I am finishing up my course work for my MS in Health Informatics this coming Spring 2013 term. I will then have to complete my thesis over the summer in order to complete my program. I am hoping to narrow down my topic by the 2wk of the Spring 2013 term to allow additional research and preparation time as I also work full time. With that being said, I am struggling to select a thesis topic that is meaningful but also accomplishable within the 6month period I have to complete my thesis.
My background is in technology with little healthcare or medical knowledge. I have a B.S. in Computer Science and work in the Business Intelligence department of a local healthcare system. Through my current program, I have completed courses in Data Management, Project Management, Database Design, Clincial Decision Support, Public Health Surveillance, and others. With my prior degree course work and professional experience emphasizing database development and analytics, accompanied by the knowledge obtained through my graduate courses thus far, I have become increasingly interested in the data informatics area.
My initial topic candidate was the ability to track public health through the use of social media and news outlets. However, I believe this is too broad of a topic for the limited time I have to properly research and extract my conclusions.
Would anyone be able to suggest any topics revovling around clinical data, medical data modeling/warehouseing, or public health and social media?
Thank you in advance for any help or direction!