Master of Science in Applied Health Sciences Informatics

Special Note:

We will be accepting applications for Fall, 2015 in late August, 2014 – February 15, 2015. Please review the admissions requirements and application instructions carefully, and contact Kersti Winny, Academic Programs Administrator, 410-502-3768 or kwinny@jhmi.edu if you have further questions.

About the Program:

This 12 month masters degree program prepares students for informatics leadership positions in clinical, public health, and scientific settings. Using the informatics competency task force of the CDC, we presume that the health sciences informatician should be capable of developing or leading innovative applications of information technology and information systems that address biological, clinical, or public health priorities.

Please note that this is a full time campus-based program which must be completed in 12 months. There are not currently any part-time options for attending.

Click here to see program curriculum.

Application Requirements

Eligible students —

  • Hold a terminal degree (Master's or doctorate) in a relevant area of healthcare, or
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant area of study, plus 5 years of related work experience, or
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant area of study and submit GRE scores with their application.

The Admissions Committee considers the undergraduate and/or graduate academic record, statement of purpose, professional experience, letters of recommendation, results of Graduate Record Examinations (where required), and overall motivation of the individual to pursue graduate studies. Target average GPA is 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Relevant areas of study or employment include but are not limited to medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, nursing, ancillary therapies, librarianship, biomedical basic science, computer science, information science, business and information technology. Those with non-healthcare educational backgrounds are expected to have worked in healthcare for a number of years. Preferred skills include demonstrated abilities at leadership and in organizational-level thinking.

While technical skills are not the focus of this degree, students are required to have demonstrated before completion of the degree the ability to construct a 3-tier Web site (browser-middleware-database), comparably complex software (e.g., controller-model-view), or computer routines for manipulating and analyzing data, because experience programming enables informaticians to communicate better with their technical colleagues. This requirement is waived if such work was completed within 5 years prior to matriculation. Visit the School of Medicine's website to submit an application.

The Application Process

Applications for the class entering in 2015 will be accepted beginning in late August and are made available online through Johns Hopkins School of Medicine at https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=jhu-med. Please note that paper applications are no longer accepted. The supporting documents listed below must be received by the SOM admissions office by February 15, 2015, Office of Graduate Student Affairs, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1830 E. Monument Street, Suite 2-107, Balitmore, MD 21287. Applications will not be reviewed until they are complete and we have all supporting letters and documentation.

Required documents for application include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript of school record
  • Certification of terminal degree
  • Personal statement
  • Optional: Other

Please track the receipt of materials through the Apply Yourself system. Applications received after the due date will be reviewed on a case by case basis and may not receive the full attention of the admissions committee.

Personal Interview

Short listed candidates will be invited to an onsite or phone interview with the Program Director and other appropriate members of faculty to discuss career goals and assess the applicant's scholastic abilities and personal qualities.

Notification

Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by April 15, 2015.

It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to require criminal background investigations on prospective students in any professional or graduate program at the School of Medicine, interns, residents and clinical fellows in any Graduate Medical Education program sponsored by Johns Hopkins, and other clinical and research postdoctoral fellows at the School of Medicine.

The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Health System do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status in any student program or activity administered by the university or with regard to admissions or employment. Defense Department discrimination in ROTC programs on the basis of sexual orientation conflicts with this university policy. The university is committed to encouraging a change in the Defense Department policy.

Important Transcript Information

It is the policy of the School of Medicine Registrar that new students have a complete set of original transcripts on file prior to matriculation showing the degree awarded and date. An official transcript is one that is addressed to the Office of Graduate Student Affairs and sent directly from the granting institution to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Office of Graduate Student Affairs,

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Registrar’s Office
733 N. Broadway Street, Suite 147
Edward D. Miller Research Building
Baltimore, MD  21205

If the student’s undergraduate institution uses a secure electronic transcript service, notifications should be sent to:

Email:  medreg@jhmi.edu

The transcript envelope must be sealed and stamped on arrival at the Registrar’s office. Transcripts addressed to the student cannot be accepted even if they are sent to the Registrar’s office address above.

A Note to Foreign Applicants

DHSI is interested in attracting talented students from other countries to our program. However, there are some practical issues that you should be aware of before applying. DHSI does not currently have the ability to offer any financial support to students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Final admission to the program requires documentation that the appropriate financial resources are available. Please refer to the School of Medicine website for details of these requirements.

We highly recommend that foreign applicants seek other possible means of supporting the cost of graduate study. Support could come from: (a) a scholarship from your government or (b) from a "special" foundation award. In your application, please discuss the possibility of obtaining support from one of these sources. We highly recommend that you review the NAFSA: Association of International Educators website at http://www.nafsa.org. NAFSA does not offer financial assistance, but will offer some suggestions to help your search for financial aid for study in the United States.

Applications to the program are made online through the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine website.

For more information about our curriculum and activities please visit the Division website, http://dhsi.med.jhmi.edu, or contact the Program Coordinator.

Cost of Attendance for the 12 Month Program

Tuition for the 2014 - 2015 academic year is $45,750. Please visit the School of Medicine website for information on additional fees and mandatory health insurance coverage. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/som/offices/finaid/cost/

See this page for Financial Aid information: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/som/offices/finaid/ 

Click here to see program curriculum.