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Medical Informatics BS

This program has been discontinued. No new students will be admitted.

Program deactivated
Effective fall 2014, the bachelor's degree in medical informatics will no longer admit new students. The change will not affect currently enrolled students.

Program overview

The BS degree in medical informatics is one of only a few majors in the United States that responds to the increasing use of computers in every aspect of health care, biomedical research, and education. Developed by the college’s departments of computer science and information technology in partnership with the College of Science, the major provides training in the medical sciences, computer science, and information technology, with an emphasis on clinical applications. Students learn to develop computer applications for the solution of clinical problems and to provide computing support to medical practice, medical research, and education.

Curriculum

The major offers students two tracks: computer science, for those interested primarily in developing computer software for medicine; or information technology, for those interested in providing computer support for clinical information systems, databases, networks, and Web applications.

Students consult with faculty advisers to tailor their academic programs to individual career goals. Upper-level electives prepare graduates for specialized employment opportunities within medical informatics, for graduate school in the sciences or computer science/information technology, or for postgraduate professional school.

Cooperative education

A minimum of two semesters of cooperative education are required after the completion of the second year of study. Co-op allows students to gain relevant, hands-on work experience in the medical informatics field, provides the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in real-life situations, and offers networking opportunities with professionals in the field. These experiences enhance students’ education and make them more valuable to prospective employers.

Optional premedical track

Medical informatics also offers a premedical track. Students interested in applying to medical, dental, or veterinary school should consult the program director and/or an academic adviser on the selection of courses to enhance their academic credentials for medical school.

Medical informatics, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ISTE-120 Computer Problem Solving: Information Domain I 4
ISTE-190 Foundation of Modern Information Processing 3
MATH-131 LAS Perspective 7A: Discrete Mathematics 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing  
  LAS Perspective 2, 3 6
ISTE-121 Computer Problem Solving: Information Domain II 4
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7B: Applied Calculus 4
  Wellness Education*  
Second Year
ISTE-230 Introduction to Database and Data Modeling 3
ISTE-140, 240 Web I, II 6
ISTE-260 Designing the User Experience 3
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
  LAS Perspective 4, 6 6
ISTE-270 Data Exploration and Knowledge Discovery 3
MEDI-136 Computers in Medicine 3
MEDI-150 Introduction to Medical Informatics 3
  Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
ISTE-341 Server Programming 3
ISTE-430 Information Requirements Modeling  3
ISTE-340 Client Programming 3
MEDS-250 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
SWEN-383 Software Design Principles and Patterns 3
ISTE-110 Ethics in Computing (WI) 3
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Perspective 1 3
MEDI-330 The Electronic Health Record 3
  ISTE Concentration Course 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
  Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
ISTE-500 Senior Development Project I (WI) 3
  ISTE Concentration Courses 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  LAS Perspective 5‡ 3
  Free Electives 6
ISTE-501 Senior Development Project II 3
  LAS Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 125

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by selecting one of the following four credit options: General Biology (BIOL-101) and General Biology Lab (BIOL-103); General and Analytical Chemistry (CHMG-141) and General and Analytical Chemistry (CHMG-145); or College Physics (PHYS-111).

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Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The BS degree in medical informatics is one of only a few programs in the United States that responds to the increasing use of computers in every aspect of health care, biomedical research, and education. Developed by the college’s departments of computer science and information technology in partnership with the College of Science, the program provides students training in the medical sciences, computer science, and information technology, with an emphasis on clinical applications. Students learn to develop computer applications for the solution of clinical problems and to provide computing support to medical practice, medical research, and education.

Curriculum

The program offers students two tracks: computer science, for those interested primarily in developing computer software for medicine; or information technology, for those interested in providing computer support for clinical information systems, databases, networks, and Web applications.

Students consult with faculty advisers to tailor their academic programs to individual career goals. Upper-level electives prepare graduates for specialized employment opportunities within medical informatics, for graduate school in the sciences or computer science/information technology, or for postgraduate professional school.

Cooperative education

A minimum of two quarters of cooperative education are required after the completion of the second year of study. Co-op allows students to gain relevant, hands-on work experience in the medical informatics field, provides the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in real-life situations, and offers networking opportunities with professionals in the field. Students alternate quarters of academic study with quarters of paid employment, starting with the summer between the second and third years. These experiences enhance students’ education and make them more valuable to prospective employers.

Optional premedical track

Medical informatics also offers a premedical track. Students interested in applying to medical, dental, or veterinary school should consult the program director and/or an academic adviser on the selection of courses to enhance their academic credentials for medical school.

Medical informatics (computer science track), BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
4006-230 Computers in Medicine 4
4006-240 Introduction to Medical Informatics 4
4003-241 Project-Based Introduction to Computer Science 4
4003-242 Data Structure Problem Solving 4
4003-243 Object-Oriented Programming 4
4002-320 Introduction to Multimedia: Web 4
1026-301 Medical Terminology 3
1016-281, 282 Project-Based Calculus 8
1016-265 Discrete Mathematics 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
4002-201 Freshman Seminar 1
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
4006-310 Developing Medical Applications 4
4006-410 The Electronic Health Record 4
4006-345 Medical Informatics Seminar 1
4003-334 Computer Science IV 4
4003-485 Database Concepts 4
4006-420 Medical Database Architectures 4
1001-201, 202, 203 General Biology I, II, III 9
1001-205, 206, 207 General Biology Lab 3
1016-351 Probability and Statistics 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Free Elective 4
Third Year
4006-430 Medical Application Integration 4
4003-345 Computer Organization 4
4003-420 Data Communication and Networks 4
4010-361 Software Engineering 4
  Computing Elective 4
1026-350, 360 Anatomy and Physiology 10
1026-205 Diagnostic Medical Imaging 2
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Free Elective 4
  Wellness Education† 0
4002-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
  Computing Electives 12
1011-215, 216, 217 General and Analytical Chemistry 10
1011-205, 206, 227 General and Analytical Chemistry Lab 3
  Liberal Arts* 16
  Free Elective 4
4002-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 184

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Medical informatics (information technology track), BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
4006-230 Computers in Medicine 4
4006-240 Introduction to Medical Informatics 4
4002-217, 218, 219 Programming for Information Technology I, II, III 12
4002-320 Introduction to Multimedia: Web 4
1026-301 Medical Terminology 3
1016-225 Algebra for Management 4
1016-205, 206 Discrete Math for Tech I, II 8
  Liberal Arts* 8
4002-201 Freshman Seminar 1
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
4006-310 Developing Medical Applications 4
4006-410 The Electronic Health Record 4
4006-345 Medical Informatics Seminar 1
4002-360 Database and Data Modeling 4
4002-461 Fundamental Data Modeling 4
4006-420 Medical Database Architectures 4
1001-201, 202, 203 General Biology I, II, III 9
1001-205, 206, 207 General Biology Lab 3
1016-319 Data Analysis 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Free Elective 4
Third Year
4006-430 Medical Application Integration 4
  Information Technology Electives 8
4050-350 Computer System Fundamentals 4
4050-351 Network Fundamentals 4
1026-350, 360 Anatomy and Physiology 10
1026-205 Diagnostic Medical Imaging 2
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Free Elective 4
  Wellness Education† 0
Fourth Year
  Information Technology Electives 12
1011-215, 216, 217 General and Analytical Chemistry 10
1011-205, 206, 227 General and Analytical Chemistry Lab 3
  Liberal Arts* 16
  Free Elective 4
4002-499 Cooperative Education Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 184

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.