Courses | Health Informatics
Courses | Guided Electives | Internship
The master's program in information science provides a challenging and visionary offering of
courses. Both the blended and online courses offer students the
opportunity to network with their peers. Course offerings for each
semester can be found by visiting the UNT-LIS Web site at
the master's degree, students
are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours; an Internship/Field
Experience for 3 additional credit hours; and an end-of-program examination.
Core Courses (9
5000 Information and Knowledge Professions
History, roles and scope of the information and knowledge professions. Basic concepts and issues including impact of information technology on the individual, intellectual freedom, privacy and diversity. Legal and ethical aspects of managing information and knowledge organizations. Course activities emphasize team building and leadership skills.
5200 Information Organization
Principles, concepts and practices of information organization and presentation. Concepts and problems of human information behavior, classification and categorization related to information organization. Database technology, structure and design. Standards for information organization, data representation and information exchange. Systems for organizing information and facilitating information access in various information use environments.
5600 Information Access and Knowledge Inquiry
Epistemological foundations of information use. Basic principles and techniques of information access and knowledge inquiry. Survey of research in information seeking behavior and user interaction. Introduction to systems of access, search, retrieval, and navigation, as well as reference collection management and services. Study of evaluation methods for resources in all formats, services and user satisfaction.
12 credit hours)
Note: All the courses listed below are taught online.
SLIS 5365 Health
Sciences Information Management
introduction to health sciences libraries and information centers. Topics
include: characteristics of health information services, organization and
management of collections, facilities, users and user services, the role
of information technology, and professional activities of health
information management specialists, including the growing interest in
(Offered in Fall semester.)
SLIS 5637 Medical
Details the history of
medical information including biomedical communication. Studies the types of information resources and services related to
the transfer of information in the health sciences and integral computer
applications to health sciences libraries including the organizational
structure of medical knowledge. Familiarizes
students with the concept of information management and the application of
information technology to health care. Analyzes current issues in the health care field and the
relationship to health sciences libraries and information centers.
(Offered in Spring semester.)
SLIS 5960 Genomics and Translational Medicine for Information Professionals
Explores basic concepts of genomics and translational medicine and the role that information professionals have to play in providing genomic information to researchers, clinicians, and the lay public.
in Summer semester.)
Disaster Management for Information Professionals
Provides students with the basic skills to create a
disaster plan for a library serving information needs related to
disasters/emergencies for first responders, clinicians, victims,
public health professionals, and the public and to develop an
outreach program to reach these populations.
in Summer semester.)
Community Based Health Information
Designed for public,
school, academic, and medical library students that are interested in
health information, focusing on serving the health information needs of
the community. Provides the knowledge required to plan for services and programs
related to health information. Explores public health issues as they relate to libraries
providing community-based health information services.
in Summer semester.)
SLIS 5960 Medical
Focuses on two critical
medical informatics standards, DICOM and HL7, used for exchanging relevant
information such as patient demographics, orders, laboratory tests, and
diagnostic images. Demonstrations
of actual transactions using software that can simulate patient
registrations, image exchange, etc. Explores the role of health information
professionals in the management of digital medical images.
Site visits are arranged in order to witness the functionality of these
standards in real world situations. Various guest speakers from the
healthcare industry provide their perspective as well.
every other Summer semester.)
Guided Electives (15
The students in collaboration with their
advisor select 15 additional hours of elective credit. These courses
will be tailored to meet the student's career interests. Up to 6
hours may be taken in the UNT School of Public Health with the consent of
the advisor and instructor.
can obtain their internship/field experience from a wide range of
potential sites, including academic health sciences centers, hospitals,
health associations, consumer
health libraries, biomedical companies, among others. Opportunities may exist in other
and may be tailored to the student's career interests.
information about the internship/field experience, visit http://courses.unt.edu/acleveland/intern-health/index.htm
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