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Health Care Informatics MS, Professional Science Master's

College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :MS
Department : Health Management and Informatics Option : Nonthesis
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The Department of Health Management and Informatics offers a Professional Science Master's Program in Health Care Informatics, a program designed to meet the growing demand for highly trained health care informatics professionals.

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International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit If you have any questions, please consult the International Services Center at 407-823-2337.


The Professional Science Master's Program in Health Care Informatics will be awarded upon completion of 36 credits of prescribed graduate study. Courses are offered all online as a cohort program with all students completing two courses per semester. All students must take the courses in the prescribed sequence, and during the last semester in the program students complete an internship and Capstone course. Visit the program website listed above to see the program cohort schedule.

Total Credit Hours Required:
36 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree


There are no prerequisites required for the program. However, we strongly suggest taking courses in statistics and a writing course. Also, students without the necessary professional or educational experience are required to take three foundational courses in health services administration, health information management, and medical terminology. These can be completed during your enrollment in the MS - HCI program. 

  • HIM 6007 Survey of Health Information Management (1 credit hour)
  • HIM 6267 Foundation of Health Services Administration (1 credit hour)
  • HIM 6477 Medical Terminology for Informatics Professionals (1 credit hour)

Required Courses—36 Credit Hours

  • HIM 5118C Health Care Informatics and Information Technology (4 credit hours)
  • HIM 6119C Biostatistics and Decision Analysis (4 credit hours)
  • HIM 6122C System Analysis and Design (4 credit hours)
  • HIM 6123C Health Informatics Applications—Administrative, Financial and Clinical Project Management (4 credit hours)
  • HIM 6124C Health Care Data Architecture and Modeling (4 credit hours)
  • HIM 6125 Health Care Informatics Capstone (3 credit hours)
  • HIM 6217C Health Care Database Management (4 credit hours)
  • HIM 6464C Epidemiology, Analytics and Quality Management (4 credit hours)
  • HIM 6935 Seminar on Current Issues in Healthcare (2 credit hours)
  • HIM 6947 Health Care Informatics Internship (3 credit hours)

Cost Per Credit Hour

For the cost of the Health Care Informatics MS program, please visit Continuing Education at

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate admission requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Goal statement indicating how the Health Care Informatics MS program will enhance career goals or why the applicant wants to pursue this degree (at least 1 page, doubled-spaced, 12 pt).
  • Résumé (no longer than two pages).
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation and TOEFL scores. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
  • A computer-based score of 220 (or 80 internet-based score) on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) if an applicant is from a country where English is not the official language, or if an applicant's degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a country where English is the only official language or a university where English is the only official language of instruction. Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will accept IELTS scores of 6.5.

Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past academic performance, work experience, and the match of the program with career goals. The Professional Science Master's Program in Health Care Informatics accepts the most qualified students. Not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.  Furthermore, personal phone interviews may be used as part of the evaulation process.

A criminal background check is required to begin the internship in the program and may preclude you from getting an internship. 

Please note: Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in the following states. If you reside in one of these states, you may not be permitted to enroll in or be admitted to a UCF online program. Please contact your state’s higher education regulation authorities or the UCF Graduate Program (see contact information above) for more details. 

  • Minnesota

Application Deadlines

Health Care Informatics MS, Professional Science Master's *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15



International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15



International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1



*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 

The program currently offers one scholarship to HCI students. This scholarship will not pay the total cost of tuition.