Comprised of 36 credit hours, the interdisciplinary MHIT program is designed specifically to produce highly qualified professionals and leaders with expertise in both information technology and health administration.

Professionals who understand the unique relationship between information technology, people, health, and the healthcare system are in short supply and high demand. The master's program in Health Information Technology seeks to satisfy this demand through a unique partnership between the university's Department of Integrated Information Technology (iIT) and the Arnold School of Public Health Department of Health Services Policy and Management.

The program blends a technical IT foundation with coursework covering current clinical trends, government regulations and healthcare-specific management practices.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum consists of six courses (18 credit hours), with four courses in Integrated Information Technology and two courses from Health Services Policy and Management. Students will also complete four elective courses, including at least one from information technology and one from health administration. The final requirement is a health information technology practicum of six credit hours.

Required IT Practicum

The practicum is a supervised internship in health IT or for students already working full-time, a supervised project. The practicum provides experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom.  The practicum consists of a minimum of 250 hours of approved health IT experience and culminates with a required project paper which enables a comprehensive assessment of program learning outcomes.

Admission Requirements and Process

All applications for the MHIT program must be submitted through The Graduate School. All applicants to the MHIT program should have a blend of experience and competitive academic record. An admissions scorecard will be used to evaluate applicants, weighing the applicant's undergraduate grade point average (GPA), GRE or GMAT test scores, reference letters, previous professional experience and career goal statement.

  1. A Bachelor's degree is required before enrollment, with an official transcript of undergraduate work. Pending completion of the degree, an official transcript of all coursework taken to date is required.
  2. A typical student has:
    • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
    • A minimum score of 300 on the new GRE exam (150 verbal/150 quantitative). The equivalent score on the old GRE exam would be a minimum of 450 verbal/550 quantitative.
    • A GMAT score of 500 or higher
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE) or General Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores should be submitted to the Graduate Office.
  4. GRE or GMAT waiver may be available for applicants with:
    • Completion of a prior advanced degree (masters or higher) from a nationally accredited institution
    • A combination of an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.25/4.00 or higher for the final 60 credit hours of the degree and three years or more of significant industry experience
    • Be an admitted graduate student in another USC program and have completed at least 9 credits of graduate study with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
. A personal interview with the program director may also be required.
    • Applicants interested in pursuing a waiver should submit a GRE/GMAT Waiver Consideration Request form. Waivers are never guaranteed and must be approved by the MHIT admissions committee, whose decisions are final.
Schedule Part-time and full-time
Duration 2 Years
Presence of students On-campus and on-line
Total number of enrolled students 80
Scholarships available No



This course applies the principles of information systems analysis and dsign to health processes and applications. It looks at the analysis and logical design of business processes and management information systems focusing on the systems development life cycle; and techniques for logical system design.


Application of project management software, technologies and practices to the design and implementation of real-world health information technology projects. Integrates IT knowledge and skills learned in earlier graduate courses and challenges graduate students to learn new technologies and to solve real business problems.



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Dr. Robert G. Brookshire is a Professor in the Integrated Information Technology Department at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. He teaches large scale business systems, database management, and web development. He holds an A.B. from the University of Georgia, an M.Ed. from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He has taught at New York University, North Texas State University, the University of Virginia, and James Madison University. He is the co-author of Using Microcomputers for Research (Sage Publications, 1985), and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Computer Information Systems, BYTE, Social Science Computer Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, The European Journal of Operational Research, and other journals. He is past president of the Organizational Systems Research Association and editor of the Information Technology, Learning, and Performance Journal from 2001 to 2011.