Jul 20, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Health Informatics, MS


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Khalid Moidu, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-2888
Adjunct Assistant Professor Behiri, Executive-in-Residence

As defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, health informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based innovations in health care services delivery, management, and planning.  As a direct outcome, health informaticists are able to take on roles such as health information systems specialists, health data analysts, managers, and consultants in various fields. A few examples of these fields would include health information technology corporations, health care service providers, such as hospitals or integrated delivery networks (IDN) and their business partners as well as public health agencies. This program is designed for aspiring and committed clinicians or IT professionals who are interested in becoming health informaticists or expanding their knowledge in the area of health informatics. Graduates of the program will be familiar with current health information systems and technologies and will be prepared to analyze, design, and manage evolving health information systems for a wide variety of clinical, administrative, and research purposes.

A key and integral part of the program is a 6 s.h. practicum (HIT 300A  and 300B ) during which students are assigned to rotations at affiliated health information system departments within various health systems to obtain hands-on experience in many health informatics areas, such as electronic medical records, health information exchange and integration, and data analytics, among other options. Located in various settings, these health information system rotations offer training in all disciplines of health informatics and provide the opportunity for exposure and hands on experience in a wide variety of health care related information systems.

Admission Requirements


  1. A completed online application form to the master’s program.
  2. Baccalaureate undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, including submission of all transcripts from undergraduate institutions.
  3. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  4. GRE scores. (Other standardized test scores – e.g., MCAT, GMAT, LSAT— may be substituted.) Holders of MD/DO, Pharm.D., MS/DNP in nursing or equivalent degree and/or related professional experience are waived from this requirement.
  5. Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s potential for success in graduate school and the health informatics field.
  6. Written personal statement identifying areas of interest and reasons for seeking advanced training in health informatics.
  7. Resume.
  8. Interview with program director and/or other program faculty member may be required.             
  9. International applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit TOEFL scores;

Provisional Acceptance:
Students with less than a 3.0 GPA may be admitted provisionally pending review of additional requested academic performance or other material by the program director.  Provisionally admitted students must earn a minimum grade of ‘B’ in each of the first 12 semester hours of course work.

Residency Requirement – No Credit


MBA 207R - Library Resource Utilization , is required of all students. Students may complete MBA 207R  during the first semester after acceptance into the program or the summer before they begin their course work.

The workshop MBA 204W - Statistics for Business Applications  may be required depending upon previous academic preparation. Students may take this recommended course during the first semester after acceptance into the program. MBA 204W  is a fee based course.

Program Requirements – Semester Hours: 41


The curriculum consists of 41 semester hours with 35 semester hours of classroom instruction and 6 semester hours of practicum. Students are required to successfully complete all courses listed under Core Competencies (11 s.h.) and Advanced Core Competencies (9 s.h.) as well as 9 semester hours of Program Electives. In addition, students must successfully complete two courses (6 s.h.) in either the IT Track or Clinical Track and the Practicum Integrative Course (6 s.h.). Course substitution is possible with the program director’s consent. The Advanced Core Tracks are designed to assist students with selecting courses based on their experience and knowledge; however students are free to choose any two out of the four courses listed in the Advanced Core Tracks.

Core Competencies – Semester Hours: 11


Advanced Core Tracks – Semester Hours: 6


The Advanced Core Tracks are designed to assist students with selecting courses based on their experience and knowledge; however students are free to choose any two out of the four courses listed below.

IT Track


Clinical Track


Program Electives – Semester Hours: 9


Chosen from the following:

Practicum Integrative Course Work– Semester Hours: 6


Footnotes


*To enroll, student must be admitted to or matriculated in a Hofstra University graduate program.

**To enroll, student must have successfully completed HADM 242 , HIT 200 , and IT 203 .

***To enroll, student must be matriculated in a Hofstra University graduate program.

****To enroll, student must have successfully completed HIT 200  or be granted permission by the Health Informatics program director.

*****To enroll, student must be in good academic standing, have successfully completed HIT 200 , 210 , 211 , 212 , and 213 , and have successfully completed at least 32 semester hours in the health informatics program.

Transfer Credit and Executive Standing


Executive Standing, Master of Science in Health Informatics – IT Track

If you have a background in an appropriate IT field, you can prepare to become a leader in health informatics more quickly through the executive standing, master’s degree program. The program is designed for:

  • Experienced IT professionals who already hold IT-related master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • Those with doctoral degrees in related fields who want to become teachers and researchers in health informatics.

The Executive Standing, Master of Science in Health Informatics program requires six fewer credits than the two-year program. Your prior academic degree and professional experience will determine your specific course requirements. (HIT 300A  and 300B  cannot be waived.)

Executive Standing, Master of Science in Health Informatics – Clinical Track

If you have a background in an appropriate health field, you can prepare to become a leader in health informatics more quickly through the executive standing, master’s degree program. The program is designed for:

  • Experienced clinicians or public health professionals who already hold health-related master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • Those with doctoral degrees in related fields who want to become teachers and researchers in health informatics.

The Executive Standing, Master of Science in Health Informatics program requires six fewer credits than the two-year program. Your prior academic degree and professional experience will determine your specific course requirements. (HIT 300A  and 300B  cannot be waived.)

Transfer Credit

At the discretion of the program director, students may transfer up to 9 semester hours of equivalent graduate courses from a comparable graduate program at an accredited higher education institution.

Course work must have been completed within the last five years with minimum grades of B.

Graduation Requirements


Successful completion of all course requirements for the degree, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. No more than two courses with grades below B- will be counted toward the degree requirements.

Suggested Course of Study, Part-Time Sequence


Each of these courses must be completed before the end of the program; however, the sequencing may vary. Please see the “Program Requirements” section for course prerequisites.

Year Two


FALL
Course Semester Hours
HIT Program Elective 3
HIT Program Elective 3
TOTAL 6

 

SPRING - IT Track
Course Semester Hours
HIT 214 - Evidence-Based Patient Care   3
HADM 221 - Hospital Organization and Administration   3
TOTAL 6

 

SPRING - Clinical Track
Course Semester Hours
IT 206 - Systems Analysis and Design   3
IT 215 - Database Management Systems   3
TOTAL 6

 

Year Four


FALL
Course Semester Hours
HIT Program Elective 3
HIT 300A - Integrative Health Informatics Practicum I   3
HIT 300B - Integrative Health Informatics Practicum II   3
TOTAL 9

 

Suggested Course of Study, Full-Time Sequence


Each of these courses must be completed before the end of the program; however, the sequencing may vary. Please see the “Program Requirements” section for course prerequisites.

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