M.S. Health Informatics

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Mercer University's Master of Science in Health Informatics program is a fully online degree program designed for aspiring or current professionals who already have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and are working in a clinical setting or working in an IT-related field. Health Informatics is a new and rapidly evolving field that relates to the acquiring, storing, retrieving and using of healthcare information through computing and communication technologies to foster better collaboration among a patient's various healthcare stakeholders. This unique discipline focuses on the application of information technology to deliver effective, efficient and sustainable healthcare services.

With no GRE requirement and its fully online format, this program offers you the convenience and value needed to earn your graduate degree and increase your potential in furthering your career. Through the M.S. in Health Informatics program, you will develop professional knowledge and skills in the following areas: electronic data interchange (EDI) technologies, interoperability standards, risk assessment, clinical decision support systems (CDSS), tele-health, healthcare software requirements specification, systems analysis and design.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Understand theory and incorporate application
  • Interpret raw data to produce better business decisions 
  • Illustrate and execute solutions to an organization's overall strategy
  • Understand the focus on Health Informatics at a national level and on state level initiatives 

Individuals who successfully complete the program can go on to work as professionals in positions including: bioinformatics specialist, business analyst, clinical manager, clinical informaticist , data analyst, health analytics specialist,  medical technologist or software development engineer.

The Master of Science in Health Informatics requires a total of 30 semester hours to complete.

View the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program Plan >

Applicants seeking graduate admission must have a bachelor's (undergraduate) degree with an acceptable grade point average from an accredited college or university. The degree may be in any discipline.

Application Checklist
Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:
 
  • Application for Admission.  Begin application now>
  • $35 Non-refundable Application Fee ($50 for International Applicants)
    Submit the required application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not send cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition. Former or current students of Mercer University need not submit another application fee. 
  • Transcripts from All Previously Attended Institutions
    Submit an official transcript from each college and university previously attended. Transcripts are required for both undergraduate (including summer school and studies abroad) and graduate course work, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to penfield.admissions@mercer.edu. Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    Submit one letter of recommendation/support from a person in current or past leadership structure.
  • Resume
Applicants must submit a current resume.
  • Supplemental Work Experience Document
    Provide a supplemental document that lists IT or clinical experience.
 
Submit all application supporting materials to:
Mercer University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Penfield College
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
 
Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.
 
Priority Deadlines
Submit your application with all supporting materials by the following deadlines:
Fall Semester (August): July 1

Spring Semester (January): November 1


Additional Requirements for International Applicants
 
A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for graduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.
 
B. Official Translations Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.
 
C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
 
Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.
 
D. Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US$25,000.
 
E. Visa Status: International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)

Applicants seeking graduate admission into the Masters of Science in Health Informatics program are required to attend an interview. Interviews will be scheduled upon review of candidate's completed admissions file.  

Fall Admission Dates

Round I Interviews: March 27, 2017 - March 30, 2017
Round II Interviews: May 15, 2017- May 18, 2017
Round III Interviews: August 1, 2017- August 3, 2017

The Preferred Provider Partnership Program provides affordable opportunities for employees of partner companies to attend an approved degree program of study at Mercer University. This unique program allows Mercer to establish relationships with corporations, government agencies, and organizations that are committed to supporting their employees' educational goals and ongoing professional development. Incentives include tuition benefits, military benefits, waived application fees, convenient credit transfer policy, and a streamlined process to learn more about an employee’s program of interest.

Employees of the following Mercer partners are able to use these benefits when enrolled in the M.S. Health Informatics program:

Piedmont Healthcare
WellStar Health System


Learn more about Mercer’s Preferred Provider Partnership Program > 

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Facilities/Tech Fees
Undergraduate Students:
1-11 Hours - $12.50/hour
12-99 Hours - $150/semester
 
Graduate & Professional Students:
1-8 Hours - $17.00/hour
9-99 Hours - $150/semester
 
Miscellaneous Fees (subject to change based on individual course requirements)
Internship/Practica - $200
Fieldwork - $150
Leadership Academy - $60
Lab Fee - $100 - 150/per course
Transcript Fee - $25
Transcript Fax Fee - $5
 
Student Insurance
$822/semester