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2024-2025 Catalog

Health Informatics, M.S.

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The Master of Health Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) at GovState is STEM designated program that aims to prepare students for entry or mid-level management positions in the health information management profession within the healthcare system. This program is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become productive and proficient healthcare professionals and leaders. It focuses on developing information management skills and professional competencies, including the utilization of technology and information to transform and support healthcare delivery.

The health informatics program’s central academic objectives are:

Academic Objective 1: To enable students to understand the inter-relationships between information technology and healthcare services delivery, and the ways in which they mutually influence and transform each other.

Academic Objective 2: To provide students with technical, computational, analytical, and data analytics skills necessary to succeed in a mid-level health informatics role.

Admission Requirements

  1. Have earned a degree in Health Informatics, B.S. or equivalent.
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work or a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  3. Complete an interview with the Admissions Committee scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and time. International students may request an interview via telephone, Skype, or web conference.
  4. All international applicants must submit official academic credentials with an evaluation from Educational Credentials Evaluation (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) and may be required to submit a minimum acceptable score on the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students are expected to:

  1. Have knowledge to access health data, use it to describe current performance and apply it to healthcare organizations to forecast trends and patterns to improve operations.
  2. Develop advanced computational, analytical, and technical skills.
  3. Explain the applications of healthcare informatics and how they are used in healthcare organizations to transform care.
  4. Demonstrate the capacity to make sound and ethical decisions related to healthcare informatics.
  5. Gain insight into the resources needed to optimize the use of information technology in areas of healthcare research and clinical services delivery.
  6. Be eligible for entry-level and mid-level health informaticist positions in healthcare delivery systems, consulting firms, governmental organizations and research organizations.

Admission to Candidacy

After admission as a degree-seeking student, a student also must apply for candidacy. Application forms are available from the student’s advisor. Application for candidacy should be made during the trimester in which the student expects to fulfill the candidacy requirements. Unsuccessful applicants to candidacy will not be permitted further registration in courses in the degree program. To qualify for degree candidacy, a student must:

  1. have earned a grade of “B” or better in three of the following five courses: HLAD-7101 , HLAD-7102,  HLAD-7106,  HLAD-7109,  and MIS-6201  or CPSC-8820 ;
  2. complete all prerequisite course work listed in the Required Preparation Section;
  3. apply for candidacy after earning a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 15 graduate-level credit-hours;
  4. demonstrate adequate oral and written communication abilities appropriate for the profession;
  5. demonstrate adequate interpersonal skills appropriate for the profession; and
  6. no more than one course with a grade of “C+, C, or C-” toward degree requirements. When a student made a second “C+, C, or C-” in a class, the student must repeat the “C+, C, or C-” course only once to meet the degree requirements..

Skill levels noted in items four and five above are evaluated based on the professional judgment of the faculty and administrators through regular review of student progress.

More detailed candidacy information is available from the student’s advisor.

Required Preparation

The MSHI program at GSU requires all entering students demonstrate proficiency in the following areas of study. These deficiency courses must be satisfied prior to taking MSHI core courses: 

GovState students and alumni (within past 5 years) are eligible for guaranteed admission to the Master of Science in Health Informatics program with an overall GPA of 3.00 or in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study at GSU. Application to MSHI program admission is required with a copy of undergraduate transcript. Letters of recommendation, personal statement, and interview are waived.

To transfer from other graduate programs at GSU or other institutions, students must complete the formal application process and submit all required application materials for admission consideration. If admitted, transferring students who wish to request a transfer of credit hours must provide a copy of their earned bachelor’s degree transcript and current graduate study transcript along with the credit transfer request at least one month prior to the start of the first semester to the MSHI Program at GovState for review and approval. No transfer credit requests will be evaluated or granted if submitted more than two weeks after the first semester at GovState starts. Students may transfer a maximum of 9 credit hours for required or deficiency courses.

Total - 33 Hours

The degree requirements for the Master of Science in Health Informatics require that a candidate must have completed all of the coursework identified for the Health Informatics, B.S. (or equivalents) and complete at the Master Degree level the courses below. All required courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or better. Students must meet all university requirements for a master’s degree.

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