Informatics, Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Informatics educates researchers, teachers, and transformational leaders who advance the science of informatics and the development of information technologies and their integration in the workplace. ​ As a multidisciplinary field, Informatics emphasizes convergent research strategies and team-based science that engage diverse perspectives of information technology and computing with business, engineering, and social, behavioral and economic sciences to address a variety of complex problems in health care, business, engineering, and other domains.

Learning Outcomes

  1. At the completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply advanced informatics principles and solve complex problems.
  2. At the completion of the program, students will be able to work in trans-disciplinary teams to analyze problems and develop, integrate and evaluate innovative solutions applying informatics and information technology.
  3. At the completion of the program, students will be able to design a rigorous research project in a specific informatics area of interest.
  4. At the completion of the program, students will be able to execute a rigorous research or development project in a specific informatics area of interest.
  5. At the completion of the program, students will be able to exhibit professional skills such as scientific writing, oral communication, grant writing, teaching, and professional service.
  6. At the completion of the program, students will be able to actively contribute to the informatics research through publication or other appropriate avenues of dissemination.

Degree Requirements (60 Post-Baccalaureate Hours)

Completion of the doctoral degree in Informatics requires a minimum of 60 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, of which 12 must be ITEC 899 . Students having an earned master’s degree must complete a minimum of 48 credit hours beyond the master’s degree. At least half of the course work must be completed at the 700 level or higher.  All programs of study must be approved by the department.

Students enrolled in graduate programs are subject to the academic regulations and degree requirements of The Graduate School and the academic program in which enrolled. The requirements described here pertain specifically to the Ph.D. in Informatics. Please check the Policy and Regulations sections of this Bulletin for university-wide requirements for doctoral degrees.

Publication Requirement  

To demonstrate their ability to effectively communicate research results, Ph.D. candidates are required to submit, based on research performed while at the University of South Carolina, at least one journal article or national conference paper prior to graduation.

Program Requirements (Total 60 Hours)

Requirements Credit Hours
Informatics Core Courses 21
Research Methods 12
Dissertation 12
Electives 15

Informatics Core Courses (21 hours)

Course Title Credits
ITEC 742Enterprise Network Management3
or ITEC 743 Health Information Privacy and Security
ITEC 749Principles of Informatics3
or ITEC 747 Management of Health Information Systems
ITEC 754Analysis and Design of Information Systems and Technology3
or ITEC 752 Systems Analysis & Design for Health Applications
ITEC 765Human Computer Interaction, Usability and Interface Design3
or ITEC 762 Health Information Technology Usability and Interface Design
ITEC 766IT Project Management3
or ITEC 764 Project Management for Health Information
ITEC 772Database Systems3
or ITEC 770 Health IT Database Systems
ITEC 785Enterprise Data Analytics3
Total Credit Hours21

Research Methods (12 hours)

Students must complete four research methods courses at the 700 level or above appropriate for their research focus with approval of the department.

Course Title Credits
BIOS 700Introduction to Biostatistics3
BIOS 757Intermediate Biostatistics3
BIOS 765Research Design in the Biomedical Sciences (pre-req EPID 741, BIOS 757))3
STAT 700Applied Statistics I3
STAT 701Applied Statistics II3
HSPM 716Quantitative Methods for Health Administration (pre-req HSPM 775 or BIOS 700)3
HPEB 715Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health3
PSYC 702EExperimental Design3
PSYC 709Basic Quantitative Methods in the Analysis of Behavioral Data I3
PSYC 710Basic Quantitative Methods in the Analysis of Behavioral Data II (pre-req PSYC 709)3
PSYC 821Theory of Psychological Measurement3
PSYC 823Multivariate Analysis of Behavioral Data3
PSYC 824Special Topics in Quantitative Psychology3
PSYC 825Introduction to Statistical Mediation Analysis3
EDFI 730Qualitative Epistemologies, Paradigms, & Theories3
EDFI 731Qualitative Inquiry3
EDRM 710Educational Statistics I3
EDRM 711Educational Statistics II (pre-req EDRM 710)3
EDRM 712Nonparametric Statistics3
EDRM 718Research and the Statistical Packages (pre-req EDRM 710 & EDRM 711)1-3
EDRM 810Design and Analysis of Experiments (pre-req EDRM 711 or equivalent)3
EDRM 816Correlational and Multivariate Methods (pre-req EDRM 711)3
Other approved courses in quantitative research taught outside the department approved by the department

Dissertation (12 hours)

Course Title Credits
ITEC 899Dissertation Preparation1-12

Electives (15 hours)

In addition to the above requirements, students must complete 15 hours in ITEC courses numbered 500 or above.  Courses listed as Informatics Core, Research Methods, and Dissertation may not be used to satisfy an elective requirement.  Courses from other departments may satisfy an elective requirement with approval of the department. Electives include:

Course Title Credits
ITEC 544Training Systems3
ITEC 545Telecommunications3
ITEC 552Linux Programming and Administration3
ITEC 562Advanced Web Support Systems3
ITEC 590Special Topics in Integrated Information Technology3
ITEC 790Special Topics in Informatics3
ITEC 760Cyberinfrastructure and Information Assurance3
ITEC 761Management of Cyberinfrastructure3
ITEC 787Advanced Data Analytics Tools3
ITEC 786Advanced Enterprise Data Analytics3
ITEC 781Artificial Intelligence and Informatics I3
ITEC 782Artificial Intelligence and Informatics II3
ITEC 775Large-Scale Health and Information Systems3
ITEC 745Telecommunications for Health Information Technology3
ITEC 795Independent Study in Health Information Technology1-3
Courses from other departments with approval of the IIT Department.

Optional Concentration in Health Informatics

Completing the Health Informatics concentration satisfies the Electives requirement. Students taking the Health Informatics Concentration also are advised to take the health-related core courses and research methods courses.

Course Title Credits
ITEC 776Health Information Technology and Clinical Transformation3
ITEC 775Large-Scale Health and Information Systems3
Select three of the following:
ITEC 748Internship in Information Technology1-6
Any 700 level ITEC course from the electives listed above
HSPM 765Leadership in Health Care Organizations1
NURS 734Conceptual Basis of Health Systems3
HSPM 730Financing of Health Care3
or NURS 738 Financing of Health Care
HSPM 769Organizational Behavior3
BIOS 710Effective Data Management for Public Health3
HSPM 711Health Politics3
HSPM 712Health Economics3
HSPM 726Applied Public Health Law for Administrators3
HSPM 777Healthcare Policy and Principles of Health Insurance3
HSPM 791Selected Topics1-6
HSPM 768Health Services Administration II3