Programs Requirements

Health Informatics Degree/Certificate Program Requirements

1. Credit Hours

Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI)

26 semester credit hours of core courses*
12 or more elective hour courses (can include Health Data Science concentration)

Total: 38 semester hours

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics (PBCHI)

12 semester hours

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics Fundamentals
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Data Science Informatics
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership in Health Informatics

13 semester hours

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Mobile Health Informatics

Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics (PMCHI)

24 semester hours of core courses*

*Additional prerequisites may be required based on applicant’s academic background and are not counted in the program total credit hours above. Prerequisites must be completed prior to taking program courses.

2. Grade Point Average (GPA)

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 arecommendation 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.

4. Prerequisite Courses

Possible MSHI Prerequisites

HIM 486Fundamentals of Health Information Management2 Hours
BHIS 406Medical Terminology for Health Information Management2 Hours

Possible PMCHI Prerequisites

HIM 486Fundamentals of Health Information Management2 Hours
BHIS 406Medical Terminology for Health Information Management2 Hours
BHIS 460Introduction to Health Informatics1 Hour

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics.