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The minor in health information technology introduces students, in a nontechnical context, to the utilization of health information management in the professional arena of health care management and policy. Students will examine the current and projected role of health information management in the delivery of health care and development of health policy and apply this information in a practical research endeavor.
A minor in health information technology requires a minimum of 18 credits, at least 12 of which must be applied only to the minor and cannot be used to fulfill the program of study requirements of the student’s major, concentration, undergraduate certificate, or another minor. Students should be familiar with university-wide requirements for minors described in the Undergraduate Policies section of Mason’s University Catalog.
The program curriculum, including short descriptions of the required courses, is available in Mason’s University Catalog.
Declaring a Minor
Students may elect minor programs of study in addition to major fields by submitting a completed Minor Declaration (Undergraduate) form (available on the Registrar's web site) to the minor advisor. Minors usually require between 15 and 21 credits of study, at least 8 of which must be applied only to that minor and may not be used to fulfill requirements of the student’s major, concentration, an undergraduate certificate, or another minor. Students must complete at least 6 credits in their minor at Mason and achieve a minimum 2.00 GPA in courses applied to the minor.
The minor in health information technology is intended for students who want to expand their knowledge beyond their declared major. Knowledge in health information technology, including technical skills is not only beneficial when looking for jobs, but more importantly allows individuals to better operate in interdisciplinary projects that involve technology and health. Graduates from the minor do not typically seek strictly health IT jobs, but rather those that require a combination of health IT and other subjects.