Health Information Systems Management (HISM) Minor

The HISM minor program provides rigorous coverage and training in the areas of project management and healthcare data communications. These strengths are highly desirable in today’s healthcare professions.

By taking the elective courses students could choose to learn data-driven decision support systems which are highly relevant to clinical decision making and care planning, or to gain deeper exposure to IT management that is essential to practice management.

The HISM minor program will typically take two years to complete. However, students carrying HP 250 or IS 220 credits into the Program may fast-track to completion in the near future.

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For Health Information Systems Management Minor application click Word or PDF

Information Systems (IS)

College of Business Administration
Department Chair: Kuang-Wei Wen
241 Wing Technology Center

Professor: Wen
Associate Professors: Yang, Haried
Assistant Professor: Dai
Lecturer: Annino

The HISM minor can be taken by non-IS CBA majors and majors in non-CBA colleges.

FOR CBA MAJORS the minor program consists of seven courses (six required, one elective) totaling 19 credits: HP 250; IS 321, 340, 370, 420, 435; one elective course from: IS 320, IS 360 

FOR NON-CBA MAJORS the minor program consist of eight courses (seven required, one elective) totaling 23 credits: HP 250; IS 220, 321, 340, 370, 420, 435; one elective course from: IS 320, IS 360

For Health Information Systems Management Minor application click Word or PDF

Admission and Retention Process:

  1. Provide a completed application form and a copy of your transcript to the IS office. (Wing 240)
  2. Have a declared major.  3) Have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.

All students must meet prerequisite requirements for courses counting toward the minor. Required courses for any non-IS major cannot be counted as electives for the HISM minor. Admissions are subject to an annual space limitation set by the department.

HP          250         Cr. 1

Medical Terminology for Health Professions

Students in various allied health fields will learn to use medically related terms in their professional communication. This covers the study of the language of medicine used in clinics, hospitals, and other health agencies. The student will develop a working knowledge of terms, word roots, and abbreviations with emphasis on spelling, definitions, and pronunciation. An introduction to health care records, disease process, operative, diagnostic, therapeutic, and symptomatic terminology of body systems will be covered as they pertain to medical practice. Online course. Offered Fall, Summer.

IS            220          Cr. 4

Information Systems for Business Management

This course provides the basic level of management information systems literacy. Students will be exposed to the building blocks of computer-based information systems, the various organizational aspects of utilizing information systems, and the role of information technology in the digital economy. To stress the importance of user participation, the systems development life cycle will be introduced from end-users' perspective. Additionally, students will acquire essential skills of personal productivity tools through hands-on training in small classes. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

IS/HIMT   321/320                Cr. 3

Survey of Information Technology in Health Care

In this course essential information technologies in health care (HITs) will be surveyed. Many important health care information systems (HISs) are built upon three categories of HITs: data processing technologies, information reporting technologies, and decision supporting technologies. Specific subjects pertaining to these technologies will be identified and introduced. (Cross-listed with HIMT 320; may only earn credit in IS or HIMT.) Offered Fall, Spring.

IS/HIMT                340          Cr. 3

Ethical Issues, Security Management and Compliance

This course introduces three broad subjects: 1) evidence-based medical ethics pertaining to health care information management; 2) framework of health care information security management including security principles, policies and procedures, security management models, risk assessment, and protection mechanisms; and 3) health care regulations and compliance with focuses on the legislative systems, policies, and legal environment of health care in the U.S. and the existing health information laws, regulations and standards. Also addressed are the elements and development of compliance programs. (Cross-listed with HIMT; may only earn credit in IS or HIMT.) Offered Fall, Spring.

IS/HIMT                370          Cr. 3

Health Care Systems: Analysis and Design

This is the first course in a two-course sequence that addresses methods and techniques of health care information system (IS) analysis and design as performed within the system development life cycle. Included will be the definition of the problem, fact gathering, analysis, logical design, selection and evaluation of alternative health care information systems solutions from the point of view of the health provider and user. The course focuses on the problem solving process that leads to the development of logical IS solutions to applied health care problems. Prerequisite: IS 220 or HIMT 300. (Cross- listed with HIMT; may only earn credit in IS or HIMT.) Offered Fall, Spring.

IS/HIMT                420          Cr. 3

Health Care Systems: Project Management

This course addresses the phenomenal impact information system (IS) projects have had on health care delivery. Students learn how IS health care projects affect organizations, doctors, patients, and chronic-illness treatments, as well as individuals interested in managing their own health care. Concepts and tools for IS health care project management, process reengineering and work redesign are introduced. The purpose of this course is to expose students to IS project management activities in health care settings. Topics covered include recent IS health care project trends,  budgeting, scheduling, resource management, scope, risk analysis, and deployment controls. The genesis of health care project management is covered using specific cases and examples. (Cross-listed with HIMT; may only earn credit in IS or HIMT.) Offered Fall, Spring.

IS/HIMT                435          Cr. 3

Data Communications and Computer Networks in Health Care

This course provides fundamentals of data communications and networking techniques, and examines the linkage of information technology strategies and technological solutions enabling effective communication within and between health care organizations. Major topics include fundamental concepts of data communications and applications, network communication devices, basic technologies of the Local Area Network, Wireless Local Area Network, Wide Area Network, Internet and the Web, the OSI stack, health care information system standards, and the HIE, RHIN, and the NHIN. Prerequisite: IS 220 or HIMT 320 (Cross-listed with HIMT; may only earn credit in IS or HIMT.) Offered Fall, Spring.


IS            320          Cr. 3

Computer-based Decision Support Systems for Management

An examination of how various software application packages such as spreadsheets, database management systems, and other software tools, are employed to support decision making in business environments. Topic areas include modeling, decision-support systems, data warehouses, on-line analytical processing, and data mining. Prerequisites: CS 120; IS 220. Offered Spring.

IS              360         Cr. 3

Management of Information Technology

An examination of issues that both MIS and non-MIS managers face in managing information and information technology within an organization. The course is a topics course and will, of necessity, vary from semester to semester to stay current with the technological changes which managers would face in the workplace. Topics include strategic uses of information technology, technological trends and their implications, the relationship between organizational structure and information technology, evaluation of the effectiveness of information technology, end user computing, management of new and existing systems and ethical and international issues. Prerequisite: junior standing. Offered Spring.