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Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics Degree Program Overview

University of the Potomac is pleased to offer the newly added Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics among our roster of career-driven master degree programs. This program enables individuals to gain the necessary expertise to oversee coordination of a complex organization’s healthcare informatics and information management needs. The degree concepts covers information technology foundations, research methods for healthcare managers, information management for project managers, and foundations of information security

MSHI Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics will be able to:

  • Apply informatics theories, methods and tools related to personal health, healthcare and public health to analyze a problem and identify and define the requirements appropriate to its solution.
  • Utilize the knowledge, skills, and concepts of health information technology using evidence-based practice methodologies.
  • Work collaboratively across disciplines to define, discuss, and resolve health problems using a technology-based solution from the individual to the population level.
  • Articulate the ways in which data, information, and knowledge are used to solve health problems from the individual to the population level.
  • Describe key legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to the utilization of health information technology.
  • Acquire the skills necessary to contribute to a strategic and tactical approach in utilizing health information systems to improve healthcare quality. Initiate and lead teamwork, implement a wide range of teamwork development, manage multicultural communication and possible conflicts.

What You Will Learn

This program enables individuals to gain the necessary expertise to oversee coordination of a complex organization’s healthcare informatics and information management needs. This program covers information technology foundations, research methods for healthcare managers, information management for project managers, and foundations of information security.

Core Courses

  • HLTH 500 – Health Care Systems
  • HLTH 510 – Managing Health Care Organizations
  • HLTH 520 – Healthcare Policy, Law, and Ethics
  • HLTH 530 – Decision Analysis for Healthcare Managers
  • HLTH 540 – Physician Group Practice Management
  • HLTH 550 – Financial Management and Analysis
  • HLTH 560 – Public Health
  • HLTH 570 – Global Health Systems
  • HLTH 690 – Capstone Project in Healthcare Systems

Available Electives

Business Management Courses

  • MGMT610 Executive Leadership
  • BUS560 Management and Information Systems
  • MGMT615 Health Informatics Project Design and Management
  • HLTH625 Health Care Communications Technology and Telematics

Health Profession Courses

  • HLTH605 American Health Care Systems
  •  HLTH645 Legal and Regulatory Environment for Healthcare and Informatics
  • HLTH650 Health Quality and Safety
  • HLTH655 Research Methods and Data Analytics for Health Informatics

Information Technology Courses

  • HLTH640 Introduction to Health Information Technology
  • MCAP 520 Enterprise Data Management and Administration
  • DACS 640 Data Integration, Warehousing, Provenance, and Analysis
  • HLTH635 Health Data Structures

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

General Admissions Requirements

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion. Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)

Graduate Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general requirements listed to the left, applicants for a graduate program must provide the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in order to enroll in University of the Potomac master’s programs: four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent in other countries.
  • International applicants 16 with a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted on the recommendation of the Admission Committee which will be based on students’ preparation.
  • Two Letters of recommendation from individuals who may be a direct supervisor or university faculty member. *This requirement may be waived for those students with Master level transfer credits*.
  • One required essay, in MSWord document form, addressing the student’s preparation for the graduate program.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the MBA, but is strongly preferred for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in a business related discipline or lack the pre-requisite courses in business, finance and economics. Similarly, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSIT or MHCA, but is recommended.

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