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Clinical Informatics Pharmacists are experts in patient safety and the use of information technology to optimize care delivery processes. They specialize in the medication process - from ordering to administration – and work closely with the entire healthcare team to identify needs, design workflows, prioritize projects and leverage resources to improve outcomes.
Pharmacy students who are also pursuing a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) typically start their MSHI classes after the completion of requirements for the third year of pharmacy school and continue to take MSHI classes during their fourth and fifth years. During the sixth year of your training, the focus is on completing pharmacy rotations off campus, however, under special circumstances, some MSHI courses may be taken during that year. Most students should complete their MSHI during their first one to two years of professional pharmacy practice.
As a student pursuing an MSHI, in addition to your pharmacy adviser, you’ll be assigned a second (informatics) faculty adviser to guide you through your informatics classes, and you will not be charged additional tuition to take the MSHI courses up to 18 total hours per semester.
There are two primary eligibility criteria and one secondary eligibility criteria (student must meet only one of the three):
The pharmacy student applying must be a P5 in good academic standing, or
Be a P1-P4 in good academic standing and already possess a bachelor's degree or higher
The student should apply to the MSHI program and submit the online graduate application.
The student must have already met or be actively pursuing the prerequisite competencies for MSHI program entry:
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Introduction to Computers (Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Database Applications (Access or SQL)
The student also must complete and forward the Joint Pharmacy/Health Informatics Contract to handle the Business Office billing arrangements.
Print, complete, sign & date, get your pharmacy adviser's signature & date, and then forward to your MSHI adviser for a signature
The form must be received in the Business Office at least two weeks prior to the start of the session
Policy for pharmacy students taking MBA/health informatics courses
Before students can be registered for courses, they need to do all of the above, and also complete and submit their Online Payment Agreement, each semester.
No MSHI courses will be taken during your sixth year to make sure you can focus on your pharmacy rotations.
If you have any further questions about the Pharm.D./MSHI dual major, please contact:
Instructor & Program Director, Health Informatics