2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Master of Public Health with a Major in Health Informatics
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Graduates will be able to manage information enterprises of:
- Healthcare organizations
- Public health agencies
- Research institutes
- Industries including pharmaceutical, healthcare technology and insurance
The Informatics Master of Public Health is a two-year graduate program that prepares public health professionals to manage, analyze and disseminate personal and population health-related information.
Goals of the program:
- To provide a comprehensive and integrated educational experience encompassing public health, health informatics and healthcare administration.
- To produce public health professionals who can gather, manage, analyze and disseminate personal and population health-related information.
- To advance the federal goal of maintaining electronic health records for every American by 2015.
More than three-quarters of the program consists of on-line courses. The remaining course work, delivered face-to-face and required to complete the program, is offered on the GHSU campus.
At least 48 total semester didactic credit hours, three hours of directed study experience and a two-credit internship are required. Additional electives are encouraged. Students interested in additional didactic courses can pursue certification as a registered health information administrator.
Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs
Application Fee: Please check the Office of Admissions website: http://www.georgiahealth.edu/Admissions/
Application Deadline: May 1 ‐ FALL entry
Note: Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space‐available basis.
GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Minimum Degree Requirement and Official Transcripts: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.
Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course‐by‐course transcript evaluation of an official transcript be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.
Official transcripts should be sent to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admission as part of your “Admissions Packet.” To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, transcripts can be mailed to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admission directly from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution.
Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course‐by‐course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). An official evaluation based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not fulfill this requirement.
References: Recommendations from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals (usually college professors) qualified to critically assess the applicants prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicants potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.
Graduate reference forms and letters can be submitted online only. Applicants list names and provide information for three individuals as references during the online application process. Once the application is submitted, each referee will receive an email directing them to complete the online reference form. The completed reference form will then be forwarded to the Office of Academic Admissions via the online application system, CollegeNet. An applicant wishing to change a reference letter after the application has been submitted must log into his/her CollegeNet account and change the name and contact information for the reference.
GRE Requirement: Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 1000. Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required). All official GRE scores must be submitted to GHSU’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code. The GRE requirement may be waived for an applicant holding an earned doctorate from an accredited United States university.
TOEFL Exam Scores: Minimum score of 550 paper‐based, 213 computer based or 79 internet based. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code. Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.
Program Spedific Requirements
Personal Interview: Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.
Completion of Computer Literacy Survey
* Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
* While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with GHSU’s Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.
* Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.
How to Apply
Apply on-line at www.georgiahealth.edu/Admissions, or contact:
Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building-Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912-7310
- A competitive applicant will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum combined GRE score of 1000 from verbal and quantitative sections.
- For additional information, visit www.georgiahealth.edu/sah/dhi/mph/
Students must be computer-literate and have access to a PC running Windows XP Professional and connected to a broadband Internet Service Provider. Hardware and software requirements for iMPH on-line courses:
- Pentium III processor (Pentium IV highly recommended)
- 512MB of RAM (1GB or higher recommended)
- CD-ROM, CD-RW or DVD-RW recommended
- 40GB hard drive (60GB or higher preferred)
- SVGA (1024 x 768 or higher) display
- Full duplex sound card with speakers/headphones and microphone
- Windows operating system, Windows XP or higher recommended
- Internet connection through an ISP account or a network; cable, DSL or satellite required. (Dial-up Internet connection is not acceptable for this program.)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
- Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher
- Microsoft Office 2007 Professional (or higher to include Access 2007)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or higher
- Additional course specific applications Proprietary browser versions (those not downloaded directly from Microsoft) may not work reliably with on-line systems. If you use other “Office” type programs, some professors may require you to convert your files to an MS-Office-compatible format for on-line submission. Your connection to the Internet may initiate behind a firewall; however, the firewall settings may have to be adjusted to accommodate our Web-based tool.
On-line Course Readiness Assessment Tool
The University System of Georgia provides an on-line tool to help you determine if you are a good candidate for on-line courses.Visit www.alt.usg.edu/sort/.