Master of Science and Health Informatics (Medical Informatics Track)
offered by the UP College of Medicine
Medical Informatics deals with organization and management of information in support of patient care, education, research and administration. It covers a wide area of the health informatics discipline from the fetus to the geriatric patient. It involves the study of information systems in clinics, laboratories, health centers, hospitals and other health facilities involved in the management of patient data.
The graduates of the medical informatics track are expected to be high-level analysts who can perceive various scenarios and analyze them in the context of building systematic information solutions to existing problems. They will have the necessary components of an information system including hardware, software, data, networks, processes and human resource management.
The training program is designed to provide prospective leaders in HEALTH INFORMATICS with competencies in the field, such that at the end of the program, the students will be able to:
- Apply informatics concepts, skills and principles for the efficient, effective and strategic solution of health problems;
- Provide perspectives in health informatics that can be used in the critical study of all levels of health information systems;
- Plan, undertake, evaluate and monitor health informatics research projects; and
- Provide technical services to health professionals and agencies, both public and private, concerned with management of information. This could be the bases for health policy formulation, thereby providing leadership and excellence in health informatics.
Health Informatics (HI 201) 3 units lecture
Spectrum of health informatics domains in the Philippine healthcare situation. This course will enable the students to discuss the different subspecialties of health informatics and their relation to the national health system. This will allow the students to see the vertical (genomic to clinical to population data) and horizontal (computer science and clinical medicine to public health) approach of system management.
Systems Analysis And Design (HI 210) 3 units lecture
Interactions between components of a health information system: hardware, software, data, network and people. The course will provide the tools needed for system analysis.Ma
Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Health Informatics (HI 271) 1 unit lecture
Health information is fraught with possible infringement in privacy, confidentiality and security of health information. Student must recognize and resolve these and advocate and practice ethical, legal health information management.
Seminar in Health Informatics (HI 298) 1 unit lecture
The course will keep both students and faculty abreast with the recent developments in health informatics knowledge and methods.
Research Methods in Health Informatics (HI 299) 2 units lecture, 1 unit laboratory
The course will enable students to apply the concepts, principles and methods of research in health information management.
Organization and Management in Health Informatics (MI 207) 2 units lecture
Management and leadership in health information systems. Being in a transformational discipline, students must recognize the importance of managing change in health information system taking into consideration their own organizational culture.
Data Modeling and Design for Health (MI 216) 1 unit lecture, 1 unit laboratory
Practical course in transforming clinical concepts into actual data models and into databases. Students must acquire knowledge and skills on various modeling tools before embarking on building complex systems.
Coding, Classification And Terminology in Medicine (MI 224) 2 units lecture
Systematic organization of health concepts with focus on standards and their actual implementation. Codes, classifications and terminology are the language and building blocks of health information systems.
Clinical and Laboratory Information Systems (MI 227) 2 units lecture, 1 unit laboratory
Design and development of clinical and laboratory information systems appropriate in the local setting. Using the data in the clinics and laboratories, knowledge and skills in the design and implementation of information systems in these areas are needed.
Application of Internet Technologies in Health Care (MI 238) 1 unit lecture, 1 unit laboratory
Application of existing and emerging web-based technologies in health care. The Internet offers new technologies that must be understood and applied by the informatics practitioner.
Primary Health Care Informatics (MI 239) 2 units lecture
Appropriate technologies and methods in a community-based health information system. The course will enable the student to bridge the gap between the community where data are collected and national data centers where data are processed and interpreted for informed decision making at all levels.
Master’s Thesis (MI 300) 6 units
Data Warehousing in Health Care (MI 219) 1 unit lecture, 1 unit laboratory
Specialized modeling techniques for the development and management of large healthcare databases. Health informatics experts encounter large databases in their practice. They should be well-versed with the management of these databases.
Business Aspects of Health Informatics (HI 250) 2 units lecture
Business models, management and marketing of health information systems. There is a huge opportunity for the consolidation of sound business principles and the practice of health informatics. The students need to learn strategic, ethical and cost-effective practice of health informatics.
Special Topics in Medical Informatics (MI 295) 3 units lecture
This course will reinforce the concepts, principles and keep the students abreast with the emerging technologies related to the field of health informatics.