Called to build the digital foundations of modern health care
Samford University's Master of Science in Health Informatics (M.S.H.I.) will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to plan, build, analyze, and run the digital foundations of modern health care. The use of informatics in health care 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'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.
The Master of Science in Health Informatics 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.
- Application Opens: Sept. 5, 2019
- Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis
- Application Closes: June 1, 2020
- Entry Month: August 2020
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 Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS), 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 AHCAS. Once the account is created, the Instruction Manual is located under the Help Center tab at the top right side of the page. The AHCAS system simplifies the process of applying to Samford programs. Complete one application and send it along with other information to our centralized service. The AHCAS 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 AHCAS 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 AHCAS Transcript Department.
AHCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9127
Watertown, MA 02471
- AHCAS 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.
- If course work is completed in an institution outside of the United States, an international credential evaluation is required reporting prior university. Samford accepts evaluations from World Education Services (WES), found at wes.org or AACRAO International Education Services (IES), found at ies.aacrao.org.
- Pay the initial service fee of $115 when submitting the AHCAS 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 AHCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
- Submit official test scores to Samford University - Code 1302.
- The preferred browsers for AHCAS are Google Chrome or Firefox. If you need any assistance, please contact the AHCAS technical support team at 617-612-2883 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The customer service office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
- An invitation to complete the video interview will be sent once the application has been received through AHCAS.
- Possess a baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Submit valid GRE, MCAT, or GMAT scores
- GRE minimum scores: Verbal, 153; Quantitative, 144; Analytical, 4.0
- MAT minimum score: 402
- GMAT minimum score: 480
- Three years of work experience in a relevant field can substitute for GRE/MAT/GMAT with department chair approval
- Achieve a B or higher in all major courses
- Have completed undergraduate level statistics from a regionally accredited college or university 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
- 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). Must complete 24 credit hours as a full-time student in a U.S. regionally accredited institution. We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.
- 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.
When you’ve completed your Master of Science in Health Informatics, you will have shown mastery of the following skills:
- Lead the development and application of emerging information technologies to improve all aspects of health care 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.
- 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.
Plans of Study
The Master of Science in Health Informatics is an online program, offering part-time and full-time plan of study options.