Professionals who understand the unique relationship between information technology, people, health, and the healthcare system are in short supply and high demand. The master's program in Health Information Technology seeks to satisfy this demand through a unique partnership between the university's Department of Integrated Information Technology (iIT) and the Arnold School of Public Health Department of Health Services Policy and Management.
The program blends a technical IT foundation with coursework covering current clinical trends, government regulations and healthcare-specific management practices.
While the information below describes the in-person program offered on the USC Columbia campus, there is also an online master's in Health Information Technology program. Admission requirements for both programs are the same.
The core curriculum consists of six courses (18 credit hours), with four courses in Integrated Information Technology and two courses from Health Services Policy and Management. Students will also complete four elective courses, including at least one from information technology and one from health administration. The final requirement is a health information technology practicum of six credit hours.
Required IT Practicum
The practicum is a supervised internship in health IT or for students already working full-time, a supervised project. The practicum provides experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom. The practicum consists of a minimum of 250 hours of approved health IT experience and culminates with a required project paper which enables a comprehensive assessment of program learning outcomes.
Program Effectiveness Outcomes
- Employer Satisfaction: When asked to rate the performance of their interns from the MHIT program, our employers give them an average rating of 94.7 out of 100 (as of Spring 2018).
- Average Class Size: The average size of on-campus classes is 5 students; the average size of online classes is 20 students (as of Spring 2018).
- Time to Program Completion: The average time to complete the MHIT degree is 18 months for full-time students and 24 months for part-time students (as of Spring 2018).
Admission Requirements and Process
All applications for the MHIT program must be submitted through The Graduate School. All applicants to the MHIT program should have a blend of experience and competitive academic record. An admissions scorecard will be used to evaluate applicants, weighing the applicant's undergraduate grade point average (GPA), GRE or GMAT test scores, reference letters, previous professional experience and career goal statement.
- A Bachelor's degree is required before enrollment, with an official transcript of undergraduate work. Pending completion of the degree, an official transcript of all coursework taken to date is required.
- A typical student has:
- An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
- A minimum score of 300 on the new GRE exam (150 verbal/150 quantitative). The equivalent score on the old GRE exam would be a minimum of 450 verbal/550 quantitative.
- A GMAT score of 500 or higher
- Official Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE) or General Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores should be submitted to the Graduate Office.
- GRE or GMAT waiver may be available for applicants with:
- Completion of a prior advanced degree (masters or higher) from a nationally accredited institution OR
- A combination of an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.25/4.00 or higher for the final 60 credit hours of the degree and three years or more of significant industry experience OR
- Be an admitted graduate student in another USC program and have completed at least 9 credits of graduate study with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 . A personal interview with the program director may also be required.
- Applicants interested in pursuing a waiver should submit a GRE/GMAT Waiver Consideration Request form. Waivers are never guaranteed and must be approved by the MHIT admissions committee, whose decisions are final.