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MS in Applied Clinical Informatics (MSACI)

The Master of Science in Applied Clinical Informatics program at Vanderbilt provides a 36 credit hour curriculum in 21 months, with a coursework-intensive first year, and followed by a second year devoted to a capstone project.  Our objective is to provide innovative clinical informatics education for working professionals in the health care field with graduates assuming leadership roles in the application and innovation of clinical informatics nationally. The curriculum emphasizes a deep theoretical and practical understanding of the care process, informatics concepts, information technologies, computer science, and the changing social, organizational, and economic context in which health care is delivered.  This understanding will be developed through coursework, over 240 hours of practicum experience that utilizes real HIT data and systems and healthcare contexts, and a mentored capstone project.  The MSACI will also satisfy educational certification requirements for physicians seeking subspecialty board recognition in Clinical Informatics.

Our program is in a primarily digital format to accommodate distance learning for professionals working in health systems outside of Vanderbilt.  In-person time at Vanderbilt occurs in a block (1-2 days) within each semester.

Practicum Experience

A practicum experience will have the following characteristics: require a minimum of 240 hours effort to be completed during year 2 and can be satisfied in highly flexible ways, e.g., at VUMC, at home institution or another site (with MSACI program approval). The trainee must be embedded (i.e., assigned to participate as a member) in an interdisciplinary team that is addressing a significant clinical informatics challenge. This includes attending regular team meetings and participating in analysis of issues, planning, and implementation of recommendations from the team. The interdisciplinary teams must include physicians, nurses, other health care professionals, administrators, and information technology/system personnel, as appropriate.

Capstone Project

A required capstone project running throughout the fellowship will provide students with knowledge and skills required to design and conduct applied research studies to evaluate the efficacy of informatics applications in the clinical environment. Based on personal career objectives and informatics challenges that they identify in practica, the capstone project will have the flexibility to be completed as a cohort, a sub-cohort group, or individually, depending on its design and the needs of our learners. The project will begin in the first year and continue in the second year. Each student will have a project mentor from among the DBMI faculty, as well as a practice mentor within his/her home department/organization

Questions or Comments

If you have any questions or comments, please email Claudia McCarn.