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The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics at Houston offers a Master's Degree in Health Informatics with two tracks: the traditional research track and the applied health informatics track. Both tracks provide students knowledge and skills to deliver innovative solutions to real-world problems in health information technology.  Both tracks can be completed online, and students have the option of enrolling full time or part time in either track.  Semester credit hours earned in the master's programs are transferrable to the doctoral program.

TRADITIONAL RESEARCH TRACK

The traditional research track focuses on how health and biomedical data are collected and processed into health information and knowledge and how they are applied to support clinical decision making. Students in this track will gain solid understanding in basic aspects of biomedical informatics as well as in-depth knowledge in focus areas of the student's choosing. The traditional research track requires 39 semester credit hours to complete. The degree culminates in a state-of-the-science paper or a master's thesis.

Master of Science in health informatics curriculum - (Effective Fall 2012)
Master of Science in health informatics curriculum
 - (For students from Fall 2007 to Summer 2012)
Master of Science in health informatics curriculum - (For students who began study prior to Fall 2007)

Review the admission requirements.

Credit hours must total at least 39 semester hours for all courses in the degree plan. Six of those semester credit hours will be in support courses that might not be offered by the school. Support courses could include areas such as cognitive sciences from Texas A & M University, computer science from Rice University, mathematics from the University of Houston, measurement courses from The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston, or courses studying health care outcomes from The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston. Each student follows a degree plan developed with an advising committee. A total of 39 semester credit hours must be completed prior to graduation.

A full-time student in the program in health informatics has up to four years (12 semesters) from the time of entry to complete the required course work. A part-time student has up to eight years (24 semesters) from the time of entry to complete the required course work. Continuous enrollment is required unless approval from the advising committee is obtained. A maximum of one year of an approved leave of absence will be allowed for continuance in the program. If more than one year of leave occurs, the student must apply for readmission to the program.

Each course with an HI prefix in the Health Informatics degree plan is a graduate-level course and should be passed with a grade of "B" or better. Only one course grade of "C" is allowed. The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for graduation is 3.0 on all HI courses.

Prior to beginning the practicum, the student must submit to the Office of Academic Affairs a copy of their proposal. The proposal must be approved in writing by all members of the advising committee. Another part of the practicum that students must prepare is a 'state of the science' paper based on research in the student's area of interest. The 'state of science' paper will be developed in cooperation with the student's advising committee. Students will have the experience of disseminating the knowledge they have gained by sharing it with the larger community. It will not be a requirement that he paper actually be published, due to the inability to predict journal-publishing times. However, the paper must be of sufficient quality to be accepted for publication in a refereed journal and must be submitted for publication. The advising committee will be responsible for monitoring the quality of this paper, as well as the practicum. The 'state of the science' paper approach has been chosen because it gives more flexibility to conduct different kinds of research, such as concept analysis, discussion of implementation issues, or investigation of new data in health informatics. All research papers, theses, and dissertations authored by degree candidates are available to interested members of the public upon request.


APPLIED HEALTH INFORMATICS TRACK

The applied health informatics track is a fully online program that focuses on knowledge and skills to implement, maintain, and evaluate electronic health records (EHR's) and other health information systems. Students will learn about the modern U.S. health care system, health care legislation, standards, health information security protocols, health data analytics, clinical decision support and project management. The applied track requires 39 semester credit hours to complete. The program culminates in a capstone project that allows students to apply learned skills in a real-world setting.

Credit hours must total at least 39 semester hours for all courses in the degree plan. Each student will follow a degree plan developed with an advising committee.

A full-time student in the applied health informatics program has up to four years (12 semesters) from the time of entry to complete the coursework. A part-time student has up to eight years (24 semesters) from the time of entry to complete the required coursework. Continuous enrollment is required unless approval from the advising committee is obtained. A maximum of one year of an approved leave of absence will be allowed for continuance in the program. If more than one year of leave occurs, the student must apply for readmission to the program.

Each course with a HIT prefix in the applied health informatics degree program is a graduate level course and should be passed with a grade of "B" or better. Only one course grade of "C" is allowed. The minimum grade point average (GPA) required for graduation is 3.0 in all HIT course.


Please review the admission requirements.

Contact Information

For more information on the Master of Science in Health Informatics, please contact:

Office of Academic Affairs
713.500.3591
SBMIAcademics@uth.tmc.edu

Yang Gong, MD, PhD
Master's Program Coordinator
(713) 500-3547
Yang.Gong@uth.tmc.edu

Admission Deadlines

For a summary of the admission requirements for the degree and non-degree programs click here.

Fall - July 15
Spring - November 15
Summer - March 15