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Interdisciplinary Studies - Health Information Systems
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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies - Health Information Systems

Interdisciplinary Studies recognizes that academic disciplines do not exist in a vacuum, that to fully understand a subject one must move beyond the silos of the individual disciplines and integrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are to be found in related, complementary academic subjects. Thus the student will study at least two different subjects in the Interdisciplinary program, looking for connections between them.

About the Concentration:

The Health Information Systems concentration is shared between the departments of Business, Economics, Health and Computer Science. This program is designed to develop skills and a knowledge base that will allow students to pursue careers in the health and information technology, including informatics, both here in Maine and elsewhere. The focus of the concentration is to develop specific competencies, knowledge and business, programming and computer skills that will facilitate career progression in health information systems sector, including the State Government, State Agencies and the Private sector.

Learning Goals:

  • Students will be able to adapt knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and questions.
  • Students will be able to understand the functional areas of accounting, marketing, finance, management, and economics.
  • Students will be able to understand the legal and social environment of business.
  • Students will be able to use business tools.
  • Students will be able to use information literacy tools.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively.
  • Students will be able to work effectively in teams and/or groups, and will be able to lead such groups.
  • Students will be able to design and implement information technology systems used in the health care industry.
  • Students will be able to administer information technology systems used in the health care industry.
  • Students will be able to assess individual and community needs for health requirements.
  • Students will be able to plan, implement and evaluate health strategies, interventions and programs.
  • Students will be able to conduct evaluation and research related to health.

 

Outcomes inherent in the goals:

 
  • Broad multidisciplinary knowledge base.
  • Skill set necessary to be successful in the health care information technology sector today, and the ability to adapt to future changes.
  • A commitment to lifelong learning.
  • The demonstrated capacity to adapt knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and questions.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the functional areas of accounting, marketing, finance, management, and economics.
  • An understanding of the legal and social environment of business.
  • The ability to use business tools, information literacy, the ability to communicate
  • effectively.
  • The ability to work effectively in teams and/or groups, and to lead such groups
  • Demonstrated ability to design, and implementation, and administration of information technology systems and informatics used in the health care industry
  • The student will be able to assess individual and community needs for health requirements
  • The student will be able to plan, implement and evaluate health strategies, interventions and programs.
  • The student will be able to conduct evaluation and research related to health
 
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS:
BUS 210 Principles of Management 4
BUS 240 Financial Management for Recreational Tourism 4
BUS 324 Business Process Management 4
BUS 424 Healthcare Management 4
HEA 123 Introduction to Community Health 4
HEA 310 Principles of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 4
HEA 350 Principles of Epidemiology 4
HEA 410 Resource Management and Grants 4
COS 120 Internet Computing 4
COS 140 Introduction to Computer Science 4
COS 142 Data Structures 4
COS 455 Database Systems 4
MAT 151M Foundations of Abstract Mathematics 4
MAT 120M Introductory Statistics 4

Internship (BUS 396, COS 396, HEA 495)
 

Total Credits for the Major: 60

 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the  General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.
 
In order to be successful in a career in the health information technology sector, it is recommended that students take the following courses for purposes of meeting the general education requirements:
 
BIO 150N Human Anatomy and Physiology
CHY 110N Elementary Chemistry
ECO 110S Principles of Economics

 

Electives - Recommended Courses

Students pursuing a career in the Health Information Systems industry should consult their advisors in selecting appropriate electives.

 

MINIMUM TOTAL CREDITS FOR THE DEGREE: 128

 

Recommended Minor - Biology

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