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

Degree/Certificate Requirements

1. Credit Hours

MSHI

38 semester hours

PMC

24 semester hours

2. Grade Point Average (GPA)

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 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.

3. Core Courses

MSHI

26 semester credit hours of core courses*
12 or more elective hour courses

PMC

24 semester credit hours of core courses*

4. Prerequisite 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.

MSHI

Possible MSHI Prerequisites

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

Required Core Courses for All HI Tracks

BHIS 437Healthcare Data3 Hours
BHIS 499Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences1 Hour
BHIS 503Communication Skills in Health Informatics3 Hours
BHIS 505Ethics & Legal Issues in Health Informatics3 Hours
BHIS 510Healthcare Information Systems3 Hours
BHIS 515Management of Healthcare Communication Systems3 Hours
BHIS 520Health Information Systems Analysis & Design3 Hours
BHIS 525Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics3 Hours
BHIS 530Topics in Health Informatics3 Hours
BHIS 593Health Informatics Capstone Experience1 Hour

Choice of electives to reach the minimum 38 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 509Informatics for the Clinical Investigator3 Hours
BHIS 511Application of Health Care Information Systems2 Hours
BHIS 514Patient Safety Topics in Health Informatics2 Hours
BHIS 517Healthcare Information Security3 Hours
BHIS 522Mobile Health Informatics3 Hours
BHIS 527Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organizations3 Hours
BHIS 528Consumer Health Informatics3 Hours
BHIS 529Transforming Healthcare using Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics3 Hours
BHIS 532Theoretical Concepts of Clinical Decisions Support Systems3 Hours
BHIS 533Practical Implementation of Clinical Decision Support Systems3 Hours
BHIS 534Information Technology and Patient Safety3 Hours
BHIS 537Health Care IT Vendor Management3 Hours
BHIS 538Healthcare IT Administration3 Hours
BHIS 543Healthcare Project Management3 Hours
BHIS 546Leadership Development in Health Informatics3 Hours
BHIS 554Health Informatics Business intelligence Tools and Applications3 Hours
BHIS 580Practicum in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences3–12 Hours

Health Data Science Concentration Course
To earn the optional Health Data Science concentration must take two required courses and choose two selective courses. This concentration can be used to fill the 12 hours of required electives.

Required Courses for the HDS Concentration

BHIS 540Essentials in Health Data Science3 Hours
BHIS 575Applied Statistics for Health Data Science3 Hours

Elective Courses for the HDS Concentration

BHIS 527Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organizations3 Hours
BHIS 529Transforming Healthcare using Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics3 Hours
BHIS 532Theoretical Concepts of Clinical Decisions Support Systems3 Hours
BHIS 533Practical Implementation of Clinical Decision Support Systems3 Hours
BHIS 541Healthcare Data Analytics3 Hours
BHIS 542Artificial Intelligence3 Hours
BHIS 554Health Informatics Business intelligence Tools and Applications3 Hours
BHIS 561Programming for Health Analytics3 Hours
BHIS 567Healthcare Data Visualization3 Hours

Required Courses for Project and Thesis Research Tracks Option 1

BHIS 500Strategic Inquiry in BHIS3 Hours
BHIS 595Seminar in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences1 Hour
BHIS 597Project Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences0–5 Hours

Required Courses for Project and Thesis Research Tracks Option 2

BHIS 598 Thesis Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences0–16 Hours

Research Track Electives

BHIS 530Topics in Health Informatics3 Hours

Thesis, Project, or Coursework-Only Option

Thesis: Students must earn at least 8 hours in BHIS 598

Project: Students must earn at least 4 hours in BHIS 597

PMC HI

PMC HI

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

Required Core Courses for All PMC Tracks

BHIS 437Healthcare Data3 Hours
BHIS 499Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences1 Hour
BHIS 510Healthcare Information Systems3 Hours
BHIS 515Management of Healthcare Communication Systems3 Hours
BHIS 520Health Information Systems Analysis & Design3 Hours
BHIS 525Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics3 Hours
BHIS 530Topics in Health Informatics3 Hours

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

**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.