Master of Health Studies (MHST) 602

Transforming Health Care through Informatics


Delivery Mode: Paced/home-study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: For MHS Students: MHST 601
For MN-Gen Students: NURS 608

Co-requisite: MHS and MN-Gen Students: MHST603/NURS 603

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies


In MHST/NURS 602, we will examine a number of emerging informatics technologies and processes. We will describe ways in which the technologies and processes could transform health care, and will then consider issues and concerns related to the application of the technologies and processes.

Course Goals

MHST/NURS 602 is designed to assist the student to:

  1. Identify and describe ways in which emerging informatics technologies and processes can transform health care.
  2. Identify issues related to the application of emerging informatics technologies and processes.
  3. Strategize solutions to address these issues.
  4. Apply concepts of data protection to emerging informatics technologies and processes.
  5. Propose ways in which emerging informatics technologies and processes could address health care delivery concerns in the workplace.

Course Materials

MHST/NURS 602 comprises online course materials.

Online Materials

  • Introduction: Provides essential information about the course materials, the design of the course, and the procedures you should follow to complete the course successfully.
  • Schedule: Outlines the timing of course activities.
  • Units: There are 8 units in this course.
  • Assessment: Outlines the assignments/evaluation procedures of the course.
  • Reference: Listing of required readings, websites, and citations included in the units. Course reading materials include online journal articles and documents from Internet sites.

Technical Requirements

Computer System

In order to successfully complete this course, you must own or have ready access to certain computer hardware and software programs. For complete and up-to-date information on the minimum computer requirements required to complete the graduate nursing courses, visit the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies technical site.

Course Outline

The course consists of 8 units:

  • Unit 1: Orientation and Introduction
  • Unit 2: The Internet
  • Unit 3: Electronic health record
  • Unit 4: Protection of Health Information
  • Unit 5: Data Integrity
  • Unit 6: Telehealth
  • Unit 7: The Future of Healthcare Informatics
  • Unit 8: Wrap-up and Reflection

Assessment Structure

In the MHS and MN:Gen programs, students must achieve an overall program GPA of 2.7 ( B- or 70 per cent), to graduate. The minimum passing grade requirement for each MHS and MN:Gen course is C- (60 percent).

The following course activities will contribute to your course grade, with the percentage weighting of each activity as follows:

Website Evaluations 20%
Conference Participation 20%
Collaborative Presentation 30%
Final Paper 30%
Total 100%

Website Evaluations

In this assignment students are required to evaluate a group of health information websites, critically appraising the quality of the information from a perspective of a health care consumer. Assessment of the assignment will focus on the student's degree of familiarity with key concepts and principles in website evaluation, evidence of analysis and critical appraisal of the selected websites, clarity of presentation, and the depth of the assessment using the website evaluation criteria selected for the assignment.

Conference Participation

Feedback on your participation in the conference will be ongoing as well as summative. Keep in mind that it is the quality, not the quantity, of your submissions that is the goal. Feedback will focus on your ability to provide organized and original contributions that reflect analysis and synthesis of the material presented.

Collaborative Working Group Presentations

The collaborative working group presentation requires students in small groups to develop and deliver material on a topic that builds on the course content. The working group presentations occur during weeks ten, eleven, and twelve of the term. Feedback on the collaborative group work will be given based on Organization, Content, Collaboration, Discussion Management, and Originality.

Final Paper

The final assignment in this course requires students to develop a discussion/background paper on a proposed health informatics application that would transform the delivery of healthcare services in a defined area of practice (e.g., your workplace or another a health care organization). In this paper, students will describe a clinical or operational challenge and propose a health informatics application to address this challenge. Included in the paper will be a literature review based on the implementation of similar applications in health care as well as steps and strategies for implementation and to address relevant issues. Assignment feedback will reflect assessment of Content, Organization/Presentation, Expression/Diction, and Writing Mechanics.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.