Bachelors Programs: Health Information Systems

The information system (IS) is considered one of the old disciplines, which attracted the attention of developed countries since the mid of last century. The Health Information System (HIS) program has been developed to meet the growing demands taking place in the healthcare market and support the development of eHealth and mHealth.
The establishment of a Bachelor of Health Informatics – Health Information Systems within the College of Public Health and Health Informatics, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, helps to produce skilled graduates possessing professional, technical and health information management skills. It is expected that the graduates of this program will perform important functions in different informatics fields; especially health related informatics, as well as working in public and private health care systems. Graduates of this program are expected to excel in various work assignments that include administrative, planning, and implementation while being capable of perfectly providing solutions to overcome all obstacles associated with the design and implementation of health information and administrative.
The HIS is a full-time program delivered over 4 academic years, the first year is a The Pre-Professional Program at KSAU-HS aims at preparing high school graduates to pursue professional studies in health sciences ,In the fourth semester, students start taking courses closely related to HIS Program.
The B.Sc. HIS offered within the College of Public Health and Health Informatics (CPHHI), King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS).
The program consists of 44 courses. All students enrolled in the HIS program are required to complete 136-credit hours+ 6-summer co-op in HIS.
High School Students
136-credit hours+ 6-summer co-op in HIS – 8 Semester during 4 Academic Years.
Riyadh Campus

Level One

Course Code Course Name CH (Lec-Lab-Clinic) Pre(Co)
ENGL 101 English Communication Skills I 5
ENGL 102 English Language Structures and Drills I 4
ENGL 103 English Academic Reading & Vocabulary I 5
ARBC 101 Arabic Language Skills I 2
ISLM 101 Islamic Culture 2
               Total                                                                     18

Level Two

Course Code Course Name CH (Lec-Lab-Clinic) Pre(Co)
ENGL 111 English Communication Skills II 2
ENGL 112 English Language Structure & Drills II 2
ENGL 113 English Academic Reading & Vocabulary II 2
ARBC 111 Arabic Language Skills II 2
PHYS 101 Physics for Health Sciences 4
BIOL 101 Biology for Health Sciences 2
CHEM 101 Chemistry  for Health Sciences 4
               Total                                                                     15

Level Three

Course Code Course Name CH (Lec-Lab-Clinic) Pre(Co)
ENGL 211 Advanced English Grammar 2
ENGL 212 Advanced English Reading & Vocabulary 2
MATH 202 Discrete Math 3 (2,1,0)
HIIS 201 Fundamental of Information Systems 3 (3,0,0)
HIIS 202 Computer Programming 1 4 (3,1,0)
HIIM 201 Principles of Healthcare Management 3 (3,0,0)
               Total                                                                     17

Level Four

Course Code Course Name CH (Lec-Lab-Clinic) Pre(Co)
MATH 214 Calculus   for Health Informatics 4 (3,1,0)
HIIM 211 Principles of Health Information Management 4 (4,0,0)
HIIS 212 Introduction to Database Systems 3 (2,1,0) HIIS  201
HIIS 211 Computer Programming 2 4 (3,1,0) HIIS  202
HIIS 213 Computer System Architecture 3 (3,0,0) HIIS 201
               Total                                                                     18

Level Five

Course Code Course Name CH (Lec-Lab-Clinic) Pre(Co)
HIIS 312 Data Structure & Algorithms 3 (2,1,0) HIIS 211
HIIS 311 Information Systems Analysis & Design 3 (3,0,0) HIIS 201
HIST 301 Statistical Analysis 3 (3,0,0)
HIIM 314 Finance Management in Healthcare 3 (3,0,0) HIIM 201
HIIS 313 Database Management System 3 (2,1,0) HIIS 212
HIIS 319 IT Project Management 3 (3,0,0) HIIS 311
               Total                                                                     18

