Health Information Technology, M.H.I.T.

Admission Requirements

Beyond 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.

Degree Requirements (36 Hours)

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.

Core Courses (18 Hours)

Course Title Credits
ITEC 747Management of Health Information Systems3
ITEC 752Systems Analysis & Design for Health Applications3
ITEC 764Project Management for Health Information3
ITEC 770Health IT Database Systems3
HSPM 700Approaches and Concepts for Health Administration3
or PUBH 700 Perspectives in Public Health
HSPM 768Health Services Administration II3
Total Credit Hours18

Health Electives (3 - 12 Hours)

Any combination of minimum of three to maximum of 12 credit hours.

Course Title Credits
Select 3-12 hours of the following:3-12
Effective Data Management for Public Health
Health Politics
Health Economics
Applied Public Health Law for Administrators
Financing of Health Care
Organizational Behavior
Healthcare Policy and Principles of Health Insurance
Selected Topics
Application of Basic Statistics for Nursing Practice & Service Management
Conceptual Basis of Health Systems
Financing of Health Care
Total Credit Hours3-12

Information Technology Electives (3 - 12 Hours)

Any combination of minimum of three to maximum of 12 credit hours.

Course Title Credits
Select 3-12 hours of the following:3-12
Special Topics in Integrated Information Technology
Health Information Privacy and Security
Telecommunications for Health Information Technology
Health Information Technology Usability and Interface Design
Large-Scale Health and Information Systems
Health Information Technology and Clinical Transformation
Special Topics in Informatics
Independent Study in Health Information Technology
Total Credit Hours3-12

Internship (6 Hours)

Course Title Credits
ITEC 748Internship in Information Technology6
Total Credit Hours6