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Admission Requirements

Master of Science (MSHI) and Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC HI) in Health Informatics Programs
Applicants will be considered on an individual basis by anonymous submission to the Biomedical Health Information Sciences (BHIS) Committee for Academic Affairs. Individuals determined to be deficient in one or more areas may be recommended to the Graduate College for limited standing admission upon the condition that the deficiencies are completed through appropriate coursework or prerequisites, prior to starting the program coursework. The applicant must meet the UIC Graduate College admission requirements and specific program admission requirements. Program requirements supersede the graduate school requirements.

Graduate College Requirements MSHI PMC HI
Application fee Seventy dollar, non-refundable application fee (required at the time of application submission)
Degree Requirements
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution that equals a U.S. bachelor’s degree Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution that equals a U.S. bachelor’s degree and master’s or professional degree from an accredited institution.
*For those with an MBA, the degree must be granted either by UIC or another school accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (http://aacsb.edu/)
Grade Point Average (GPA)** Grade Point Average (GPA) minimum 3.0/4.0 cumulative for all undergraduate degrees, graduate and professional degrees and any additional post-degree coursework.**A final cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 for UIC’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics will also be accepted. Credit for courses taken in the program no more than 5 years in the past.
Transcripts Registrar-issued transcripts (copies) from the following:

  • All colleges or universities attended
  • All coursework taken after the first bachelor’s degree
  • Transcripts must state degree conferred from awarding institution
  • Mark sheets or grading scale legends
  • International students refer to: International Requirements

These are HI program required levels which differ from the graduate college levels.

English Proficiency Requirements for International StudentsSee link for exceptions: English Proficiency
These are HI program required levels which differ from the graduate college levels.
TOEFL iBTTotal Score 95
Listening 22
Writing 24
Reading 24 
Speaking 24
IELTS Overall Score 7
Listening 6.5
Writing 6.5
Reading 6.5
Speaking 6.5
PTE Academic Overall Score 54

Listening 51

Writing 56

Reading 51

Speaking 53

TOEFL PBT Total Score 585 or higher
English Proficiency Waiver Letter Instructions The request for English Proficiency test scores automatically populates in the checklist for International applicants. If the international applicant intends to submit a waiver letter please select that option on the application. For a domestic or permanent resident applicant that is required to fulfill the English proficiency requirement, the request for test scores does not populate. Admissions audits the application, and then adds the option of the test score requirement or a waiver letter.
HI Program Requirements MSHI PMC HI
Resume Current resume, includes the applicant’s education, work experience and any employment gaps.
Work Experience A minimum of two years of work experience in industries that can directly translate to health informatics.
Personal Statement Complete the personal statement form.
Letters of recommendation forms Letters completed by three persons (excluding peers and family). Provide names and email addresses in your application. Not Required

Students admitted to the master’s health informatics program or post master’s certificate program on limited admission status must meet the conditions imposed by limited status and progress to full degree status within two semesters or any shorter amount of time set forth in the letter of acceptance.
 
Students accepted to Health Informatics programs under the condition of limited status must complete 10 credit hours in their first two semesters(including summer) and receive no grade below a B in any courses, including prerequisites. Other conditions may also apply. Failure to comply with conditions of admission may result in dismissal from the University.
 
Students admitted to the post-baccalaureate certificate program on limited admission status must meet the conditions imposed by this status and progress to full degree status within two semesters or any shorter amount of time set forth in the letter of acceptance. Students accepted to post-baccalaureate programs under the condition of limited status must complete 12 credit hours in their first two semesters (including summer) and receive no grade below B in any courses, including prerequisites. Other conditions may also apply. Failure to comply with conditions of admission may result in dismissal from the University.
 
Transfer credits may not be used to satisfy limited status requirements. Students admitted to any program on limited status may not take a semester off until the requirements are met and the student is placed on full academic standing.This is because the limited standing requirements must be completed in within two semesters. Deferrals and Leaves of Absence may still be applied for, but students can’s take summers or semesters off until they come off of limited standing.
 
Similarly some students on limited standing will not be able to drop or withdraw from classes in the early going because if they do not complete the required credit hours within two semesters they may be dismissed from the program by the Graduate College. Students must be advised accordingly.


Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM)

  • Minimum GPA 2.50/4.00
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Resume highlighting the applicant’s education and experience
  • Three recommendation forms
  • Interview to determine eligibility, interest and purpose of study
  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee, starting for fall 2017 it will be $60.
  • UIC BS HIM: Course Outline
  • Successful completion of the following undergraduate courses(60 semester or 90 quarter total transferable credit hours):
  • Prerequisite health information management courses or equivalent(4 courses, 15-17 credit hours)
  • KN 252 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • KN 254 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PSCH 242 – Introduction to Research Psychology, orSTAT 101 Introduction to Statistics
  • IDS 200 – Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • UIC’s General Education requirements (10 courses, 35-37 credit hours, plus 3 or more electives to total 60 credit hours) or completion of the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (View Course Outline for more information.)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (PBC HIM)

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA at least 2.75/4.0 for the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Resume highlighting the applicant’s education and experience
  • Three recommendation forms
  • Interview to determine eligibility, interest and purpose of study
  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • Non-refundable $70 application fee
  • Completion of the prerequisite coursework, which may be completed after admission to the program. (Equivalent coursework or professional experience will be considered. Students are encouraged to complete prerequisite coursework prior to or during the first semester to avoid delay in enrolling in required courses)

Three start dates per year offer the flexibility to begin your program. Classes are offered in each Summer, Fall and Spring semester. Each course is eight weeks long, enabling you to take up to two classes per semester for the graduate programs and four to six for the bachelor’s program.

Spring 2018

  • Application Deadline* – 11/1/17
  • Registration Deadline – 1/8/18
  • Classes Begin – 1/15/18
Summer 2018

  • Application Deadline*
    • MSHI & PMCHI - 4/1/18
    • BSHIM & PBCHIM – no summer admission
  • Registration Deadline – 5/9/18
  • Classes Begin
    • BSHIM, & MSHI, PMCHI - 5/16/18
    • PBCHIM - 6/18/18
Fall 2018

  • Application Deadline* – 7/1/18
  • Registration Deadline - 8/18/18
  • Classes Begin – 8/27/18

* Please note that the application deadlines for the Health Informatics Department may differ from the university’s application deadlines.

Program Requirements

Master of Science and Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics

DEGREE/CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS MSHI PMC
1. Credit Hours
45 semester hours
* Additional prerequisite hours may be required based on applicant’s academic background and are not included in the 45 credit hours required to graduate
24 – 29 semester hours
* Additional prerequisite hours may be required based on applicant’s academic background and are not included in the 45 credit hours required to graduate
2. Grade Point Average (GPA)
3.0/4.0 3.0/4.0
If a student’s cumulative program GPA (this does not include prerequisites) falls below 3.00, the student is automatically placed on probationary status by the Graduate College and/or by the program. The Graduate College’s policy is that a student has two semesters to raise his/her GPA to a 3.0.
The departmental policies are as follows. All the rules apply if the student is registered for the course:

  • A minimum grade of “B” is expected.
  • One grade of “C” or Unsatisfactory may result in a letter of warning from the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and possible repetition of the course during the next period of registration in which it is offered.
  • Two grades of “C” or Unsatisfactory will lead to a formal review of the student’s academic record by the program director and DGS, resulting in a
    recommendation of either repetition of the courses during the next period of registration in which they are offered, or dismissal from the program.
  • A grade of “D” or “F” will lead to a formal review of the student’s academic record by the program director and DGS, resulting in a recommendation of possible repetition of the course during the next period of registration in which it is offered, or dismissal from the program.
  • A student who fails to make progress toward a certificate or degree may be dropped. (Examples include failure to complete required courses, accumulation of an excessive number of Incomplete (I) and/or unsatisfactory grades, failure to earn credit in any semester, failure to maintain a “B”  average in BHIS).
  • A student admitted to the program on “limited standing” must receive a grade of A or B in all courses, excluding prerequisites, during the first 16 hours of matriculation or face dismissal by the Graduate College.
  • In all cases, a student must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA to graduate from the Master of Science or the post-master certificate in health informatics programs.
  • The Graduate College monitors progress toward and assures the integrity of the University of Illinois at Chicago graduate degree. If a graduate student’s grade point average (GPA) falls below 3.0 at the end of any semester, the Graduate College will send the student a warning of probation letter notifying the student he/she has two semesters to raise the GPA above 3.0 or risk being dropped from his/her graduate program.
3. Core Courses
36 semester credit hours of core courses *
9 or more elective hour courses
24 semester credit hours of core courses *
4. Prerequisite Courses *Prerequisites are determined upon admission and must be completed prior to taking program courses and do not count toward degree credit hours or Limited Standing requirements.

MSHI

Possible MSHI Prerequisites

HIM 486 Foundations of Health Information Management
BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management

Required Core Courses for All HI Tracks

BHIS 437 Health Care Data
BHIS 499 Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences
BHIS 503 Communication Skills in Health Informatics
BHIS 510 Health Care Information Systems
BHIS 511 Application of Health Care Information Systems
BHIS 515 Management of Health Care Communication Systems
BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design
BHIS 525 Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics

Choice of electives to reach the minimum 45 semester credit hours should be guided, in consultation with the advisor, by the area of interest and the student’s professional experience.

Coursework-Only Track Electives

BHIS 505 Informatics for the Clinical Investigator
BHIS 509 Ethics and Legal Issues in Health Informatics
BHIS 514 Patient Safety Topics in Health Informatics
BHIS 517 Health Care Information Security
BHIS 527 Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organizations
BHIS 528 Consumer Health Informatics
BHIS 529 Transforming Healthcare using Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics
BHIS 532 Theroretical Concepts of Clinical Decisions Support Systems
BHIS 533 Practical Implementation of Clinical Decision Support Systems
BHIS 534 Health Information Technology and Patient Safety
BHIS 537 Health Care I.T. Administration
BHIS 538 Health Care I.T. Vendor Management
BHIS 543 Health Care Project Management
BHIS 546 Leadership Development in Health Informatics
BHIS 554 Health Informatics Business Intelligence Tools and Application
BHIS 580 Practicum in Health Informatics
BHIS 593 Health Informatics Capstone Experience

Required Courses for Project and Thesis Research Tracks

BHIS 500 Strategic Inquiry in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
BHIS 595 Seminar in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
BHIS 597 Project Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
OR
BHIS 598 Thesis Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Electives Research Track
BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics

Thesis, Project, or Coursework-Only Option

Thesis Studens must earn at least 8 hours in BHIS 598
Project Students must earn at least 4 hours in BHIS 597

PMC HI

BSHIM

PBC HIM

** Capstone Experience Optional Onsite Campus Travel (BHIS 593): If a student chooses to attend the onsite health informatics capstone experience, applicable expenses include: round trip travel to/from Chicago, minimum 2-night stay in the Chicago area, transportation to/ from the UIC campus, meals and entertainment. For those students who are in the MSHI Research Track, travel to UIC’s campus will be necessary.


Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

UIC’s health information management curriculum is composed of coursework in medical science, disease classification and coding, record management, health information systems, computer technology, and organization and management. Coursework is integrated with professional practice experience in affiliated health care facilities.

The length of the program is two years full-time, three years part-time. Both require 63 credits for graduation.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management


Computer Requirements

Connecting the Classroom through Technology

All Students must have access to a computer with the following minimum requirments:

PC USERS

  • Processor: 2Ghz or faster
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM or memory
  • Sound care and speakers
  • Network Connectivity: Broadband (Cable, DSL) or WiFi – Required. Cellular Internet connection (e.g; Air Card, MiFi) or dial up phone connection as your primary means of accessing your online course are not acceptable. The data transfer speed and reliability of your connection will directly influence your online learning experience. Additionally, without an unlimited data plan, accessing course videos, recorded webcasts, etc., can be costly, especially when considering the speed and connectivity issues with cellular Internet access.

MAC USERS

  • Operating system: Mac G4 or G5 running OS 10 (or higher)
  • Memory: Minimum of 1 GB RAM
  • Hard drive: 40 GB HD

IPAD USERS

  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Modem: Wi-Fi
  • RESTRICTION: Apple iPad and iPhone products do not support flash
    software; therefore, some course items will be inaccessible.The best
    Internet browser to use depends on the type of operating system on your
    computer. The supported technologies document from Blackboard lists which options are available. You can also check your browser using this testing link.* Please Note: If you are using Word 2007, you may experience difficulty sharing your documents electronically. Therefore, you will need to save your documents in a format that is compatible with earlier versions for Word.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Below are the costs associated with UIC’s Health Informatics and Health Information Management online programs.

Master of Science in Health Informatics
45-49 total credit hours

Expenses per Credit Hour (for 2017-2018 academic year)
Tuition: $750
Library and Information
Technology Fee: $18
Expenses per Semester
Tuition: $3,840-$6,144
Books: $150-$400
Expenses per Year
Tuition: $11,520-$18,432
Books: $450-$1,000
Total Cost
Tuition: $34,560-$37,632
Books: $900-$2,000

Onsite Campus Travel (BHIS 593):
If a student chooses to attend the onsite health informatics capstone experience, applicable expenses include: round trip travel to/from Chicago, minimum 2-night stay in the Chicago area, transportation to/ from the UIC campus, meals and entertainment. For those students who are in the MSHI Research Track, travel to UIC’s campus will be necessary.


Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics
24-29 total credit hours

Expenses per Credit Hour (for 2017-2018 academic year)
Tuition: $750
Library and Information
Technology Fee: $18
Expenses per Semester
Tuition: $768-$6,144
Books: $150-$400
Expenses per Year
Tuition: $6,750-$8,250
Books: $450-$800

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management
40 total credit hours

Expenses per Credit Hour (for 2017-2018 academic year)
Tuition: $750
Library and Information
Technology Fee: $18
Expenses per Semester
Tuition: $3,840-$6,144
Books: $150-$400
Expenses per Year
Tuition: $9,216-$15,360
Books: $450-$100

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
63 total credit hours

Expenses per Credit Hour (for 2017-2018 academic year)
Tuition: $500
Library and Information
Technology Fee: $18
Expenses per Semester
Tuition: $5,434-$8,398
Books: $75-$100 each
Expenses per Year*
Tuition: $11,362-$16,302
Books: $75-$100
Total Cost**
Tuition: $32,634
Books: $2,100-2,500

*Dependent on number of credits enrolled per semester
**Only includes the cost for the 63 core credit hours

Library/IT fee covers the following services: Use of online Library and IT services such as Blackboard, UIC e-mail, software licenses, technology security, published works and periodicals through the Library database and others.
There are many options to help fund your education. Please visit the financial aid section of our website to learn more about funding your education.
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Applied Health Sciences complies with the U.S. Department of Education’s Gainful Employment Statute requirements by disclosing information to applicants regarding our Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs. The tuition rates above are based on AY 2014-2015 data and are subject to change by action of the University Board of Trustees. Estimated salary information for Health Informatics and Health Information Management professionals can be found on the ONET website using the appropriate SOC codes found here.


Financial Aid

An Investment in Your Future
Financial aid for your education is available from a variety of sources, including federal grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, scholarship programs, private sources, student employment opportunities and sometimes even employer tuition assistance programs. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with and research all of your available options so that you can make the selection that best meets your individual needs.

For more assistance, please contact UIC’s Office of Financial Aid:
University of Illinois at Chicago
Office of Student Financial Aid, MC 334
1800 Student Services Building
1200 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: (312) 996-3126
Fax: (312) 996-3385
Email: money@uic.edu
Website: http://www.uic.edu/depts/financialaid/index.shtml
UIC’s School Code: 001776
Find Priority Filing Dates for FAFSA.

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Please click here to visit our financial aid website for details. Our enrollment advisors can also help you find out if you may qualify for federal financial aid and/or private student loans.
To learn more about whether you qualify for additional financial assistance, contact your enrollment advisor at 1-866-MSHI-UIC.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Terms
The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs are designed for working adults taking courses either part or full time. All students are held to high performance standards consistent with graduate education in a research university. While our programs are flexible, courses are delivered in a “paced” mode, meaning deadline dates must be met in all courses, and student participation is expected daily.
Effective July 1, 2011, federal regulations require that students applying for federal loan assistance must meet certain criteria whether or not they previously received aid. For graduate students (except doctorate and medical students), this policy applies to Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, as well as some other loan types.

In order for you to continue to receive loan money, you must comply with these regulations set by the university in conjunction with federal regulations.

Maximum Timeframe (MTF)
The MTF is the required length of time it will take you to complete a degree program based on the appropriate enrollment status. Federal regulations allow a student to be eligible to receive aid up to 150 percent of the time it would normally take to complete a degree.

UIC MTF:
PB-HIM and BS-HIM programs: 3 years
MS HI: 6 years

Minimum Completion Percentage (MCP)
The MCP is the percentage of coursework that a student must earn (pass) during enrollment.

All UIC programs: 67%

Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)
Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA throughout the course of the program.
BS-HIM: 2.0
MS-HI and PB HIM: 3.0

Important Loan Information
As with any loan, make sure you fully understand the interest rates, repayment terms and tax implications. Find out if interest charges are variable or fixed, if the loan has forgiveness or deferment provisions, if you can consolidate the loan with other loans and if the loan carries prepayment penalties.Borrow only what you need. Remember that loans must be repaid even if you do not finish school. Your education is a substantial investment. It’s one of the most important decisions you can make for your future. Take time to learn all of your financial aid options before you make any decision.

Policies

Add/Drop/Withdrawal Policy
For the most up-to-date information on our programs’ add, drop, and withdrawal policies, contact one of our enrollment advisors and they will be happy to assist.