The Health Care Informatics master’s program at MTSU, a concentration in Professional Science, emphasizes the skills and experience that will prepare the next generation of professionals to be competitive in the business and healthcare information technology workforce. This interdisciplinary degree is well suited to traditional students as well as working professionals. The M.S. in Professional Science is a groundbreaking master's degree in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that helps equip students for work in public and private business enterprises and in academia. Health Care Informatics is designed around concentration courses in information systems applications and security, project management, business intelligence/analytics, and healthcare law, and electives in valuable specialty areas like Six Sigma and Lean Productivity Systems. This concentration is supplemented by a core of business courses in accounting, statistics, managerial communication, leadership, and a capstone internship experience. The program supports both part-time and full-time students, and limited graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.
Kenyia Roberson, a licensed registered respiratory therapist, was hired by Community Health Systems as a team lead for implementing Cerner electronic medical records across the organization. She landed the position just before finishing her master’s degree in the Health Care Informatics program at MTSU. “This has been an amazing experience and unique journey for me,” she says. Roberson gained healthcare IT exposure while working in clinical settings and being a part of multiple hospital conversions such as Meditech, Cerner, and Medhost and then later gained project management experience at CHS. She was considering returning to school when she discovered the MTSU program at a hospital’s education fair. “I enjoyed assisting facilities with their clinical implementations and providing Go-Live support and training to staff,” she says. The Kansas City, Missouri, native has worked across multiple patient populations and has extensive experience as a respiratory therapist in neonatal and critical care units within Middle Tennessee.
Registered nurse Scott Simms earned a promotion to senior domain specialist in cardiology for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Health IT division after graduating from the MTSU Health Care Informatics master’s program in 2014. He previously supported the clinical use of computers as a systems support specialist 2 within the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. Simms came back to MTSU because of his satisfactory undergraduate experience in Biology and because there are few post-grad Health Care Informatics programs in the Midstate. “The program enlightened me to the industry’s standards and improved my awareness with exposure to legal, managerial, and accounting facets to healthcare,” he says. “This has made me a much more marketable asset for a company as well as given me the tools to perform at a high level.” Simms, who holds an Associate of Nursing degree from TSU, also had worked as an RN-Systems Support Specialist and a registered nurse in the operating room and surgical ICU.
Healthcare informatics and healthcare information technology make up one of Nashville’s most advanced industries today, and graduates in these fields typically secure employment earning salaries around double the national average. Nashville and the Middle Tennessee region also represent the second-fastest growing technology job market and the eighth-fastest growing economy nationwide. As a result, there is currently such surging demand for data scientists in Middle Tennessee that current graduation rates in these fields cannot supply enough qualified professionals, with even larger employment projections in coming years both in Tennessee and nationwide. The M.S. program in Health Care Informatics prepares graduates to enter one of many data science and technology sectors. There is a clear focus on competence, attitude, and job readiness in the MTSU program. Potential professional positions include:
While this M.S. degree prepares students for employment in many sectors of the health care and IT workforces, internship sites and prospective employers include but are not limited to:
The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science includes a business core with specific concentrations in Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.
The Professional Science Master's, as it is commonly called, combines the business management skills commonly found in the traditional M.B.A.-type program with advanced learning in specific science fields.
This interdisciplinary program is a partnership among the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, and the Jennings A. Jones College of Business.
Applicants for the Health Care Informatics concentration:
For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.
The College of Basic and Applied Sciences offers the Master of Science with a major in Professional Science (M.S.) with six concentrations: Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission to the Master of Science in Professional Science with a concentration in Health Care Informatics requires
NOTE: Applicants with backgrounds and experience outside of the common student profiles described above, or without a relevant degree or work experience, may be conditionally admitted to our program, with the expectation that the admitted student complete appropriate prerequisite coursework. Contact the program coordinator for details or for more information.
Once accepted into the College of Graduate Studies, students interested in the Master of Science in Professional Science program may enroll for one semester before being fully admitted to the program.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
Once admitted to the program, each candidate must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit (see specifics in Curriculum section below).
Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:
3 credit hours
Surveys accounting skills and legal perspectives necessary for managers without undergraduate business degrees to enter the businessworld. Will not meet the requirements for the M.S. in Information Systems, M.Acc. in Accounting, or the M.B.A. degree programs.
3 credit hours
Analysis of communication theory and communication processes with emphasis on development of executive communication skills essential for understanding organizational processes from a holistic perspective. Covers organizational theory, behavior, and interpersonal communication from both a domestic and global perspective.
3 credit hours
A supervised program of related work experience. Provides experiential opportunities for the application of the theoretical concepts learned.
3 credit hours
Issues in leadership and motivation in business organizations. An examination of the theoretical framework for leadership and motivation processes serves as foundation. Emphasis on practical issues and applications of leadership development and motivation.
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Professional Sciences program; graduate level. Focuses on probability and statistics concepts. Topics include binomial and normal probabilistic modeling; important statistical concepts such as confounding, randomization, sampling variability and significance; statistical testing of significant differences and associations; and design experiments to test research hypotheses.
3 credit hours
The U.S. health care system; its major stakeholders; and the laws and regulations that apply to health care institutions, professionals, and suppliers including Medicare, electronic health records, health care fraud and abuse, compliance planning, certificates of need, health care business associations, federal tax exemption, liability and licensing issues, and ethics in decision making.
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Project management processes and knowledge areas as sanctioned by the International Project Management Institute (PMI). Successful completion of the course will earn 23 contact hours/professional development units (PDUs) issued by PMI.
2 credit hours
Focuses on application development using electronic spreadsheets to improve decision making efficiency and effectiveness. Uses a hands-on approach to develop skills in electronic spreadsheets and modeling applied to a variety of business situations. Not acceptable for credit toward the degree requirements for the M.S. in Information Systems but may be required as a prerequisite at the discretion of the program coordinator.
3 credit hours
(Same as BIA 6905.) An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.
3 credit hours
A comprehensive view of the managerial concepts for security and assurance, including strategic alignment of security initiatives with business objectives; risk assessment and management; design, development, and management of an information security program; the development and management of the response and recovery from disruptive and destructive information security events; and the fundamentals of information systems auditing, assurance, and governance.
One course from:
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: BIA 6905 or QM 6770 or equivalent. A more advanced look at the application of business intelligence tools to solving business problems. Coverage will include the development and deployment of sophisticated reporting and dashboard systems to monitor and manage operations. Industry-standard business intelligence software utilized.
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: MATH 1530 or equivalent or consent of instructor. The Six Sigma methodology is defined as a comprehensive and flexible system for achieving, sustaining, and maximizing business success. Through class instruction, simulations, and hands-on projects, students will be able to identify and focus on customers' critical-to-quality (CTQ) characteristics and solve problems using the define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) process and its associated tools. A Green Belt certification will be awarded upon successful completion of an industry/business Green Belt project.
3 credit hours
Advanced study of planning in occupational safety and health management, including program planning and development methods and techniques as well as various systems approaches to hazard control.
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and ET 3910 or consent of instructor. Topics include the human element (supervisory and teamwork skills), the theoretical aspect (laws and science covering service and production systems), and the practical aspect (tools for lean operational systems implementation). Theoretical and practical methods needed to complete a required industry/business project and obtain a certification in Lean Manufacturing.
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Advanced topics related to engineering management systems with a focus on innovation implementation for technical products, technical processes, and for business models in a technical environment. Implementation strategies integrating current and emerging technologies into manufacturing, health care and service industries. Components needed for the construction of new venture business plans to create new technology businesses and jobs.
Dr. Robert B. Blair is a professor of Marketing in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). He also serves as director of the Center for Economic Education. He serves on both the honors and graduate faculties at MTSU. Dr. Blair received his Ph.D. in Vocational Education from Louisiana State University, M.B.E. in Business Education from MTSU, and B.S. in Business Administration and Business Education from Oral Roberts University. Dr. Blair has taught at the secondary and collegiate levels. He has also served as sponsor to Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lambda, and Collegiate Secretaries International chapters. He is a lifetime member of FBLA-PBL.
Dr. Blair is a Certified Online Instructor, Certified Business and Social Etiquette Consultant, Certified Dale Carnegie® Curriculum Trainer, and Professional Registered Parliamentarian. He was the first Tennessee career and technical education teacher to earn National Board Certification.
