare environments. Special focus is placed on health IT standards, privacy and security issues specifically related to the protection of patient information. Provides an overview of health information system standards and the types of products available to facilitate the use of data exchanges. Students will work in virtual groups to discuss current trends and challenges, best practices for health information systems, and health information standards pertinent to the field of healthcare.

MHI 583 (3) - Methods of Medical Informatics. Study of algorithms and programming languages for healthcare informatics purposes. Tailored for the use of non-professional programmers and specifically for the healthcare industry. Provides methods to utilize medical information contained in clinical and research datasets and explores the common computational tasks of medical informatics. Overview of access to data, assessment, nomenclatures, and programming scripts. 

MHI 584 (3) - Consumer Informatics. Course focusing on consumer driven healthcare and their greater access to health information. Explores the health care related information available by federal and state agencies and direct consumer-to-consumer communications. Focus is given to consumer perspectives of their own health and the overall evolution of the patient/physician relationship. Students will explore the impact of technology in patient treatment areas, personalized medicine, assessment methods and tools, as well as, the potential impact of future technology on the delivery of healthcare services.

MHI 585 (3) - Financial Issues in Healthcare. A macro-examination of the role of finance in healthcare. Emphasis is not on financial formulas, but rather on the application of financial information within the healthcare sector. Discussion of charge-masters, healthcare payment systems and sources of revenue, profit vs. duty, regulatory issues and profit maximization, provider payments and pricing in capitated-managed care markets, and IDS, etc. Case principles specifically related to the healthcare field are completed.

MHI 593 (6) - Individual Research. The selection and investigation of a research topic culminating in a paper satisfying the research requirements for a Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics degree and the SIU Graduate School. Restricted to MHI majors, or consent of Program Director or SAH Academic Advisor. 

MHI 595 (6) - Graduate Residency. Provides real-world experience to future healthcare administrators by exposing the students to common issues which may arise in their area of specialization including: personnel issues, healthcare reform challenges, financial structures of healthcare, ethical dimensions, coding/billing/compliance, managerial epidemiology, policy, and current issues etc. 1 credit hour equals 50 contact hours. Minimum of 300 contact hours required. Prerequisite: Consent of the administrative processes of SIU and subject to the feasibility of state licensure requirements.

MHI 601 (1 per semester) - Continuing Enrollment. This course is required to satisfy the Graduate School’s requirement of continuous enrollment and is intended for those students who are enrolled in the program but cannot take a core academic course during a given semester. Prerequisite: Consent of Program Director or SAH Academic Advisor.