Medical informatics, also known as health IT, studies the nature of medical data and the use of information technology to manage health-related information in medical practice, education, and research. With increases in the application and uses of information technology in the medical industry, there is an unprecedented need for professionals who can combine their knowledge of computing and of health care to improve the safety and quality of care delivery, as well as to help control costs.
Medical informatics is an emerging profession that applies the creative power of information technology to the information and data needs of health care. This includes the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of patient data, as well as access to electronically maintained medical knowledge for use in patient care, research, and education. Professionals in the field require computing expertise; an understanding of formal medical terminology, clinical processes, and guidelines; and an understanding of how information and communication systems can be used to successfully deliver patient information in various health care settings.
The program is offered jointly by RIT and the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. Students choose to matriculate at either university, study jointly, and receive a diploma bearing the seals of both institutions. Courses are scheduled so that students can attend offerings at each university without conflict.
The program is offered on a full- or part-time basis. A full-time student can complete the program in approximately two years. For part-time students, completion may take three to four years.
The program is comprised of ten required core courses, three technical electives chosen by the student, and a course-based capstone experience. Depending upon the student’s background, some of the core courses may be replaced. For example, a physician may be allowed to replace Practice of Health Care with a more beneficial course. Similarly, a database professional may be allowed to replace the foundation database course.
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|MEDI-701||Introduction to Medical Informatics||3|
|ISTE-608||Database Design and Implementation||3|
|MEDI-735||Clinical Information Systems||3|
|MEDI-704||Practice of Health Care||3|
|ISTE-760||Design, Development, and Deployment of Applications||3|
|MEDI-788||Capstone in Medical Informatics*||3|
|MEDI-707||Clinical Decision Support||3|
|MEDI-702||Perspectives of Health Informatics||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||39|
* The capstone course is purposely scheduled for the fall semester of the second year since the prerequisites are the first-year courses. Students may complete their capstone work in the following spring term should additional time be needed.
To be considered for admission into the MS program in medical informatics, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
* These competencies may be demonstrated through previous course work, technical certifications, or comparable employment experience. RIT and UR offer courses that may be used to bridge areas where gaps occur in an applicant's background. Prerequisite study must be completed with at least a B grade to continue in the program. Contact the graduate program director for course selection and planning assistance.
Applicants without previous graduate study and with an undergraduate GPA that is less than 3.0 may be considered for admission, but will be required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Applicants from international universities are required to submit GRE scores.
An interview with the program’s admissions committee may also be required. The program accepts students for fall semester entry only.
University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program. Bridge courses are excluded.
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