HIT 421 Health Informatics

Ellis Confer

Fall 2022-2023
Class number: 18498
Section number: 701
M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
LEWIS 01508 Loop Campus

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This course provides an overview of fundamental concepts of information management including the information that healthcare organizations generate and use, the importance of data quality, and external factors that impact healthcare data management. The curriculum will also examine information systems (i.e., the arrangement and interaction of information, processes, people, and technology) as well as system standards and security issues. Finally, special consideration will be given to management, responsibilities, and challenges in aligning information technology (IT) planning with an organization's strategic planning as a means to create competitive advantage.

The course is blended with in-class and online distance learning sections. It is expected that all students will complete weekly assigned readings, will view assigned websites, and will view assigned videos prior to class. During class, students will participate in discussion and learning activities that will require that students have a basic understanding of the topics attained through the required readings. Students will be expected to complete in-class activities on campus and remotely.

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter.  If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L, and sent via email.


Contemporary Health Informatics by Mark L. Braunstein, Published by the American Health Information Mgmt, (2014)
ISBN 1584260319, 9781584260318

Other Reference Texts Include:

1. Glandon, G. L., Smaltz, D. H., & Slovensky, D. J.
(2008). Austin and Boxerman's information systems for healthcare management (7th ed.). Chicago: Health Administration Press.

2. Hickey, J. & Bronsan, C.
(2012). Evaluation of health care quality in advanced practice nursing. New York: Springer.

3. Kovner, A. R., Knickman, J., & Weisfeld, V. (Eds.).
(2008). Jonas and Kovner's health care delivery in the United States (10th edition). New York:

4. Shortliffe, E.H. & Cimino, J.J. (2006). Biomedical Informatics: Computer applications in health care and biomedicine (3rd edition). New York: Springer.


Weights are as follows:

* Course Project & Homework Assignments      30%

* Quizzes                                                            20%

* Midterm Exam                                                  25%

   Final Exam                                                       25%

Grades will be determined as follows:
92% - 100% A;
90% - 91% A-;
87% - 89% B+;
80% - 86% B;
77% - 79% B-;
70% - 76% C;
67% - 69% C-;
60% - 66% D;
0 % - 60% F.

Specific class participation activities for DL students will be outlined during each relevant session.


Status as a Health Informatics student is a prerequisite for this class.

Class Policies

1. No makeup exams will be given.*

2. Unless otherwise approved by the instructor, Assignments turned in late will not be accepted. Homework and project              deliverables must be turned in on time on the day when the assignment is due via D2L or as instructed per the                        assignment's posted requirements.

3.  Online Course Evaluations

     Instructor and course evaluations provide valuable feedback that can improve teaching and learning.  The greater the             level of participation, the more useful the results.  As students, you are in the unique position to view the instructor and           assess the effectiveness of instruction over time.  Your comments about what works and what does not can help faculty         build on the elements of the course that are strong and improve those that are weak.  Isolated comments from students         and instructors’ peers may also be helpful, but evaluation results based on high response rates may be statistically                 reliable.

     Your honest opinions about your experience in and commitment to the course and your learning may help improve some       components of the course for the next group of students.  The evaluation of the instructor and course provides an                   opportunity to make voices heard on an important issue – the quality of teaching at DePaul.


- Introduction to Health Informatics

For the remainder of the sessions, please refer to the syllabus made available at the first class session and subsequently available via the class website. Final Exam Administered

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296