Health Information Technology

Department of Information Systems

Aryya Gangopadhyay, Department Chair
Günes Koru, Interim Graduate Program Director


Degrees Offered

Master in Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

Program Description

The M.P.S. is designed to prepare computer science, information systems, and other technology professionals to fulfill positions in the Healthcare field. Multidisciplinary coursework blends practical management oriented courses with more technically focused courses, allowing students to develop a formal graduate education program that best meets their individual career development needs, as well as to prepare health professionals to fulfill positions in healthcare technology management.

Program Admissions Requirements

Domestic admissions decisions are based on the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate degree in Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Health Education, or a degree related to healthcare professional practice or healthcare management is recommended. However, degrees from other fields may be acceptable given relevant work experience in the healthcare operations field.
  • Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
  • GRE scores are not required.

International Admission requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Health Education, or a degree related to healthcare professional practice or healthcare management is recommended. However, degrees from other fields may be acceptable given relevant work experience in the healthcare operations field.
  • Applicants should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate Record Exams (GRE) scores with a minimum combined score of 306. Verbal Reasoning should be at least 153 and Analytical Writing at least 4.5. GRE scores are not required if your undergraduate degree was completed at an accredited U.S. university.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores: Minimum scores 597 (Written), 247 (computerized), 99 (Internet Based test-iBT). Scores must be less than 2 years old. iBT Scores Breakdown: Writing (23), Listening (23), Reading (25), Speaking (28, 23 acceptable if have 2 years’ work experience in supervisory or management positions in the U.S.).

Note: All original application documents for the Campus Based Programs must be sent directly to the Graduate School, rather than to the graduate program. UMBC's assigned TOEFL code is 005835. TOEFL test must have been within 2 years of matriculation to be valid.

For details on all of our graduate level programs, please visit the department's website.

Degree Requirements

Master in Professional Studies in Health Information Technology

The ten-course master’s degree combines courses in healthcare strategy, policy, and management with more technical courses that allow students to build the necessary interdisciplinary background to tackle and solve Health IT implementation challenges encountered in real world.

Core Courses (18 Credits Required)
  • Health Informatics I
  • Health Informatics II
  • Health IT Law & Ethics
  • Health IT Policy & Administration
  • Health Data Analytics
  • Capstone Project
Elective Courses* (12 Credits Required)
(Choose four from the following)
  • Health IT Implementation
  • Health Information Exchange and Interoperability
  • Health Information Privacy & Security
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Patient Safety & Health IT
  • Human Centered Computing in Health IT
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Quality of Life Technologies
  • Process & Quality Improvement with Health IT

*Some electives may require academic or professional pre-requisites.

For More Information

Visit:
www.umbc.edu/hit/

Contact:
Günes Koru
Interim Graduate Program Director
443.543.5446
gkoru@umbc.edu

Renee Eisenhuth
Graduate Program Coordinator
443-543-5446
reisen@umbc.edu

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