Level Six

Course Code Course Name CH (Lec-Lab-Clinic) Pre(Co)
HIIS 314 Health Information Systems 4 (4,0,0) HIIM 211, HIIS 201
HIIS 315 Computer Networks 3 (3,0,0) HIIS 201,HIIS 211
HIIS  317 Web-centric computing 3 (2,1,0) HIIS 311,  HIIS 313
HIIS 318 Modern SW Engineering 3 (3,0,0) HIIS 311,  HIIS 313
HIIS 391 User Interface Design (elective course ) 3 (3,0,0)
HIIS 392 Medical Image Processing (elective course )
HIIS 393 Selected Topics in Health Informatics I (elective course )
               Total                                                                     12
          Summer Semester
HIIS 400 Co-op in HI 6 (1,0,0)
        SEMESTER CREDITS                                            I

Level Seven

Course Code Course Name CH (Lec-Lab-Clinic) Pre(Co)
HIMG 401 Managerial & Communication Skills 2 (2,0,0)
HIIS 413 Capstone Project 1 2 (2,0,0)
HIIS 414 Data Warehouse & Decision Support Systems 3 (3,0,0) HIIS 313
HIIS 417 Natural Language Processing 3 (3,0,0) HIIS 312
HIRS 401 Research Methods 3 (3,0,0)
HIIS 420 Enterprise Resource Planning Systems 3 (3,0,0) HIIS 313
               Total                                                                     16

Level Eight

Course Code Course Name CH (Lec-Lab-Clinic) Pre(Co)
HIIM 413 Quality Management in Health Care 3 (3,0,0) HIIM 201
HIIM 415 Legal & Ethical Issues in HI 3 (3,0,0) HIIM 212
HIIS  415 Information Security 3 (3,0,0) HIIS 313, HIIS 315
HIIS  416 Capstone Project 2 3 (3,0,0) HIIS 413
HIIS 49 Selected Topics in Health Informatics II (elective course ) 3 (3,0,0)
               Total                                                                     15
            PROGRAM TOTAL CREDIT HOURS = 136 +  6 Summer Co-op in HIS = 142

COURSES DESCRIPTION

Discrete Math (MATH 202)
The main purpose for this course is to teach students to think logically and mathematically using a balanced blend of five themes: mathematical reasoning, combinatorial analysis, discrete structures, algorithmic thinking, and applications and modeling.


Fundamental of Information System (HIIS 201)
This course aims at giving the students a broad foundation in the fundamental concepts of
Information Systems. It helps students discover how information systems impacts, shapes
and interacts with business, helping them understand how valuable Information Systems are
in their lives, and to their future careers. This course connects Information Systems topics to
finance, marketing, management, human resources, and operations, enabling students to
discover how critical Information Systems are to each functional area and each business.


Computer Programming I(HIIS 202)

This course aims at giving the students broad foundations in the fundamental concepts of object/oriented programming. It presents in a very simple way the basic concepts and Principles of the object/oriented approach.


Principles of Healthcare Management
(HIIM201)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles management of health care organizations. This course will shed light on many topics such as the hospitals administration, the role of leadership in healthcare organizations, human resources management, physicians and nurses’ practices, the crucial role of TQM in healthcare organizations, and healthcare insurance. Management issues that distinguish health care organizations from other types of organizations will be identified and strategies for dealing with these issues will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to issues that emerge from the changing nature of the health care industry.


Calculus for Health Informatics
(MATH 214)

Calculus for Health Informatics teaches students how to model and problem-solve using the fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus, namely functions and models; limits, continuity, and derivatives; definite and indefinite integrals.

This course introduces the student to the basic concepts and practices of health informatics and information management (HIIM) professions and practice with particular emphasis on the movement toward the electronic health record (EHR). Students will learn what the health record contains and how it achieves its purposes and fulfills its functions as well as the content of the health record. This course will also, explores students to the use of healthcare information, analysis of data types, standards, data quality, and the interpretation and display of information. Healthcare legal issues are covered, such as HIPAA and the legal electronic health record.

The course will use both theory and real life case studies. The course is built upon a case- based approach to learning using real life case studies from the field, and specifically, case studies. Interaction between the students and the instructor will occur in class and outside of class through the blackboard learning system.


