The Master of Science in Health Information Technology develops professionals that can thrive in the ever changing world of healthcare data management.

Medical and healthcare organizations are Information Technology (IT) intensive organizations and rely on IT professions with healthcare knowledge to design, implement, manage and utilize their IT resources better. Health information technology careers give professionals remarkable new opportunities to improve quality and coverage in healthcare by lowering costs, helping to maximize efficiency and putting a stop to avoidable medical mistakes. Those with a dual passion for computer and medical sciences have a perfect career choice in Health Information Technology (HIT).

The adoption of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the U.S. has led to a change in health professions. Healthcare delivery and services needs to be modified to capitalize both patient care and costs. In particular, advances in information technologies will change the way patients receive services and consume healthcare information. At the same time, healthcare providers, hospitals and insurance companies are under increasing pressure to provide quality services at affordable cost, hopefully with the help of advanced use of technologies.

The National Bureau for Labor Statistics has identified occupations in healthcare, as an area of employment growth through 2022. Job prospects in HIT specifically are expected to grow at a 22 percent rate. Technicians are needed for emerging jobs such as healthcare integration engineer, healthcare systems analyst, clinical IT consultant and technology support specialist.

The medical community relies on HIT specialists in all geographical areas of the country and within all types of medical settings. The metro Detroit area is home to a number of nationally recognized healthcare related organizations. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the need is even more acute. Students graduating with a degree in HIT would be able to have a direct impact on helping the improvement process currently happening in healthcare organizations.

UM-Dearborn MS in Health Information Technology
The MS in Health Information Technology prepares students to improve quality and coverage in healthcare by lowering costs, helping to maximize efficiency and putting a stop to avoidable medical mistakes
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  • The goals and objectives of the graduate degree in Health Information Technology are:


    Goal 1: Students will apply IT knowledge to solve organizational problems.
    Objectives: Students will be able to:

    • design an information system for an organization
    • evaluate IT security risks of an organization
    • manage an IT project

    Goal 2: Students will be conversant with concepts, terminology, institutions, professionals, and methods in healthcare.
    Objectives: Students will be able to:

    • communicate complex healthcare concepts orally to healthcare providers, patients and payers
    • communicate complex healthcare concepts effectively in writing to healthcare providers, patients and payers

    Goal 3: Students will provide IT solutions in healthcare contexts
    Objectives: Students will be able to:

    • synthesize healthcare data using analytical tools
    • design IT solutions within a healthcare context
  • Students must submit the follow items with their application. The GRE is not required for admission to this program.  The Office of International Affairs lists additional admission requirements for international students.

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
    • 3.0 GPA or higher on submitted transcripts
    • Three professional letters of recommendation
    • Personal statement
    • Completed course in both micro and macro economics with a B or better grade
  • Before exiting from the M.S. in Health Information Technology, you need to complete three steps:

     

    Exit Audit:

    Prior to your last semester in the program, contact the program director with your UMID# requesting an Exit Audit. The audit verifies your pending completion of all course requirements and is required for graduation.


    Exit Essay:
    The purpose of this essay is to assist the College of Education, Health, and Human Services with the evaluation of the master’s degree program and to serve as a guide for program development. The Exit Essay is a requirement for completion of the program. Submit the exit form.

Academic Advisor

Juliette Roddy

Juliette Roddy, Ph.D.
jroddy@umich.edu
313-436-9180, D23 FCS

Schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Roddy.