Dual Degree Program in Health Administration and Information Systems

 

Program Description

National policy changes, technology innovations,  and pressures for increased value create an urgent need for individuals skilled in healthcare information technology management.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 51,000 healthcare IT professionals will be needed in the future for the nation's healthcare providers  to successfully become meaningful users of healthcare IT.   The Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT notes the need for:

  • Practice workflow and information management redesign specialists
  • Clinician/practitioner consultants
  • Implementation support specialists
  • Implementation managers
  • Technical/software support personnel
  • Trainers
  • Health information management and exchange specialist

VCU's three year dual MHA/MSIS degree integrates technical IT expertise with healthcare management skills to give graduates access to these and other positions within the healthcare field.  The didactic coursework is complemented by a 10-week summer internship in a healthcare organization during which students apply their classroom knowledge to practical IT management challenges.

Program Admissions & Administration

Students must apply and be accepted to both programs. Students may either apply to both programs prior to starting either, or they may apply to the second program after matriculating into the first.  All prerequisites for each program must be satisfied prior to starting the program.

MHA Prerequisites:  basic preparation in microeconomics, financial accounting, and statistics as well as working knowledge of college-level algebra.

MSIS Prerequisites: evidence of competence in selected prerequisite areas of information systems including: application programming, systems analysis and design, database, telecommunications, and hardware/software.  Evidence of this competence may include formal course work, comparable training within a work environment, or significant, relevant and recent work experience in the field. Students enrolled as majors in the program who do not have formal background or equivalent training must take the appropriate undergraduate courses to satisfy the prerequisites prior to taking master’s program courses. The required undergraduate courses are: INFO 300, INFO 350, INFO 360, INFO 361, INFO 370, INFO 364 and a course in calculus.

Program Structure and Curriculum

The curriculum allows students to earn both the MHA and the MSIS in a total of 78 credits rather than the 89 credits that would be required to obtain the degrees separately. Students in the combined degree program will follow the same schedule as regular MHA students, including the two lockstep years. 

Students will take all courses required for the MHA, all core courses required for the MBA, and nine additional courses in the MS in Information Systems program, including INFO 610, INFO 620, and INFO 630. Students whose undergraduate degree is not in Information Systems may also be required to take additional undergraduate prerequisite courses before taking the graduate Information Systems courses, as determined by the program advisor. A  3-credit, ten-week internship is required  and  must have substantial global, entrepreneurial and/or experiential components related to both degrees. The six Information Systems courses to be taken in addition to INFO 610, INFO 620, and INFO 630, must be approved by the program advisor.

 

Program Year

Management Content

Credits

IS Content

Tuition Comments

1

Fall

Health System Organization, Financing and Performance (HADM 602, 3 Credits)

Health Care Managerial Accounting (HADM 606, 3 Credits)

Managerial Epidemiology (HADM 609, 2 credits)

Health Care Organization and Leadership (HADM 646, 3 Credits)

Clinical Concepts and Relationships (HADM 681, 2 credits)

Executive Skills I (HADM 682, 1 credit)

14

Prerequisite IS or HAD courses if needed

HA

 

1

Spring

Financial Management in Health Care Organizations (HADM 607, 3 Credits)

Health Care Management Decision Support Systems (HADM 610, 3 Credits)

Health Economics (HADM 624, 3 Credits)

Management of Health Care Organizations (HADM 647, 3 Credits)

12

Prerequisite IS courses if needed

HA

 

1

Summer

 

 

Prerequisite IS courses if needed

 

 

 

2

Fall

Seminar in Health Care Finance (HADM 608, 3 Credits)

Health Information Systems Management (HADM 612, 3 Credits)

Health Politics and Policy(HADM615, 3 Credits)

Executive Skills II (HADM 683, 1 credit)

 

 

 

 

13

 

INFO Course

Prerequisite courses if needed, elective, or concentration course, see table below (3 credits)

 

HA

 

 

HADM 612 will substitute for INFO 640

2

Spring

Health Care Law and Bioethics (HADM 611, 3 Credits)

Health Care Marketing (HADM 614, 3 Credits)

Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations (HADM 648, 3 Credits)

Human Resources Management in Health Care (HADM 649, 3 Credits)

12

 

 

 

2

Summer

Internship

3cr HADM 693

3

3 credits

 

10 week internship

3

Fall

 

12

INFO 610 Analysis and Design of Database Systems

INFO 620 Data Communications

 INFO 630 Systems Development

INFO Concentration Course 1

 

IS

 

3

Spring

 

12

INFO Concentration Course 2

INFO Concentration Course 3

INFO Concentration Course 4

(see table below for concentration courses)

INFO Elective Course

IS

 

 

3

Summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

 

78

 

 

 

 

INFO Concentration Courses

Students declare a concentration in two of the following areas and take the two classes offered for each of those two concentrations for a total of 12 concentration credits. 

Business engineering concentration
INFO 611 Data Engineering
INFO 632 Business Process Engineering

Knowledge engineering concentration
INFO 614 Data Mining
INFO 616 Data Warehousing

Information technology management concentration
INFO 643 Information Technology Project Management
INFO 641 Strategic Information Systems Planning

Information assurance concentration
INFO 644 Information Systems Security
INFO 622 Network Security and Administration

 

For more information about the MHA/MSIS dual degree program, please contact:

Jonathan DeShazo, PhD
Assistant Professor
Director,MHA/MSIS Dual Degree Program
jpdeshazo@vcu.edu
804.828.5509