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RIT, UR to offer joint master’s degree

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RIT and the University of Rochester have joined forces to bolster two crucial elements of health-care reform in the United States—the widespread application of information technology to health care and the adoption of electronic health records. The two institutions have leveraged their strengths in technology and health care to create a joint master’s degree in medical informatics. It is the first time that the universities have collaborated to offer a joint degree program.

As part of the joint degree process, students will gain a robust knowledge of medical practice by shadowing physicians, rotating through medical specialties, attending lectures on advances in medicine and completing class projects that showcase the student’s ability to creatively use technology to improve the practice of medicine. They will also obtain in-depth instruction in information technology and computer science.

Students matriculate at either RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences or the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and will take courses at both campuses. Students will graduate from the institution at which they matriculated but will receive a common diploma bearing the seals of RIT and UR.