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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Apr 18, 2021
 
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Health Information Management


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Master of Science Degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science with a Concentration in Health Information Systems or Health Care Supervision and Management

The Department of Health Information Management (HIM) offers two concentrations leading to the Master of Science degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science, Health Information Systems (HIS) which also offers an RHIA option and Health Care Supervision and Management (HSM).

Contact Information:

Mervat Abdelhak, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA, Chair
Department of Health Information Management
6051 Forbes Tower
412-383-6650
Fax: 412-383-6655
E-mail: him@pitt.edu
http://www.shrs.pitt.edu/HIM/

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

Health Information Systems (HIS)

HIS Prerequisites
Healthcare professionals from various disciplines are encouraged to apply to this program. Applicants with other relevant training and career experience who wish to develop competencies in health information system applications also will be given admission consideration.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    • Computer Programming , 3 credits
    • Statistics, 3-4 credits
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required.  Admission may be considered for applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 if other supporting evidence of their ability to complete the graduate program is provided.

Health Care Supervision and Management (HSM)

HSM Prerequisites
Healthcare professionals from various disciplines are encouraged to apply to this program. Applicants with other relevant training and career experience who wish to develop competencies in health care supervision and management also will be given admissions consideration.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required.  Admission may be considered for applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 if other supporting evidence of their ability to complete the graduate program is provided.

 

Application Process for HIS & HSM

  • Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself online application.
  • Application fee of $50 - You may pay the application fee online or elect to pay by check or money order. Make check or money order payable to the University of Pittsburgh. You will be prompted to choose your payment type at the end of the ApplyYourself application process.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation are required. These recommendations should be from college level instructors or employers/professionals who have supervised your work in a paid or volunteer capacity. These individuals should be able to comment on your academic, professional and interpersonal abilities. People submitting recommendation letters on your behalf are encouraged to send their letters to our admissions office electronically through our application system. For those people who wish to submit their letter of recommendation on paper, please forward them a copy of our Recommendation Form and follow the directions for paper recommendations.
  • Statement of Purpose/Essay
  • Transcript(s) - Submit official transcript(s) from each college or university you have attended even if only one course was taken at that particular college or university. Course(s) posted for advanced standing on transcripts are not considered official. Please mail to the SHRS Office of Admissions, 4020 Forbes Tower, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

 
Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Applications can be submitted when course requirements are in progress.

 

Financial Aid

There are scholarships and loan opportunities available to graduate students from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Further information can be obtained from the AHIMA web site at www.ahima.org under the career and student center tab. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (PHIMA) awards scholarships to qualified students in Pennsylvania. Further information can be obtained from PHIMA’s web site at http://www.phima.org/members/scholarships/.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) also awards scholarships to HIMSS student members who have achieved academic excellence and have the potential to be future leaders in the health care information and management systems industry. Visit the HIMSS site at http://www.himss.org/ and navigate to “Scholarships” under the Professional Development menu.

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