Course Requirements

PhD Program

The PhD program in the Health Informatics subprogram inherits all course requirements of the Informatics PhD program; that is, a total of 72 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, with 18 semester hours satisfying the Certificate in Informatics (Health Informatics). In addition, and specific to this particular subprogram, students must complete both Health Informatics I (3 semester hours) and Principles of Public Health Informatics (3 semester hours) as part of their 18 core semester hours.

The remaining 54 semester hours should be selected, in consultation with the student’s advisor, from disciplinary courses relevant to the student’s particular Health Informatics focus.

Master of Science

The MS program in the Health Informatics subprogram offers an MS thesis/non-thesis option and requires completion of a minimum of 32 course semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree with at least 18 of the 32 hours satisfying the requirements of the Certificate in Informatics.

Health Informatics Core (6 s.h.)

All students must take the following two courses:

  • IGPI/EPID:5220 Principles of Public Health Informatics (3 s.h.) (Fall)
  • IGPI:5200 Health Informatics (3 s.h.) (Spring)

Foundations of Informatics (12 s.h. PhD; 9 s.h. MS)

PhD students must complete 3 s.h. in each of areas a, b, c and d, below. 

MS students must complete 3 s.h. from each of a, b and c, below.

a. Introductory Informatics (3 s.h.)

  • IGPI/CS:5110 Introduction to Informatics (3 s.h.) (Fall)

b. Programming (3 s.h.)

  •  CS:3210 Programming Languages and Tools: Programming with C++ (3 s.h.) (Fall and Spring)
  •  CS:3210 Programming Languages and Tools: Programming with Java (3 s.h.) (Fall and Spring)
  •  IGPI/BME:5321 Bioinformatics Techniques (3 s.h.) (Fall)

c. Database Systems (3 s.h.)

  • IGPI/MSCI:4220 Advanced Database Management & Big Data (3 s.h.) (Spring)
  • IGPI/SLIS:6100 Database Management (3 s.h.) (Spring)
  • CS:4400 Database Systems (3 s.h.) (Fall and Spring)

 d. Specialization (3 s.h.; PhD only)

  • IGPI/MSCI:4480 Knowledge Discovery (3 s.h.) (Fall)
  • CS:5430 Machine Learning (3 s.h.)
  • CS:4980 Topics in Computer Science II (3 s.h.) (case by case approval) (Fall and Spring)

Statistics and Research Methodology (9 s.h. PhD; 3 s.h. MS)

PhD students must complete three of the following courses, below.

MS students must complete one course from below.

  • NURS:7002 Designing Research (3 s.h.) (Fall)
  • IGPI/BIOS:5120 Regression & ANOVA in Health Sciences (3 s.h.) (Spring)
  • IGPI/STAT:3120 Probability and Statistics (MS only; 3 s.h.) (Fall and Spring)
  • IGPI/GHS:3011 Identifying/Developing Global Health Project (3.s.h.) (Fall)

Ethical Conduct of Research (1 s.h.; PhD only)

  • ENGR:7270 Engineering Ethics (1 s.h.) (Fall)

Major (9 s.h.; PhD only)

PhD students must complete 9 s.h. of coursework specific to a chosen major field. 

Potential majors include:

a. Public Health Informatics

b. Clinical Informatics (includes Medical Research, Nursing, Dentistry, Imaging, and Translational Science)

Please note: These course requirements are effective for students admitted to the program beginning with the spring 2014 term or thereafter.

Health Informatics

Sample Electives by College

Included below is a list of potential electives that may be appropriate for Health Informatics (HI) students.  Each HI student’s plan of study is unique, and needs to be coordinated in careful consultation with his/her designated academic advisor.  Courses not on this list may be credited to the HI plan of study with the approval of the student’s advisor and the HI advisory board.  Students with a computational background will be expected to use their coursework to develop expertise in the health sciences, while students with a health background will need to focus more on computing courses.

College of Business

Management Sciences

  • IGPI/MSCI:4220 Advanced Database Management & Big Data (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/MSCI:4480 Knowledge Discovery (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/MSCI:6600 Linear Programming (3 s.h)
  • IGPI/MSCI:6700 Discrete Optimization (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/MSCI:7000 Management Sciences Topics (3 s.h.)

