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Undergraduate 4+1 Certificate of Health Informatics
2014-2016 Student Handbook

Program Description and Goals Admission to the 4+1 Health Informatics Certificate Program Course of Study

Program Description and Goals

Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's of arts/science and a Master of Science in Health Informatics over the course of 5 years. The program is an integrated program that overlaps graduate curriculum into the student's undergraduate work which provides the opportunity to graduate with the bachelors at the same time as their graduate certificate in health informatics.

4 + 1 Program graduates will have the education, skill-set and experience needed to enter the professional work force in any of the varied fields of Health Informatics, or be well prepared to continue with their education through doctoral studies, or in professional degrees such as nursing, medicine, dentistry or pharmacy.

The student will graduate with an undergraduate degree in their selected major course of study, but will also have the opportunity to complete a master’s degree in health informatics in one additional year instead of the customary two years.

Upon completion of the 15 semester credit hour SBMI certificate, students will be awarded a certificate of completion from UTHealth. A transcript showing graduate credits may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

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Admission to the 4+1 Health Informatics Certificate Program

The admission process to the 4 + 1 program is designed to get the highly successful academic undergraduate applicant into the Program by meeting minimal requirements. Each applicant must submit to the Registrar’s Office the following:

  1. A completed certificate application online
  2. $60 application fee
  3. An official transcript with the minimum of a 3.0 or higher degree in an appropriate area, e.g., biomedical science, pre-med, nursing, life sciences, MIS, or computer science. Any dual credit or AP credits must be verified on the transcript from the present college or an official transcript from the awarding college or program must be sent to the UTH Registrar’s Office.
  4. Letter of Reference

Application deadlines:

Fall admission - July 15
Summer admission - March 15

Successful completion of the program requires passing each course with a grade of a “C” or above. Students may not earn more than two “C” grades. Earning a third grade of “C” results in automatic dismissal from the 4 + 1 program.

Students who complete the course of study will receive a certificate of completion. The coursework earned is at the graduate level. This coursework may be transferred into a degree-seeking program. No grade lower than a “B” will be accepted to transfer into the master’s or doctoral program.

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Course of Study for the 4+1 Health Informatics Certificate Program

The course requirements for earning both the undergraduate degree and graduate certificate from SBMI will vary by participating institution. Please contact the 4+1 Program Coordinator for additional information.

For 4+1 Program Information, contact:

Jeanette Broshears
UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics Brownsville Regional Campus
80 Fort Brown Street, RAC N2.200 Brownsville, Texas 778520
Telephone: (956) 882-6745
Email: [email protected]

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