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Academic Plan of Study

Introduction to My Discipline and Graduate Program:

My academic discipline of graduate program which I am pursuing is masters of science in Health
informatics which is a part of Health administration. This field helps students to build their
knowledge and specialized skills that are needed to be used in health information system and
application of data analytics for a variety of clinical and research purposes that help in providing
better patient care and advancement to disease treatment, which in turn helps to reduce mortality
rate. This program helps students to pursue in various fields like health care managers, health data
analysts, health IT professionals and health information systems specialists in health IT firms,
health care organizations and in private as well as in public sector government jobs. Some of the
course topics that captured my attention were health care databases, advanced health care
information systems analysis and designs. Students are trained to gain more knowledge about
emerging technologies which are more likely to impact delivery of health services in nearing

Academic Goals:
There are many goals that are to be pursued in my academic disciple, but some of them which I
would like to concentrate particularly are:

Immediate Goals:
1. Successful completion of INTO program and progressing to my majors as degree student
by the end of the first Semester
2. Improving my writing and communications skills, utilizing available resources by the end
of first semester.
3. Getting a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in second semester

Long Term Goals:

1. Applying and getting an Internship or a Graduate Research Assistantship by the end of
second semester, in a well-established hospital like INOVA or under a professor
respectively to improve required skill set, adapt to current trends, and achieve required
experience to build my Academic research project.
2. Applying the achieved skill set and Develop an Electronic Health Record system that is
compatible with the systems used by local hospitals, consultant specialists, labs and
imaging facilities with easily adaptable interfaces.
3. To establish Electronic Health Record system to a multi-site use and allow for growth in
the size of practice by the time of graduation.
Disciplinary Resources List:
1. Meeting Health Information Needs Outside Of healthcare (1st edition)
Authors: Catherine Arnott Smith, Alla Keselman
This book addresses the ethical dilemmas and challenges that are concerned with delivering
health information to the public in diverse non-clinical settings both technically and in-
person that is in academic libraries, public and in traditional and social media channels.
Many professionals from diverse fields are involved in providing consumer health
information like computer science, health information technology, health communication

2. Global Health Informatics (1st edition)

Editors: Heimar Marin, Eduardo Massad, Marco Antonio Gutierrez, Roberto Jaime
Rodrigues, Daniel Sigulem
This book addresses how information technology can help in supporting diagnosis,
treatment and prevention of emerging diseases in a Globalized world, it particularly focuses
on carping role of communication technologies and information in health practice,
healthcare management and research in societies that are inter related. This book reviews
relevant aspects and successful experiences that are related to health information systems
like health system operations, professional and client education and training and using
digital systems for decision making, diagnosis and therapy.

3. Handbook of evaluation methods for Health Informatics (1st edition)

Authors: Jytte Brender McNair
This book provides a complete compilation of methods that are used for evaluation of IT
based systems in health care. It accentuates on assessment of the IT- systems in its
organization. The author provides a complete and logical assessment of interaction
methods and technological effects at organizational, psychological and social levels. This
book critically focuses on assumptions for applications, in built perspective of the methods
and their advantages and disadvantages.

4. Health care Informatics (An interdisciplinary approach) (1st edition)

Authors: Sheila Englebardt, Ramona Nelson
This book addresses collection and application of information that is related to health care
using computer hardware, software, systemic languages and data manipulation. It focuses
on topics in informatics that are related and relevant to health care in all fields. This book
provides a compendious overview of major concepts in informatics and discusses on new
trend and strategical innovations from a contemporary and mainstream perspective.

5. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis

Co-Editors: A.M. Colubi, E.J. Kontoghiorghes, B.U. Park
It is an official publication of the network computational and methodological statics and
international association for statistical computing (IASC), is an international journal
constant in disseminating methodological research and applications in data analysis and
computational statistics. Statistical methodology also includes clinical trials, parametric
and non- parametric methods, statistical genetics etc.

