Course Descriptions

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HAD5010H: Canada's Health System and Health Policy - Part 1
INF1003H: Information Systems, Services and Design
INF1341H: Analyzing Information Systems
INF2183H: Knowledge Management and Systems
MHI1001H: Information and Communication Technology in Health Care
MHI1002H: Complexity of Clinical Care for Non-Clinicians
MHI2001H: Health Informatics I
MHI2002H: Health Informatics II
MHI2003H: Consumer Health Informatics and Public Health Informatics
MHI2004H: Human Factors and Change Management in Health Services
MHI2005Y: Health Informatics Practicum
MHI2006H: Advanced Topics in eHealth Innovation (Health and Clinical Information Systems)
MHI2007H: Quantitative Skills in Health Informatics
MHI2008H: Project Management for Health Informatics
MHI2009H: Evaluation for Health Informatics
MHI2011H: Performance Measurements in Healthcare: Theory and Application

INF1003H

Course Number INF1003H
Course Name Information Systems, Services and Design
Prerequisite n/a
Delivery Format Seminar
Semester Offered Fall - Session 1
Instructor P. Andritsos


Description:
Fundamental perspectives and skills necessary for sound technical judgment about the place of information and communication technologies in contemporary society. Critical analysis of the design fabrication, deployment, use and maintenance of information systems and services. Analysis of modeling, architecture, implementation, inclusive access, modularity, life-cycle, and interoperability. Use of and familiarity with programming languages, databases interfaces, interactive technologies. Critical methods and analytic techniques from Science and Technology Studies and related disciplines.

Evaluation:

Take-home mid-term 25%
Individual project (modeling) 25%
Group project (e.g. web service design) 50%
  • design 25%
  • poster, demo and presentation 25%

 

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INF1341H

Course Number INF1341H
Course Name Analyzing Information Systems
Prerequisite  
Delivery Format  
Semester Offered Fall - Session 1
Instructor E. Yu


Description:
There are numerous ways in which information technology can be used in any particular setting, with very different results. IT can be used to reduce costs and improve efficiency simply by taking advantage of the power of automation. But the increasingly diverse capabilities of IT systems can also stimulate innovative rethinking of business processes, reorganizing and simplifying work relationships and roles. Even more radically, strategic use of IT can lead to transformations in entire industries, changing the rules and business models within which customers, suppliers, partners and other stakeholders operate.

In the information systems world, the system analyst acts as the intermediary between technical system developers on the one hand, and business managers and users on the other. Techniques have been developed to enable them to analyze business situations and communicate requirements to technical developers. With the rapidly changing role of IT in today's organizations, there is also need to rethink the methods and techniques used in systems analysis. This course will cover traditional system analysis methods as well as recent developments.  Modelling approaches will include process modeling, data modeling, object modeling, and strategic modelling. Strengths and limitations of various techniques will be examined.

Objectives:
This course aims to reflect on the practice of systems analysis, both in its traditional form, and in light of recent developments. A range of modeling techniques will be exercised to support system analysis to achieve varying degrees of organizational change.

Evaluation:

Proposal for study site and sector (individual) 5%
Assignment 1:
Process automation & innovation; process & data modelling
30%
Assignment 2:
Exploring transformations; strategic modelling
30%
Assignment 3:
Insights from modelling
15%
Project Final Presentation (5% is individual mark) 15%
Class participation (individual) 5%


Prerequisite:
There are no formal course prerequisites. However, course assignments require:

  • a basic understanding of the major elements of Canada's health care system
  • an awareness of major trends and issues (see Learning Resources below)
  • a developed ability to read and use course materials and other sources to research and write graduate-level, analytic assignments
  • developed English language (reading and writing) abilities

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INF2183H

Course Number INF2183H
Course Name Knowledge Management and Systems
Prerequisite  
Delivery Format  
Semester Offered Winter - Session 2
Instructor E. Yu


Description:
Knowledge management from an information systems perspective. Analyzing information and knowledge processes in organizations. Explicit and implicit/tacit knowledge in software systems and in human social systems. Languages and models for codifying knowledge. Application of information technologies to knowledge management.  Ontologies and the semantic web.  Knowledge management in information systems development. Applications in selected areas such as enterprise management, e-commerce, healthcare, media, and education

Objectives:
Information systems professionals are increasingly being called upon to help manage knowledge in organizations, beyond conventional information processing. A wide range of information technologies, such as document management systems, groupware, intranets, expert systems, software agents and repositories, as well as traditional information systems, are being used to support work in organizations. This course examines knowledge management from an information systems perspective.  Notions of knowledge in the management literature and in the information systems area are reviewed.  Modelling techniques that can be used during systems analysis in the context of organizational knowledge management are examined.
The course aims to expose students to the issues of knowledge management in organization and across communities, and to provide opportunities to learn and apply modelling and analytical techniques to understand the use of various types of information technologies in meeting organizational knowledge management needs.

