Health Informatics

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The Major

The “pre health informatics & information management curriculum” is just a list of courses that are required for admission to a professional program. It is NOT an academic major, a minor, or an emphasis area.

Even if you plan to apply to a health informatics & information management program after taking only the courses required for admission, you need to declare an academic major at USM.

Many students choose a major in one of the sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) but other majors are acceptable including those in the humanities, social sciences, or business. Students should select the major in which they feel the most comfortable and in which they would like to pursue a baccalaureate degree or in which they would like to work if they are not accepted into a health informatics & information management program.

Students wishing to pursue health informatics & information management (HIIM) in Mississippi have three options:

  1. If they hold the RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician) credential through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), they may apply to the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management progression program at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, typically after taking two years to complete a pre-health informatics & information management  curriculum, for example at Southern Miss. http://www.umc.edu/Education/Schools/Health_Related_Professions/Health_Informatics_and_Information_Management/HIIM_-_Progression.aspx
  2. If they do not have a baccalaureate degree and do not possess the RHIT they may apply to the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management traditional online program at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, typically after taking two years to complete a pre-health informatics & information management  curriculum, for example at Southern Miss. http://www.umc.edu/Education/Schools/Health_Related_Professions/Health_Informatics_and_Information_Management/HIIM_-_Traditional_Online.aspx
  3. If they do not hold the RHIT credential, but have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, they may apply to the online Master of Health Informatics and Information Management program, which has three tracks, i.e., health informatics, health information management, or to sit for the RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) certification exam of the AHIMA. http://www.umc.edu/Education/Schools/Health_Related_Professions/Master_of_Health_Informatics_and_Information_Management/Master_of_Health_Informatics_and_Information_Management_Home.aspx

Visit the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) web pages for more information about RHIT and RHIA health informatics & information management programs.

Link to main page: http://www.ahima.org/

Link to Schools and Academics page: http://www.ahima.org/schools/default.aspx

Requirements for Applicants

The following two-year Suggested Course Sequence meets only the minimal requirements for admission to the two-year professional program in Health Informatics within the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Courses to fulfill the major must be worked into the student’s schedule.

Because an Associate’s Degree is required for the Progression HIIM UMMC program, Southern Miss students MUST contact the UMMC Health Informatics and Information Management program director and the dean to make sure they would be eligible to apply.

Link to UMMC SHRP: http://www.umc.edu/shrp/

Link to Health Informatics and Information Management: http://www.umc.edu/Education/Schools/Health_Related_Professions/Health_Informatics_and_Information_Management/Health_Informatics_and_Information_Management_Home.aspx

Preference is given to applicants who are legal residents of Mississippi. Out-of-state applicants will be considered only if there are positions available after all qualified Mississippi applicants are accepted.

Following satisfactory completion of all requirements for this professional program, students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the University of Mississippi and are eligible to apply to take the examination for registration by the American Health Information Management Association

Students must consult the specific admission requirements and application deadlines for the school(s) to which they plan to apply, including UMMC.

For the Baccalaureate “progression” HIIM program at UMMC applicants must*:

  1. Have an associate’s degree and a minimum of 54 semester hours of academic credit;
  2. Submit documentation of a current RHIT credential;

Link to RHIT credential: http://www.ahima.org/certification/rhit.aspx

  1. Complete 30 hours of specifically designated courses required by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, as well as at least 29 additional hours to meet the minimum number of hours for full admission

*, The program director and the dean must approve any exceptions to the three admission requirements above.

Prerequisite courses for the “progression” UMMC program:

  • English composition (6 hours)
  • humanities and fine arts (9 hours)
    If a student is also pursuing a baccalaureate degree from Southern Miss, he/she must take one fine arts course (select from ART 130, DAN 130, MUS 165, THE 100) and two Humanities courses (select from HIS 101, HIS 102, PHI 151, REL 131);  one Humanities must be a HIS course.
  • college algebra, quantitative reasoning, or higher math (3 hours)
  • Natural science (6 hours) best if Anatomy and Physiology
  • social/behavioral sciences (6 hours)
  • other electives (24 hours)

Admission to the Health Informatics and Information Management program depends on the preparation and level of academic achievement of candidates, is highly competitive, and is determined solely by the School of Health Related Professions itself.

Work experience or observation in a Health Records Department is no longer required prior to the time of application to the UMMC.

For the Baccalaureate “traditional online” HIIM program at UMMC applicants must*:

  1. Have a minimum of 59 semester hours of academic credit;
  2. Submit ACT scores
  3. Have an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher
  4. Complete the following minimum prerequisite requirements:

Prerequisite courses for the “traditional online” UMMC program:

  • English composition (6 hours)
  • humanities and fine arts (9 hours)
    If a student is also pursuing a baccalaureate degree from Southern Miss, he/she must take one fine arts course (select from ART 130, DAN 130, MUS 165, THE 100) and two Humanities courses (select from HIS 101, HIS 102, PHI 151, REL 131);  one Humanities must be a HIS course.
  • college algebra, quantitative reasoning, or higher math (3 hours)
  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab (8 hours)
    Can be BSC 250/L and BSC 251/L or separate anatomy and physiology courses
  • social/behavioral sciences (6 hours)
  • speech (3 hours)
  • accounting (3 hours)
  • basic computer concepts and applications (3 hours)
  • other electives (18 hours)

Admission to the Health Informatics and Information Management program depends on the preparation and level of academic achievement of candidates, is highly competitive, and is determined solely by the School of Health Related Professions itself.

Work experience or observation in a Health Records Department is no longer required prior to the time of application to the UMMC.

For the Masters of Health Informatics and Information Management program at UMMC the applicant must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree with GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours attempted
  • Have the prerequisite courses of Anatomy and Physiology which covers all body systems
  • Submit an official report of GRE scores
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit an essay
  • Complete and submit application to UMMC with appropriate fee

Suggested Course Sequence & Strategies for Success

The suggested course sequence below is merely a guideline to complete the courses required for the UMMC Health Informatics and Information Management baccalaureate program in a timely manner. It does not include the courses for the major. Students must consult the USM Undergraduate Bulletin, the USM Class Schedule Guide for each semester, and their academic advisor. Many courses are offered in specific semesters (Fall or Spring only) and/or on a rotating cycle.

YEAR 1

Fall Spring  
BSC 110&L OR BSC 107&La4 h BSC 250&L OR BSC 251&L4 h
ENG 101 3 hENG 102 3 h
MAT 101 OR MAT 100b3 hCSC 100d3 h
2 required coursesc 6 h2 required coursesc6 h

a, It is highly recommended that students take an introductory biology course (BSC 110/L or BSC 107/L, depending on the major) before attempting Anatomy & Physiology (BSC 250/L and BSC 251/L)

b, Placement in MAT courses depends on the student’s ACT subscore. Calculus is required for most majors in the College of Science and Technology.

Entering first year students with an ACT mathematics subtest score less than or equal to 19 must take Intermediate Algebra (MAT 099) during the first semester.

Students may take Trigonometry if the ACT mathematics subtest score is equal to or greater than 24 or if they have a grade of C or better in College Algebra.

Students may enroll in Calculus (MAT 167) directly if the ACT mathematics subtest score is greater than or equal to 26.

Students entering Trigonometry or Calculus directly can use that course to satisfy the math requirement for the health informatics and information management program.

Most majors in the College of Science and Technology require Calculus; however, students with a major in other colleges may be able to take Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 100) to fulfill their General Education Curriculum requirement AND to fulfill the UMMC math requirement.

c, Students must take:

  • one (1) Fine Arts course (select from ART 130, DAN 130, MUS 365, THE 100)
  • two (2) Humanities courses (select from HIS 101, HIS 102, PHI 151, REL 131); if a student is pursuing a B.S. degree from Southern Miss, one Humanities must be a HIS course.
  • two (2) Social and Behavioral Sciences courses:  select one from (ANT 101, GHY 101, SOC 101) and one from (ECO 101, PS 101, PSY 110). SOC 101 and PSY 110 are commonly selected.
  • One speech course (CMS 111) prerequisite for HIIM program
  • One accounting course (3 hours) required prerequisite for HIIM program
  • sufficient elective hours to achieve a total of 59 hours of acceptable transfer credit (exclusive of physical education, military science, dogmatic religion and vocation courses)

d,  Meets basic computer concepts and application prerequisite for the traditional online HIIM program

Strategy for Success

  • Students should focus on doing well in their studies.
  • Students could start getting some hands-on exposure to a Health Records Department.

YEAR 2

Fall Spring 
BSC 251&L OR BSC 250&L4 h Elective courses  12-15 h 
2 required coursesc 6 h  
2 elective courses 6 h   

e, Electives should be selected from a broad range of academic subjects such as management, business communication, statistics, and psychology. Additional computer science courses are recommended.

Strategy for Success

  • Students should continue to focus on doing well in their studies.
  • Students could get hands-on exposure in a Health Records Department.

The Application Process (for baccalaureate programs)

The application process for the baccalaureate programs may begin in the middle of the second year.

Application are available online by July 1 of the year preceding enrollment.  Deadline is March 1 of the year enrollment is desired.

  • Applicants must have successfully completed (grade of C or better) a minimum of 59 hours of academic credit (exclusive of physical education, military science, dogmatic religion and vocation courses) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

To complete 59 hours by Spring of the second year, students often have to take courses in the summer semester between the first and second years.

  • Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The Interview

Students are advised to practice their interview skills BEFORE attending their first interview.

For More Information about a Career in Healthcare, Contact the Preprofessional Office

The Healthcare Preprofessional Office is located in Bobby Chain Technology Building (TEC) Room 103.

Website: http://www.usm.edu/science-technology/preprofessional

Phone number: 601.266.4741

Mailing address:

Healthcare Preprofessional Office
College of Science and Technology
118 College Dr., #5165
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Preprofessional Assistant:

Ms. L. Machell Haynes
601.266.4741
ladonna.haynes@usm.edu

Preprofessional Advisor:

Dr. Jeffrey Evans, Preprofessional Advisor
601.266.4883
jeffrey.evans@usm.edu