Frequently Asked Questions about the MS in Health Informatics

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Expand section.Q: What is Health Informatics?

Expand section.Q: Is Health Informatics a STEM program?

Expand section.Q: Can I make a lot of money?

Expand section.Q: Will I be able to find a job?

Expand section.Q: How long will it take me to complete the program?

Expand section.Q: What do I need to know coming into the program

Expand section.Q: I have a degree in the computing sciences (Business Informatics, Health Informatics, Computer Information Systems, MIS, or Computer Science). Can I be admitted?

Expand section.Q: I have an undergraduate degree in health informatics from ISU. Do I already know everything in this program?

Expand section.Q: If I have a BBA in Health Informatics from ISU, do I have to retake the HI courses at the graduate level?

Expand section.Q: I have an undergraduate degree in health informatics from another university. Will those classes apply to the MSHI?

Expand section.Q: I have an undergraduate degree in health informatics. Will a graduate degree do anything for me?

Expand section.Q: What is a practicum?

Expand section.Q: Why do I have to complete a practicum?

Expand section.Q: What is the difference between the thesis and project options?

Expand section.Q: Why would anyone choose the thesis option?

Expand section.Q: Why are there so many required data analytics courses?

Expand section.Q: Why are some of the courses taught by Health Care Administration and Public Health?

Expand section.Q: What are the admission requirements?

Expand section.Q: Can the program be completed in the classroom?

Expand section.Q: Can the program be completed online?

Expand section.Q: Can the program be completed if I can only take classes in the evening?

Expand section.Q: What form of financial assistance is available from the department?

Expand section.Q: Is there any way in which I can get resident tuition if I live outside of Idaho?





Interesting facts:

  • While a master’s degree from ISU requires a minimum of 30 credits in approved course work, including thesis credits if required, the MSHI requires 36 credits.
  • A master’s degree student must complete at least fifteen 6600-level credits.
  • Credit is not generally granted toward a graduate degree for 55xx courses when the corresponding 44xx course was taken at the undergraduate level.
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