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Department of Informatics

Informatics is the study of information. We study how information is generated, acquired, stored, retrieved, organized, managed, utilized and exploited. We teach students how to create bottom-line impact for their employers using information resources.

The program involves courses in computer technology, information technology, business, management and communication. In today’s job market, breadth of knowledge and expertise is the key to remaining upwardly
mobile and flexible.

The department offers an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in the study of Informatics.


Post-Graduate Course Offerings for Fall 2014:

Classes begin August 21, 2014. These courses are open to the public. You do not have to be a degree-seeking graduate student to take these courses; however, these courses can be applied toward the MS in Informatics graduate degree should you later decide to pursue the degree as a degree-seeking student. Be advised, the course material is at the post-baccalaureate level. Pre-requisite courses or knowledge is not required but exposure to information technology, information management and business courses at the undergraduate level is an advantage. You will have to apply to USC Upstate as a non-degree seeking student on or before August 15, 2014 in order to begin classes on time. Tuition is $1,410 per course ($470 per credit hour). Refer to the Admissions page at www.uscupstate.edu/admissionsfor information about additional fees that may apply and to get started on your application. For more information, contact Dr. Ron Fulbright at rfulbright@uscupstate.edu.

INFO 762: Interoperability
Monday 6:00 p.m. - 8:40 p.m.                  

Techniques for integrating information from disparate systems by different manufacturers using different formats and communication protocols. Topics include: XML, EDO, Web services and standards-based open-source collaboration. (3 credit hours).

HIMS 751: Healthcare IT Vendor Management
Tuesday 6:00 p.m. - 8:40 p.m.                  

Environment and activities necessary to plan, select, contract and implement systems from information technology suppliers in the healthcare industry. (3 credit hours).

INFO 796: Special Topics – Quality Improvement
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. - 8:40 p.m.                  

Examine continuous quality improvement strategies as a tool to improve efficiency and effectiveness in organization processes.  Students will also apply quality improvement theoretical frameworks such as Donobedian’s structure, process and outcome theory and Chassin’s overuse, misuse and underuse theories.  (3 credit hours).

INFO 761: Business and Competitive Intelligence
Thursday 6:00 p.m. - 8:40 p.m.                  

Use of information technology to facilitate better business decisions by collecting and analyzing the efficiency and productivity of internal operations as well as external influences such as competitors, market trends, and global economics. (3 credit hours).

Program Chair
Ron Fulbright, Ph.D.

Student Resources
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Undergraduate Informatics Brochure
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Contact Us
Donna Sandor

USC Upstate
Department of Informatics

800 University Way
Media Building, 2nd Floor
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5432
Fax: 864-503-5408
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