As a healthcare information technology major, you’ll learn what it takes to function as a fully capable software developer in any professional environment, but specifically tailor your skills to the rapidly expanding healthcare IT field.

The program helps prepare you to succeed in a field that features three of the top 10 largest employers in Ohio and that resides among the top 10 fastest growing careers in Ohio forecasted through 2020.

Program Overview

The healthcare IT major provides a rigorous and broad education in computer science. The program includes courses on software development, database systems, computational modeling, and other foundational and advanced areas. In addition, students:

  • Learn medical terminology in an IT context.
  • Earn HIPAA certification.
  • Work with software, tools, and standards in IT specific to the healthcare field.
  • Build software systems for healthcare professionals

The capstone experience for the major is interning with healthcare IT professionals. Our students have built valuable connections through internships at the Cleveland Clinic, the MetroHealth System, and other prestigious healthcare organizations.

Program Partnerships

Cleveland Clinic
Students majoring in healthcare IT benefit from a special partnership with the Cleveland Clinic. John Carroll students complete prestigious healthcare IT internships at the Clinic. These internships were established in collaboration with JCU alumni who work at the Clinic. In addition, students conduct software engineering projects for the Clinic during their senior seminar. These projects have included a tool that enables collaborative diagnoses of medical images by several radiologists, and a tool to quickly access supporting images and data to aid in radiological diagnoses.

HIMSS Innovation Center

John Carroll University is a supporting collaborator of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Innovation Center, located in the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland. This partnership provides our students and faculty with access to resources and leaders in the healthcare IT industry. This includes opportunities to participate in events such as the annual IHE Connectathon, which brings together hundreds of healthcare IT vendors and experts to test healthcare devices and verify they meet information exchange standards.

Learn more about the experiences of students in the healthcare IT program:


Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students who begin the major during fall of 2011 or later. Students who began in earlier years should consult with an academic advisor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

In addition to the University’s core curriculum, the following courses are required:

One MT course chosen from the following list:

  • Applied Mathematics (MT 118)
  • Elementary Statistics I (MT 122)
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (MT 135)
  • Applied Calculus (MT 130)
  • An alternate MT course, with permission of the department.

The following CS courses:

  • Introduction to Web Design and Image Processing (CS 125)
  • Introduction to Software Application Development, with lab (CS 128 and CS 128L)
  • Database Systems (CS 150)
  • Advanced Web Design (CS 225)
  • Object-Oriented Design and Programming (CS 228)
  • Computational Modeling (CS 242)
  • Software Development Practices (CS 270)
  • Healthcare Information Technology (CS 312)
  • Software Engineering Healthcare Project (CS 470HC)
  • Technical Writing in Healthcare IT (CS 475HC)
  • Systems Technology and Practices Seminar (CS 476)
  • Healthcare Technical Internship (with approval) (CS 478)

Two additional courses from the list of HCIT supporting courses:

  • EN 407 Writing About Our Health
  • CS 307 Bioinformatics
  • CS 322 Big Data Analytics
  • SC 273 Public Health in U.S. Society
  • CS 479 Healthcare Mentoring Internship (by invitation only)

One additional CS 3XX-4XX course

Students obtaining a B.S. degree in computer science with HCIT must also complete HIPAA certification and pass a comprehensive exam.

Planned CS course offerings through Spring 2019, click here.