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Department Overview

H664 Magnuson Health Sciences Center
Box 357600

The mission of the Department of Health Services is to work with partners in public health and healthcare to prepare leaders, design solutions, and conduct innovative research that translates into practice and policy. The department offers rigorous academic preparation that integrates learning, service, and research opportunities, emphasizing practical experience and student-faculty collaboration. Through this approach, students master competencies needed for success.

The department offers rigorous academic preparation that integrates learning, service, and research opportunities, emphasizing practical experience and student-faculty collaboration. Through this approach, students master competencies needed for success.

Bachelor's and master's degrees are available in public health, health services administration, health information management, and health services research. Additionally, doctorate and post-doctoral opportunities are available in health services research.

Undergraduate Program

Adviser
(206) 543-8810
hihim@uw.edu
depts.washington.edu/hihim

Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIHIM) offers both a Bachelor of Science degree and a postbaccalaureate certificate. Both the degree and certificate program require 65 credits, which may be completed in either one or two academic years.

Health Informatics and Health Information Management Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Admission Requirements

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 2.50 GPA. Courses in, or the requisite knowledge and skills pertaining to, the following: human anatomy and physiology (laboratory course); introduction to basic computer applications such as spreadsheets, data bases, or word processing, or introductory programming; principles of management; statistics (any discipline); and medical terminology.

Certificate Requirements

65 credits:

Both the postbaccalaureate certificate and bachelor's degree programs require 65 credits, which may be completed in either one or two academic years.

For current information, visit the Health Informatics and Health Information Management website.

Bachelor of Science

Health Informatics and Health Information Management Major

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: Human anatomy and physiology (laboratory course); introduction to basic computer applications such as spreadsheets, data bases, or word processing, or introductory programming; statistics (any discipline); English composition; and medical terminology.

Department Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to UW Undergraduate Evening Degree Completion Program for summer quarter of planned entry to Health Informatics and Health Information Management (HIHIM)
  2. Minimum 90 transferable credits (HIHIM 2-year curriculum plan). Students who have completed a minimum 120 transferable credits including 70 of the 80 UW general education required credits are eligible for the 1-year curriculum plan.
  3. Completion of prerequisite coursework in the following areas:
    1. Statistics (4-5 credits)
    2. Anatomy and physiology with laboratory (6 credits)
    3. Medical terminology (3-5 credits): Not offered at UW. Available at various community colleges (3-5 credits).
  4. Grades: Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA. Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA in prerequisite coursework. Minimum 2.0 grade in each prerequisite course.
  5. English language proficiency through English courses or a satisfactory score on a designated English proficiency examination specified on the program website.
  6. Prerequisites must be completed prior to admission, with the following exception: A maximum of one prerequisite course may be in progress during summer quarter. Applicant must include written petition with HIHIM application. Applicant may be considered for conditional admission. Offer of admission to HIHIM is withdrawn if prerequisite is not completed by the end of summer quarter or if prerequisite grade requirement is not met.
  7. Admission is once a year, for summer quarter. Admission is competitive; completion of admission requirements guarantees consideration but not acceptance. Application deadline for each year is April 15. The academic summer schedule begins with an introductory course and an optional independent study course.

Additional information about prerequisite coursework can be viewed at depts.washington.edu/hihim/prerequisites.

Degree Requirements

  1. General Education Requirements (80 credits)
    1. English composition (C) and additional writing (15 credits): English composition (5 credits); additional writing (W courses) (10 credits)
    2. Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) (4-5 credits): Depending on course taken, may be satisfied by the statistics prerequisite requirement.
    3. Areas of Knowledge (60 credits): Minimum 20 credits each in Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals & Societies (I&S), and Natural World (NW). BIOL 118 and BIOL 119 may count toward both the prerequisite and NW requirements.
  2. Major Requirements (65 credits)
    1. Disease concepts (4 credits)
    2. Information systems (15 credits)
    3. Coding and vocabulary (8 credits)
    4. Management (30 credits)
    5. Internships and projects (8 credits) - HIHIM 460, HIHIM 462
  3. Additional electives to complete minimum 180 credits required for a degree.
  4. Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in core courses and minimum 2.0 grade in individual courses.

For current information on application and program completion requirements, visit the Health Informatics and Health Information Management program website.

Continuation Policy

All students must make satisfactory academic progress in the major. Failure to do so results in probation, which can lead to dismissal from the major. For the complete continuation policy, contact the departmental adviser or refer to the department website.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The bachelor's degree program is designed to prepare individuals for careers in the management and use of healthcare information, and prepares students for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) national certifying examination of the American Health Information Management Association. The program gives students the tools to work in a wide variety of healthcare positions upon graduation, including health information management, health informatics with emphasis on electronic health records, healthcare quality improvement, decision support analysis, research, health insurance, and consulting. Graduates pass a national credential examination, with a majority working within the health information management field.
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: None
  • Honors Options Available: None
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: Students complete two internships, one of which is the capstone project.
  • Department Scholarships: None
  • Student Organizations/Associations: Students are invited to join the health information management professional association at reduced rates.

