Master of Science in Health Informatics

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Health Informatics is the field concerned with the optimal use of information, often aided by technology, to improve individual health, health care, public health, and biomedical research.  

The Informatics Master prepares students for a career in health informatics through the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of technology based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management, and planning.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will understand the American healthcare system and the effects technology and data have had on it. 
  2. Understand the complex system of legal and regulatory compliance that governs the healthcare system.
  3. Apply core concepts of database design to facilitate managing the large amounts of data produced and captured in the healthcare setting.
  4. Understand foundational concepts and theories of leadership and management, especially with respect to data-driven business intelligence.
  5. Apply technology and the healthcare quality framework to meet the goals of the triple aim of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of health care.
  6. Analyze, evaluate, and apply the range of tools needed to implement new technology, including identifying, evaluating, selecting, implementing, and upgrading technological systems.
  7. Evaluate the ways new and developing healthcare technology trends influence world-wide health outcomes, and propose potential technology-based solutions for increasing world-wide health outcomes.
  8. Understand and apply project management tools, concepts, and best practices to oversee the successful completion of complex projects.

Program course structure

The program requires a student to complete 36 credit hours post-bachelor’s degree, and requires that all students complete the required core courses before taking the two elective courses.  All courses are taught in eight-week terms, allowing a student to take two courses each semester.  

The length of the Health Informatics Master is six semesters, or two full years, assuming a student takes two courses per semester. Click to view course list.

Your Capstone Experience

There are two practical application courses in the Health Informatics program that require the student to take concepts in health informatics and apply them to a real world experience. These two courses serve as a capstone experience for the student and are conducted in a work setting. Your work experience coordinator will supervise this experience, and many students will choose to complete their capstone experience at their own workplace.

Enrolling in the program

Admission into this program is rolling, with three start dates dates each year (Summer, Fall and Spring semesters).  Each semester will consist of two eight-week sessions.

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