Computer Programing II
(HIIS 211)

Computer Programming-II is a continuing course with the same textbook students learned from HIIS-202 (Computer Programming-I). This course introduces object-oriented programming. It presents in a very simple way the concepts of object-oriented programming language that uses abstraction, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism and the use of recursion to provide great flexibility, modularity, and reusability in developing software. It also introduces elementary Java GUI programming. Java as programming language will be used for implementation and students will be expected to write and execute OOP based Java programs.


Introduction to Database Systems
(HIIS 212)

This course covers the fundamental concepts, principles and techniques for the design and use of databases. The course work includes a balanced load of theoretical understanding and hands-on practice. The topics include data models, entity relationship model, relational query languages, relational algebra and calculus, SQL, database integrity constraints, schema refinement, normal forms, database transactions, database programming and database query optimization.


Computer System Architecture
(HIIS 213)

This course is about the structure and function of computer system architecture. Its purpose is to present as clearly and completely as possible, the nature characteristics of modern-day computer systems. It follows a top-down approach: at a top level the students will be introduced to major components of the computers, i.e. processor, I/O, memory, and peripheral devices. Afterwards, great details will be presented about each of those components followed by explaining the logic components of the processor and study the processor in more details.


Data Structure & Algorithms
(HIIS 312)

This course focuses on object-oriented methodologies in designing and implementing a variety of data structures and algorithms. Coverage includes recursion, trees, search structures, hashing, heaps, sorting algorithms, and graph algorithms. Data structure and algorithm combinations will be studied and analyzed along with their relative merits using both mathematical and empirical measurements. The course includes a number of large programming assignments focusing on object-oriented software engineering and algorithm development. Students will be required to design, implement, test, and analyze their programs in at least one object-oriented language. This course will use Java and students will be expected to write and execute Java programs.

The programming language used to teach this course is Java accompanied by using NetBeans IDE. The content of the course is delivered through weekly lectures sessions and through the KSAU-HS Blackboard site. During the weekly sessions concepts on various topics in Java Programming will be presented and examples showing how these concepts can be applied will also be given. These sessions will focus on promoting student’s understanding of the presented material. Questions related to the presented material will be provided; student’s answers to these questions will direct his focus and aid his preparation for unit assessment items. Student’s participation in the learning activities provides opportunities for him to self- assess.


Information System Analysis & Design
(HIIS 311)

This course provides the students fundamental knowledge, methods and skills needed to analyses design and implement computer-based systems. Topics include analyzing the business case, System development life cycle, requirements modelling, data and process modelling, system architecture, and development strategies, with a focus on object-oriented modelling and project management


Statistical Analysis
(HIST 301)

This course aims at giving the students an introduction to statistical concepts, their uses and relevance to health informatics. This course is a study of basic descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include types of data, sampling techniques, measures of central tendency and dispersion, elementary probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and simple linear regression


Finance Management In Healthcare
(HIIM 314)

The main purpose of the course is to give the students an introduction to basic principles and applications of healthcare finance that are critical to management of healthcare organizations.


Database Management System
(HIIS 313)

This course teachers advanced concepts in Databases and introduces latest emerging trends in Database design and implementation. The topics include data quality, data integration, data warehousing techniques, data mining techniques, NoSQL databases and databases systems. Effective collaboration is one of the fundamental learning goals of Information Technology. Learning to work effectively in teams, both as a team member and leader will aid students in becoming a successful member of any Information Technology based organization. Students will be able to access the tools and experiences that will increase their success at developing effective skills in collaboration. The use of Learning Teams in this course is the gateway to helping students achieve professional competence as a member and leader of work teams in DBMS design.


IT Project Management
(HIIS 319)

This course is designed to introduce and explore the basic concepts and practices of project management and help students understand how to plan and manage IT projects successfully. Throughout the course, students will be asked to utilize course concepts, methodologies, and tools while utilizing technology applications and addressing real-world problems. Students will learn the skills necessary to define project scope, create workable project plans, and manage projects with quality, budget, and schedule in mind. The course is structured around the key phases of project lifecycle, including initiating a project, developing project plans, executing and managing a project, and closing out a project. In addition, students will be taught how to identify and address the change management and political issues associated with project management.


