Admission Requirements: Master of Health Informatics - MHI

Admission Requirements: Master of Health Informatics - MHI
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The Master of Health Informatics program does not require any healthcare or IT experience. Anyone with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may qualify and students with a GPA below 3.0 can still apply to be admitted on a conditional basis.


  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Submit all supplemental application materials (listed below) prior to the application deadline.

The Health Informatics accreditor of University of Cincinnati is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Master degree in Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at [email protected].

Student Outcomes: 

  • Graduation Rate 2021-2022: 92%
  • Employment Rate 2021-2022: 97%
  • Student Satisfaction 2021-2022: 93%
  • Retention Rate 2021-2022: 89%

Program Application Rates and Time-Degree:

  • In 2020-2021, the MHI program accepted 52 applicants and 39 (75%) of those accepted enrolled in the program.
  • In 2021-2022, the MHI program accepted 55 applicants and 33 (60%) of those accepted enrolled in the program.
  • The average time to degree completion for the last 2 years was six to seven semesters (24-28 months).


  • Student will upload unofficial transcripts (from all college or universities attended)
  • Official transcripts are not required until an offer of admission has been accepted

Transfer Policy

If you are considering transferring courses to the MHI graduate program, please inform the advisor you are working with.

Transfer Credit Policy for Graduate Courses (taken outside of UC)

1.  A maximum of six credits can be awarded through advanced standing (transfers, for example).

2.  Any graduate course credits, including those earned from previous degrees, are eligible as advanced standing credits.

3.  Advanced standing is only offered for courses currently listed in e-curriculum. Contact the program for more detail.

4.  Program faculty will evaluate graduate courses taken at a recognized institution for equivalence or comparability.

5.  Credits will be awarded based on original credits earned; or credits as listed in e-curriculum (whichever is lower).

6.  1:1 course equivalency will be awarded based on the following criteria (when compared to UC course)*:

i. course was taken in the same field with the same title

ii. course had similar topics and learning outcomes

iii. course readings, assignment and assessment requirements were similar

*evaluation process will be fully documented for each case in which it is applied

7.  Credit recommended by faculty requires final review and approval of Program Director and the Graduate School.

8.  Students seeking to transfer graduate credits must complete a petition form (obtained from the program) and provide a syllabus for each requested course. Official transcripts must also be sent to the UC Graduate School. Only courses taken in the last five years with a final grade of “A” or “B” will be considered (up to a maximum of six credits).

Transfer Credit for Graduate Courses Taken at UC

1.  All UC graduate credits taken as part of an incomplete degree program are eligible for transfer based on faculty evaluation of course equivalence and final program approval. This same policy also applies to incomplete graduate certificate programs.

2.  When a non-matriculated student enters a graduate degree program at UC, credits are eligible for transfer if the coursework is listed in e-curriculum as part of the degree requirements (up to a maximum of six credits).

3. Students are required to upload unofficial transcripts from all college or universities attended; official transcripts are not required until an offer of admission has been accepted.

Letter of Intent

  • Two-page (double-spaced) or one-page (single-spaced) narrative summarizing the following:
    • What motivated you to pursue a graduate degree in Health Informatics?
    • Why are you interested in applying to the UC’s MHI program?
    • What are your short and long-term goals? How will this degree help you attain those goals?

Please treat this as a written interview – explain any inconsistencies in your resume, transcripts, etc.

Two Letters of Recommendation

  • Please submit the full name and email address for each individual who will be completing this form on your behalf.  Once they complete the official recommendation form (sent to them directly), it will become a part of your application. Recommendation letters submitted by the student will not be accepted.
  • The Letters must be on professional letterhead from someone who is, or has been, in a position to evaluate your work in an academic and/or professional setting (i.e. current or former employers, supervisors/managers, professors, mentors, etc.). Personal recommendations will not be accepted.
  • The Letters should be thoughtful and substantive. They should speak specifically to personal knowledge of your academic potential, relevant qualities, intellectual ability, character, determination, professional and community achievement(s), and your potential contribution to the community with this degree.

Current Resume/CV

  • Education (incl. continuing education, professional development, etc.) and dates of attendance
  • Employment/career experience, history and timeline
  • Achievements including publications, honors, etc. including dates received
  • Academic, community and/or professional involvement

International Admissions

  • Program can be completed from abroad (no student visa for distance learning)
  • Minimum score requirements for the following:
    • Duolingo: 110
    • PTE: 54
    • TOEFL: 80 (waiver applies to certain English-speaking countries)
    • IELTS: 6.5
  • Submit transcripts for evaluation to an agency recognized by NACES
  • Letter grade (A, B or C) and total credit hours for each course
  • Students with a degree from a Chinese institution will receive further instruction

Fast Track Admission

Automatic admission into the Master of Health Informatics program for undergraduate students who graduate from UC (beginning Fall 2023).


  • Cumulative GPA of 3.70 or above (for courses completed at UC).
  • Earned 4-year undergraduate degree from UC.
  • Any major applies.
  • Must still complete the application, but if the student meets the above requirements they will be automatically admitted to the program.
  • Letters of recommendation will be fulfilled with generic letter for pre-qualified students.