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2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Public Health with a Major in Health Informatics

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Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to manage information enterprises of:

  • Health care organizations
  • Public health agencies
  • Research institutes
  • Industries including pharmaceutical, health care technology and insurance

About the Program

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 health care 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 MCG 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.

Admission Requirements

Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs

Application Fee: $30

Application Deadline:  May 1 ‐ FALL entry

Note: Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space‐available basis.

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 be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.

Official transcripts should be sent to MCG’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 MCG’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 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).

References/recommendations from three individuals are required using the Admissions Reference Form for Graduate Programs at the Medical College of Georgia. References should be individuals qualified to assess your prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience, qualifications and potential, as applicable.

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 MCG’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 MCG 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 MCG 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.

Admission Recommendations

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 School of Graduate Studies.

* While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with MCG’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 9/1/2009

How to Apply

Apply on-line at, or contact:

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building-Administration
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Georgia 30912-7310

Telephone: 706-721-2725
Toll-free: 800-519-3388
Fax: 706-721-7279

Competitive Applicant

  • 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

Technical Requirements

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:

IBM-compatible PC

  • 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 tools.

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