Health Informatics and Data Science

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Health Informatics and Data Science (HIDS) continues to remain one of the most promising fields for STEM careers. A 2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey showed that 61% of health technology product developers and healthcare service providers are looking to fill open positions at their organizations1 .  As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for candidates with health information management and analytics skills is growing at 23% each year2 .

In order to meet this increasing demand for Health Informatics professionals, the School of Biomedical Graduate Education and the Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics at Georgetown University, have launched a brand new, accelerated, career-ready Master’s degree program in Health Informatics and Data Science.

The Program

This is an industry-driven, 12-month accelerated program, with both in-class full-time and part-time options. It is aimed at health professionals, biomedical engineers, as well as math/physics/computer science majors who want to launch or advance their careers as clinical informaticians. The program includes comprehensive coursework, hands-on projects and a mandatory Capstone Project that is the culmination of the student’s coursework and
experience at Georgetown University. Students will work with a host organization from industry or a government agency and an academic mentor to critically analyze a real world problem, design, conceptualize and implement a solution that applies the knowledge and skills acquired during this unique Master’s program.

What Will Students Gain?

  • Students will master skills in key areas such as utilizing data in electronic medical records, building physician and patient facing digital health applications, AI in healthcare, human factors engineering as it relates to patient safety, managing and analyzing data from clinical imaging modalities, healthcare security, ethical considerations in health IT and much more.
  • Through multi-disciplinary coursework and projects, HIDS students will have exposure to and interactions with Georgetown’s distinguished faculty from the top-ranked McDonough School of Business, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and the Massive Data Institute.
  • Graduates from the program will be ready to take on roles such as Health data scientist, Health business analyst, EHR data manager, Health technology consultant, and other related positions.

Our goal is to train students to become critical thinkers, leverage advanced technical capabilities and lead the evolution of healthcare with the power of data, analytics and working in interdisciplinary teams. The unique Georgetown experience prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world

Notes: 
1-  2017 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey: https://www.himss.org/2017-himss-leadership-and-workforce-survey-full-report/     
2-  US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm)

 

DEGREE OFFERED
M.S.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
Fall 2019
     July 1, 2019 (extended deadline)

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page.

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Please read the complete admissions information found on the the Biomedical Graduate
Education
page.

Application Materials required for the M.S. program:

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required, although 3.5 or higher is preferred.
  • GRE General Test is NOT required
  • Unofficial Transcripts- Applicants are required to upload to the application system unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. Review the unofficial transcript requirements for additional details and FAQs. 

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Statement of Purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Documentation of Programming Experience (if applicable): Applicants with non-technical backgrounds should demonstrate their knowledge of programming languages, preferably R, Python and Unix/LINUX command line. Certificates from Massive Open Online Courses (e.g. edX), a student GitHub page displaying code that they have created, and other similar documents will be acceptable to demonstrate competency.
  • English Proficiency:  TOEFL / IELTS: All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE or TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 80 (iBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Education TOEFL score reporting code is 5244.  TOEFL information can be found at: http://www.ets.org/toefl/  

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org/

Additional information is available at https://healthinformatics.georgetown.edu/how-to-apply/

Degree Requirements

The M.S. in Health Informatics and Data Science is a 32-credit program that can be completed on a full-time basis in 12-months or on a part-time basis in up to 3 years. See our website at: https://healthinformatics.georgetown.edu/curriculum/  for more details.

All students are required to complete a mandatory Capstone Project in the final Summer semester of the degree program. The Capstone program is the culmination of the student’s coursework and experience at Georgetown University. Students will work with a host organization from industry or a government agency and an academic mentor to critically analyze a real world problem, design, conceptualize and implement a solution that applies the
knowledge and skills acquired during this unique Master’s program.

Students are also required to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for all coursework.

For more information, please visit our program website at: https://healthinformatics.georgetown.edu/

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