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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HIM6943

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2013-10-11
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 5/6/13 for Health Informatics Program. Approved. Cleared Syst Concurrence 7/31/13. to SCNS 8/5/13. Approved eff 9/1/13

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4734 2013-04-15
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Deans Office MD 6108-000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Michael J. Barber, D.Phil. 8139749908

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    HIM 6943 Health Informatics Internship

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? Y
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3-1 I - Internships (Including Practicum) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Health Informatics Internship
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 0


    HIM 6667



    Course Description

    The course involves the successful completion of an internship experience in an institution that provides insight into one or more aspects of health informatics.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    Health informatics represents an evolving and very popular topic in the biomedical sciences and healthcare field that deals with the collection, storage, retrieval, communication and optimal use of health-related data, information and knowledge. The discipline combines the methodologies of medical sciences and information technology. Internships provide a valuable opportunity for students to apply the skills mastered as part of the traditional course activities.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    All the faculty in the course will have terminal doctoral degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) in appropriate disciplines and have extensive graduate teaching experience.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    The overall course objective is to provide solid practical experience in the application of the principles of health informatics or health information management to a topic of the student’s interest that will facilitate application to present or future education or research endeavors or career goals.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the course, students will have a strong background coupled with extensive applied experience in the field of health informatics.

    C. Major Topics

    Major topics include the application of health informatics to the design of management information systems, the design of electronic medical records, data mining in health informatics, patient data interpretation, applications in rational health records databases and design and the modeling of health informatics outcomes.

    D. Textbooks

    Owing to the diverse nature of the health informatics subject material, no specific texts are required or available. Extensive readings from the primary literature will be identified.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Additional and appropriate course readings will be identified and posted on Blackboard or canvas.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    The course requires completion of the following components:

    a) a minimum of 150 contact hours of practical experience

    b) a written internship report (75% of course grade)

    c) an oral or video presentation of the internship report (25% of course grade)

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    The course requires completion of the following components:

    a) a minimum of 150 contact hours of practical experience

    b) a written internship report (75% of course grade)

    c) an oral or video presentation of the internship report (25% of course grade)

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    For documented student absences, such as for illness, students will be allowed to make up any missing reports. Students will be required to abide by USF policy on academic integrity described in course syllabus.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    M.S. Health Informatics

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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