6. PubMed
The united states National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of health
maintains the databases as part of entrees system of information retrieval. It is a free search
engine that primarily accesses MEDLINE database of biomedical and life sciences topics.
It is the service which is provided by the national center of biotechnology information

7. Elsevier
It is an analytics company worlds one of the major provider of scientific, technical and
medical information. Journals like the Science Direct collection of electronic journals, the
Trends and Current Opinion series of journals, the clinical key solution for clinicians are
included. Elseviers services include the software and data-management and assessment

Course Plan:
S.NO Course Plan to complete my Offered in semesters Required Pre-requisites
1. HAP 719 Advanced Statistics Fall HAP 602
in Health Services Research I
2. HAP 725 Statistical Process Fall
3. HAP 780 Data Mining in Fall
Health Care
4. HAP 823 Comparative Spring HAP 719
Effectiveness Analysis using
Observational Data
5. HAP 602 Statistics in Health Fall, Spring and Summer
Services Management
6. HAP 622 Healthcare Fall and Spring
Information Systems Analysis
and Design
7. HAP 717 Population Health Fall HAP 709
8. HAP 819 Advanced Statistics Spring HAP 719
in Health Services Research II
9. HAP 880 Advanced Health Spring HAP 719 and HAP 780
Data Mining
10. HAP 645 Introduction to Fall and Spring HAP 678
Health services Research
11. HAP 678 Introduction to The Fall and Spring
U.S. Health System
12. HAP 709 Health Care Fall and Spring
13. HAP 700 Introduction to Fall
Health Informatics

Academic Reflection:

As an International graduate student pursuing my masters degree in Health Informatics was

always a challenging task and I had very low knowledge regarding my academics, how to design
my course plan and how to pursue accordingly to complete my study. These questions were
answered by INTO mason, which gave an over view of my course work. As an INTO Mason
student, the orientation programs and events conducted by them created a path for all graduate
students and supported in getting an overview of their course work and developing their academic
skills. Being precise about my academic discipline Health informatics was new to me as I
completed my undergraduate study in Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D), INTO Mason programs and
events helped me to develop my academic skills and design my course work accordingly.
Programs like GMU compass, GMU University time management helped to develop
skills for academic success by knowing core values that are required for my graduate study and,
also how to design my plan of study with respect to time management. To complete your graduate
study successfully, initially we should recognize and know our roles and responsibility towards
academic integrity. Academic Integrity Overview programs made me to know about various
aspects like what is plagiarism, how it occurs and what are the steps to be taken to avoid plagiarism
and, also provided awareness on sanctions for violating the GMU honor code. GMU also offers
various resources like GMU EAPS writing center professionals advices and guides us in writing
and designing our research plan accordingly without any plagiarism. The research project which I
completed in my under graduation back in my country is totally different compared to the one
which I am going to pursue in my graduate study, classes like EAP 508 conducted by INTO mason
gave me step wise guidance on how to set my academic goals with S.M.A.R.T goal settings, select
my research topic and how to reach my goals and complete them accordingly without any
plagiarism before I complete my graduation.
Initially, when I was into graduate study my thinking and ideas were narrow like expecting
to be in group environment and doing group works, and had much more point of doing theoretical
work than practical work, but to be successful in your career and reach your goals theoretical
knowledge alone is not sufficient, practical knowledge play a major part in this field which
introduces you to different environments and distinct work fields, which helps you to change your
thinking and develop and implement new ideas for the development of your field. Exposure to
some events conducted by INTO Mason changed my mind set, thinking, approach and interest
towards my academic discipline and career success. Awareness programs like workshop of
GRADS-TRAVAGANZA, and some of the other resources provided my GMU helped me to
develop my confidence levels, attitude and thinking views to build up my career successfully. In
order, to adapt myself to these new expectation, I would like to design and organize a plan with
the knowledge I gained after coming to GMU and follow the instructions and advices provided by
professionals in future to lead a clear path of success.
The first semester of my graduate study exposed me to some situations and conditions
which helped me to develop my skills and thinking, to be successful in my career. Some of my
experiences that opened a bright path towards my graduate study are attending an awareness
program which is discipline specific, having conversations with academic professors and
discussing your views with other students from my field helped me to think and develop some
innovative ideas for my future research. Group projects gave me experience to work with different
people in a healthy environment, and helped me in discovering distinct resources and search
databases for my discipline. GMU library has number of distinct courses and related resources,
advisors in my respected field (Health informatics) helped me in searching some resources for
developing my research plan and set my academic goals. Not only these there are even other
programs like GMU library workshop, library visits etc., made me to gain some experience to be
successful in my academics and is helping me to build a straight career path for future with respect
to my major.