Masters of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI)

The Masters of Science in Health Informatics graduate program in Health Informatics is a science devoted to understanding how information technology (IT) can be used to transform the way that healthcare is delivered. It influences patients, providers, payers, policy-makers, and technology vendors. 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, management and quantitative skills necessary to succeed in a mid-level health informatics role.

Academic Objective 3:  To enable students to conceptualize and implement research designs and methodologies allowing them to expand their knowledge in health informatics and contribute to knowledge in the field (research option).

Academic Objective 4:  To enable students to conceptualize and design a practical experience allowing them to expand their knowledge in health informatics and contribute to the operations of a health IT or health informatics department in a healthcare organization (practicum option).

Why Health Informatics ?

Health information employment rate is expected to grow by 15% between 2014 and 20124 (U.S. BLS). Credentials make a difference in your earning potential and competitiveness.  According to the U.S. BLS. Health Information Technicians earned a median salary of $37,110 in 2015 while Health Managers earned a median salary of $94,500.

According to AHIMA's 2012 Salary Survey, health information professionals earned average salaries of $40,930 to $56,807 in 2012, depending on their credentials. Job prospects can be best for those with a degree in health information. Health Information education and credentialing is important and can be done fairly quickly. A CAHIIM accredited 2 year degree and the RHIT certification are needed to become an RHIT. 

Admission Requirements:

1.Have earned a bachelor degree equivalent, or higher

2.GPA of 3.0 or higher 

3.Resume

4.Submit two letters of recommendation that support the applicant for graduate study in health informatics. Recommendation letters must be from previous academic faculty and/or from current or previous employers. If the applicant has been out of school or unemployed for more than five years, he/she may petition for a waiver or a substitution of references.

5.Submit a one-page statement for pursuing the MS in Health Informatics.

6.Interview might be required with the Admissions. International students may request an interview via telephone, Skype, or web conference.

7.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).

Required Documents:

Official transcript

GRE scores (if available)

Purpose statement

Resume

Two letters of recommendation

ECE/WES evaluation (International applicants only)

TOFEL (International applicants only)

Additional supporting documents (if any)

For more information regarding our Informatics Program please contact:    

nafees_qamar1 Nafees Qamar, PhD
Director of Health Informatics
Assistant Professor
Department of Health Administration
Governors State University
mqamar@govst.edu  / 1.708.534.4032

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