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Health Care Informatics

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Department Head: Dr. Charie Faught
  (406) 496-4884
  CBB 204E
Administrative Assistant: Tami Windham
  (406) 496-4366
  MUS 201
Department FAX: (406) 496-4756


The mission of the Health Care Informatics Program is to give our students an educational experience that provides them with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to be effective members and/or leaders in multidisciplinary groups responsible for the design and development, implementation, evaluation and management of health care information systems.

Educational objectives:

  • Have a general working knowledge of health care systems, health care organization and delivery, and information systems.
  • Understand the principles and applications of information systems in data management and information processing at a level that enables the graduate to work in the health care system, health software development industry, pharmaceutical industry or consulting organizations.
  • Develop skills to analyze and describe the workflow for software application, development, design of new applications, or improve the work process in the organization.
  • Be able to work in an interdisciplinary team with physicians, nurses and other professionals in different settings such as hospitals, ambulatory settings, long term health care agencies, insurance and managed care organizations, government agencies and vendor firms to select, implement, manage and/ or evaluate information system solutions that address problems in the delivery of health care.
  • Be an effective member of an interdisciplinary team who is able to work with others to develop plans, achieve goals, and solve problems as a project manager.

Student outcomes for all HCI degrees and certificates:

  • At graduation, students earning a degree or professional certificate in Health Care Informatics will have the necessary skills to obtain placement within the discipline.
  • Students within the Health Care Informatics program will be exposed to a diverse blend of skills related to the discipline, including technical skills such as information systems, health care informatics, and communications.
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences in a variety of formats.
  • The ability to perform critical thinking.
  • An understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities.
  • The ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal.
  • The ability to remain current in the discipline.

These outcomes will be assessed by:

  • Achievement of the specific objectives in the courses constituting the B.S. in HCI.
  • Successfully completing the internship and practicum experiences in health care informatics.
  • Satisfaction surveys given to preceptors of the internships and practicums.
  • Satisfaction surveys given to employers of HCI students.
  • Placement rates.



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