During his 30 year teaching career, Dr. Blair has been the recipient of 28 honors and awards for teaching, research, and service. Most recently, he was the recipient of the MTSU Public Service Award 2015-2016, National Business Education Association (NBEA) Distinguished Service Award 2016, National Association for Business Teacher Education (NABTE) Outstanding Leadership Award 2015, National Association of Parliamentarians District III Outstanding Teacher of Parliamentary Procedure 2013, Tennessee Association of Parliamentarians Alpha Brown Individual Achievement Award 2012, Jennings A. Jones College of Business Outstanding Faculty Award 2008-2009, National Business Education Association (NBEA) Collegiate Teacher of the Year Award 2007, Southern Business Education Association (SBEA) Outstanding Leadership Award 2007, and the Robert McLean Distinguished Associate Professor Award 2006-2007. Dr. Blair is an accomplished academic author and conference presenter.
Blair is actively involved in professional and public service. He has been a member of NBEA/SBEA for 30 years. He is currently serving on the NBEA Executive Board (Past President 2016-2017) and the following NBEA Committees: Bylaws/Policies and Procedures (Chairman), Executive, Finance/Audit, Membership, Nominating (Chairman), Personnel, and Strategic Planning. He is also serving as NABTE Bylaws Committee Chairman, John Robert Gregg Award Committee Chairman, SBEA Past Presidents Council, and Tennessee Association of Parliamentarians Vice President.
Dr. Blair is past president of National Association for Business Teacher Education, National Business Education Association, Southern Business Education Association, Tennessee Business Education Association, Tennessee Association of Parliamentarians, Gamma Eta Chapter of Delta Pi Epsilon, Tennessee Delta Unit of Parliamentarians, and Murfreesboro Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. He served two terms as Tennessee Association for Career and Technical Education vice president. He is an active member of several other professional associations. Dr. Blair serves on many other national, regional, state, and local organization committees.
Dr. Carol Boraiko, CIH, CSP, Faculty Principle Investigator, is a public health professional of 30 plus years of experience with OSHA, Veterans Administration (hospital), chemical manufacturing industry, as well as MTSU. She is both a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and a Certified Safety professional (CSP) with a wide range of exposure assessment experience including toxic metal such as tin and lead in both occupational and environmental settings. Her doctoral degree is in Public Health, Industrial Hygiene from Temple University.
Mr. Gore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Studies. He received his BSEE Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and MSEE from the Florida Institute of Technology. He also attended Xavier University and completed MBA coursework in Operations Research, Administrative Operations, and Economics. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee, and received his Blackbelt training from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He is a member of several honorary societies -- Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering), Tau Beta Pi (Engineering), and the Briaerean Society (Co-op). His industry experience spans 33 years beginning with Pan-American/Guided Missiles Range Division as the Telemetry Project Engineer on the Titan IIIC and Mariner Mars projects. Afterwards he worked as a Product Manager at Industrial Nucleonics Corporation in development of Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems; and, then as the Design Engineering Manager at Chromolox Instruments & Controls. Later, he joined MeasureX Corporation as an Account Manager involved with sales of Computer Control Systems to the Pulp & Paper Industry. He worked as a Department Manager at Nissan for 19 years in several departments -- Plant Engineering, Information Systems, Maintenance & Manufacturing Engineering (power train & fascia injection molding), Body Engineering, and Product Quality Engineering. He teaches courses in Quality (Six Sigma), Productivity Strategies (Lean Manufacturing), Engineering Economy, Operations Management, Plant Layout & Material Handling, Maintenance Management, and manufacturing automation systems; and, is a consultant for MTSU in facilities maintenance. His professional organizations include Society of Manufacturing Engineering (Senior Member), National and Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. He has served as Vice-President of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the TSU Engineering Advisory Committee; and, currently serves on the Smyrna Town revitilization committee.
