The Department of Health Management and Informatics offers a Professional Science Master’s Program in Health Care Informatics, a program designed to meet the growing demand for highly trained health care informatics professionals.
The Health Care Informatics program is unique in that it focuses on providing students with a thorough grounding in the clinical, management and business aspects of the health informatics field. Credits must be taken in health care database management, systems analysis and design, privacy and security and other courses in the curriculum. Students are required to complete an internship during the last semester in the program.
The program is offered online in a distance-learning cohort format to offer access and convenience to working professionals. Applications and admissions are accepted twice per year for fall and spring terms only. Students with professional experience in health care, new graduates from bachelor’s programs in health services and students seeking career changes to the health care industry are all encouraged to apply.
The Health Care Informatics program is entirely online. This program charges an enhanced tuition rate. Please visit Continuing Education for more information on tuition costs.
For state employees (including UCF employees), the tuition waiver will not cover courses in the HCI program.
The successful completion of the MS - HCI degree does NOT qualify graduates to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certifications.
However, graduates WITH EXPERIENCE are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) certification after the successful completion of your MS-HCI degree.
Please note: Health Care Informatics Professional Science Master’s (MS) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.
International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.
UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.
The Professional Science Master’s Program in Health Care Informatics will be awarded upon completion of 38 credits of prescribed graduate study. Courses are offered all online as a cohort program. All students must take the courses in the prescribed sequence, and during the last semester in the program students complete an internship and Capstone course.
Total Credit Hours Required: 38 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate admission requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Goal statement indicating how the Health Care Informatics MS program will enhance career goals or why the applicant wants to pursue this degree (at least 1 page, doubled-spaced, 12 pt).
- Résumé (no longer than two pages).
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation and TOEFL scores. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past academic performance, work experience, and the match of the program with career goals. The Professional Science Master’s Program in Health Care Informatics accepts the most qualified students. Not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met. Furthermore, personal phone interviews may be used as part of the evaluation process.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.
The program offers scholarships to HCI students sporadically. The scholarship will not pay the total cost of tuition. However, there are University-wide scholarships offered to eligible students who qualify. These are found on the UCF Financial Aid Website at www.finaid.ucf.edu.