Wayne State University

Information Management Specializations and Classes

Software Tools:  Student learn how to design and build technology solutions that allow users to find and mine data.

Software Tools Electives: 

Web-based Information Services:  Students explore a variety of tools and online solutions that bring people and information together.

Web-based Information Services Electives: 

Data Analytics:  The world is drowning in data yet information – useful information – remains in short supply.  Students in this specialization learn how to work with databases and large data sets to uncover insights that drive decision-making. 

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Data Analytics Electives: 

Health and Scientific Data Management:  Health, science, and research have witnessed an explosion of data!  To meet these unique data challenges, the Health and Scientific Data Management specialization prepares an information workforce with the needed skills to be successful in data-intensive environments.  Graduates can explore opportunities as a data analyst, health informatician, data detective, or research data librarian.  The valuable knowledge and skills you will gain from this specialization can contribute to and support health care, teaching, research, policy development, management, and scientific transformation.

Health and Scientific Data Management Electives: 

User Experience:  Do you want to work at the intersection of people and technology?  Students in this specialization learn to understand today's users of online communities and digital media and to design or improve online services for their organizations.  Well-designed sites are enjoyed by their users – and they come back again and again. 

User Experience Electives: 


Students who have no or very little work experience in information management should consider including LIS 7960 - Practicum: IM as one of their electives. LIS 7960 is a 3-credit class offered each term - it requires 135 hours at a practicum site plus three mandatory online meetings (webinars). After completing the application process, the SIS Practicum Coordinator places students with a relevant host institution to work under the direction of an information management professional.