Typical Course Schedule

Students enroll in two traditional Fall and Spring semesters, and four Summer sessions (see typical schedule below). The curriculum includes a core sequence of courses (24 credits) as a foundational base of knowledge, skills, and competencies in Health Informatics as prescribed by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics (CAHIIM).

Students then select a specialization of study (12 credits) for the Spring semester. Please consult with an advisor for more information about specializations.

In the final phase of the program, students choose between two pathways: practicum OR quality improvement. For the practicum path, students complete 480 hours of practicum experience at a health system, community-based health care organization, or with health care IT vendors. The practicum provides students with on-the-job-training to build their resumes with work experience. The quality improvement project pathway will allow students with well-developed health information technology (IT) experience, the flexibility to focus on a specific problem within health IT.

Students typically complete the program in 15 months.

Program Structure and Schedule for Cohort 2022-2023: 

Summer I: 

  • HHA 501: Health Information Essentials: Standards and Interoperability

  • HHA 503: Healthcare Cybersecurity: Regulations, Confidentiality, and Privacy

Summer II: 

  • HHA 500: Healthcare Delivery Systems

  • HHA 506: Research Design and Methodology for Health Informatics Professionals

Fall Semester:

  • HHA 502: Health Information Systems and HIT

  • HHA 504: Cloud Computing for Healthcare

  • HHA 505: Healthcare Leadership and Management Essentials

  • HHA 507: Data Science for Healthcare: Python and R

Spring Semester Specialization Courses (Students select one specialization):
I. Clinical Systems Lifecycle Management Specialization

  • HHA 530: Clinical Decision Making and Process Improvement 

  • HHA 531: Health Information System Lifecycles: Acquisition, Development, and Deployment

  • HHA 532: Leading and Managing Clinical Information Systems Change


II. Data Analytics Specialization:

  • HHA 550: Applied Healthcare Analytics

  • HHA 551: Big Data Technologies in Healthcare

  • HHA 552: Healthcare Data Visualization

Summer I:

HHA 586: Specialization Practicum I 


HHA 590: Quality Improvement Project I

Summer II:

HHA 588: Specialization Practicum II 


HHA 592: Quality Improvement Project II




Historical Program Structure: 

Program Structure: Cohorts 2020 to 2022

Stony Brook Health Sciences Class Bulletin:   

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