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The Master of Health Informatics (M.H.I.) program is a comprehensive program that prepares students for professional roles in the field of health informatics within the healthcare organizations. The program is offered through the School of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Master of Health Informatics (M.H.I.) in Health Informatics

To earn the M.H.I., students must complete:

  1. 39 credit hours of the core MHI courses including:
    MHI 510, MHI 511, MHI 515, MHI 525, MHI 531, MHI 536, MHI 551, MHI 566, MHI 580, MHI 581, MHI 583, MHI 584, and MHI 585
  2. MHI 593 - Individual Research/Residency - 6 credit hours. Culminates in either a final scholarly work outlined by the SIUC Graduate School or a Residency in a health care setting approved by the University and Instructor.

To complete the health informatics program, the course of instruction consists of 45 credit hours. As part of the 45 credit hours, students have the choice of selecting a research project or graduate residency/internship. If the graduate residency/internship is selected students must notify the program’s residency/internship coordinator that they intend to complete the residency/internship 1 year prior to the semester they will enroll in the residency/internship. This length of time is necessary to allow for the proper authorizations to be obtained between the supervising site and the university. Students who do not notify the residency/internship coordinator that they intend to participate in the residency/internship by this deadline will only have the option of completing the research project. Residency/internship are completed only in healthcare facilities excluding veterinary and animal care facilities.

The Residency is a six-credit hour experience where one credit hour is equivalent to 50 contact hours for a total of 300 credit hours at the time of successful completion.

Course material covers topics specific to the healthcare field including, but not limited to, healthcare systems, knowledge management, personnel development and oversight, electronic health records, strategic leadership and marketing, legal and ethical foundations, health promotion and evaluation, systems design, modeling, database management, security, privacy, health information exchange, and health economics. Upon completion of the program, students are expected to be equipped to operate effectively in administrative roles in healthcare organizations. Special project assignments, case readings, presentations, and journal article reviews are an integral part of the curriculum.

A 2.7 GPA from the student’s undergraduate program is required for admission to the MHI program. Students with a 2.5-2.7 undergraduate GPA may enter as a Non-Declared student, following Graduate School policies, and will be allowed to take up to 9 credit hours of MHI courses. At the end of the 9 credit hours, the student must hold a 3.0 GPA to be then admitted to the M.H.I. program. Students not meeting the 3.0 GPA at the end of the 9 credit hours will not be allowed to take any other MHI courses.

All students graduating from the M.H.I. program will be required to meet the qualifications of the Graduate School at SIUC. Students will be required to complete a culminating scholarly work which includes a research paper if not completing the Residency option.

M.H.I. students will initiate and complete the processes involved with residency/internship site and preceptor selection as well as applicable university approval processes. Students participating in a residency/internship may be required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screening. Students who do not satisfactorily pass the background check and/or drug screening may find it difficult to secure a residency/internship in the field of healthcare and would then be required to satisfactorily complete the graduate research project instead of the residency/internship. Residency/internship hours cannot begin until all approvals have been obtained from the faculty member overseeing the residency/internship processes, the internship site, and the university. The internship coordinator and/or university may decline any residency/internship site or preceptor selected by the student.  Any contact hours students participate in prior to the residency/internship being appropriately approved cannot be counted toward the required 300 contact hours. Not all healthcare organizations or facilities may act as residency sites due to the ability to meet achievable objectives of the program and/or residency course, state to state licensure/permissions, and/or University approvals.

Students earning a failing grade for a residency/internship can repeat the MHI 593 Advanced Research/Residency course once, but they are required to choose and successfully complete the graduate project for the second time they are enrolled. If the graduate project is not successfully completed on the repeat enrollment, the student cannot enroll in MHI 593 a third time and will be removed from the M.H.I. program due to academic performance. The residency/internship cannot be repeated.  

Students earning less than a B twice in any individual MHI courses are dropped from the M.H.I. program due to poor academic performance. Students dropped due to poor academic performance will not be allowed re-entry into the M.H.I. program at a later date.

On-campus MHI courses are restricted to on-campus students in the graduate programs within the School. Online MHI courses are restricted to online students in the graduate programs within the School. The M.H.I. program strictly prohibits students from changing delivery formats unless there is a well-documented medical reason presented to the Program Director to do so.    

Certificate in Healthcare Informatics

The Certificate in Healthcare Informatics is open to post-bachelor level students holding a degree in healthcare management/administration (or closely related field) and/or a bachelor’s level degree and license in a clinical specialty. It is designed to provide the knowledge and skills as germane to healthcare informatics in patient care environments. Well suited as a graduate preparatory certificate, courses are specific to the collection, analysis, and interoperability of data in patient care environments for the purposes of improving operations, patient care delivery, and supporting regulatory expectations specific to the field of healthcare. Students must complete 18 credit hours of graduate level study, all at SIUC, with a C or above in all required courses which includes: 

  • MHI 510: Effective Healthcare Operations (3 CH) (Same as MHA 510)
  • MHI 515: Systems Analysis, Design, and Database Management in Healthcare (3 CH)
  • MHI 525: Health Informatics Applications and Project Management (3 CH)
  • MHI 566: Managing Health Information (3 CH) (Same as MHA 566)
  • MHI 581: Health Information Exchange (3 CH)
  • MHI 584: Consumer Informatics (3 CH)

Students earning a grade lower than a C may retake individual courses only once. If a grade of C or higher is not received on the second attempt of an individual course, the student is removed from the certificate program due to academic performance. 

For more information contact:

School of Health Sciences
phone: 618-453-7211
email: health.sciences@siu.edu