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Health Informatics FAQs

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about The University of Scranton’s online master’s in health informatics. If your question is not addressed, simply contact one of our knowledgeable recruitment managers toll-free at 866-373-9547 or request more information.

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GENERAL FAQs

ONLINE MSHI FAQs

ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH INFORMATICS FAQs

GENERAL FAQs

How and when can I get started?

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis throughout the academic year. To determine the best start date for you, contact a recruitment team representative by calling toll-free at (866) 373-9547[back to top]

Do I have to submit GMAT test scores for admission?

GMAT test scores are not required, but may be submitted as an additional credential to bolster your case for admission. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may require an applicant to submit GMAT test scores after the application materials have been reviewed. [back to top]

What are the advantages of earning my degree online?


With our online programs, you are in control of your own schedule and can complete your coursework at your convenience. Although there are weekly deadlines, you are not locked into participating at a particular time or place. You also can take your coursework with you when you travel. The program is completely portable: all you need is a computer with an internet connection to access your coursework. [back to top]

Are the online master's degrees interactive?


Yes. Our online master’s courses are delivered using the Engage Learning Management System. You interact with your classmates and professors by e-mail, threaded discussions in online forums, virtual chat sessions and instant messaging. In addition, you may participate in group projects with your fellow students and instructors. [back to top]

Will my diploma indicate that my graduate degree was earned online?


No. There is only one type of graduate degree from The University of Scranton. Students who successfully complete the online program will receive a diploma stating that they have earned their master’s degree from The University of Scranton. Online and campus-based students earn the same prestigious program credentials. Graduates of the online program are invited to join the University’s regular commencement ceremonies in Scranton in May and are proudly counted among the University’s more than 45,000 alumni worldwide. [back to top]

Does The University of Scranton provide technical support for students?


Yes. Technical support professionals are available to answer all of your questions and provide assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our tech support number is 866-373-9657[back to top]

What computer software will I need to access the online courses?


Online students need the following software:
Internet Explorer (6.0 or above) or Firefox (1.5 or above) — cookies must be enabled.
Microsoft Office programs including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Some Management Information Systems courses may require Microsoft Access.
Free plug-ins for viewing course files such as Macromedia Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Windows Media Player and QuickTime. [back to top]

What computer hardware will I need to access the online courses?


Minimum computer system requirements are:
PC - Pentium 4 processor (500+MHz recommended) 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended).
Mac - G4 or better, 64 MB of RAM (256+ recommended). [back to top]

ONLINE MSHI FAQs

How many terms per year does the online MSHI program offer? How long is each term?


Each term lasts eight weeks, beginning on a Monday and ending on a Sunday. The terms run back-to-back except for a three-week break at the end of December, and a one-week break at another part of the year. There are six terms per year.

You can enter the program three times per year – May, August or January. [back to top]

How many credits are required to complete the online MHSI?


The online MHSI curriculum is framed by The University of Scranton’s Jesuit emphasis on ethics and education for justice and is as rigorous as any program offered on campus. The program offers eleven, three-credit hour modules, for a total of 33 graduate credit hours. Each module is offered online in an eight-week format. [back to top]

How long will it take to complete the program?


Typically, students complete the online program in two years at a comfortable pace of one course per term. It is possible to take more than one course per term with your advisor’s approval. [back to top]

I have a background in healthcare, but don’t have any computer science classes, will I be at a disadvantage in taking this program?

The program is designed to meet the needs of professionals in healthcare desiring to enhance their career opportunities by developing expertise in health informatics. If you do not have the necessary computer science background, you may need to complete a one-credit hour module in computer science to prepare you for the first courses. We will evaluate your transcripts and work experience to make this determination. [back to top]

I work in the business side of a healthcare organization, but do not have any formal coursework in healthcare, will I be at a disadvantage in taking this program?

The program is designed to meet the needs of professionals from diverse backgrounds who would like to make a career switch or enhance their job opportunities by using their business skills in a new environment. If you do not have the necessary healthcare background you may need to complete a one-credit hour module in healthcare to prepare you for the first courses. We will evaluate your transcripts and work experience to make this determination. [back to top]

My degree is in business and I have spent the last 20 years in healthcare. I feel that my experience provides me with the necessary background to begin this program. Do I have to take the healthcare module?

We will evaluate your transcripts and work experience to determine if you need to take any foundational modules. You may place out of the healthcare module by taking a competency test prior to the beginning of the first course. [back to top]

I have been working in health informatics and have taken numerous continuing education non-credit classes in health informatics. Would any of these courses count toward the degree?

Non-credit courses do not count toward the degree. However, we will evaluate your transcripts and work experience to determine if you need to take any foundational modules. You can take the test to place out of the module requirement by demonstrating your competency. [back to top]

Does the online MSHI require a campus residency?


No. The program designed in a flexible, interactive online format and does not require campus residency. [back to top]

ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH INFORMATICS FAQs

Which courses are required to complete the online Certificate in Health Informatics?

  • HINF 520 - Introduction to Health Informatics
  • HINF 530 - Healthcare Knowledge for Health Informatics
  • HINF 535 - Principles of Computer Science and Software Development
  • HINF 540 - Information Technology for Health Informatics

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How long will it take to complete the program?
The four courses are offered sequentially in 8-week blocks, so you can finish this program in less than one year. [back to top]

What level of education is required to apply?
The certificate is a graduate-level program, so a bachelor’s degree is required for admission. [back to top]

Is work experience required?
Work experience is not required, but if you do not have experience or an educational background in health care or information technology, you may be required to take one or both of two foundational modules in those areas. Talk to a Program Manager about your particular situation for more details. [back to top]

If I want to continue into the Master of Science in Health Informatics program, will I need to re-apply?
No, you do not need to reapply if you wish to continue your studies with the full master’s program. Your credits will automatically transfer. [back to top]

Can I wait to start the master's degree?
Yes, but keep in mind that you will have only six years total to complete all the courses in the master’s program, which is The University standard. [back to top]

Build an extraordinary career with a master’s in health informatics. Request more information about The University of Scranton’s online MS in Health Informatics or speak with a Program Manager at 866-373-9547.