Modern SW Engineering
(HIIS 318)

This course aims at giving the students a broad foundation of the fundamental concepts of
Health Information Systems. It aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the
history, theory, and potential benefits of different health information systems. The course is
primarily composed of three different modules: (i) healthcare fundamentals and information
professionals; (ii) the evolution of healthcare records; and (iii) a variety of different types of
healthcare information systems.


Computer Networks
(HIIS 315)

This course examines principles, design, implementation, and performance of computer networks. A focus will be placed on wireless networking, reflecting rapid advances in this area. Topics include: Internet protocols and routing, local area networks, wireless communications and networking, performance analysis, congestion control, TCP, network address translation, multimedia over IP, switching and routing, mobile IP, peer-to-peer networking, network security, and other current research topics.
The course introduces fundamental concepts in the design and implementation of computer communication networks and their protocols.


Web-centric computing
(HIIS 317)

This course helps students to understand the importance of web applications in the health informatics field. At the end student may have an idea on how to make a web application related to medical tasks for the purpose to create awareness among the masses.


Health Information System (HIIS 314)
This course aims at giving the students a broad foundation of the fundamental concepts of
Health Information Systems. It aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the
history, theory, and potential benefits of different health information systems. The course is
primarily composed of three different modules: (i) healthcare fundamentals and information
professionals; (ii) the evolution of healthcare records; and (iii) a variety of different types of
healthcare information systems


Elective in HIS
User Interface Design – (HIIS 391)
Medical Image Processing – HIIS 392
Selected Topics in Health Informatics I – (HIIS 393)


Managerial & Communication Skills
HIMG(401)

This course aims at giving the students an introduction to the key concepts in business communication while helping them develop essential skills. It helps students develop vital communication skills they’ll use throughout their career — and those skills can help them launch an interesting and rewarding career, too. This course also sets the stage by helping students understand today’s dynamic workplace, the steps they can take to adapt to the job market, and the importance of creating an employment portfolio, as well as building their own personal brands.


Natural Language Processing
HIIS417

Natural language processing (NLP) is the umbrella term used to describe the automated structuring and extraction of information formatted as free text. The demand for NLP technologies in medicine will grow significantly in the coming years. This growth will be fueled by the continuing adoption of the electronic medical record, increasing emphasis on quality measurement and improvement initiatives, and the growing need for evidence to be used as part of evidence-based medicine.

Topics covered include: an overview of clinical NLP and its uses in medicine; a brief history of clinical NLP and the evolution of NLP methods; the challenges to NLP; the number of approaches used to process natural language and the strengths and weaknesses of each; implementation considerations, creating annotated corpora as training or test sets, evaluation of NLP, and a review of open source tools for natural language processing. Demonstrations and in-class exercises will be used to help tie the theory of NLP to everyday research problems addressed by these technologies.


Research Methods
(HIRS 401)

This course will give students the opportunity to establish and advance their understandings of research methods in health informatics. The course is designed to provide the students with the introduction to the research process, research ethics, as well as research approaches. Students will be provided with guidance on how to understand the language of research, ethical principles and challenges around research, and research methods qualitative, quantitative, and mixed. In addition, during this course, students will use the theoretical knowledge gained to critically review literature relevant health informatics and develop a mock proposal. This will help the student determine how research findings are useful in informing their understanding of their research environments or research projects. Furthermore, this course will provide students with research methods in computing science as they relate to health informatics.


Data Warehouse & Decision Support System
(HIIS 414)

This is an introductory course on decision support system and data mining. Data Mining refers to the process of automatic discovery of patterns and knowledge from large data repositories, including databases, data warehouses, Web, document collections, and data streams. We will study the basic topics of data mining, including data preprocessing, data warehousing and OLAP, data cube, frequent pattern and association rule mining, correlation analysis, classification and prediction, and clustering, as well as advanced topics covering the techniques and applications of data mining in Web, text, big data, social networks, and the design of intelligent decision support system.

