About Pharmd/ MHIT

The PharmD/Masters of Health Information Technology (MHIT) degree program is offered between the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) and Integrated Information Technology (IIT) Program at the University of South Carolina. The MHIT program is housed within the Integrated Information Technology (IIT) Program in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management and is an interdisciplinary program with the Arnold School of Public Health. This professional degree program prepares students with expertise in management of both health care systems and information technology. It is designed to create a workforce of highly skilled IT experts and managers in healthcare, and to provide leadership and proficiency as the USA moves toward a more technologically advanced and efficient healthcare system.

This program is available to students on the University of South Carolina (USC) campus of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP). The majority of the MHIT program is available through lectures provided at the University of South Carolina- Columbia Campus.   A limited portion of the MHIT curriculum is offered via asynchronous distance education.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

SCCP students interested in the dual degree program must formally apply to the University of South Carolina Graduate School. Students will complete the application and will be required to take utilize the PCAT score obtained for SCCP Admission to be considered for admission into the program. Although the MHIT program has traditionally required a bachelor’s degree, the IIT has agreed to accept PharmD students who have completed the Pre-pharmacy curriculum and the first and second professional years of the PharmD program. SCCP students will be eligible to begin the MHIT program as early as the Fall semester of the third professional year in the PharmD program. A majority of the MHIT curriculum can be completed while also completing the PharmD curriculum. The remaining MHIT curriculum will be completed post-graduation from the PharmD program.   Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply to the MHIT program.   Students are admitted to the program once annually, in the Fall semester.

Curriculum and Course Transfers

The MHIT program is a year round program that is offered during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Coursework consists of 36 credit hours obtained from a combination of courses within the IIT Program and the Arnold School of Public Health. Students take a core of five courses (15 credit hours), three from IIT and two from the Arnold Schools’ Department of Health Services Policy and Management. Students then choose five elective courses (15 credit hours), including at least one from Integrated Information Technology and one from the Arnold School of Public Health.  Finally, an internship of six credit hours is required.


The required internship (6 credit hours) consists of a minimum of 250 hours of approved health information technology work experience to be completed during the summer. It also requires a research paper, which will be evaluated as the student’s comprehensive assessment of program learning outcomes. The integration of work experience with academic research is designed to provide a structured format for students to reflect on their work experience and relate it to content and theory learned across the program.


Courses are conducted online or in a traditional classroom setting during evenings and weekends to fit the schedules of working professionals. Depending on their professional experience and interest, students can tailor their program to gain breadth and depth in either the health or information technology components. Students with undergraduate degrees or extensive professional experience in healthcare would take most of their electives in information technology, while students with undergraduate degrees or experience in information technology would take their electives from the health component.

1. Core Courses

 (15 credit hours required)

  • ITEC 747 - Integrated Information Technology (3 credit hours)
  • ITEC 752 - Systems Analysis & Design for Health Applications (3 credit hours)
  • ITEC 764 - Project Management for Health Information (3 credit hours)
  • HSPM 700 - Approaches and Concepts for Health Administration.(3 credit hours)
  • HSPM 713 - Information Systems in Health Administration (3 credit hours) 

2. Health Electives

 (any combination of minimum of three to maximum of 12 credit hours)

  • BIOS 710 - Effective Data Management for Public Health.(3 credit hours)
  • HSPM 712 - Health Economics.(3 credit hours)
  • HSPM 714 - Perspectives in Community Health Organizations. (3 credit hours)
  • HSPM 724 - Health Law. (3 credit hours)
  • HSPM 730 - Financing of Health Care. (3 credit hours)
  • HSPM 765 - Leadership in Health Care Organizations. (3 credit hours) 

3. Information Technology Electives

 (any combination of minimum of three to maximum of 12 credit hours)

  • CSCE 522 - Information Security Principles (3 credit hours)
  • ITEC 745 - Telecommunications for Health Information Technology (3 credit hours)
  • ITEC 762 - Health Information Technology Usability and Interface Design (3 credit hours)
  • ITEC 770 - Health IT Database Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ITEC 775 - Large-Scale Health and Information Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ITEC 776 - Health Information Technology and Clinical Transformation (3 credit hours)

4. ITEC 748 Internship in Health Information Technology

(6 credit hours)

Through the dual degree program, select SCCP courses can be used to satisfy up to 12 credit hours of MHIT elective requirements. Six of the credit hours can come from the following required SCCP courses and will apply for the Health Electives MHIT elective credit:

  • SCCP 850: Health Care Systems and Management (4 credit hours)
  • SCCP 885: Pharmacy Law and Ethics (3 credit hours)

In addition, PharmD students will be able to obtain up to 6 credit hours required for the Health IT Internship. Credit will be granted if the student completes either a combination of advanced pharmacy practice experiences (during the 4th professional year of the PharmD program) in an approved informatics or information technology discipline site or a combination of an advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE) in an approved informatics or information technology discipline site plus an independent study/special project (SCCP 757) focused on health information technology.   The required research paper for the MHIT internship will be completed in conjunction with the APPE or SCCP 757 if student chooses to utilize SCCP credit to meet MHIT internship requirements.

Additionally, any MHIT courses offered through IIT and the Arnold School of Public Health can be used to satisfy SCCP PharmD elective requirements (up to 8 credit hours).

The Online application and instructions for the MHIT program can be found at

Additional program information is also here. or by contacting Dr. Bryan Ziegler ( or 803.777.4659).