Health Management, Policy & Information
Health Management, Policy and Information Overview
The Florida State University College of Medicine’s goal is to educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge, and are responsive to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority, and underserved populations. The IMS Degree program expands and develops the solid science foundation needed to apply to medical school, dental school, physician assistant programs, and a number of other healthcare professions that require post baccalaureate training.
The Health Management, Policy, & Information major prepares students to understand administration and management in private and public health care organizations, formulate and implement health care policies, analyze health care services, or learn about health informatics to improve the quality and safety of patient care services and programs.
Students have two (2) options— Health Information Technology or Public Health Administration and Policy. Students may apply for a certificate in Health Information Technology.
Students benefit from the rigorous science core and through the experiential and capstone courses in which they will interface with the community venues that might engage their services after graduation.
In addition to completion of the Core Requirements, the following requirements apply:
1) Completion of a minimum of 33 hours of approved upper-division coursework with grades of C- or higher. At least 20 of the 33 hours must be taken at FSU.
2) Students in the Health Management, Policy and Information Major must complete one of the major options AND electives including at least six credits of upper-level science courses and six credits of upper level non-science courses for a total 33 major elective hours.
3) Completion of the IMS Experiential Service Learning Seminar sequence and Senior Capstone course with project.
4) A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all coursework.
The Health Management, Policy and Information Major Curriculum Sheet details the requirements for the major.
The Health Management, Policy and Information major requires a rigorous science core curriculum. The Core Requirements include the pre-requisites for advanced professional training such those for medicine and various health professions.
Students in the Health Management, Policy and Information Major must complete one of the major options AND electives including at least six credits of upper-level science courses and six credits of upper level non-science courses to total 33 major elective hours. See the HMPI Curriculum Sheet for required courses.
The courses approved for the IMS Upper Division Electives are offered by our partnered colleges across FSU that are related to health and may be pre-requisites for professional health schools. The list of approved upper division are available for downloading under Resources.
NOTE: Many of the core and upper level courses in the IMS degree have pre-requisites. Pre-calculus, trigonometry, and general psychology are required as they are pre-requisite courses for many of the IMS core and major course requirements.
Prerequisites/corequisites: You are responsible for completing the prerequisites or corequisites required for courses in which you enroll. Some departments will drop you from a course if you do not have the required prerequisite. However, your failure to have completed appropriate prerequisites is not justification for you to request a course drop outside the normal procedures for course drops.
Healthcare in Florida: To prepare for a role in the healthcare of Floridians, the College of Medicine recommends proficiency in Spanish through the intermediate level (2220) or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.
Health Management, Policy and Information majors must complete the series of courses within 1 of the 2 focus options in the major. Certificate programs are available for one of the options. Students do not receive a certificate for completing the courses required for the Health Management, Policy and Information major. In order to participate and earn the certificate options, students must consult with the home Colleges offering the certificates. Certificate programs have specific requirements beyond the requirements for the Health Management, Policy and Information major.
Options in the Major
HMPI majors must complete one of the options below AND electives including six credits of upper-level science courses and six credits of upper level non-science courses for a total of 33 major elective hours.
- Health Information Technology (certificate available – College of Communication and Information, School of Information)
NOTE: Certificate applicants are required to apply as soon as possible, and prior to completing the second course in the program.
- Public Health Administration and Policy (no certificate available for this option)
The Health Management, Policy & Information Academic Map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years.
Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.