The student prepares and presents a thesis or project in the area of health informatics. The product is substantial, typically multi-chapter paper or carefully designed and evaluated application, based on well-planned research or scholarly project. Details are worked out between the student and sponsoring faculty member.
If your goal is to earn a Ph.D. and enter academia, completing a master’s thesis is likely to better prepare you for doctoral research and dissertation, in terms of research design; qualitative and or quantitative methods; and understanding the related academic literature in your field.
However, if you plan to go into industry, you may be better served by doing a master’s project in collaboration with an industry partner. You’ll be able to apply your project work directly in practice, and it will improve your skills in achieving outcomes that will prove valuable to your career.
By the end of the first year, the student will select a master’s project/thesis Committee chair who is a member of the graduate faculty and has an appointment in the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC). This individual will assume responsibility for advising the student about course selection, graduation requirements, and master’s project procedures.
Project/thesis possibilities include, but are not limited to:
If a master’s project or thesis is related in any way to your professional work, you must describe for your advisor how that topic and your job are distinct. You must be able to explain how the work you’re doing as a part of your master’s project or thesis goes above and beyond what you ordinarily do for your job.
Note: Approval from the IUPUI Institutional Review Board (IRB) is required if you plan to conduct a study using human subjects or clinical data in any way. Many informatics projects will be exempt from full IRB review. However, the IRB must grant the exemption. Research with human subjects that is not approved by the IRB constitutes scientific misconduct and is subject to disciplinary action. The student is responsible for obtaining IRB approval. This process should be started as soon as possible during the first step of master’s work. Direction on how to get approval or exemption by IRB can be found at Kuali Coeus (KC) at One.IU.
Outline of a well written Thesis/Project includes:
The individual sections of the project and thesis differ accordingly and samples of can be accessed via the following links: