MS in Health Informatics/Doctor of Pharmacy

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the joint program, a student must meet the admissions criteria of each individual degree program. Students are considered for admission to the PharmD program with a minimum of 62 semester hours of accrued undergraduate credit; however, the MS in Health Informatics requires an earned bachelor’s degree. For students who apply to the PharmD without a baccalaureate degree, the program provides a course planner showing the sequence of course work that meets the intent of the previously earned bachelor’s degree admissions requirement for the MS. Students will be permitted to take BHIS 460, available to upper-level undergraduate students, in the fall of their second year in the PharmD curriculum. They will be accepted to the MS in Health Informatics the spring of their second year, at the point in the PharmD curriculum in which they will have accrued 128 semester hours—the baccalaureate equivalent.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 153–157.
  • Course Work
Core Courses in Pharmacy
Integrated Physiology
Introduction Pharmacy Practice
Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPPE): Community
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE): Hospital
Introductory Pharmacy Practice (IPPE): Introduction to Patient Care
Fundamentals of Drug Action
Biomedicinal Chemistry
Pharmaceutics I - Pharmaceutics Principles, Drug Delivery Systems, and Calculations
Pharmaceutics II ? Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Calculations
Pharmaceutics III ? Complex Dosage Forms and Calculations
Pharmaceutics IV ? Drug Delivery Systems Design and Calculations Competency
Pharmacokinetics
Introduction to Drug Information
Pharmacoepidemiology and Biostatistical Reasoning
Evidence-Based Medicine
Pharmacy and the U.S. Healthcare System
Social and Behavioral Pharmacy
Personal and Professional Development
Patient Safety
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 1: Self Care
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 2: GI/Endocrine
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 3: Renal, Electrolytes, and Nutrition
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 4: Immunology/Respiratory
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 5: Cardiovascular
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 6: Infectious Diseases
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 7: Neurology, Psychiatry, and Pain
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 8: Special Topics
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 9: Hematology and Oncology
Pathophysiology, Drug Action, and Therapeutics (PDAT) 10: Advanced Disease Management
Patient Care: Institutional/Hospital
Patient Care: Ambulatory Care/Community
Applied Pharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacogenomics
Pharmacoeconomics and Payment
Management and Informatics
Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Clerkship Courses in Pharmacy
28 hours
Core Courses in Health Informatics
Health Care Data
Strategic Inquiry in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Health Care Information Systems
Application of Health Care Information Systems
Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics
Health Care I.T. Vendor Management
Practicum in Health Informatics
Project Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Thesis Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Elective Courses in Health Informatics
Management of Health Care Communication Systems
Health Information Systems Analysis and Design
Topics in Health Informatics
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Option Thesis or project. No other options are available.

Technical Requirements

  • Computer Literacy All students enrolled in this program are expected to have working knowledge of the following: microcomputer operating system, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic mail, Internet browsers.
  • Technology Recommendations The student should have access to a computer with the following minimum requirements:

PC Users

  • Processor Any current i5 or i7 processor
  • Video Card Built-in graphics card acceptable for most cases, but will not be sufficient for high-end graphics work. Any current mid-range ($300-$400) graphics card should be acceptable for most graphics work.
  • Memory 4 GB RAM minimum, 8–16 GB recommended
  • Hard Drive 250 GB or more with 100 GB free space preferred
  • Modem A cable or DSL connection
  • Sound Card Any current sound card is acceptable
  • Monitor 17-inch minimum, larger recommended
  • Operating System Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  • Software
    • An active antivirus program and an office suite such as Microsoft Office 2013
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or later http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
    • Internet Explorer 11.x or later OR Mozilla Firefox ESR
      • Flash plug-in (latest version)
      • Java plug-in (latest version)
  • High speed broadband access Wireless networks are acceptable for static web pages but are not sufficient for working in a learning management system.

MAC Users

  • Processor Intel i5 or i7 processor, running Mac OS 10.9.5 or higher
  • Memory Minimum of 8 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive 500 GB Serial ATA HD; 128 GB or 256 GB solid state drive recommended
  • Software
  • High speed broadband access Depending on the bandwidth requirement for course work applications, wireless networks may or may not be sufficient for working in a learning management system.