Master of Science in Health Informatics

Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Health Informatics

Consideration for admission to the Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program requires:

  1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or first-professional doctorate-degree, specifically when no baccalaureate degree was offered (e.g., Pharm.D.); or meet the dual enrollment eligibility requirements as outlined within the College of Pharmacy.
  2. Submission of official transcripts, which can be in the form of attested credentials from a University-recognized document verification agency, of all college-level work.
  3. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or have a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale associated with a previous master's degree. This includes classes from all institutions attended. Students who have a 2.5 cumulative undergraduate grade point average may be considered for conditional admission but must attain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the first nine hours of the MSHI program to be fully admitted to the program.
  4. Fulfillment of the following prerequisite competencies, demonstrated by official transcript and course syllabus (if applicable), completion of courses or competency testing:
    1. Medical Terminology
    2. Anatomy and Physiology
    3. Introduction to Computers (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    4. Database Applications (Access or SQL)

Any prerequisite courses submitted for consideration must be completed with a final grade of “C” or above. Any competency tests taken must be completed with at least the minimum passing score. A student MAY be admitted under Conditional Admission status to complete their prerequisite competencies, and these must be completed within a specified time frame. A student attains Full Admission status upon completion of the prerequisite competencies and all other admission requirements.

Students whose native language is not English and who have not graduated from an English speaking university in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia must meet the previously listed admissions conditions plus:

  1. A verified Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based test (iBT) minimum total score of 79 with 20 or better in speaking and 20 or better in writing, a verified International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic score with a minimum overall band score of 7.0 or a minimum Pearson Test of English (academic) score of 61. Full admission is dependent on satisfying all admission requirements. Students may receive conditional admission, if not supplying a TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson score at the acceptable level. These students are required to test in the Intensive English Language Program, and if necessary, complete coursework in English.
  2. All students who are not an American citizen or permanent resident must provide an affidavit of financial support (original).

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Health Informatics degree consists of:

HINF 520Introduction to Health Informatics


HINF 523Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Informatics


HINF 541Introduction to Clinical Information Systems


HINF 553Database Systems for Health Care


HINF 570Research Methods in Informatics


HINF 620Healthcare Delivery Outcomes


HINF 622Healthcare Networking and Security


HINF 632Politics and Policies in Health Informatics


HINF 660Healthcare Project Management


HINF 673Health Informatics Organizational Issues


HINF 690Professional Practice Experience


HINF 691Capstone


No more than one “C+” or “C” may be used to meet graduation degree requirements.