The Masters of Health Information Technology (MHIT) is an interdisciplinary program with the Arnold School of Public Health. The program is housed within the Integrated Information Technology (IIT) Department in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management. This professional degree program prepares students with expertise in management of both health care systems and information technology. It is designed to create a workforce of highly skilled IT experts and managers in healthcare, and to provide leadership and know-how as the USA moves toward a more technologically advanced and efficient healthcare system.Admission RequirementsBeyond completing the normal application process through the graduate school, applicants to the MHIT program must have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 and submit GRE or GMAT scores. An admissions scorecard will be used to evaluate applicants, weighing the applicant’s GPA, test scores, reference letters, previous professional experience, and career goal statement. This will allow the balancing of test scores, GPA, experience in or motivation for a health IT career, and letters of recommendation. Applicants with prior graduate degrees may be considered for waiver of GRE/GMAT scores on a case-by-case basis.Learning OutcomesStudents use and apply current technical concepts and practices in the foundational health and information technology domains. Students are able to identify and analyze user needs and take them into account in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of health IT. Students are able to integrate health IT based solutions into the user environment effectively. Students are able to identify health IT best practices and standards and their application. Students are able to assist in the creation of an effective health IT project plan.
Students take a combined 36 credit hours of coursework from both the IIT Department and from the Arnold School of Public Health. Students take a core of six courses (18 credit hours), four from IIT and two from the Arnold School’s Department of Health Services Policy and Management. Students then choose four elective courses (12 credit hours), including at least one from Integrated Information Technology and one from the Arnold School of Public Health, and complete an internship of six credit hours.The required internship (6 credit hours) consists of a minimum of 250 hours of approved health information technology work experience to be completed during the summer. It also requires a research paper, which will be evaluated as the student’s comprehensive assessment of program learning outcomes. The integration of work experience with academic research is designed to provide a structured format for students to reflect on their work experience and relate it to content and theory learned across the program.Courses are conducted online or in a traditional classroom setting offered in the evenings and weekends to fit the schedules of working professionals. Depending on their professional experience and interest, students can tailor their program to gain breadth and depth in either the health or information technology components. Students with undergraduate degrees or extensive professional experience in healthcare would take most of their electives in information technology, while students with undergraduate degrees or experience in information technology would take their electives from the health component.1. Core Courses (18 credit hours required)ITEC 747 - Management of Health Information SystemsITEC 752 - Systems Analysis & Design for Health ApplicationsITEC 764 - Project Management for Health InformationITEC 770 - Health Database SystemsHSPM 700 - Approaches and Concepts for Health AdministrationHSPM 768 - Health Services Administration II
2. Health Electives (any combination of minimum of three to maximum of 12 credit hours)BIOS 710 - Effective Data Management for Public HealthHSPM 711 - Health PoliticsHSPM 712 - Health EconomicsHSPM 726 - Applied Public Health Law for AdministratorsHSPM 730 - Financing of Health CareHSPM 769 - Organizational BehaviorHSPM 777 - Healthcare Policy and Principles of Health InsuranceHSPM 791 - Special Topics3. Information Technology Electives (any combination of minimum of three to maximum of 12 credit hours)ITEC 590 - Special Topics in Integrated Information TechnologyITEC 743 - Health Information Privacy and SecurityITEC 745 - Telecommunications for Health Information TechnologyITEC 762 - Health Information Technology Usability and Interface DesignITEC 775 - Large-Scale Health and Information SystemsITEC 776 - Health Information Technology and Clinical Transformation
2. Health Electives (any combination of minimum of three to maximum of 12 credit hours)BIOS 710 - Effective Data Management for Public HealthHSPM 711 - Health PoliticsHSPM 712 - Health EconomicsHSPM 726 - Applied Public Health Law for AdministratorsHSPM 730 - Financing of Health CareHSPM 769 - Organizational BehaviorHSPM 777 - Healthcare Policy and Principles of Health InsuranceHSPM 791 - Special TopicsNURS 717 - Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice and Service ManagementNURS 734 - Conceptual Basis of Health SystemsNURS 738 - Financing of Health Care3. Information Technology Electives (any combination of minimum of three to maximum of 12 credit hours)ITEC 590 - Special Topics in Integrated Information TechnologyITEC 743 - Health Information Privacy and SecurityITEC 745 - Telecommunications for Health Information TechnologyITEC 762 - Health Information Technology Usability and Interface DesignITEC 775 - Large-Scale Health and Information SystemsITEC 776 - Health Information Technology and Clinical Transformation
4. Internship (6 credit hours)ITEC 748 - Internship in Health Information Technology
The Integrated Information Technology Department is partnering with the College of Nursing to offer health information technology courses in support of the addition of health informatics content to the nursing curriculum. At the same time, the IIT Department would like to expand the offering of online courses to our current students. The addition of NURS 717, 734 and 738 would give our MHIT students additional health elective options that complement our curriculum and meet the needs of our students.
Date: March 1, 2017To: Masters in Health Information Technology Program DirectorFrom: College of Nursing, Interim Associate Dean for Academic AffairsRE: Concurrence of sharing courses: USC College of Nursing and Integrated Information TechnologyDepartment, College of Engineering and Computing
The College of Nursing (CON) graduate programs supports the concurrence of graduate courses with theMasters in Health Information Technology (MHIT) program. Specifically, the CON will open the followingseven-week courses for enrollment by MHIT students: NURS717 Application of Basis Statistics, NURS734Conceptual Basis of Health Systems, and NURS738Financing of Health Care. Likewise, the MHIT programwill open the following courses for enrollment by CON graduate students in the Nursing Informaticsprogram: ITEC 770 Health Database Systems and ITEC 764 Project Management for Health Information.The Nursing Informatics students will be required to successfully complete the Nursing InformaticsFoundation course prior to enrolling in ITEC764 or ITEC770.
The collaboration between the CON and MHIT will improve student experiences via interprofessionalopportunities and faculty specializations. Students will also have the opportunity to share clinical siteprojects for field study experiences. In addition, increasing student options supports timely graduation.
The CON looks forward to collaborating with MHIT to serve the needs of the University of South Carolinastudents. If you have any questions regarding this commitment, please contact the College of Nursing'sAssociate Dean of Academics at 803-777-9505.
Sincerely,Georgia L Narsavage, PhD, RN, FAAN, FANPProfessor, Interim Associate Dean for AcademicsUSC College of Nursing, Office firstname.lastname@example.orgP: 803-777-9505
Minor Changes, No BOT, CHE, or SACS notification required.
This program update will be included in the 18-19 Graduate Studies Bulletin, published February 2018.