M.S. in Medical Informatics

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  • Program Details

img-medinform-photos2-2009Work at the intersection of medicine, business and information technology with MSOE and the Medical College of Wisconsin’s joint master’s degree in medical informatics.

Medical Informatics is the applied science at the junction of the disciplines of medicine, business and information technology, which supports the health care delivery process and promotes measurable improvements in both quality of care and cost-effectiveness.

Our joint master’s in medical informatics program combines the strength of the Medical College of Wisconsin, a leading provider of medical education and research, and the expertise of MSOE in the disciplines of business and information technology. Faculty members have extensive industry experience, and most have a Ph.D.

It is not the goal of the MSMI program to comprehensively cross train individuals from one medical informatics domain for another. We will not make doctors or nurses into network engineers, database designers or finance or management experts. Rather, our intent is to give our graduates the knowledge and skills to identify, recruit and work with expert resources needed for the successful project. Additionally, with six credits of electives and a six-credit internship/research project, you will have the opportunity to gain additional expertise according to your individual academic and career goals.

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Our Program is Unique

Integrating the expertise of MCW and MSOE
As a student in the MSMI program you will benefit from the areas of expertise of both MCW and MSOE through the integration of the disciplines of medicine, business and information technology.

Emphasis on business principles
The projects our graduates work on are costly and complex. Justification for such projects can only come through the development of a compelling business case that is aligned with the overall organizational strategy. We want you to be able to work with the business and information technology experts to develop and defend the business case.

Emphasis on project management skills
Again, the projects that we are preparing our graduates to participate in and lead are large, expensive and complex. Successful development and implementation of information technology solutions in the health care environment requires a strict business discipline and strong project management skills.

Focus on the adult, non-traditional student
Students in this program come with an undergraduate education and several years of work experience usually in medicine, business or information technology. You can immediately see the implications and applications of the medical informatics course topics. All of your core classes meet once a week during the evening so that you can fit the course work into your already busy schedule.

Also appropriate for the traditional graduate student
Traditional students, coming directly as a graduate of an undergraduate degree program, can expect to gain a knowledge base and skill set that will allow them to participate effectively on project teams. You will find the MSMI is highly marketable in the industry. This is the first and only applied educational program of its type in the Midwest.

An up-to-date curriculum
The medical informatics program benefits from the guidance of its external advisory committee, a standing committee of business and industrial leaders who help ensure program offerings stay current with the state of industry, even as the health care environment is rapidly changing.

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Financial Aid

All MSOE graduate students are eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Most of MSOE’s graduate students are employed full-time and over 70% receive employer tuition support. If you are employed, we also recommend that you speak with your employer about tuition reimbursement assistance.

For more information, contact:

Graduate and Professional Education
(800) 321-6763

Program information sheet

Required courses: (45 quarter credits)

MI-15000 Medical Informatics Seminar (1)
MI-15010 Health Care Environment (2)
MI-15020 Overview of Informatics (2)
MI-15030 Communication Strategies for Change and Project Management (4)
MI-16010 Workflow Analysis and Redesign (4)
MI-16020 Information Security and Infrastructure (4)
MI-16030 Data Management and Systems Integration (4)
MI-16040 System Lifecycle (4)
MI-17010 Evidence-based Medicine and Decision Support (4)
MI-17020 Health Care Data Analytics (4)
MI-17030 Patient Saftey and Quality Improvement (4)
MI-17040 Strategic Leadership (4)
MI-18010 Medical Informatics Capstone I (1)
MI-18020 Medical Informatics Capstone II (1)
MI-18030 Medical Informatics Capstone III (1)
MI-18040 Medical Informatics Capstone IV (1)

*MSOE follows an academic quarter system. The 45 quarter credits required in this program equate to approximately 30 semester credits of contact and class time.

Goals and Objectives

Program Educational Objectives
Desired objectives for medical informatics graduates, five years post graduation, include significant competency in:

  • applying complex medical informatics solutions and analyzing outcomes.
  • meeting the professional requirements for highly responsible positions.
  • identifying revenue, cost savings or efficiency improvements which add value to their organizations.
  • influencing decision-making in the application of informatics solutions.
  • facilitating, leading and/or sponsoring multi-disciplinary teams.
  • engaging in substantial life-long learning activities.

Student Outcomes
Medical informatics students, upon graduation, should have:

  • the broad education necessary to understand where and when informatics solutions can be appropriately applied.
  • an ability to evaluate and integrate disciplines (medicine, information technology and business) within the field of medical informatics.
  • an ability to effectively participate in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • an ability to evaluate and apply process improvements.
  • an understanding of the components of change management.
  • an ability to communicate effectively.
  • an ability to integrate professional and ethical responsibility.
  • an appreciation for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning.

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