Combined MD and MSHIA Degree

The combined MD and Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics (MD/MSHIA) degree includes digital health training in medical school education in addition to the 4-year medical school curriculum. Clinical informaticians provide a broad range of services to improve patient care, including enhancing electronic health records systems, clinical decision support, data visualization and interpretation, and health-related knowledge management.

HWCOM’s medical students in the third period of study may apply to the MSHIA program. Each college (College of Medicine and College of Business) independently reviews and admits applicants to its programs. Students admitted to both programs are permitted to enroll in classes.

Combined degree students complete the first 3 years of coursework in the MD degree program at HWCOM. At the beginning of the fourth period of study of the MD degree program curriculum, students admitted to the combined program pause their medical studies and begin classes as part of the MSHIA program.

Classes in the MSHIA program are taken during fall, spring, and early summer semesters of the medical student’s fourth year of study to complete the 27 hours of course work in the MSHIA program. Ten credits taken through HWCOM are applied toward the 37 credits required for the MSHIA degree. At the beginning of the fifth year, students resume study as part of the MD degree program curriculum. Students who successfully complete all requirements graduate with both degrees at the end of the 5 years.

Admissions Process

To apply for admission to the combined MD/ MSHIA program, medical students in the fall or early spring of their third year must be in good academic standing and must receive approval from the Medical Student Evaluation and Promotion Committee, the HWCOM Office of Student Affairs, the HWCOM Office of Clinical Affairs, and the HWCOM Office of Academic Affairs. Applications will be reviewed by the MSHIA program admissions committee. Applicants to the combined MD/MSHIA pathway will not be required to submit standardized test scores.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the MD/MSHIA program, prospective students must provide:

  • Approvals from HWCOM
  • Online graduate admissions application, including a non-refundable $30 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV

Program Fees

Students enrolled in the MD/MSHIA program will pay regular graduate tuition fees for all MSHIA credits.

Contact Us

Tala Mirzaei Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Information Systems & Business Analytics
College of Business
Florida International University
11200 S.W. 8th St., Room RB 250
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5438 | Email: 

Barbra A. Roller, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street- AHC2 664
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-7289 |