College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

  • IGPI/BME:5206 Medical Imaging Physics (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/BME:5212 Biomedical Signal Processing (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/BME:5251 Advanced Biosystems (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/BME:5321 Bioinformatics Techniques (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/BME:5330 Computational Genomics (3 s.h.)
  • BME:5401 Biomaterials and Implant Design (3 s.h.)
  • BME:5510 Cardiovascular Biomechanics (3 s.h.)
  • BME:5610 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics (3 s.h.)
  • BME:5620 Intro to Applied Biomedical Finite Element Modeling (3 s.h.)
  • BME:5640 Ergonomics of Occupational Injuries (3 s.h.)
  • BME:5920 Fast-Track Biomedical Engineering Design 2-A (3 s.h.)

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

  • CBE:4156 Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis (3 s.h.)
  • CBE:5205 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering (3 s.h.)

 Civil and Environmental

  • IGPI/CEE:4159 Air Pollution Control Technology (3 s.h.)
  • CEE:4515 Computer-Aided Engineering (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/CEE:6151 Environmental Systems Modeling (3 s.h.)

 Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • IGPI/ECE:5450 Machine Learning (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/ECE:5460 Digital Signal Process (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/ECE:5480 Digital Image Processing (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/ECE:5641 Computer-Based Control Systems (3 s.h.)
  • ECE:5800 Fundamentals of Software Engineering (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/ECE:7470 Image Analysis and Understanding (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/ECE:7480 Advanced Digital Image Processing (3 s.h.)

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

  • IE:3350 Process Engineering (4 s.h.)
  • IE:3400 Human Factors (3 s.h.)
  • IE:3450 Ergonomics (3 s.h.)
  • IE:3500 Information Systems Design (3 s.h.)
  • IE:3700 Operations Research (3 s.h.)
  • IE:3750 Digital Systems Simulation (3 s.h.)
  • IE:6300 Innovation Science and Studies (3 s.h.)
  • IE:6350 Computational Intelligence (3 s.h.)
  • IE:6420 Human/Computer Interaction (3 s.h.)
  • IE:6440 Airborne Design of Experiments (3 s.h.)
  • IE:6720 Nonlinear Optimization (3 s.h.)
  • IE:6750 Stochastic Optimization (3 s.h.)

Mechanical Engineering

  • ME:4110 Computer-Aided Engineering (3 s.h.)
  • ME:4111 Numerical Calculations (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/ME:4115 Finite Element I (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/ME:6216 Finite Element II (3 s.h.)
  • ME:7269 Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer (3 s.h.)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • BIOL:3172 Evolution (4 s.h.)
  • IGPI/BIOL:3314 Genomics (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/BIOL:4213 Bioinformatics (4 s.h.)
  • IGPI/BIOL:4373 Molecular Evolution (3 s.h.)

Computer Science

  • CS:3210 Programming Languages and Tools: Programming with C++ (3 s.h.)
  • CS:3210 Programming Languages and Tools: Programming with Java (3 s.h.)
  • CS:4400 Database Systems (3 s.h.)
  • CS:4420 Artificial Intelligence (3 s.h.)
  • CS:4720 Optimization Techniques (3 s.h.)
  • CS:4980 Topics in Computer Science II (e.g. data mining, fundamentals of web programming, sensor networks, privacy and anonymity) (arr.)
  • IGPI:5110 Introduction to Informatics (3 s.h.)
  • CS:5800 Fundamentals of Software Engineering (3 s.h.)


  • MATH:4060 Discrete Mathematical Models (3 s.h.)
  • MATH:4610 Continuous Mathematical Models (2 s.h.)
  • MATH:4860 High Performance and Parallel Computing (3 s.h.)

