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Health Informatics MS degree

Qi Yu, Graduate Program Director
585-475-6929, qyuvks@rit.edu

Program overview

This program is only available online.

Health informatics 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 health care to improve the safety and quality of care delivery, as well as to help control costs.

The MS degree in health informatics 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 offers two tracks: the clinician track and analyst track.

Curriculum

Health informatics, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MEDI-701 Introduction to Medical Informatics 3
MEDI-735 Clinical Information Systems 3
HCIN-610 Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction 3
MEDI-704 Practice of Health Care (summer) 3
  Track Elective 3
Second Year
MEDI-707 Clinical Decision Support 3
MEDI-705 Medical Knowledge Structures 3
MEDI-788 Capstone in Health Informatics 3
  Track Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Tracks

Analyst track
Course
ISTE-782 Visual Analytics
MEDI-730 Medical Application Integration
MEDI-766 Building the Electronic Health Record
Clinician track
Course
ISTE-608 Database Design and Implementation
MEDI-610 Scripting Fundamentals
MEDI-731 System Integration Concepts

 

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission into the MS program in health informatics, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to assess the applicant’s potential for success in the program.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Applicants from international universities are required to submit GRE scores.
  • It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of three years of experience in a health care, health-related, or information technology organization. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be asked to complete certain undergraduate/graduate level courses as a prerequisite. 
  • An interview with the program’s admissions committee may also be required.

Please note: Applications should be submitted for fall admission. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of six weeks prior to your intended start date.

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Additional information

Prerequisites

It is expected that prospective students who plan to pursue the analyst track will have a background in fundamental information technology concepts including object-oriented programming and statistics. Students without the necessary background should complete the prerequisites before applying to the program. However, bridge courses are available to satisfy the prerequisites.

Bridge program

Students whose undergraduate preparation or employment experience does not satisfy the prerequisites can make up these deficiencies by completing prerequisite bridge courses as prescribed by the graduate program director. The bridge courses are not part of the 30 semester credit hours required for the master’s degree. Grades for bridge courses are not included in a student’s GPA if the courses are taken before matriculation; they are included if completed after matriculation. Since bridge programs can be designed in a variety of ways, the graduate program director will assist students in planning and course selection.

Maximum time limit

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.