Health Care Analytics and Information Technology Application Process
At nearly 20 percent of the U.S. economy, the health care system needs innovations that will improve the quality of care and reduce costs, while simultaneously improving the patient experience. The new Master of Science in Health Analytics and Information Technology (MSHCA) program trains students to harness the power of data and information technology to achieve these outcomes, transforming existing health care models and creating new models for the future.
If you’re looking for MSHCA program overview, including information regarding curriculum, experiential learning, scholarships and financial aid, or career outcomes, please visit the MSHCA main page.
Before you begin your online application, please carefully review the information below regarding the application deadline and requirements.
The final admission application deadline in order to be considered for all of our scholarship and fellowship support is April 1, but we will continue to accept applications after the deadline as long as space remains in the incoming class. To submit the application, you’ll need to do the following:
- answer required questions within the online application form
- upload required essay and résumé
- register each recommender's name and email address
- enter test date and registration number for any required standardized test(s)
Supporting materials (transcripts, test scores, recommendations) can arrive after the deadline without negatively impacting your admission decision or scholarship review. Applications are reviewed after all required materials have been received. Certain scholarship awards may be limited for applications received after the deadline. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you are interested in submitting an application after the published deadline.
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Before you begin the online application process, please carefully review the list of application requirements and admission criteria for the Master of Science in Health Care Analytics and Information Technology (MSHCA) program.
The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications, and we will complete the review of your application after we have received all of your application materials.
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Required Quantitative Preparation
The master’s programs at Heinz College are quantitatively-focused. In order to ensure success for our master’s students, the faculty have established guidelines for preparedness that must be achieved prior to starting classes at Heinz College. In some cases, the required preparation may be completed prior to submitting your application for admission. For other students, the preparation may be completed between the time you have been admitted and prior to the start of your first semester as a Heinz College student.
Required Technical Preparation
The MSHCA program requires incoming students to have prior programming experience due to the more technical nature of the curriculum. In order to ensure success for our MSHCA students, the faculty have established guidelines for preparedness that must be achieved prior to starting classes at Heinz College. In some cases, the required preparation may be completed prior to submitting your application for admission. For other students, the preparation may be completed between the time you have been admitted and prior to the start of your first semester as a Heinz College student.
All enrolling students in the MSHCA program must meet the basic OOP requirement by
completing a college-level introductory course in Python (preferred), Java, C++, or C# with a grade of B or higher. Please note the following:
- Must be a college-/ university-level course at an accredited institution
- Must be for credit and a grade
- The course may be taken on-campus or online
Courses that do not grant credit and a grade will not fulfill this requirement, even if you receive a certificate of completion for the course. The course must be completed prior to their first semester at Heinz College.
For MSHCA students who have not completed this course prior to admission, they will be required to take and pass an “Introduction to Python” course offered by Heinz College, which is available online during the summer prior to enrolling at Heinz College (no tuition is charged).
See below for pre-approved course options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Didn't find what you were looking for on this page? Check out our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information on any of the topics or processes outlined above.