Statistics and Actuarial Science

  • IGPI/STAT:3100 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:3101 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:3120 Probability and Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:3200 Applied Linear Regression (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:3210 Experimental Design and Analysis (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:3510 Biostatistics (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:3620 Quality Control (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:4100 Mathematical Statistics I (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:4101 Mathematical Statistics II (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:4200 Statistical Methods and Computing (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:4510 Regression, Time Series, and Forecasting (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:4522 Bayesian Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:5100 Statistical Inference I (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:5101 Statistical Inference II (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:5199 Applied Statistics I (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:5201 Applied Statistics II (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:5400 Computing in Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:6300 Probability and Stochastic Processes I (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:6301 Probability and Stochastic Processes II (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:6511 Applied Generalized Regression (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:6516 Design of Experiments (4 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:6530 Environmental and Spatial Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:6540 Applied Multivariate Analysis (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:6547 Nonparametric Statistical Methods (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:6560 Applied Time Series Analysis (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:7100 Advanced Inference I (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:7101 Advanced Inference II (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:7200 Linear Models (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:7300 Foundations of Probability I (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:7301 Foundations of Probability II (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/STAT:7400 Computer Intensive Statistics (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:7520 Bayesian Analysis (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:7560 Time Series Analysis (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:7570 Survival Data Analysis (3 s.h.)

Graduate College

School of Library and Information Science

  • IGPI/SLIS:5203 User Education: Multimedia (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/SLIS:6100 Database Management (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/SLIS:6140 Digital Environments (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/SLIS:6380 Analysis of Scholarly Domains (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/SLIS:5043 Contextual Foundations-Special Libraries (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/SLIS:6490 Information Policy and Ethics (3 s.h.)

Applied Mathematics and Computational Science

  • AMCS:5900 Seminar: Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences (arr.)
  • AMCS:7990 Reading and Research (arr.)


  • GENE:6200 Special Topics in Genetics (1 s.h.)
  • GENE:7191 Human Molecular Genetics (3 s.h.)

College of Medicine


  • IGPI/PATH:5270 Pathogenesis of Major Human Diseases (3 s.h.)

College of Public Health


  • IGPI/BIOS:5120 Regression and ANOVA in Health Sciences (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/BIOS:5310 Research Data Management (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/BIOS:6310 Introductory Longitudinal Data Analysis (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/BIOS:6610 Statistical Methods in Clinical Trials (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/BIOS:7210 Survival Data Analysis (3 s.h.)
  • BIOS:7410 Analysis of Categorical Data (3 s.h.)

Community and Behavioral Health

  • CBH:5305 Evaluation Approaches and Applications (3 s.h.)
  • CBH:5310 Qualitative Research for Public Health (3 s.h.)
  • CBH:6205 Designing and Implementing Interventions (3 s.h.)


  • EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles (3 s.h.)
  • EPID:4450 Public Health Data (3 s.h.)
  • IGPI/EPID:5220 Principles of Public Health Informatics (3 s.h.)
  • EPID:5500 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology (3 s.h.)
  • EPID:5610 Intermediate Epi Data Analysis SAS & R (3 s.h.)
  • EPID:6400 Epidemiology II: Advanced Methods (3 s.h.)
  • EPID:6600 Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases (3 s.h.)
  • EPID:6910 Pharmacoepidemiology (3 s.h.)

Health Management and Policy

  • HMP:4000 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System (3 s.h.)
  • HMP:5310 Healthcare Quality Management (2 s.h.)
  • HMP:5315 Health Information Systems (2 s.h.)
  • HMP:5350 Hospital Organization and Management (2 s.h.)
  • HMP:5410 Health Economics I (3 s.h.)
  • HMP:5610 Health Policy (3 s.h.)
  • HMP:7960 Analytical Issues in Health Services Research I (3 s.h.)
  • HMP:7965 Analytical Issues in Health Services Research II (3 s.h.)

Occupational and Environmental Health

  • OEH:4210 Global Public Health (3 s.h.)
  • OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health (3 s.h.)
  • OEH:4310 Occupational Ergonomics: Principles (3 s.h.)
  • OEH:4510 Injury and Violence Prevention (3 s.h.)
  • OEH:5620 Occupational Health (3 s.h.)
  • OEH:6420 Industrial Hygiene Fundamentals (3 s.h.)