Evaluation:

Assignment 1:
Presentation and discussion of selected readings
15%
Assignment 2:
Analyzing knowledge needs - report (1-2 person teams)
25%
Assignment 3:
Identifying knowledge management systems solutions - report (1-2 person teams)
20%
Assignment 4:
Reflections on Knowledgement Management and Systems - report (individual)
20%
Class attendance and participation is mandatory 10%


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MHI1001H

Course Number MHI1001H
Course Name Information and Communication Technology in Health Care
Prerequisite n/a (see below)
Delivery Format Weekly, 2 hours
Semester Offered Fall - Session 1
Instructor  J. Cafazzo


Description:
This course will introduce the fundamental concepts of information and communication technology for those students with a non-technical background. The course will cover material that is relevant to health informatics and focus on the understanding of hardware and software systems. The proper design and specification of health information systems will be emphasized. The purpose of this course is to provide the students a sufficient background to understand the technical details of healthcare ICTs and apply their knowledge in the design and specification of systems.

Evaluation:

Participation and attendance 10%
Pop quizzes 10%
Midterm exam 25%
Term Paper 15%
Final exam 40%

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MHI1002H

Course Number MHI1002H
Course Name Complexity of Clinical Care for Non-Clinicians
Prerequisite n/a
Delivery Format Weekly, 3 hours
Semester Offered Fall - Session 1
Instructor R. Booth
L. Tkac


Description:
The purpose of this course is to expose non-clinicians and clinicians entering the graduate Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program at the University of Toronto to the complexity of clinical care.  This course will focus on the flow of information within and amongst patients/consumers, professionals, and between healthcare settings.  Equally, this course will provide opportunities for students to expand and reconceptualize their unique understandings of the concept of health and the health system at large.

Objectives:

  1. To enhance awareness of the complexity of clinical data collection, processing, management, and use throughout the patient/consumer encounter.
  2. To increase understanding of the unique characteristics of various patient populations, and how these characteristics impact on care delivery and information processing by multidisciplinary clinicians across settings.
  3. To increase student awareness of multidisciplinary clinician’s perceptions and interactions with information systems.
  4. To facilitate learning about the interaction between organizational processes and information handling at various clinical care settings.
  5. To expose students directly to the powerful role informatics play in clinical health care.
  6. To provide an opportunity for students to explore different facets of the health system and reconceptualise their opinions/views regarding health and healthcare.

Evaluation:

 

Oral presentation - Group 10%
Written assignment 10%
Oral presentation - Group 20%
Written assignment 40%
Participation - 10% seminar, 10% clinical site visits 20%

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MHI2001H

Course Number MHI2001H
Course Name Health Informatics I
Prerequisite n/a
Delivery Format Weekly, 3 hours
Semester Offered Fall - Session 1
Instructor A. Shachak


Description:
This course is designed to provide an introduction of basic concepts and recurrent themes in Health Informatics (HI)- an emergent discipline that deals with the collection, storage, retrieval communication and use of health related data, information and knowledge. During the course we will explore a number of topics central to understanding of the field including the history of and motivation for HI, Biomedical data, information and knowledge, information systems design for the health care domain, and organizational and societal issues.

Course Objectives:
Students who participate in this class will get exposure to recurrent themes in Health Informatics. Students should be able to:

  1. Understand the scope and breadth of Health Informatics,
  2. Determine the essential infrastructure required for the application of information technology in health care settings,
  3. Understand how technology is used to capture, store, analyze and disseminate health and clinical information.
  4. Understand how technology is used to support decision making processes in health care.
  5. Discuss societal, organizational ethical and legal issues that surround the application of technology in health care settings.

Evaluation:

2 Group assignments - 15% each 30%
Mid-term individual paper 20%
Final paper 50%

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MHI2002H

Course Number MHI2002H
Course Name Health Informatics II
Prerequisite MHI2001H - Health Informatics I
Delivery Format Lecture / Guest Speakers
Semester Offered Winter - Session 2
Instructor A. Shachak


Description:
Health Informatics essentially seeks to apply Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to improve all aspects of healthcare, including preventive and acute care, research, and education. This course provides an overview of applications of ICT to health care and biomedicine. Potential and actual benefits as well as the challenges associated with these applications will be discussed. Topics include Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), patient care systems, telehealth, clinical Decision Support Systems (DSS) and bioinformatics.

Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course students should be able to:

  • Describe the main applications of ICT in healthcare and biomedicine, their features, uses and potential as well as actual benefits.
  • Understand and use the basic vocabulary of health informatics.
  • Assess basic technical, organizational, ethical and legal issues related to the application of ICT in healthcare settings.
  • Recognize some of the limitations and potential sources of failure or error in the design, implementation and operation of health information systems.

Evaluation:

2 Group assignments - 15% each 30%
Mid-term individual paper 20%
Final paper 50%


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MHI2003H

Course Number MHI2003H
Course Name Consumer Health Informatics and Public Health Informatics
Prerequisite MHI2001H - Health Informatics I
Delivery Format Lecture
Semester Offered Winter - Session 2
Instructor E. Seto & L. Mnyusiwalla


Description:
Consumer health informatics has been defined as "the branch of medical informatics that analyses consumers' needs for information; studies and implements methods of making information accessible to consumers; and models and integrates consumers' preferences into medical information systems". The increasing availability of health information that is accessible to consumers, most notably through the internet and related technologies, and the growing interest in personal health records accessible and/or controlled by the consumer, coincides with the desire of most consumers to assume more responsibility for their health and the pressures of costs on health systems, the emphasis on the health of populations and on prevention, and the growing desire of health professionals to realize the potential of patients and their families. The course will give an overview of how information technology and consumer health informatics are becoming an integral part of modern concepts of public health and national healthcare policies in many developed countries.

Public Health Informatics has been defined as "the application of information science and technology to public health research and practice" (Friede et al. 1995). Consumer health informatics partly overlaps with this very broad definition of public health informatics, in that consumer health informatics applications directly or indirectly affect public health, and in that data from consumer health informatics applications can be used for surveillance purposes. The second part of the course will give an overview over these kinds of applications, and also touch on public health informatics applications which are not considered in a narrower sense specifically deals with population-level data collected and analyzed for or by public health professionals, for example for surveillance purposes.

Objectives:
Students who participate in this class will get exposure to the following themes in CHI and PHI:

  • Gain an overview for consumer health informatics applications and theories, and the public health angle of health informatics.
  • Compare and evaluate available consumer information technologies, recognize contemporary trends in consumer health information seeking and usage, including needs of special populations, develop an understanding of the creation of online health information sources.
  • Evaluate the quality of the information delivered on the Internet and other media, and develop an understanding for approaches and dimensions for assessing information quality. Develop a basic understanding of how consumers assess the credibility of health messages
  • Examine the impact of peer-to-peer communication
  • Get an understanding for the latest developments and issues related to personal health records, patient accessible electronic health records, patient-provider communication, patient portals
  • Examine current and future trends in the development of standardized consumer vocabularies
  • Analyze the social and ethical issues related to computerized healthcare information delivery, and analyze the change in the relationship between healthcare consumers and healthcare professionals as a result of available consumer information technologies.
  • Analyze existing and future web-based behaviour change applications for consumers, and get an understanding for the behaviour change theories used by these applications
  • Gain an understanding of public health informatics applications such as surveillance systems

Evaluation:

Class participation 10%
3 Group assignments (10% each) 30%
Midterm quiz 20%
Final paper 40%


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MHI2004H

Course Number MHI2004H
Course Name Human Factors and Change Management in Health Services
Prerequisite MHI2001H - Health Informatics I
Delivery Format Weekly, 2 hours
Semester Offered Winter - Session 2
Instructor J. Cafazzo
P. Trbovich
M. Casselman


Description:
This course will address the socio-technical challenges of introducing information and communication technology into healthcare settings. The course will cover contrasting strategies in the successful adoption and deployment of systems by introducing the fundamental concepts of human factors and the principles and strategies associated with organizational change management.

 

The course will focus on psycho-social and behavioural issues and how they affect the design and usability considerations related to clinical applications and devices. Case examples will be utilized to demonstrate issues of human-computer interaction in clinical settings. Students will be provided with an opportunity to conduct usability testing, a clinical workflow analysis, clinical process design and engineering, and determine the potential impact of introducing online clinical information tools. End user engagement strategies to influence successful adoption of clinical information systems will also be discussed.

Objectives:
Overall, the purpose of this course is to provide the students with a sufficient background to understand the technical, organizational and individual issues associated with the changes related to the introduction of clinical computing solutions.

 

Evaluation:

Participation and attendance 10%
Case study group presentations 20%
Clinical workflow analysis or usability paper 30%
Final paper 40%


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MHI2005Y

Course Number MHI2005Y
Course Name Health Informatics Practicum
Prerequisite MHI2001H - Health Informatics, and
MHI2002H - Health Informatics II
Delivery Format  
Semester Offered Summer - Session 3
Instructor T. Bird-Gayson


Description:
The required practicum will provide an opportunity to apply the theory and knowledge gained in course work directly in a health care related organization. Students are required to spend a minimum of 600 hours involved in appropriate, supervised field practice for 2.0 FCE. While it cannot be guaranteed to students, the professional status of the MHI is recognized within the industry and the Program Coordinator will endeavour to seek practicum arrangements that offer paid positions.

