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College of Allied Health Sciences


Department of Health Services and Information Management


Xiaoming Zeng, Chair, 4340D Health Sciences Building
Pat Royal, Director, Health Care Administration Certificate, 4340J Health Sciences Building
Robert J. Campbell, Director, Health Informatics Certificate, 4340M Health Sciences Building

MS in Health Informatics and Information Management

The Department of Health Services and Information Management offers the master of science in health informatics and information management degree. The degree requires 36 s.h. of core courses and 12 s.h. from one of the following options: non-thesis, thesis, or Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). The RHIA option allows graduates to be eligible to take the RHIA examination.

Admission
Application for admission to the graduate program in health informatics and information management must be initiated through the Graduate School. (See Section 2, Admission and Readmission.) The department requires that the applicant meet the following minimum admission requirements: a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and acceptable TOEFL score for non-English foreign students. At the time of application, the applicant must submit three letters of reference, a resume, and a completed statement of purpose as specified in the Graduate School application.

Applicants must present evidence of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and completion of the following prerequisite courses within the last 5 years: computer programming (3 s.h. minimum) and statistics (3 s.h. minimum). Completed applications should be received no later than March 15th for enrollment in the fall semester. Applicants may be interviewed as part of the admission process. Applications for full-time study beginning in either the spring or summer semesters will be considered only under special circumstances because of the sequential nature of the program of study.

Degree Requirements
The degree requires a minimum of 48 s.h. of graduate work as follows:

Core courses: 36 s.h.
BIOS 7021; COHE 6000, 6410, 6420, 6430, 6470, 6480, 6490, 6510, 6630; HIMA 6060; MIS 6843
Choose one of the following options for the completion of the degree:
Non-thesis option: 12-18 s.h.
COHE 6440, 6450, 6803 (3-9 s.h.); SENG 6230
Thesis option: 12-21 s.h.
COHE 6440, 6450, 7000 (3-12 s.h.); SENG 6230
RHIA option: 12-18 s.h.
COHE 6310, 6460, 6600, 6803 (3-9 s.h.)

Certificate in Community Health Administration

In cooperation with the Department of Political Science, students seeking the master of public administration degree (MPA) may take 15 s.h. in COHE, and approved electives for the completion of a certificate in community health administration. Required courses are the following: COHE 6000, 6100; PADM 6400 or COHE 6971 or NURS 6971. Electives may be taken from the following: ACCT 6241; BIOS 5010; COHE 6300, 6310; ENGL 5780; FINA 6144; PADM 6410.

Admission requirements are available from the director of the MPA program in the Department of Political Science.

Certificate in Community Health Center Administration

In cooperation with the Department of Public Health, students seeking the MPH and nondegree students may take 15 s.h. for completion of a certificate in community health center administration. Required courses are: COHE 6100, 6310, 6600; HIMA 5060; MPH 6200.

Admission priority is given to individuals enrolled in the MPH degree or another graduate degree related to community health center administration or who are employed in community health centers. Individuals outside these three groups and without significant work experience in a community health center are required to take COHE 6000, MPH 6000, or equivalent.

Admission and other requirements are available from the director of the certificate program in community health center administration in the Department of Public Health.

MBA with Health Care Management Certificate

MBA students interested in pursuing the MBA with the health care management certificate must take COHE 6000, 6600, 6610, and 6620 as electives in the MBA program. Other graduate students interested in taking these electives must confer with the program directors of the respective schools.

Health Care Administration Certificate

The Health Care Administration Certificate is available to all students holding a baccalaureate degree. The certificate requires successful completion of 15 s.h. from the following COHE courses: COHE 6000 or HIMA 5060 and COHE 6300, 6310, 6600, and 6620. Students who have not previously passed a graduate health care systems course must first complete COHE 6000 before taking any other course. Students who have already taken the equivalent of COHE 6000, are advised to take HIMA 5060. Certificate students may transfer credits to other graduate programs but acceptance into the certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into other programs and non-degree students can only apply 9 s.h. toward a graduate degree.

Health Informatics Certificate

The Health Informatics Certificate is available to all students holding a baccalaureate degree. The certificate requires successful completion of 15 s.h. from the following COHE courses: HIMA 5060, COHE 6410, COHE 6420, COHE 6430, COHE 6440, COHE 6450. Students who have not previously passed a graduate health care systems course must first complete COHE 6000 before taking any other course. HIMA 5060 is a co-requisite and should be taken before or with COHE 6410, 6420, 6430, 6440, or 6450. Certificate students may transfer credits to other graduate programs but acceptance into the certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into other programs and non-degree students can only apply 9 s.h. toward a graduate degree.