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:


STUDENTS WHO DECLARE A MAJOR IN COMPUTER SCIENCE WITH HEALTHCARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY JUNE 2017 OR LATER SHOULD FOLLOW THESE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, PREREQUISITES AND SUGGESTIONS FOR SCHEDULING:

Major in Computer Science with Healthcare Information Technology: 46 hours

  • CS 125 Intro to Web Design and Image Processing
  • CS 128 and CS 128L Introduction to Software Application Development, with lab
  • CS 150 Database Systems (DATA 150)
  • CS 225 Advanced Web Design
  • CS 228 Object-Oriented Design and Programming
  • CS 242 Models of Computation
  • CS 270 Software Development Practices
  • CS 312 Healthcare Information Technology
  • CS 328 Advanced Programming
  • CS 470HC Software Engineering Healthcare Project
  • CS 475HC Technical Writing in Healthcare IT
  • CS 476 Systems Technology and Practices Seminar
  • CS 478 Healthcare Technical Internship
  • MT 142 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics
  • One additional CS course at or above the 300 level

Note: Students must also complete HIPAA certification


THE FOLLOWING ARE REQUIREMENTS AND PREREQUISITES FOR STUDENTS WHO DECLARED PRIOR TO JUNE 2017

Major in Computer Science with Healthcare Information Technology: 46 hours

  • CS 125 Intro to Web Design and Image Processing
  • CS 128 and CS 128L Introduction to Software Application Development, with lab
  • CS 150 Database Systems
  • CS 225 Advanced Web Design
  • CS 228 Object-Oriented Design and Programming
  • CS 242 Models of Computation
  • CS 270 Software Development Practices
  • CS 312 Healthcare Information Technology
  • CS 470HC Software Engineering Healthcare Project
  • CS 475HC Technical Writing in Healthcare IT
  • CS 476 Systems Technology and Practices Seminar
  • CS 478 Healthcare Technical Internship
  • One of the following MT courses:
    • MT 118 Applied Mathematics
    • MT 122 Elementary Statistics I
    • MT 130 Applied Calculus
    • MT 135 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
    • or another MT course with permission of department
  • Two courses chosen from the following list:
    • SC 273 Public Health in U.S. Society
    • CS 307 Bioinformatics
    • EN 407 Writing about our Health
    • CS 479 Healthcare Mentoring Internship
    • One CS course from the 300 or 400 level may be substituted for one course on the list

Note: This list will be augmented during the time covered by this bulletin.

Planned CS course offerings through Spring 2019, click here.