The content of the course is delivered through weekly lectures sessions and through the KSAU-HS Blackboard site. During the weekly sessions concepts on various topics in knowledge of the standard data mining algorithms will be presented and examples showing how these concepts can be applied will also be given. These sessions will focus on promoting student’s understanding of the presented material. Questions related to the presented material will be provided; student’s answers to these questions will direct his focus and aid his preparation for unit assessment items. Student’s participation in the learning activities provides opportunities for him/her to self-assess.


Enterprise Resource Planning System
(HIIS 420)

This course provides an overview of enterprise systems, and introduces students to how enterprise systems are used to manage the different operation process in order to make effective business decisions.


Capstone Project I
(HIIS 413

This course is the first part of a sequence of two courses that constitute the graduation capstone project. In this part, the student is expected to propose, analyze, and design a software system or conduct a thorough investigation of a particular Health Information related problem for research-based projects. The student will deliver oral presentations and written reports.


Quality Management in Health Care
(HIIM 413)

This course is designed to introduce the students to the principles of quality management in healthcare. It is y essential curriculum for all students of all health professions. It is applicable to those who manage the delivery of healthcare services such as, physicians, who perform the diagnostic and treatment services, as well as pharmaticians, nurses, lab technicians, and health informaticians.


Information Security
(HIIS 415)

This course introduces the students to the management issues and practical implications related to securing information systems. It focuses on the Threat Environment, security Policy and Planning, Cryptography, Secure Networks, Access Control, Firewalls, Host Hardening, Application Security, Data Protection, and Incident Response. A clear theoretical understanding supports a large practical component where students learn to audit information systems and use contemporary security software.


Legal & Ethical Issues in HI
(HIIM 415)

The rapid growth of informatics in the fields of medicine and public health is transforming the practice of these fields. The adoption of information technologies as well as improvements in disease surveillance systems, tools and techniques for analyzing large health databases, and increased access to health information through the implementation of electronic medical records systems all promise to be powerful catalysts to the next advances in public health. This course is designed to provide a general introduction to the legal and ethical environment of health services organizations. This course is extremely essential curriculum for all students of all health professions. It is applicable to those who manage the delivery of healthcare services such as physicians, who perform the diagnostic and treatment services, as well as pharmaticians, nurses, lab technicians, and health informaticians. Managers and clinicians alike must understand the attributes of legal and ethical aspects in the context of healthcare, in particular the attributes that influence patient’/consumers’ perception of the legality of their service encounters. This course is going to discuss various issues related to the legal and ethical subjects in health organizations. Some of these issues include, but not limited to, liability, ethical standards, ethical challenges, bioethics issues, patient record requirements, confidentiality and informed consent, and law and ethics in the workplace.


Capstone Project II
(HIIS 416)

This course is the second part of a sequence of two courses that constitutes the HIS graduation capstone project. In this project, the student will continue the System/Research development of the project that started in HIIS 413. The student will deliver oral presentations, progress reports, and a final report.


Elective in HIS
Semantic Web –HIIS (491)

Selected Topics in Health Informatics II – (HIIS 492)


CO-OP in HIS
HIIS 400)

Internship Summer Training is a course intends to provide students with hands-on, real world experience in a work environment setting. This is a mandatory internship program for all students enrolled in Health Information System Bachelor program. The course is designed to allow students to use and apply their academic knowledge and lab experiences in a real work setting. Students are sent to different organizations to get engeaged in their IT day-to-day activities that will enrich the students’ experiences being participants in a team work that will improve their communications and professional skills. A continuous period of 200 hours shall be spent in an organization with purpose of acquiring practical experience


Elective In HIS Courses
User Interface Design – (HIIS 391)

Medical Image Processing – HIIS 392

Selected Topics in Health Informatics I – (HIIS 393)

Semantic Web –HIIS (491)

Selected Topics in Health Informatics II – (HIIS 492)