Public Health Informatics Courses

INFO 503 (2) Management Principles for Informatics: Fall. Prerequisites: INFO 500 and INFO 501. The purpose of this course is to allow students to gain understanding of multiple dimensions to management related to provision of information services. At the end of this course, students should be able to evaluate and justify information technology investments, evaluate the utility of alternative information system delivery modes, and plan strategically for future information system development.

INFO 511 (3) Analytics: Spring. Prerequisite: INFO 500 or CS equivalent. This course covers the principles of data visualization, both for presentation and analysis. Using commercial and open source software, we will explore different data visualization techniques and the design principles.

INFO 521 (3) Database Development for Public Health: Fall. Prerequisites: Must be a second-year student. This course will cover the principles utilized in data management and database development for purposes of Public Health Surveillance. The students will learn to create a relational database using Microsoft Access 2010, as well as gaining an understanding of the important terminology, standards, and data management principles utilized by data management teams.

INFO 530 (2) Geographic Information Systems: Fall and spring. Introduces the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the analysis of public health data. Addresses basic GIS operations such as buffering, layering, and spatial queries, and develops GIS skills through homework and case studies. Addresses introductory cartography and basic statistical aspects of spatial analysis.

INFO 532 (4) Principles of Geographic Information Systems: Fall and spring. Prerequisites: Experience with Windows-based computing is essential to successful completion of the course. The course introduces the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the analysis of public health data. We develop GIS skills through homework and case studies, and particularly address basic GIS operations such as buffering, layering, and spatial queries as well as more advanced GIS capabilities such as geodatabases. In addition to GIS issues, we address introductory cartography and basic statistical aspects of spatial analysis.

INFO 540 (2) Informatics and Analytics in Public Health Surveillance: Fall. Prerequisites: INFO 500, or CS equivalent, INFO 511. In this class students will learn about the use of advanced state-of-the-art computing technologies to synthesize very large datasets to support decisions in public health surveillance and research.

INFO 550 (2) Software Engineering: Spring. Prerequisites: INFO 511 and INFO 532. This course seeks to teach principles of software engineering through hands-on experience in constructing a real-life project. During this project the student will be exposed to SE tools, including version control, deployment software, and integrated development environments (IDEs).

INFO 560R (VC) Current Topics in Public Health Informatics: Fall and spring. A faculty member offers a new course on a current topic of interest to both master’s and doctoral students.