Medical Sociology Social Epidemiology Social Theory Health Care Delivery and Policy Social Determinants of Population Health Social Statistics and Research Methodology
Dr. Brian P. Hinote serves as the coordinator and liaison for the Health Care Informatics concentration of MTSU's MSPS program. Before arriving at MTSU in 2007, Dr. Hinote earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, specializing in health and medicine. Since then, he has compiled an impressive record of leadership, teaching, research, and service at MTSU and in his respective fields of study. In addition to clinical and research experience in areas as diverse as pediatrics, neurology, and cell biology, Dr. Hinote's interdisciplinary work appears in multiple books and peer-reviewed journals in social science, nursing, and medicine. With previous research stretching across multiple continents, his most recent work focuses on the various ways that social and behavioral science perspectives intersect and inform health care delivery and policy, clinical practice, and the work of various health professions. This line of inquiry has culminated in his latest book project, set for publication in 2016 (Rowman & Littlefield).
As a researcher and experienced educator, Dr. Hinote possesses valuable expertise working with students in various health fields, as well as health professionals already in the workforce. He is a recognized expert in academia, in law, and in business, and has a demonstrated record of leadership and collaboration across our university and community, and beyond. Dr. Hinote is also a graduate of Vanderbilt University's Peabody Institute in Higher Education Management, and has served as a university administration fellow in the Office of the Provost at Tennessee Technological University. He is an active member of the Graduate and Honors Faculties at MTSU, and is an officer in the Faculty Senate and a member of its Steering and Liaison Committees. Dr. Hinote has mentored many students from diverse backgrounds, and has presented or published papers with several of them. He is an experienced mentor and consultant, both on and off campus, and his research has been funded by multiple university grant and national research awards. His current research, with colleagues from multiple health and social science disciplines, is funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Co-Editor-In-Chief, Sociological Spectrum
Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)
Hinote, Brian P. & Jason Adam Wasserman. 2016. Social & Behavioral Science for Health Professionals. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Hinote, Brian P. 2015. "William Cockerham: The Contemporary Sociology of Health Lifestyles." The Palsgrave Handbook for Social Theory in Health, Illness & Medicine. Edited by Fran Collyer. Palgrave Macmillan.
Cockerham, William C. & Brian P. Hinote. 2015. "PAs in a Changing Society: A Sociologic Perspective." Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 28:18-20.
Hinote, Brian P. 2014. "Fundamental Cause Explanation of Health and Disease." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hinote, Brian P. 2014. "Reflexive Modernization." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell. Hinote,
Brian P. 2014. "Habitus, Class & Health." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hinote, Brian P. 2014. "Life Chances & Health." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hinote, Brian P. 2014. "Health Locus of Control." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hinote, Brian P. 2014. "Sense of Control." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hinote, Brian P. and Jason Adam Wasserman. 2013. "Reflexive Modernity and the Sociology of Health." In Health Sociology on the Move: New Directions in Theory. Edited by William C. Cockerham. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
Pace, Richard and Brian P. Hinote. 2013. Amazon Town TV: An Audience Ethnography in the Brazilian Amazon. University of Texas Press.
Hinote, Brian P. and Gretchen Webber. 2012. "Drinking Toward Manhood: Masculinity and Alcohol in the Former USSR." Men & Masculinities 15:292-310.
Hinote, Brian P. and Jason Adam Wasserman. 2012. "The Shifting Landscape of Health and Medicine: Implications for Childbirth Education and Practice." International Journal of Childbirth Education 27:69-75.
Wasserman, Jason Adam and Brian P. Hinote. 2012. "The End of Modern Medicine: The Evolution of Disease and Transformations in Medical Practice." Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities 2:145-56.
Bennett, Matthew and Brian P. Hinote. 2012. "Socioeconomic Barriers to Mental Health Treatment." McNair Research Review 10:29-35.
Wasserman, Jason Adam and Brian P. Hinote. 2011. "Chronic Illness as Incalculable Risk: Scientific Uncertainty and Social Transformations in Medicine." Social Theory & Health 9:41-58.
Currey, Andrew and Brian P. Hinote. 2011. "The Evolution of Industrial Food Production: McDonaldization and Popultion Health." Scientia et Humanitas 1:121-35.
