The ICS department offers undergraduate degrees in Business Informatics, Health Informatics, and Computer Science, and a Master of Science in
Health Informatics. Additional graduate program proposals are in the development stages. The
department even offers an Informatics Post-Baccalaureate
Certificate. Each curriculum is made up of courses designed to provide students with the strong technical
background needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges.
While most people are familiar with computer science, informatics is less familiar.
Informatics refers to the application of information systems to a particular domain,
such as business or health care. For example, Business informatics integrates applied
computer science and business administration into a single field in order to develop
strategic uses of information technology to address the challenges that businesses face.
In a nutshell, informatics focuses on developing software and hardware systems
that allow the target domain to function more effectively from an IT perspective,
in effect providing an organization with a competitive advantage based on superior
information technology. Business Informatics is the new name for what was formerly the
Computer Information Systems degree, and Health Informatics is the new name for what
Was once called Health Care Information Systems Management.
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Our informatics curriculum provides students with the strong technical background
needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges, and as such it is more
technical than typical Information Systems programs while still being less math-intensive
than most Computer Science curricula.
There are numerous opportunities for trained and skilled professionals in every sector
of society who can turn information into actionable knowledge.
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Concurrent BBA and MS in Health Informatics
The department even offers students the opportunity for students to complete both
a BBA and an MS inHealth Informatics in only five years!
Good students qualifying for advanced standing, who have at least a 3.0 GPA, and are within 30 credits of completion of the BBA can apply for the program. They need to formally apply, including submitting an application to the School of Graduate Studies, obtain three letters of recommendation, and take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, GMAT, or MCat. If their qualifications are satisfactory, students can be admitted to the MS program.
Applicants must submit a 2-year plan and a Master’s Check Sheet with the application. This plan will include the courses that will finish the requirements for the BBA degree and the courses to fill the requirements for the MSHI degree. The Master’s Check Sheet outlines the courses you will take to fill the requirements for the Master’s degree.
Accepted students become Concurrent Candidates and will be allowed to enroll in 5000 level
classes upon acceptance. Concurrent Candidates will not receive either degree until
all requirements are completed.
Visit the Concurrent BBA and MS page for details.