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Master of Health Information Technology Online

Duration: 18-24 months Credit Hours: 36 units Tuition: $23,917 in-state $23,917 out-of-state

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 and the HITECH Act in 2009 (Health IT for Economic and Clinical Health), health care in America has gone through radical changes.

The transition from paper to electronic health information is impacting the operation of health care on every level. It involves not only medical providers of all types, but health IT vendors, government agencies, third party payers, researchers, and patients, all combining forces in new ways, with the goal of creating greater access to quality health care at an affordable cost.

For those in the information technology field, this new cooperation among stakeholders could bring a variety of new career opportunities. Many organizations are now seeking IT experts with abilities in managing complex information systems, combined with a background in health care.

Program Effectiveness Outcomes

  • Employer Satisfaction: When asked to rate the performance of their interns from the MHIT program, our employers give them an average rating of 94.7 out of 100. (As of Spring 2018)
  • Average Class Size: The average size of on-campus classes is 5 students; the average size of online classes is 20 students. (As of Spring 2018)
  • Time to Program Completion: The average time to complete the MHIT degree is 18 months for full-time students and 24 months for part-time students. (As of Spring 2018)

Why Earn an M.H.I.T.?

An online Master of Health Information Technology (M.H.I.T.) degree program online at the University of South Carolina offers the type of knowledge you need to help healthcare organizations streamline processes and improve security of their data. You'll gain cutting-edge skills that will help qualify you for positions in a critically important, fast-growing field. These positions require expertise in the complexities of both health care administration and information technology. Growth in these positions is expected to outpace the broad economy over the next several years, and this program will align your career with the industry demand.

This programs offers:

  • specialized training in managing large-scale health information systems and data for clinical decision making
  • expertise in key areas such as how health care is financed, administered and monitored
  • hands-on experience using advanced technologies and innovative tools to improve health care
  • real-life perspectives on the complexities of transforming the U.S. health care system and the role of IT
  • analysis and project management skills that prepare you to use IT to help transform health care systems.

Online Courses

An interdisciplinary perspective on the field of health administration. Philosophy concepts and skills of implementation, management, and evaluation are presented and discussed. Principles in the practice of health administration are applied to identified problems and situations.
A critical introduction to the application of economic analysis to problems in the health care field. Related scientific literature. Cross-listed Course: ECON 784. Prerequisites: consent of instructor
Application of the principles of financial management to the systems involved in the delivery of health care. Cross-listed Course: FINA 763 and NURS 738. Prerequisites: BADM 660 or equivalent
Operations management in health care, supply chain management and logistics processes, health services process improvement.
Overview of telecommunications, networking and information security technologies as well as IT governance issues as they apply to health care delivery, health care administration, and health information exchange.
Overview of health information technology (HIT), electronic health records (EHR), and health information exchange (HIE). Current practices, trends, and issues in health information systems management, and privacy and security of health information.
Professional Internship in health information technology. Positions assigned on an individual basis with emphasis on management decision making, oral and written communication skills, planning, and problem solving.
This course applies the principles of information systems analysis and design to health processes and applications. It looks at the analysis and logical design of business processes and management information systems focusing on the systems development life cycle; and techniques for logical system design.
This course is an introduction to the design, implementation, and management of database systems that form the foundation for health information systems.
Design, implementation and operation of large-scale information systems for healthcare institutions. Includes EMRs, CPOE, e-prescribing, medication administration, CRM, and supply chain management. Emphasis is made on the use of predictive modeling in support of medical and operational decision making.
Implementation of electronic health records (EHR) and health information exchange with focus on clinical transformation, which is the most difficult and critical component of achieving improved clinical outcomes and efficiencies from EHRs. The course recognizes that management of EHRs is increasingly important as a result of national healthcare policy, regulatory pressures, the need for information "on demand" at the point of care, and the focus on integration and "meaningful use" of electronic health information.
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Why choose the M.H.I.T. online from University of South Carolina?

  • doctorate-level instructors with deep academic and industry experience
  • accelerated eight-week courses with degree completion in as few as 18 months
  • GRE Waiver available to applicants with three years of work experience.

This program focuses
on solving health care
information technology.

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education

The Master of Health Information Technology program received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) at their board meeting on November 9, 2016.