INFORMATICS - USC Upstate: Faculty

What is Informatics?
• the science of processing data for storage and
• study of how information is collected, stored,
manipulated, classified, organized, retrieved,
What is Informatics continued…
• Both natural and artificial systems involve
information can be examined within the
framework of informatics, including the brain,
computer systems, and paper filing methods.
Concerned with…
How data is collected and stored
How it is organized
How it is retrieved and transmitted.
It can also include issues like data security,
storage limitations, and so forth.
• New term adopted across Western Europe
• Developed a meaning roughly translated by
the English as ‘computer science’, or
‘computing science’.
• A Russian/Soviet Engineer
• Information Scientist
Alexander Mikhailov
• Advocated the Russian term informatika
(1966), and the English informatics (1967), as
names for the theory of scientific information.
• Said this discipline of science investigates the
structures and properties of scientific
Informatics in the World Around Us
Impact of Informatics in Health
• Construct computer health information
systems by studying the needs of doctors,
nurses, patients, and health care organizations
• Create health networks that allow doctors and
nurses to share knowledge and best practices
• Create new methods of information delivery
that motivate patients to follow treatment
Impact of Informatics in Science
• Extend our understanding of the human
• Develop computing applications that manage
data from biotechnical and pharmaceutical
• Manage and understand data collected to
solve scientific challenges in the natural and
social sciences
Impact of Informatics Human
Computer Interaction
• Devise theories and methods to improve human interaction
with computers
• Design and develop computer interfaces that connect
individuals and groups
• Study human intelligence to create better machine
Impact of Informatics involving
interactive media and art
• Create 2-D and 3-D animation and
• Explore the best use of digital media to solve
problems in education, health care and
• Study and design the structure of information
and its aesthetic presentation
• Build simulation and virtual reality
Impact of Informatics in business
• Develop information tools to capture and analyze
data to create better business intelligence
• Design decision support systems to assist
business leaders
• Create software tools that automate warehouses
and factories
Impact of Informatics in Communities
• Create information and communication
technologies that bridge cultural gaps
• Build geographic information systems that map
our communities and help with urban planning
• Use technology to promote government
participation and voting
Informatics as a Major
Bachelor of Arts in Information
Management and Systems
This degree has four major parts:
General education
The Information Technology/Informatics core
The digital media and communications core
Application area or minor
Master of Science in Informatics
• The Master of Science in Informatics
program consists of at least 30 credit hours
beyond the baccalaureate degree. This
includes a minimum of eight required courses
(24 credit hours) and six credit hours of thesis
or independent study.
Two tracks of study are available to
Health Information Management (HIM):
INFO 622: Advanced Knowledge Inference Systems INFO 650: Information Resource
Management INFO 710: System Innovation INFO 720: Information ArchitectureINFO 760: IT
Intellectual Property Protection INFO 761: Business and Competitive Intelligence INFO 762:
Interoperability INFO 763: Advanced IT Project ManagementINFO 798: Independent Graduate
Study in Informatics (1-6 hours) INFO 799: Thesis Preparation (1-6 hours) INFO 796: Special Topics
in Graduate Informatics (1-6 hours
Information Resource Management (IRM):
NFO 622: Advanced Knowledge Inference Systems INFO 650: Information Resource
Management INFO 710: System Innovation INFO 720: Information ArchitectureHIMS 750: Public
Health Statistics HIMS 751: Healthcare IT Vendor Management HIMS 752: Compliance in the
Healthcare Industry HIMS 753: Strategic Planning for Healthcare Information Management
SystemsINFO 798: Independent Graduate Study in Informatics (1-6 hours) INFO 799: Thesis
Preparation (1-6 hours) INFO 796: Special Topics in Graduate Informatics (1-6 hours)
Student Learning Outcome
Upon graduation from the Master of Science in
Informatics program, students will be able to:
• Envision and plan information management
systems, solutions, structures and processes.
• Insure legal and regulatory compliance.
• Utilize information management resources to
analyze and transform information into a
knowledge-creating competitive advantage
for businesses or organizations.
The Informatics major will give you
valuable skills that can be transported
to a number of job settings:
• A technical understanding of how computing systems
• Ability to adapt/assess and apply new trends in IT Welldeveloped problem-solving skills
• Ability to work in teams, such as those formed for the
senior capstone project
• Well-developed communications skills to clearly
convey solutions and observations to others.
• An understanding of social and ethical principles as
they relate to IT issues
Job Outlook
Common Job Titles
• Account Manager
• Applications Analyst
• Applications
• Circuit Designer
• Computer Operator
• Computer Support
Service Rep
•Database Analyst
•Software Engineer
•Software Tester
•Web Designer
•Media Specialist
Possible Salaries
Employment Areas
Private Corporations
Non-Profit Organizations
Publicly Traded Corporations
Career Description
• Implementation of software systems
– interact with customers
– listen to programmers and other tech personnel
– Assess and discuss designs
– Adapt to changing requirements
Health Informatics
• Study of resources and methods used for management of health
• First used in dental data collection in 1950s
• Quickly progressed to other medical fields
Academic Informatics
• Informatics used in the support of teaching
and learning
• Examples
– Blackboard
Informatics in the Entertainment
Iteractive media design, animation, development of Interactive Media in the digital game industry.
In this specialization field you will have training as programmer or software engineer for the mediaand entertainment industry.
You gain experience and methodological competence to solve major challenges on data handling,
changing software standards and complexity.
Informatics Applications:
Game Developer, Developer of Content Management Systems,Developer of Web Content Management
Systems, Developer of Social Network Systems, Developer of Kiosk Systems, Developer of City
Information Systems, Developer of eLearning Systems
There’s so much you can do involving this
subject. Its pretty much everything around us,
its just up to you to decide how to make it a
part of your life. You don’t have to get a
degree or get a job in the field. Its just
knowing about the world you live in that
matters the most.

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