What is Medical Informatics?
Medical informatics is the bridge between human and computer interactions in the health care space that is changing the way health care workers collect and leverage data to improve patient safety, outcomes, and quality. Graduates of the GW Medical Informatics Program are well prepared to utilize their knowledge of electronic health records and databases within clinical settings.
Who Benefits from the Medical Informatics Program?
Graduates of this program will be well-qualified for graduate-level studies or rewarding careers as:
- Health data analysts
- System evaluators
What Will I Learn?
Upon completion of this program graduates will:
- Apply information and data science principles to improve healthcare delivery and outcomes.
- Develop medical informatics analytics and tools in support of clinical decision-making, clinical research, and patient engagement.
- Assess usability, functionality, and utility of clinical information systems and methods.
- Integrate information technology into patient-centered care in an ethical manner.
- Communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, individually and in group settings, using verbal, written, and electronic modes of communication.
The program's versatile distance-based format allows students an opportunity to advance their education without sacrificing a rigorous curriculum or access to the resources and experts at GW. Students learn from nationally renowned faculty and experts within the field of medical informatics. Students also complete a research project or internship to help jump-start their professional skills - an advantage in seeking employment opportunities after graduation.
The BSHS with a major in Medical Informatics is an online degree completion program that requires successful completion of 120 credit hours, divided into three-degree components:
- General Education (19 credit hours)
- Advanced Standing and Electives (41 credit hours)
- Health Sciences Distance Education (60 credit hours)
Students must complete at least 60 credit hours of GW coursework to meet the academic residency requirements for the online program.
Transferable Coursework (60 credit hours)
For an assessment on the transferability of your previous coursework, please contact the program office. Coursework will be evaluated for transfer using the following criteria:
- Academic in nature
- Completed at a regionally accredited institution
- A minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.5 or better (C- grades and lower do not transfer)
General Education (19 credit hours)
- English Composition (3 credits)
- Humanities (3 credits)
- Social Sciences; Psychology-recommended (6 credits)
- Biology with lab; Anatomy and Physiology with the lab are acceptable (4 credits)
- Statistics (3 credits)
Applicants may complete outstanding coursework through additional Health Sciences Distance Education courses.
Advanced Standing and Electives (41 credit hours)
Academic credit may be awarded for ACE-recognized military courses, as appropriate. Additionally, up to 41 credits of advanced standing may be awarded to graduates of non-college based health programs who present appropriate documentation (e.g. EMT or RN license).
Experience and/or coursework in programming languages, biology, computer science, math, and cognitive science are highly recommended.
Coursework at GW (60 credit hours; 3 credits each unless noted)
Health Sciences Distance Education Courses
- HSCI 2105: Current Issues in Bioethics
- HSCI 2108: Quality Improvement in Health Care
- HSCI 2112W: Writing in the Health Sciences
- HSCI 3117: Principles of Biostatistics for Health Sciences
- HSCI 4106: Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Sciences
- HSCI 4112W: Research & Writing in the Health Sciences
- INFR 4101: Introduction to Medical Informatics
- INFR 4102: Survey of Medicine for Informaticians
- INFR 4103: Programming for Informaticians
- INFR 4104: Medical Informatics Terminology & Standards
- INFR 4105: Consumer Health Informatics
- INFR 4106: Population Health for Medical Informatics
- INFR 4107: Clinical Decision Support
- INFR 4108: Information Extraction for Medical Informatics
- INFR 4109: Evaluation Methods for Medical Informatics
- INFR 4110: Biomedical Data Science
Select one from the following with advisor approval (3 credits):
- INFR 4197: Medical Informatics Research Project
- INFR 4198: Medical Informatics Internship
Elective – Select three from the following with advisor approval (9 credits):
- INFR 4197: Medical Informatics Research Project (may be repeated for credit)
- INFR 4198: Medical Informatics Internship (may be repeated for credit)
- HSCI 2101 – Psychosocial Aspects of Health & Illness
- HSCI 2102 – Pathophysiology
- HSCI 2103 – Health Policy and the Health Care System
- HSCI 4103 – Health Care Law and Regulation
Curriculum revisions pending. Applications accepted starting Fall 2018. Contact the program office for more information.
Applying for Admission
All applicants must complete the GW Online Application. The University is transitioning to a new online application system during summer 2016.
If you are:
- Applying for summer 2016 or fall 2016, please complete the current GW Online Application. You will create an account and receive a PIN and password so that you may work on your application over a period of time.
- Applying for spring 2017 or beyond, please submit an application via the new GW Online Application.
- Spring Entry: November 1
- Summer Entry: April 15
- Fall Entry: July 15
A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. This fee is waived only for the following applicants:
- GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or graduate certificate)
- Current degree or graduate certificate candidates at GW
- Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form must be submitted with your application)
- U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission
General Admission Requirements
- Minimum GPA of 2.50
One letter of recommendation is required and must be submitted through the GW Online Application. The letter of recommendation should be from:
- Academic instructors who can strongly attest to your academic ability, or
- Individuals who served in a supervisory capacity for you and who can strongly attest to your work ethic
- Recommendations are not acceptable for family members and friends.
3. Official transcripts
Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned, to our address:
All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Evaluations are also accepted from AACRAO.
4. Sixty (60) semester hours of transferable coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 2.5. The coursework must be earned with a C or better (C- grades and lower do not transfer) and include the following:
- English Composition (3 credits)
- Humanities (3 credits)
- Social Sciences (6 credits); Psychology recommended
- Biology with lab (4 credits); Anatomy and Physiology with the lab are acceptable
- Statistics (3 credits)
- Electives (41 credits) - additional biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and cognitive science are recommended
Coursework is taken more than seven years prior to beginning the program must be updated. Applicants needing to update coursework should contact the program for specific requirements.
5. Statement of Purpose
Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at The George Washington University, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.
6. English Language Test
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:
- TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based
- PTE: overall score of 68
- IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0
International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS or scores:
- They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR
- They hold at least a bachelor degree from a country where English is the official language as well as the language of instruction OR
- They hold at least a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency
7. International Applicants
Due to new U.S. federal government regulations, all international applicants should apply at least six months in advance of the application deadline. Additionally, all international applicants must review the information regarding Visa Requests and Financial Certification.
For more information about transferring in credits as an incoming student, please refer to the Curriculum page for the degree to which you are applying.