Watson, Amanda, Meredith Dye, and Brian P. Hinote. 2011. "Contact Hypothesis in Context: Household Characteristics, Community Perception, and Racial/Ethnic Prejudice in the U.S." Scientia et Humanitas 1:1-26.
Cockerham, William C. and Brian P. Hinote. In Press. "Health Lifestyles and Competing Explanations of the Mortality Crisis in the Former Soviet Union."; In France Meslé, Vladimir Shkolnikov, Jacques Vallin, and Anatoly Vishnevksy (eds.), Mortality in Countries of the Former USSR. Fifteen Years After the Breakup: Change or Continuity? Moscow: Center for Demography and Human Ecology. (In Russian)
Hinote, Brian P., William C. Cockerham, and Pamela Abbott. 2009. "Post-Communism and Female Tobacco Consumption in the Former Soviet States." Europe-Asia Studies, 61:1543-55.
Hinote, Brian P. 2009. "The Specter of Post-Communism: Competing Explanations for Health Crisis in the Former Soviet States." (Monograph). Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Aktiengesellschaft & Company.
Hinote, Brian P., William C. Cockerham and Pamela Abbott. 2009. "Psychological Distress and Dietary Patterns in Eight Post-Soviet Republics." Appetite, 53:24-33.
Hinote, Brian P., William C. Cockerham and Pamela Abbott. 2009. "The Specter of Post-Communism: Women and Alcohol in Eight Post-Soviet States." Social Science & Medicine, 68:1254-62.
Cockerham, William C. and Brian P. Hinote. 2009. "Quantifying Habitus."; In Quantifying the Theories of Pierre Bourdieu. Karen Robson and Chris Sanders (eds.), Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
Cockerham, William C. and Brian P. Hinote. 2008. "Health Care Systems: United States."; The International Encyclopedia of Public Health. H. Kristian Heggenhougen (ed.), Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
Clair, Jeffrey Michael, Cullen Clark, Brian P. Hinote, Caroline Robinson, and Jason Wasserman. 2007. "Developing, Integrating, and Perpetuating New Ways of Applying Sociology to Health, Medicine, Policy, and Everyday Life."; Social Science and Medicine 64:248-58.
Hinote, Brian P. 2007. "Health Locus of Control,"; in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, ed. G. Ritzer. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 4:2063-2064.
Cockerham, William C., Brian P. Hinote, and Pamela Abbott. 2006. "A Sociological Model of Health Lifestyles: Conducting a Preliminary Test Using Russian Data."; Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozial Psychologie 46:177-97.
Cockerham, William C., Brian P. Hinote, and Pamela Abbott. 2006. "Psychological Distress, Gender, and Health Lifestyles in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine."; Social Science and Medicine 63:2381-94.
Cockerham, William C., Brian P. Hinote, Geoffrey B. Cockerham, and Pamela Abbott. 2006. "Health Lifestyles and Political Ideology in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine."; Social Science and Medicine 62:1799-1809.
Hinote, Brian P. and Kenneth L. Wilson. 2006. "Sustaining Mobilization: The Problem of Late-Stage Mobilization Among High-Risk HIV/AIDS Subpopulations."; Social Theory and Health 4:25-42.
Cockerham, William C., Brian P. Hinote, Pamela Abbott, and Christian Haerpfer. 2005. "Health Lifestyles in the Ukraine."; Sozial- und Präventivmedizin SPM (Social and Preventive Medicine) 50:264-71.
Cockerham, William C., Brian P. Hinote, Pamela Abbott, and Christian Haerpfer. 2004. "Health Lifestyles in Central Asia: The Case of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan."; Social Science and Medicine 59:1409-21.
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Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to full-time students in the Health Care Informatics program. In addition to a monthly stipend, the university also pays all tuition and most fees for assistantship holders. Non-Tennessee residents who are awarded graduate assistantships are not required to pay out-of-state fees. To learn more about the types of graduate assistantships and to download an application, visit the Graduate Studies Assistantship page.
The College of Graduate Studies also awards a limited number of scholarships. For additional information and applications, visit the Graduate Studies Finance page.
In addition to assistantships and scholarships, MTSU's Office of Financial Aid assists graduate students seeking other forms of financial support while in school.
Brian Hinote, Health Care Informatics Coordinator
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