What to Expect

Thinking about joining our program? Find out what you can expect as an online student at UIC.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites must be completed before you can start the program, and are based on previous academic records and work experience. These don’t count toward required program credit hours, but the grades are included in your GPA calculation.

HIM 486 Foundations of Health Information Management
BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management
May be waived with a passing grade on proficiency exam
BHIS 460 Introduction to Health Informatics (required for all Post-master’s certificate students

Proficiency testing

Proficiency testing is available for BHIS 406 Medical Terminology, during specified dates. Specific technology is required for online proctored proficiency testing. Check with your student advisor for details.

Checklist

  • Online orientation and statistics modules must be completed before you can access your first courses.
  • Order your textbooks in time to receive them before courses start.
  • Verify you have the correct computer technology and software to start your online courses.
  • Activate your UIC email and set up your personal student dashboard at my.UIC.
  • Check your email often! Follow the announcements and dates on the university calendar on my.UIC.

Technical Requirements

Make sure you have access to a computer with the following minimum requirements:

PC Users

  • Most PCs built in the last four years, with protection from viruses and spyware.
  • Processor: Any current i5 or i7 processor
  • Video Card: Built-in graphics card acceptable for most cases, but will not be sufficient for high-end graphics work. Any current mid-range ($300-$400) graphics card should be acceptable for most graphics work.
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum, 8–16 GB recommended
  • Hard Drive: 250 GB or more with 100 GB free space preferred
  • Modem: A cable or DSL connection
  • Sound Card: Any current sound card is acceptable and speakers
  • Monitor: 17-inch minimum, larger recommended
  • Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  • Software:
    • An active antivirus program and an office suite such as Microsoft Office
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or later
    • Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11.x or later OR Mozilla Firefox ESR
      • Flash plug-in (latest version)
      • Java plug-in (latest version)
  • High speed broadband access: Wireless networks are acceptable for static web pages but are not sufficient for working in a learning management system.

MAC Users

  • Processor: Intel i5 or i7 processor, running Mac OS 10.9.5 or higher
  • Memory: Minimum of 8 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB Serial ATA HD; 128 GB or 256 GB solid state drive recommended
  • Software:
    • An active antivirus program and an office suite such as Microsoft Office
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
    • Safari 8 OR Mozilla Firefox ESR
      • Flash plug-in (latest version)
      • Java plug-in (latest version)
  • High speed broadband access: Depending on the bandwidth requirement for course work applications, wireless networks may or may not be sufficient for working in a learning management system

Students have seven required courses.

BHIS 437 Health Care Data 3 hours
BHIS 499 Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences 1 hour
BHIS 510 Health Care Information Systems 3 hours
BHIS 515 Management of Health Care Communication Systems 3 hours
BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design 3 hours
BHIS 525 Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics 3 hours
BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics 3 hours

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