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Combination Degree Programs

Pharm.D. + MHIT

Prepare to be a leader in medical informatics by equipping yourself with expertise in management of both health care systems and information technology.

Earning combined Pharm.D./Master of Health Information Technology (MHIT) degrees equips you with expertise in the management of both health care systems and information technology. The combined coursework creates a workforce of highly skilled IT experts and healthcare managers and provides leadership and proficiency as U.S. healthcare systems continue to advance technologically.

The Combination Degree program is offered between the University of South Carolina's College of Pharmacy and the Integrated Information Technology (IIT) program. The MHIT program, housed within the IIT program in the College of Engineering and Computing starting fall 2017, is an interdisciplinary program with the Arnold School of Public Health.

Students interested in UofSC's Pharm.D./MHIT program must apply for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to completing the application, you’ll submit the PCAT score you used to gain admission to the professional Pharm.D. program.

Although the MHIT program has traditionally required a bachelor’s degree, the IIT has agreed to accept Pharm.D. students who have completed the pre-pharmacy curriculum and the first two professional years of the Pharm.D. program. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply to the MHIT program. Students are admitted to the program once per year in the fall semester.

You are eligible to begin the MHIT program as early as the fall semester of your third professional year in the Pharm.D. program. A majority of the MHIT curriculum can be completed in concert with the Pharm.D. curriculum. You will complete the remaining MHIT curriculum requirements after graduation from the Pharm.D. program.

Requirements for Pharm.D./MHIT Application

  • Completion of pre-pharmacy curriculum
  • Admission into the Pharm.D. program
  • Completion of first two professional years of pharmacy school
  • Admission into the Graduate School
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

The Integrated Information Technology (IIT) program accepts UofSC College of Pharmacy students who have completed the pre-pharmacy curriculum plus the first two professional years of the Pharm.D. program.

The MHIT program is a year-round program offered during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Coursework consists of 36 credit hours spanning a combination of courses within the IIT program and the Arnold School of Public Health. You will take a core of five courses (15 credit hours), three from IIT and two from the Arnold School's Department of Health Services Policy and Management. You then choose five elective courses (15 credit hours), including at least one from IIT and one from the Arnold School of Public Health. Lastly, an internship of six credit hours is required.

Courses are conducted online or in a traditional classroom setting; they are scheduled during evenings and weekends to fit the needs of working professionals. Depending on your professional experience and interest, you can tailor your program to gain breadth and depth in either the health or information technology components. If you have undergraduate degrees or extensive professional experience in healthcare, you would take most of your electives in information technology, but if you have undergraduate degrees or experience in information technology you would take your electives from the health component.

Core Courses

Course Credit Hours
ITEC 747 Integrated Information Technology 3
ITEC 752 Systems Analysis & Design for Health Applications 3
ITEC 764 Project Management for Health Information 3
HSPM 700 Approaches and Concepts for Health Administration 3
HSPM 713 Information Systems in Health Administration 3


Health Electives

Course Credit Hours
BIOS 710 Effective Data Management for Public Health 3
HSPM 712 Health Economics 3
HSPM 714 Perspectives in Community Health Organizations 3
HSPM 724 Health Law 3
HSPM 730 Financing of Health Care 3
HSPM 765 Leadership in Health Care Organizations 3


IT Electives

Course Credit Hours
CSCE 522 Information Security Principles 3
ITEC 745 Telecommunications for Health Information Technology 3
ITEC 762 Health Information Technology Usability and Interface Design 3
ITEC 770 Health IT Database Systems 3
ITEC 775 Large-Scale Health and Information Systems 3
ITEC 776 Health Information Technology and Clinical Transformation 3


Internship

The six-hour internship consists of a minimum of 250 hours of approved health information technology work experience to be completed during the summer. The internship also requires a research paper, which will be evaluated as your comprehensive assessment of program learning outcomes. The integration of work experience with academic research is designed to provide a structured format for you to reflect on your work experience and relate it to content and theory learned across the program.

In the concurrent degree program, certain University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy courses can be used to satisfy up to 12 credit hours of MHIT elective requirements. Six of the credit hours can come from the following required PHMY courses and will apply for the Health Electives MHIT elective credit:

  • PHMY 850 Health Care Systems and Management (4 credit hours)
  • PHMY 885 Pharmacy Law and Ethics (3 credit hours)

In addition, you will be able to earn up to six credit hours required for the health IT internship. Credit will be granted if you complete either a combination of advanced pharmacy practice experiences (during your fourth professional year of the Pharm.D. program) in an approved informatics or information technology discipline site or a combination of an advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) in an approved informatics or information technology discipline site plus an independent study/special project (PHMY 757) focused on health information technology. The required research paper for the MHIT internship will be completed in conjunction with the APPE or PHMY 757 if you choose to utilize College of Pharmacy credit to meet MHIT internship requirements.

Additionally, any MHIT courses offered through ITT and the Arnold School of Public Health can be used to satisfy up to eight hours of UofSC College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. elective requirements.


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