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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Health Informatics (HIF)

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Master of Science in Health Informatics (M.S.H.I.)
CIP Code: 51.2706
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 32

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Department (MED)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue MDC40
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Michael Barber
Phone: 813-974-9702


Faculty Search: Medicine Faculty List

Program Information

The Master of Science in Health Informatics degree offers a curriculum which integrates the domains of information science, information resources management and health care organization and management.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 2
Spring: June 1
Summer: September 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • $65 non-refundable application feeThe breakdown of this fee is as follows:
    • $30.00 USFs Application Fee
    • $35.00 Transcript Procurement Fee
  • A bachelors degree from a regionally accredited university in the biological, chemical, computer or management information sciences or other appropriate field, or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution.
  • Minimum overall grade-point average of 3.00 out of a possible 4.00 with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the sciences
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • While these are not required, GRE, MCAT or VAT standardized test scores or evidence of substantial health informatics experience can be submitted to enhance an application.
  • An example is if a student has a GPA below 3.0 and wishes to prove he will be a positive addition to the school.

Note: F-1 student visa regulations allow students to enroll in only one 3-credit hour online/distance learning course per the official full-time equivalent for the degree level of study. Therefore, the F-1 visa is not appropriate for any degree program that is offered completing via distance learning or online courses. International students may pursue an online program from outside the US, n which case an I-20 is not required.

Applicants who do not require a visa who are from countries where English is not the official language must demonstrate proficiency in English* in one of the following ways

  • By providing scores of 79 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
  • By providing a score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • By earning a score of 500 (or equivalent) on the GRE Verbal Exam
  • By earning a baccalaureate or higher degree at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • By earning a degree at a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction (must be documented on the transcript)

Proof of Residency
  1. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens, but are residing in the U.S., must provide a copy of a U.S. Visa or permanent resident card.
    1. The following VISA types are not eligible to take classes in these programs:
      • F-1
      • F-2
      • B-1/B-2
      • C (transit visa only)
      • D
      • J-1 student
      • M-1
      • M-2
      • Other categories could be admitted - subject to review of ability to engage in study while in the US.
    2. USF cannot issue an I-20 for a student visa to pursue this degree program. International applicants who do not require a visa and whose current visa status allows study can apply as well as students who intend to take the entire degree from outside the US. Please note the visa waiver program and the B1/B2 visa do not allow study in this type of program.
  2. Applicants who were born outside of the U.S. but are now U.S. citizens are required to submit proof of citizenship (naturalization paperwork or a copy of a passport).

All foreign transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation and a course-by-course credential evaluation from any National Association of Credential Evaluators, Inc (NACES) or the Association of International credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE) approved agency certifying equivalency to the U.S. degree. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted.


Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements






HIM 6667
HIM 6118
HIM 6350
HIM 6114
HIM 6320
HIM 6017
HIM 6840
ISM 6930
HIM 6018
Foundation in Management Information Systems
Introduction to Health Informatics
E-Medicine Business Models
Integrated Electronic Medical Records
Managerial Communications
Legal Aspects of Health Information Systems
Case Studies in Health Information Management
Selected Topics: Health Data Management
e-Healthcare Ethics

Elective Requirements


HIM 6137
HIM 6943
HIM 6908
MHS 6645
PHC 6934
ISM 6930
ISM 6930
PHC 6050
BCH 6888
Two or more required:
Pharmacy Informatics
Health Informatics Internship
Health Informatics Independent Study
Mental Health Informatics
Selected Topics in Public Health: Medical Terminology
Selected Topics in MIS: Health Systems Analysis & Design
Selected Topics in MIS: Health Data Mining
Biostatistics I



For students who select the Internship option, each student will be assigned a faculty director who will oversee the internship project. Students will formally present their projects which will be shared with all program participants.





College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


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