T h e U n i v e r s i t y o f Te x a s H e a l t h S c i e n c e C e n t e r a t H o u s t o n116 School of Health Information SciencesTransfer CreditTransfer credit for courses taken elsewhere, submitted to meet part of the degree requirements, may be awarded following review and written approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The maximum number of transferable credit hours for the doctoral program is 36 semester credit hours. Credit for courses taken elsewhere and which are offered in this School is granted only through Petition for Equivalency. Credit for support courses taken elsewhere is approved by the students’ advising committee. Contact the Director of Admissions for information.Applicants who are presenting course work from universities or colleges outside the United States to meet admission or graduation requirements should see the section on International Applicants in this catalog for a listing of additional requirements.Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Informatics DegreeAcademic Requirements:Credit hours must total at least 93 semester hours for all courses in the degree plan. Six of those semester credit hours will be in support courses not offered by the School. The support courses could include areas such as cognitive sciences from Texas A & M University, computer science from Rice University, mathematics from the University of Houston, measurement courses from the University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston or courses studying healthcare outcomes from The University of School of Public Health at Houston. A total of 93 semester credit hours listed in the sample curriculum matrix for Health Informatics must be completed prior to graduation.A full-time student in the Program in Health Informatics has up to ten years from the time of entry to complete the required course work. Continuous enrollment is required unless approval from the Advising Committee is obtained. A maximum of one year of approved leave will allow for con-tinuance in the program. If more than one year occurs, the student must seek readmission to the program.