Some examples of positions that may be available in a Health Informatics practicum include Health Information Analysts, Technical Specialists, Technical Architects, Program Coordinators, Project Managers, Special Projects and Team Participants. Examples of HI skills that would be practiced include knowledge of computer and technical applications in health care, pharmaceutical, finance, human resources and telecommunications; problem solving in software engineering, change management or project management, corporate strategizing, facilitation, resolution and crisis management; management skills such as facilitating team effectiveness; leadership through participation and contribution on project teams or committees; communication skills; increase job knowledge; and writing and/or reporting skills. Throughout the practicum the students are expected to record and reflect upon their experiences and to engage in regular discussion with their practicum supervisor. The practicum evaluation is based on the student’s performance plus a scholarly, analytical and reflective report drawing on the experience, and a presentation to their classmates. All practicum placements require the approval of the MHI Program Committee.

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MHI2006H

Course Number MHI2006H
Course Name Advanced Topics in eHealth Innovation (Health and Clinical Information Systems)
Prerequisite MHI2001H - Health Informatics I,
MHI2002H - Health Informatics II, and
MHI2005Y - Health Informatics Practicum
Delivery Format Weekly
Semester Offered Fall - Session 4
Instructor T. Bird-Gayson
J. Zarb


Description:
This will be a weekly seminar course that will explore the basics as well as the advanced nuances of a broad spectrum of topics in the eHealth Innovation and Information Management. Students will be responsible to work on their own as well as within a group analyzing eHealth development. The course is comprised of the following: (1) a comprehensive review of the key concepts and theories from information theory which have been applied, or have viable application potential, to management in the health services industry, (2) identify and critically analyze the strengths and weakness of varying “traditions” in eHealth and information management, (3) critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of varying methodologies used to study issues in health services, and (4) prepare the student to formulate and clearly articulate relevant, topical questions and to develop viable strategies by which to address them.

Objectives:
To undertake an analysis of the topics and issues that both promote and hinder the uptake of eHealth and health information innovations in the health services system. The objective is to gain an understanding of the complex personal, environmental, financial, political and societal forces that influence the use of such innovations and develop strategies for improving the uptake of evolving technologies.

Evaluation:

Participation 10%
Seminar presentation 10%
Term paper 40%
Group Project 40%


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MHI2007H

Course Number MHI2007H
Course Name Quantitative Skills in Health Informatics
Prerequisite n/a
Delivery Format Weekly, 3 hours
Semester Offered Winter - Session 2
Instructor O. Falenchuk


Description:

This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of selected statistical analysis techniques relevant to health services research. Specifically, the course covers intermediate statistical methods normally found in research and work applications: analysis of variance for one-way and multi-way data with fixed, mixed and random effects models; linear and multiple regression; multiple correlation, analysis of covariance, repeated-measures analyses. In addition, students will learn about survey sampling, experimental design, and power analysis. The emphasis will be placed on conceptual understanding of statistical techniques and their application to address real problems.

Evaluation:

In-class Quizzes (3 x 10% each) 30%
Portfolio of the results and interpretations of statistical anlayses 40%
Final Exam 30%

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MHI2008H

Course Number MHI2008H
Course Name Project Management for Health Informatics
Prerequisite n/a
Delivery Format on-line
Semester Offered Summer - Session 3
Instructor T. Bird-Gayson
J. Alleyne


Description:

This course covers the lifecycle of projects including strategic, organizational and operational aspects of managing projects. Students learn to manage the technical, behavioural, political and cultural aspects of temporary groups performing unique tasks. Topics covered include: the project lifecycle, integration management, scope management, time management, cost management, quality management, human resource management, communication management, risk management and procurement management, managing without authority, managing geographically dispersed project teams, and resolving conflict.

Objectives:

  • A basic understanding of project management principles and practices
  • The ability to apply basic project management techniques and choose supporting software tools
  • An understanding of the role and importance of project management in health care organizations and how projects support organizational goals and strategy
  • The ability to think critically about when and under which circumstances to apply specific project management techniques
  • An understanding of the role of time, cost and quality management in successful projects
  • An understanding of and appreciation for the social dynamics of teamwork and how people work individually and in teams
  • An understanding of the management and communication techniques and skills that lead to successful project outcomes
  • An understanding of the role of communicatoin in project management and an improvement in their ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • A better understanding of their own personal goals, motivations, and way of working individually and within teams
  • An increase in their ability to function effectively on a project team and as a a project manager.

Evaluation:

Sample project charter and plan (fictitious) 25%
Participation in online role playing
     project simulations (2-3 @ 10% each)
30%
Essay 25%
Final report 10%
Participation/contribution 10%

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