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Curriculum

Coursework to Match Your Priorities

From the moment you meet your cohort to the day you receive your degree, you’ll thrive in our engaging array of courses and practical experiences. What’s more, your course directors and mentors will be there to support you every step of the way.

Coursework: Lay the Foundations

During your first year, you’ll take 3 courses each semester for a total of 13 credits, including a blend of synchronous and asynchronous activities. From “Foundations of Health Information Technology” to “The Clinical Information System Lifecycle,” these essential courses will prepare you to tackle the demands of clinical informatics challenges today.

Your final 8 credits of coursework, completed during the second year, will focus on your capstone project. In these courses, your instructors will guide you through the steps of planning, implementing, and evaluating a clinical informatics solution in your own workplace.

Practicum: Put Theory into Practice

Join an interdisciplinary team of health professionals addressing a significant clinical informatics challenge.

Beginning with your first semester of MSACI, you’ll attend regular team meetings, participate in problem analysis, and implement a multifaceted solution with your team. This practicum can be completed at VUMC, your home institution, or another clinical site. Over the course of 240 hours across two years (a total of 1 credit hour per semester), you’ll gain exposure to current challenges in the informatics field and prepare to contribute solutions of your own.

Capstone: Choose Your Own Adventure

During the final nine months of the program, you’ll tackle an informatics challenge in your own workplace. With the guidance of a mentor committee, you will:

  • Identify a project mentor from your sponsor organization
  • Submit a project proposal detailing the challenge and strategy of your project
  • Lead a diverse team of health professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate your initiative
  • Learn from a Vanderbilt faculty mentor with expertise in the area of your particular challenge
  • Advance your organization’s agenda in ways that confer immediate value.
  • Report and reflect on the initiative at the end of your second year