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MS, Health Informatics and Information Management



Applicants must apply online to the East Carolina University Graduate School.

Application deadlines

  • Fall 2015 - May 15, 2015
  • Spring 2016 - October 15, 2015

The minimum admission requirements for the program are:

  • An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and completion of the following prerequisite courses within 5 years of making application: computer programming (3 s.h. minimum) and statistics (3 s.h. minimum);
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better;
  • Acceptable scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the GRE or GMAT;
  • The GRE/GMAT requirement could be waived for students successfully complete the Health Informatics Certificate program or HIM (RHIA) Certificate program with a minimum 3.5 overall GPA;
  • Positive letters of recommendation and a résumé;
  • A statement of purpose outlining the goals for pursuing a graduate education in health informatics and information management; (In your statement include whether you are interested in the RHIA or a non-RHIA degree option.)
  • Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score for foreign students whose first language is not English; and
  • Other criteria as required by the Graduate School. These admission criteria apply for all three options: non-thesis; thesis; or RHIA:
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • The ECU application for graduate admission form.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the HIIM degree program.


It is expected that students who enter the MS HIIM will have completed an undergraduate degree in a health sciences or computer and information sciences related field, with at least one programming course (JAVA is recommended) and at least one statistics course in the previous five years. If computer programming experience is needed, it is recommended that applicants take CSCI 2310/2311 Algorithmic Problem Solving and Programming Laboratory. This course is generally offered in the Spring Semester at East Carolina University.

COHE 6460, Classification Systems in Health Care is part of the curriculum for the RHIA option in the masters degree program and lists 3 specific undergraduate pre-requisite courses.  They are:  Medical Terminology for Health professionals;  Anatomy and Physiology with lab;  and a Pathophysiology or Human Diseases course that includes pharmacology.

These courses are not required as part of the admission requirements into the degree program. However, students cannot register for COHE 6460 without first providing evidence of having completed them with at least a C grade.

They can either be taken at a 4 year or a 2 year institution. Contact the program with any questions related to these pre-requisites.


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