Medical Informatics Online
At the convergence of health care and information technology lies the exciting, evolving field of medical informatics. The SCS part-time MMI program prepares students for opportunities across the spectrum of patient care delivery, from designing and implementing electronic record systems for hospitals and private entities, to consulting with physician practices. Students explore current and emerging health IT systems, while developing essential skills such as change management and negotiation. Whether a student has a clinical or IT background, the program provides assigned, course tracks to build specific skill sets. Students also benefit from a partnership with the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, a leader in the wired medical community. The MMI program also provides preparation for board certification in medical informatics, a designated medical subspecialty. Fully accredited, SCS online courses marry the best aspects of online technology with the interactivity of the classroom in a format designed to work with students' busy schedules. Learn more about SCS's distance learning philosophy.
Medical Informatics Faculty Perspective
David M. Liebovitz, MD
Faculty director for the MS in Medical Informatics program and chief medical information officer for the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. Liebovitz serves as medical director for clinical information systems at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and physician leader for the implementation and optimization of campus electronic records. Liebovitz is also an associate professor of preventive medicine/health and biomedical informatics at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.
- Assess the informatics needs and system constraints within health care organizations from clinical, operational and financial perspectives.
- Create a vision for electronic health records demonstrating how principles of effective implementation and use positively influence the quality and efficiency of health care delivery and health care research.
- Synthesize at leadership and managerial levels the privacy, security, legal, ethical and social challenges inherent to the informatics industry.
Most students starting the MMI program have either a technical or a clinical background. To provide everyone with a foundation for success in the core program, students are placed into one of two tracks upon admission:
The Technologist Track is for students with a technical background and consists of two courses to introduce them to the American health care system and the clinical landscape.
The Clinician Track is for students with clinical backgrounds and consists of two courses designed to familiarize them with basic concepts in computer databases and networking.
The Master's in Medical Informatics requires the successful completion of a minimum of 11 units of credit, with each course counting as one unit of credit. (Students may be required to complete up to 13 courses in order to gain the necessary background in the field). Students complete one-to-four track courses (assigned to students upon admission to the program), seven core courses, a leadership course and a capstone (498) or thesis (590) project. View complete curriculum details and review program track requirements.
- LEADERS 481-DL Leadership
- MED_INF 403-DL Intro to Med Informatics
- MED_INF 404-DL Health Care Operations
- MED_INF 405-DL HIT Standards
- MED_INF 406-DL Decision Support Systems
- MED_INF 407-DL Legal, Ethical, Social Issues
- MED_INF 408-DL Acquisition and Assessment
- MED_INF 409-DL Biostatistics
- MED_INF 498-DL Capstone Project
- MED_INF 590-DL Thesis Research