Requirements - MS in Health Informatics

Curriculum Requirements

Introductory Courses

No Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

  • CSC 401
  • IT 403

Introductory courses may be waived for any of the following conditions:

  • The student has the appropriate course work to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience to satisfy an Introductory Course.
  • If an exam is available, the student passes a Graduate Assessment Examination (GAE) in the Introductory Course area.

Foundation Courses

  • DSC 510
  • HIT 421
  • HIT 422
  • HIT 423
  • IS 451
  • MGT 559

Major Elective Courses

Students must take 24 credit hours of Major Elective courses selected from the list of selected areas below. Students must choose at least one elective course in each of the three groups Databases and Systems, Analytics, and Innovations in Healthcare, for a total of 12 credit hours;  the remaining 12 credit hours can be chosen from any group.

Databases and Systems

  • CSEC 440
  • DSC 450
  • HIT 430
  • IS 421


  • DSC 423
  • DSC 430
  • DSC 441
  • DSC 465
  • DSC 540

Innovations in Health Care

  • HCI 440
  • HIT 451
  • HIT 517
  • HIT 535
  • HIT 540
  • HIT 575
  • HIT 590
  • HTHC 515

Practicum Courses

  • CSC 5991
  • CSC 697

1 CSC 599 should be taken in two consecutive quarters, 2 credit hours each quarter.

Degree Requirements

Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 48 graduate credit hours in addition to any required introductory courses of the designated degree program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applied toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of 48 graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.