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MIS 301: Information Technology in Business 

Information technology (IT) has transformed all aspects of 21st  century business and everyday life. New IT investments continue to be staggering. Worldwide, over $2.5 trillion is invested in IT. In the U.S., over 50% of capital expenditures are related to IT. IT has triggered new forms of organizations and business process innovation and impacted organizational structure, culture, politics, decision making and society as a whole. IT is also transforming how physical products are designed, how services are bundled with products, and how individuals interact with businesses and with other individuals. A silent transformation of physical items is occurring as more and more products use embedded IT to improve customer experience and product performance. The pervasiveness of IT is expanding global trade and changing how and where work is performed.

It is vital that future managers—in every area of business—have a working knowledge of modern IT, practical experience in its use, and management perspectives on how IT is used in organizations. MIS 301 will focus on three broad issues: (a) using IT for strategic competitive advantage, (b) IT core skills and management, and (c) IT at the intersection of functional business areas. Topics covered include the IT ecosystem, using information systems (IS) for competitive advantage, databases, data communications, mobile telecommunications, business process management, and business intelligence. While students are introduced to the practical business use of hands-on technology (particularly Excel), the real value that business majors gain from MIS 301 comes from understanding the strategic possibilities inherent at the intersection of business and technology.

HMGT 6334: Healthcare Analytics

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the use of decision sciences and business intelligence in health-care industry. As the pressures of managed care and increasing health care costs push providers, payers and purchasers of health care to become more efficient, methods for understanding the appropriate basis for how to allocate shrinking health care resources must be understood. Moreover, the health care industry is yet to find ways to make best use of existing data to improve care, reduce costs, and provide more accessible care. In addition to developing a conceptual understanding of medical decision-making and healthcare analytics, the course will develop some technical skills in decision analysis and business intelligence. Part of the course will include hands-on experience with R and Rattle.


Major Topics in this course include

  • Descriptive and Predictive analytics
  • Data mining for improving health outcomes and reducing costs
  • Medical decision making
  • Introductory Cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Big data in health care
  •    Following books are used in the course:

  • Data Mining with Rattle & R. by Graham Williams

  • Analytics for Quality & Performance Improvement by Trevor L. Strome


HMGT 4321: Introduction to Healthcare Information Systems

HMGT 6323/MIS 6317:  Healthcare Informatics

This course has been designed to explore the healthcare information technology planning and management issues associated with decision making in healthcare organizations. IT provides a framework to understand the types of information systems prevalent in healthcare organizations, evaluate specific strategies related to healthcare IT investments, and understand the ramifications of health data standards and privacy concerns on information management policy. In this course, you will learn how the core competencies of healthcare informatics can be developed and applied using real-world case studies. You will be exposed to specific concepts related to electronic medical records (EMR), health data and standards, sourcing, and IT investments in healthcare and will have the opportunity to work hands-on with EMR software. 

Upon completion of the course, you should be able to explain the key information requirements for effective health information management and decision support, plan and develop the governance and oversight requirements of healthcare IT projects, understand the specification and selection process of healthcare projects, and apply these competencies to real-world problems. 

Major Topics in this course include

  • Healthcare information/data management
  • Clinical information systems / electronic medical records
  • Healthcare information technology architecture
  • IT Governance in healthcare organizations
  • Health IT software selection
  • Meaningful Use