H664 Magnuson Health Sciences Center
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.
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
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.
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
Additional information about prerequisite coursework can be viewed at depts.washington.edu/hihim/prerequisites.
For current information on application and program completion requirements, visit the Health Informatics and Health Information Management program website.
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
Graduate Program Coordinator
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.
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:
Health Systems and Policy
63 credits, to include:
Maternal and Child Health
63 credits, to include:
Social and Behavioral Sciences
63 credits, to include:
Master of Health Administration
See UW General Catalog listing at www.washington.edu/students/gencat/academic/health_services_administration.html.
Master of Science
For current information, see the MS program website.
Minimum 63 credits, to include:
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.
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/.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doctor of Philosophy
For the most current information, visit the PhD program website.
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.
100 credits minimum, as follows:
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.
In addition to using University facilities, the program has extensive links with community healthcare delivery systems and agencies for research and training.
Graduate Program Coordinator
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.
63 credits minimum, as follows: