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Health Care Supervision and Management (HSM), a track in the Master of Science in Health Informatics program, provides students an opportunity to acquire advanced skills in administration and supervisory management in health care, long-term care, and rehabilitation. Students in this track develop the combined skills of health care management and organizational leadership. With these skills, graduates can implement their leadership and business acumen to enact change in a complex and dynamic health care landscape.

HSM Curriculum Requirements 

All students enrolled in the Health Care Supervision and Management track are required to complete 36 credits. Students enrolled full-time normally complete the program in three to four consecutive terms. There are online and on-campus versions of this track. The curriculum and course contents are identical in these two versions. Domestic students can choose either of them according to their situation or preference before the enrollment. International students are required to attend the on-campus version of the track.

The Health Care Supervision and Management curriculum allows students to choose from required courses and elective courses. Elective courses can be chosen from other health informatics tracks in the department, other departments in SHRS, or other academic programs within the University.

Curriculum for Students who Entered Before Spring 2021

Curriculum Effective Spring 2021

Required Courses (27 credits)

  • HI 2210 - Health Information and the Health Care System
  • HI 2250 - Foundations of Health Informatics
  • HI 2452 - Digital Health
  • HI 2231 - Talent Management and Human Resources
  • HI 2632 - Leadership and Project Management
  • HI 2230 - Financial Management and Health Care Reimbursement
  • HI 2455 - Database Design and Management for Healthcare
  • HI 2236 - Quality and Performance Improvment in Healthcare: Methodologies, Core Skills, and Lean Green Belt Certification
  • HI 2456 - Healthcare IT Trends and Innovation

Electives (9 credits)

  • HI 2450 - Security, Privacy, Legal and Ethical Issues in Health IT
  • HI 2410 - Health Vocabulary, Terminology & Classification Systems
  • HI 2650 - Practical Research and Evaluation Methods
  • HI 2451 - Database Design and Big Data Analytics
  • HI 2454 - Data Science in Health Informatics
  • HI 2453 - Data Analytics and Machine Learning in Health Science
  • HI 2020 - Pratical Statistics & Programming using Python and R
  • HI 2670 - Health Informatics Capstone/Internship

Please note: All students are required to finish one Health Informatics capstone/internship and one course in medical terminology if they do not have that course or clinical background. Pitt offers a Coursera course in Medical Terminology that can meet this program requirement. However, the student can choose another medical terminology course as well.  

Many HI courses are only offered once per academic year. In this case, if a student fails to successfully complete a course, the student must retake the course the next academic year. This may prevent the student from registering for advanced-level courses and delay graduation.