Pre-Health Informatics & Information Management Curriculum

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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 Bachelor’s level 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 (Biological Sciences, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computer Science, Information Technology, Physics) or Public Health programs 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 at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) wishing to pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Health Informatics & Information Management (HIIM) in Mississippi have two options:

 

1.       They take two years of pre-health informatics and information management curriculum at the University of Southern Mississippi if they do not have a baccalaureate degree and do not possess the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). They apply in their second year at USM to the Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management traditional online program at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson (UMMC). If accepted, they take their last two years of the program at UMMC. They receive a Bachelor’s degree at UMMC and can sit for the RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator) certification exam of the AHIMA. With the exception of professional practice courses the UMMC program is online.

https://www.umc.edu/shrp/Programs/HIIM/Health%20Informatics%20and%20Information%20Management.html

2.       Students can pursue any baccalaureate degree from USM and take the prerequisite anatomy and physiology courses (BSC 250, 251 with labs) for the Master’s program at UMMC. Once they have a baccalaureate degree from USM or from another 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 two tracks, i.e., health informatics or health information management.

https://www.umc.edu/shrp/Programs/HIIM/Degree%20Programs/masters.html

 

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

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

Link to find a HIM program: http://www.ahima.org/careers/plan?tabid=program

 

Students who already have an RHIT and want to pursue a Bachelor’s or higher degree should apply directly to the UMMC Health Informatics and Information Management progression program. Students who do not desire a Bachelor’s degree but do wish to become a registered health management technician (RHIT) with an Associate’s degree should investigate community college programs using the “find a HIM program” link above.

Requirements for Applicants

The following requirements are for entrance into either the two-year (junior and senior years) of the baccalaureate professional program in Health Informatics and Information Management or the Masters in Health Informatics and Information Management within the School of Health Related Professions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Courses to fulfill the entrance requirements must be worked into a student’s schedule at USM.

 

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

Link to Health Informatics and Information Management: 

https://www.umc.edu/shrp/Programs/HIIM/Health%20Informatics%20and%20Information%20Management.html

 

 

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 RHIA 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 “traditional online” HIIM program at UMMC applicants must:

1.       Have a minimum of 60 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)

o   Can be BSC 250/L and BSC 251/L or separate anatomy and physiology courses

•          social/behavioral sciences (6 hours)

•          speech (3 hours)

•          basic computer concepts and applications (3 hours)

•          other electives (22 hours)

•          Must meet the technical standards of the program

 

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.

 

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. These prerequisite courses can be taken at the University of Southern Mississippi and are BSC 250 and 251 with accompanying laboratories 250L and 251L.
  • Submit an official report of GRE scores
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit an essay
  • Complete and submit application to UMMC with appropriate fee
  • Must meet the technical standards of the program

Suggested Course Sequence & Strategies for Success

The suggested USM course sequence below is merely a guideline to complete the courses required for applying to 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&L a             4 h                   BSC 250&L OR BSC 251&L                  4 h

ENG 101b                                        3 h                   ENG 102                                            3 h

MAT 101 OR MAT 100c                     3 h                   CSC 100 d                                          3 h

2 required courses e                         6 h                   2 required courses e                            6 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)

 

Placement in English Composition courses depends on the student’s ACT English subtest score.

  • ACT English subtest score 16 or below: ENG 99E (Expanded Composition Studio) and ENG 100E (Composition I Expanded)
  • ACT English subtest score 17-19: ENG 100E (Composition I Expanded)
  • ACT English subtest score 20 or above: ENG 101 (Composition 1)

 

 

c, Placement in MAT courses depends on the student’s ACT mathematics subtest score. 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.

 

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

 

e, 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)

 

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&L               4 h                   Elective courses f                       12-15 h

2 required courses e                         6 h                  

2 elective courses f                           6 h                  

 

e f, 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 the baccalaureate program)

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

The application is available online by July 1 of the year preceding enrollment.  Deadline is March 1 of the year enrollment is desired.

 

Admissions link:

https://www.umc.edu/shrp/Programs/HIIM/Degree%20Programs/Bachelors%20-%20Traditional%20Online.html

 

•          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.

•          Must submit ACT scores

The Application Process (for the master’s programs)

The application process for the UMMC Master’s programs in Health Informatics and Information Management may begin in the last year of a student’s bachelor’s degree if they have met the course requirements and have taken the GRE exam.  It can also be done after receiving a bachelor’s degree.

See the program information and links to apply at https://www.umc.edu/shrp/Programs/Master-of-Health-Informatics-and-Information%20Management-Online/Admissions/Application-Instructions.html

The Deadline is March 1 of the year enrollment is desired.

The Interview

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

http://www.usm.edu/career-services/about-us

  • Dress professionally and act professionally at your interview.

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

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

 

Website:  http://www.usm.edu/node/25618

 

Phone number:   601.266.4741

 

Mailing address:

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

 

Preprofessional Advisor:        

Ms. Michelle Templeton
601.266.4741
deborah.templeton@usm.edu