Johns Hopkins to offer masters in health informatics

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A new one-year master's degree program designed to prepare graduates for informatics leadership positions in clinical, public health and scientific settings will be offered beginning in September by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved the new program.

According to program literature, graduates "should be capable of developing or leading innovative applications of IT and information systems that address biological, clinical or public health priorities, studying how information is organized and used and evaluating this work to contribute to the scientific field." Program requirements include core, selective and elective coursework, grand rounds and a capstone project.

The program is an extension to the education programs the division already has in place, such as the NLM Informatics Research Training Program and the research-based master's degree.

The school said that program admission is based on a candidate's undergraduate and/or graduate academic record, statement of purpose, professional experience, letters of recommendation, results of Graduate Record Examinations (where required) and overall motivation to pursue graduate studies.