How Does Online Learning Work?

USF Health’s online graduate programs in health informatics cover the same rigorous curriculum as the ground-based programs and prepare you for a career just like a traditional class.

The only difference is how you learn. Online classes offer students flexibility not available in traditional classrooms, from when classes begin to when you attend lectures. Hear from Dr. Robert Deschenes about what to expect as an incoming USF Health online student.


Benefits To Online Learning

Engaging Content

Each course is taught through the University of South Florida’s online learning platform, Canvas. Content includes videos, chat rooms and discussion boards.

Flexible Schedule
Access course content anytime, anywhere and consult and collaborate with classmates and professors in real-time via email and chat room.

Weekly Assignments

Professors may assign an easy-to-follow schedule for when certain assignments are due, typically on a weekly basis.

Student Engagement


Students interact with one another through live chat and discussion boards. Some professors may assign projects that require you to work with other students.


Students and program faculty communicate with each other through chat, discussion boards and email. They also provide feedback through the Canvas learning platform.



Time Requirements

Courses begin every eight weeks. The time spent on each class depends on the coursework. Professors will inform students of the time requirements for each class. Make sure you log into each class within the first three full days of class to keep from being dropped from the course.

Technology Requirements

While some courses are available via mobile, it is recommended that students use a laptop or desktop computer with a reliable, daily internet connection. View full system requirements here.

an open laptop with the elearning course for foundation of management info systems course from USF on the screen
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Academic Calendar

SUMMER 1 – 2021

Application Deadline April 16, 2021
Start Date May 3, 2021
End Date June 27, 2021

SUMMER 2 – 2021

Application Deadline June 11, 2021
Start Date June 28, 2021
End Date August 22, 2021

FALL 1 – 2021

Application Deadline August 6, 2021
Start Date August 23, 2021
End Date October 17, 2021

FALL 2 – 2021

Application Deadline October 1, 2021
Start Date October 18, 2021
End Date December 12, 2021

SPRING 1 – 2022

Application Deadline December 17, 2021
Start Date January 10, 2022
End Date March 6, 2022

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