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
(206) 616-2926
hservmph@uw.edu

The Department of Health Services offers a two-year graduate program in health services leading to the Master of Public Health or Master of Science degree. The MPH degree prepares future health practitioners, managers, and researchers to conduct the unfinished work of improving the well being of communities in the United States and throughout the world. Graduates take jobs in health system management, health program design and evaluation, health promotion, public health practice, and policy analysis. Among other options, the department offers an MPH in community-oriented public health practice (COPHP). This program uses problem-based learning methods, and integrates classroom instruction and experiential fieldwork to prepare students to work in community and public health practice settings. Students may also pursue any of the MPH specialty options. The department also offers a three-year extended degree program in community health management, leading to the MPH degree for employed professionals working fulltime.

The department also maintains primary responsibility for the graduate program in Health Services Administration (an interdisciplinary degree-granting program of the Graduate School described in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Programs section of this catalog). In addition, an executive version of the traditional MHA degree, designed for mid-career healthcare professionals, is offered. The MHA degree provides full academic preparation for careers in management and policy positions in health systems, hospitals, medical groups, health plans, and other types of healthcare organizations.

The department, in conjuction with UW Professional and Continuing Education, offers a fee-based master's degree in Health Informatics and Health Information Management.

The department offers a PhD in health services and participates in the training of doctoral fellows.

Master of Public Health

For current listings of MPH options and their requirements, see the MPH program website.

Admission Requirements

  1. One set of official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning
  2. Official scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (required for applicants who have not already earned a doctoral-level degree from a U.S. institution of higher learning)
  3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable.
  4. Written statement, including a description of the applicant's professional background, career goals, and educational objectives
  5. Three recent letters of recommendation, preferably from former supervisors and teachers.
  6. An in-person or telephone interview with a Health Services faculty person is highly recommended. Complete applicaiton details can be viewed at depts.washington.edu/hservmph/admission.

Degree Requirements

63 credits for each program (specialty option) listed below. For detailed requirements, see depts.washington.edu/hservmph.

Community-Oriented Public Health Practice Program

63 credits, to include:

  1. Problem-based learning (PBL) core curriculum - 36 credits
  2. Integrated fieldwork - 6 credits (first year)
  3. Seminars - 6 credits
  4. Capstone project - 9 credits (second year)
  5. Electives - 6 credits from School of Public Health and Community Medicine and other schools/colleges at the UW, as appropriate
Health Systems and Policy

63 credits, to include:

  1. At least 30 credits from graduate-level courses, of which at least 18 credits are from Health Services courses.
  2. 3 credits - practicum
  3. Thesis or capstone project: 9 credits
Maternal and Child Health

63 credits, to include:

  1. At least 30 credits from graduate-level courses, of which at least 18 credits are from Health Services courses.
  2. Practicum: 3 credits
  3. Thesis: 9 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences

63 credits, to include:

  1. At least 30 credits from graduate-level-in-classroom courses of which at least 18 credits are from Health Services courses.
  2. Practicum: 3 credits
  3. Thesis: 9 credits

Master of Health Administration

See UW General Catalog listing at www.washington.edu/students/gencat/academic/health_services_administration.html.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

For current information, see the MS program website.

  1. One set of official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning
  2. Official scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (required for applicants who have not already earned a doctoral-level degree from a U.S. institution of higher learning)
  3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable
  4. Written statement, including a description of the applicant's professional background, career goals, and educational objectives
  5. Three recent letters of recommendation, preferably from former supervisors and teachers
  6. An in-person or telephone interview with a Health Services faculty person is highly recommended

Degree Requirements

Minimum 63 credits, to include:

  1. At least 30 credits from graduate-level courses, of which at least 18 are from Health Services courses
  2. Participation in a program research seminarEither HSERV 587, HSMGMT 513, or HSMGMT 514
  3. Thesis: 9 credits

Master in Health Informatics and Health Information Management

The Master of Health Informatics and Health Information Management (MHIHIM) program prepares individuals for leadership in health informatics and technology, enterprise information management, and health administration. The curriculum pairs advanced health informatics and health information management courses with master of health administration courses.

The program trains professionals from the fields of health information management, health administration, business, information technology, and healthcare, to strategically lead, develop, and direct health information initiatives and systems. Graduates are prepared to take on senior management roles in this rapidly growing segment of the industry. The program prepares graduates for work in diverse healthcare delivery systems, such as hospitals, clinics, consulting and vendor organizations, and government agencies.

Financial Aid

The MHIHIM program develops professionals who understand and assess the delivery system landscape and the growing role of enterprise information governance, technology drivers, and changing requirements for sharing health and patient information through exchange practices.

The curriculum enables students to build and enhance current strengths and acquire new skills. Students study comprehensive management strategies and apply practical methods in planning, analyzing, and manipulating health data to meet institutional needs and resource management. Students address data and technology management policies and tools. They learn to market, design, sponsor, and apply problem solving techniques to complex situations. In addition, students expand their collaboration and communication skills to participate in, and lead, high level leadership teams. Team-based learning, capstone projects, and involvement from healthcare community leaders, are all program hallmarks.

