Master of Science in Health Care Informatics - FAQs

In addition to the general UCF graduate admission requirements, you must also provide:

  • One official transcript, in a sealed envelope, from each college or university attended.
  • A goal statement indicating how the health care informatics program will enhance your career goals.
  • A one-page resume.
  • If you have attended a college or university outside the United States, you must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation that includes your GPA and TOEFL scores. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services or from Josef Silny and Associates Inc. only.

For more information, please visit our admissions page.

No, we do not require the GRE for admission into the program.
Applicants must provide a one- to two-page essay describing why they want to pursue this degree or how this degree will help them reach their career goals. This is a great opportunity to explain your experience in the health care informatics field if applicable, any health care-related experience, or your reasons for wanting to pursue this course of study.

The estimated cost per credit hour is $772.69. This includes all university fees, which may be subject to change. Current tuition rates can be found on the tuition and fees website. Be sure to select the appropriate program level as “graduate” to reflect the correct tuition cost.

Please note that UCF employee and state tuition waivers are not accepted for this program.

All prospective students must apply via the College of Graduate Studies’ website.

Once you create your online application and begin the process, there is a section where you will upload your resume and goal statement directly into the application portal.

UCF College of Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

We will be notified when your transcripts are received.

Yes, this program is offered entirely online with no requirements for campus visits.
No, we have accepted many students with a variety of experience and and bachelor’s degrees.

No, we do not require health care experience for admission into the program. However, students without the necessary professional or educational experience are required to take three foundational courses in health services administration, health information management and medical terminology. These can be completed during your enrollment in the health care informatics program. These are:

  • HIM 6007: Survey of Health Information Management (1 credit hour)
  • HIM 6267: Foundation of Health Services Administration (1 credit hour)
  • HIM 6477: Medical Terminology for Informatics Professionals (1 credit hour)
Students enroll in two core classes per semester and most classes are worth four credit hours each. Your schedule will depend on whether you enroll in the program during the fall semester or spring semester.A full-time graduate student is taking a minimum of nine credit hours in the fall and spring semesters, and six credit hours during the summer semesters. Please refer to the curriculum and class schedule section for a complete listing of the courses you will take in the program. The program is designed to be completed over a period of 20 months.

Students with the appropriate amount of experience are eligible to sit for the following additional credential exams:

  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems
  • Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems
  • Project Management Professional
  • Certified Associate in Project Management
  • Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner
  • Certified Health Data Analyst
  • Certified Professional in Health Informatics

For more information, see credentials.

The successful completion of the health care informatics degree does not qualify graduates to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certifications.

Some of the job titles our graduates have attained include:

  • Clinical analyst
  • Project manager/EMR consultant
  • Data analyst
  • Clinical information systems analyst
  • Senior clinical applications systems analyst
  • Senior business intelligence analyst
  • Chief information officer
  • Senior vice president
  • Associate system analyst
This varies greatly depending on your location, the type of company you work for, your position title, credentials and practical cumulative experience. Currently, 93 percent of program alumni are employed in senior level positions within the field of health care.
The health care informatics program follows the UCF guidelines and policies regarding withdrawal from classes, and refunds of tuition and fees. Withdrawal information can be found on the UCF College of Graduate Studies website.Tuition and fee policies can also be found on the UCF College of Graduate Studies website.

The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral levels. SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation is on a ten-year schedule. UCF was initially accredited in 1970 and was last reaffirmed in 2016 as a Level VI institution.

All UCF correspondence with SACSCOC must be submitted by the CEO (president) of the university or designee, the UCF SACSCOC liaison. As such, please direct all inquiries regarding matters of UCF's SACSCOC accreditation to:

M. Paige Borden
UCF SACSCOC Liaison
Associate Provost
407 823-6197
Email: Paige.Borden@ucf.edu

Click here for additional information regarding UCF’s accreditation.

The health care informatics program follows the UCF guidelines and policies regarding advanced placement, transfer credits and experiential learning credits if applicable. These policies can be found at the UCF College of Graduate Studies website.