Master of Science in Health Informatics

The Master of Science in Health Informatics (M.S.H.I.) program will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to plan, build, analyze, and run the digital foundations of modern healthcare. The use of informatics in healthcare has increased exponentially, and people with the right training are in high demand. Also, as a consequence of the tremendous amount of patient data that can now be captured, the use of analytics to extract relevant information from this data to support Evidence Based Medicine, Evidence Based Management, and Population Health is increasingly important. Samford University’s program combines a rigorous set of health informatics courses with the patient-centered values found in all programs within Samford’s College of Health Sciences.

Called to build the digital foundations of modern health care

The Master of Science in Health Informatics program is online with two on-campus visits (once at the beginning and once at the end of your course of study). Full-time and part-time plans of study are available.

Why Samford?

  • Participate in interprofessional education that reflects today’s team approach to health care delivery and professional practice.
  • Utilize the latest health informatics technological capabilities while focusing on the role of health informatics as a discipline whose main purpose is to provide better care for patients while reducing health care costs.
  • Highly educated and experienced faculty whose focus is always the student.

Outcomes

When you’ve completed the M.S.H.I. degree you will have shown mastery of the following skills:

  • Lead the development and application of emerging information technologies to improve all aspects of healthcare delivery.
  • Understand and apply the technology used in health informatics, including computing devices, networks, databases, software, security protocols, document analysis and sharing, image capture and analysis, and all other uses of Informatics technologies.
  • Utilize health information technology for decision support, knowledge management, strategic planning, and outcomes assessment.
  • Effectively interface between technology developers and the clinical user community.
  • Know all applicable legal, social, regulatory and ethical factors involved in health informatics.
  • Demonstrate data management skills that target opportunities to improve patient safety.
  • Analyze, understand, abstract and model a specific health informatics problem in terms of data, information and knowledge components. Using this analysis, generate design solutions.
  • Work effectively with partners within and across disciplines. Communicate effectively to these partners in persuasive oral and written form.
  • Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient/population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective and equitable.

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited college or university.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE minimum scores: Verbal, 153; Quantitative, 144; Analytical, 4.0
  • MAT minimum score: 402
  • Five years of work experience in a relevant field can substitute for GRE/MAT with department chair approval
  • Achieve a B or higher in all major courses
  • Have completed undergraduate level statistics with grade of B or higher
  • Submit three letters of reference through the application system. References should be from 1) a current or previous professor, 2) a work supervisor (paid or unpaid) and 3) another professional who can provide a knowledgeable testament regarding character, ethics, responsibility, potential for success and other attributes that predict an applicant’s favorable performance in the program
  • International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.
    • International applicants must also obtain a score of 27 or better on the iBT speaking subtest of the TOEFL or a 50 or better on the TEST of Spoken English. For more information, got to toefl.org.
  • Submit an online video interview. A link will be provided upon submission of the application.

Exceptions to any admission requirements will be handled on an individual basis.

If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. The fee is applied to the first semester’s tuition.

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Admission Process

Spring Admission

SamfordCAS Application: Open
SamfordCAS Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017
Entry Month: Jan. 3, 2018

Fall Admission

SamfordCAS Application: Will open November 2017
SamfordCAS Deadline: June 1, 2018
Entry Month: August 2018

The steps below outline the application process for the Master of Science in Health Informatics program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through the Samford University CAS application system: SamfordCAS  as well as a Master of Science in Health Informatics Supplemental Form.

Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:

  • Obtain student copies of your college transcripts to assist you in completing the coursework section for the application.
  • Create an application account at SamfordCAS. Once the account is created, the Instruction Manual is located under the Help Center tab at the top right side of the page. The SamfordCAS system simplifies the process of applying to Samford programs. Complete one application and send it along with other information to our centralized service. The SamfordCAS system will verify your application for accuracy, calculate your GPA and send your materials to the Master of Science in Health Informatics admissions department. 
  • Request official transcripts from each institution attended by using the transcript request form in SamfordCAS system. 
  • Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the SamfordCAS Transcript Department. 
    SamfordCAS Transcript Processing Center
    P.O. Box 9130
    Watertown, MA 02471
  • SamfordCAS system accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by CAS to verify your application.
  • Pay the initial service fee of $75 when submitting the SamfordCAS application. 
  • Obtain three letters of recommendation from 1) current or previous professor, 2) supervisor; and 3) professional colleague. These letters of recommendation will be submitted through SamfordCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential. 
  • Please fill out all sections of the application.
  • Submit official test scores to Samford University -- Code 1302.
  • An invitation to complete the video interview will be sent once the application has been received through SamfordCAS.
  • If accepted, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to secure admission into the program.  This deposit is applied to the first semester's tuition.
  • The preferred browsers for SamfordCAS are Google Chrome or Firefox.  If you need any assistance, please contact SamfordCAS technical support team at 617-612-2070 or email Samfordinfo@UniCAS.com.

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