The 2+2+1 concept allows students to begin coursework at the Associate level at a participating community college, transfer that coursework into a Bachelor's in Health Informatics at the university level, and then ultimately apply that coursework toward a Master's in Health Informatics at the university level. The 2+2+1 Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program provides students at Governors State University (GSU) with a complete education in understanding the role of informatics (i.e., the application of technological devices, resources, methods/techniques) in transforming the healthcare delivery field. The program is designed to assist students in developing their academic and professional skills through their general education experiences at GSU or the local Community Colleges; through upper-division and graduate courses at GSU; and through opportunities to participate in civic engagement.
The College of Health and Human Services graduate program in Health Informatics is a science devoted to understanding how information technology (IT) can be used to transform the way that healthcare is delivered. It influences patients, providers, payers, policy-makers, and technology vendors. The health informatics program's central academic objectives are:
Academic Objective 1: To enable students to understand the inter-relationships between information technology and healthcare services delivery, and the ways in which they mutually influence and transform each other.
Academic Objective 2: To provide students with technical, management and quantitative skills necessary to succeed in a mid-level health informatics role.
Academic Objective 3: To enable students to conceptualize and implement research designs and methodologies allowing them to expand their knowledge in health informatics and contribute to knowledge in the field (research option).
Academic Objective 4: To enable students to conceptualize and design a practical experience allowing them to expand their knowledge in health informatics and contribute to the operations of a health IT or health informatics department in a healthcare organization (practicum option).
The 2+2+1 curriculum is structured as follows:
Year 1 is heavily centered on the new GSU themes related to the cohorts of civic engagement, global citizenship and sustainability. Students will choose appropriate courses based on their interests and input from their academic advisors. From the standpoint of the MSHI degree, during the first year students will take the healthcare vocabularies course.
Year 2 entails more courses centered on the GSU themes and several health informatics courses including an introduction to health informatics, healthcare organization and administration, statistics, introduction to computer literacy and a finance course. These courses chiefly address Academic Objectives 1 and 2.
Year 3 contains courses in healthcare operations management, health information technology / systems analysis and design, economics, clinical foundations, health IT standards, project management, healthcare ethics, statistics and healthcare information systems. These courses address Academic Objectives 1, 2 and 4.
Year 4 contains courses in human computer interaction, networks and database technology, health IT leadership, concepts of research methods, knowledge management, IT security, legal issues in technology and a capstone course. These courses address Academic Objectives 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Year 5 contains courses in research, quality management, finance, quantitative decision making, strategy and several electives from health administration, computer science or management information systems. These courses address Academic Objectives 1, 2, 3 and 4.
In the GSU design a student would earn: 1) a Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics at the end of year 4, and then complete 2) a Master of Health Informatics at the end of year 5.
A total of 123 credit hours are required for the BS in Health Informatics degree. For completion of the MS in Health Informatics degree a total of 155 credit hours are required (123 BS + 32 MS).