MHIHIM classes convene in Bellevue, Washington, for a three-day period (Thursday through Saturday) once each month for 21 months. Additionally once each week faculty lead students in a web-based session, ideal for practicing professionals who plan to continue their careers while gaining a graduate degree.

The program operates under a fee-based structure and is administered in collaboration with UW Professional & Continuing Education. Complete application details can be viewed at http://www.health-informatics.uw.edu/admissions/application-details/.

Financial Aid

Students are eligible for federal financial aid, as well as most other types of financial support that are not funded by state tuition revenues. When exploring financial aid options, students should emphasize they are applying for a fee-based program. Financial aid questions should be directed to the UW Office of Student Financial Aid (206) 543-6101, osfa@uw.edu.

Doctor of Philosophy

For the most current information, visit the PhD program website.

Admission Requirements

Admission priority is given to applicants who have graduated from a master's program with high academic standing. Applicants who have a bachelor's, master's, or professional degree in a field related to health services are given preferential review. Students with only a bachelor's degree are occasionally admitted. Applicants with relevant research experience and publications are the most competitive.

Students admitted to the program generally have GRE scores in or above the 75th percentile.

International applicants must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless they meet UW criteria for waiving the requirement. Scores must show high English language proficiency. A minimum score of 580 (paper based) or 237 (computer based) on the TOEFL is required to be considered for admission to the UW.

Degree Requirements

100 credits minimum, as follows:

  1. Required core competencies (35 credits): HSERV 512, HSERV 513, HSERV 514, HSERV 523, HSERV 524, HSERV 525; one of the following: HSMGMT 514, HSERV 587, or ECON 500; HSERV 522; BIOST 517, BIOST 518, or BIOST 511, BIOST 512, BIOST 513, or BIOST 514, BIOST 515; EPI 512, EPI 513
  2. Area of emphasis: Five courses or 15 credits in an area of emphasis. Suggested areas of emphasis: economics or finance; health behavior and health promotion; occupational health; cancer prevention and control; evaluation sciences; population health - the social determinants; global health; maternal and child health; sociology/demography; bioinformatics. For a customized area of emphasis, specific courses taken are selected by the student and the adviser, based on the student's past coursework, experience, proposed dissertation topic, and future career goals.
  3. Doctoral courses in advanced theory and methods in health services: 50 credits, including a minimum of 30 dissertation credits
  4. Written preliminary examination
  5. Written and oral general examinations
  6. Dissertation
  7. Dissertation defense (final examination)

Financial Aid

Every attempt is made to ensure that students admitted are not prevented from pursuing graduate studies because of inadequate finances. Some fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, and loans are available each year.

Research Facilities

In addition to using University facilities, the program has extensive links with community healthcare delivery systems and agencies for research and training.

Executive MPH

Graduate Program Coordinator
H674 Health Sciences, Box 357660
(206) 685-7580

For current information, see the Extended MPH program website.

The Executive MPH degree program is a part-time, partial distance learning program delivered through a combination of intensive four-week summer sessions on the University campus, directed independent study, and four intensive weekend seminars during the academic year. The program is designed for mid-career public and community health professionals with three or more years of experience related to public health. The program provides knowledge and skills required at mid- and upper-level practice and management positions for health professionals. In addition to the core courses in health services, epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health, the prescribed coursework includes a broad exposure to the health-care system plus specific management training in budgets, finance, personnel management, economics, organization theory, and program planning and evaluation. Pathways are available in health education, maternal and child health, public health practice, and oral health.

The Executive MPH degree program provides training in developing skills in the scientific base of public health, analytic methods, management and communication, and policy and advocacy, as well as training in cross-cutting issues. Graduates apply their skills directly to their careers.

Admission Requirements

  1. Current employment in a public health-related agency preferred
  2. Minimum three years experience in community, public, or environmental health-related field
  3. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  4. Minimum 3.00 GPA in the last graded 90 quarter/60 semester hours
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, taken within 6 years. (Applicants with MD, DO, or PhD degrees from an accredited U.S. college or university may waive the GRE requirement.)

Degree Requirements

63 credits minimum, as follows:

  1. Year 1 Required Courses: BIOST 502, EPI 511, HSERV 501, HSERV 516, HSERV 520, HSMGMT 560
  2. Year 2 Required Courses: BIOST 503, ENV H 511, HSERV 504, HSERV 522, HSMGMT 514, HSMGMT 563
  3. Year 3 Required Courses: HSMGMT 566 (3), HSMGMT 572 (3)
  4. Thesis or Project Option: HSERV 700 (master's thesis) or HSERV 598 (project); EPI 600/ENV H 600
  5. Practicum (required): focus based on pathway choice
  6. Elective or Pathway Credits (required): pathway courses may be spread out over two years. Electives may be taken at any time.