M.S. in Health Informatics

Analyze data and inform decisions with a master’s in health informatics

Accurate and reliable data analysis is central to a healthcare organization’s ability to deliver on its mission to efficiently deliver quality care. The M.S. in Health Informatics can help you lead and facilitate change in the emerging field of health informatics. You’ll learn how to channel your talent for data analysis into a role in which you can inform decision making, improve efficiencies and ultimately improve patient care and outcomes. 

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M.S. in Health Informatics Degree Overview

Develop a multidisciplinary approach to creating and sustaining health informatics 

While a wide range of opportunities exist, a nationwide survey indicates that health informatics jobs take longer to fill. Recognizing the need to train workers in this field, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) prioritized transforming health information management to a graduate-level profession and proposed the establishment of a master’s degree for advanced practice roles. 

As part of the M.S. in Health Informatics curriculum, you’ll develop your competency in key areas including data analytics, math and computer science. You’ll learn from highly qualified faculty members with extensive expertise within each discipline. Your in-depth, 12-week courses in data analytics, database management, and data visualization and reporting will prepare you to integrate information technology systems, applications and principles into the short- and long-term goals of a healthcare organization. 

You’ll learn how to collect, analyze and prepare data to create dashboards that communicate critical business insights. From being able to present a clear picture of current medications and dosing times to tracking patient wait times throughout the treatment process, you’ll learn to use the most popular visualization tools to structure and streamline data to highlight implications. 

You’ll take an enterprise-wide look at various types of data collected by an organization as a way of learning the concepts and methods for managing, maintaining and securing that information. In addition, an introduction to data analytics will provide you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with current statistical software, statistical inference methods for informed decision making, and ethical principles of data analytics. 

Recommend policies, procedures and systems that manage information as a healthcare asset  

Health information is more than protected information. It’s also an asset that can be used in pursuit of the “Triple Aim,” a term coined by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that refers to simultaneously improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare. 

As part of your Health Information Governance course, you’ll examine healthcare policies, guidelines, standards, processes and controls required to manage health information at the enterprise level. You’ll recognize that health information is not only a necessary element for treatment, but also a significant part of a business case, and as such, protocols to manage and maintain the integrity of that information are invaluable to individuals, to organizations and to the healthcare industry.

Healthcare takes place in a physical space where treatment is administered, but also in the space where information is obtained by clinicians and maintained over time. In your examination of the requirements for clinical workflow and application, you’ll take a closer look at the link between improving patient care to clinical workflow mapping and change management.  

Tailor your studies to your interests   

Your six-week capstone course is the culmination of your master’s-level studies and an opportunity for you to identify a healthcare issue and address it through a health informatics solution. Curious about treatment and readmission rates at substance abuse clinics? Is it better to buy or rent an MRI machine? You will assess a real-world situation that interests you and propose a strategic solution, as well as implementation and evaluation plans. 

Gain the foundational knowledge to sit for national exams

As a graduate of the M.S. in Health Informatics program, you’ll be able to combine your learning with your healthcare experience to qualify for several national industry certification exams including: the Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA), the Certified in Healthcare Privacy and Security (CHPS) and the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). 

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Health Informatics Courses & Curriculum

32 Semester Hours
Course Sequence (32 hours)
MATH 601 - Introduction to Analytics (4)
This course provides an introductory overview of methods, concepts and current practices in the growing field of Data Analytics. Topics to be covered include data collection, analysis and visualization as well as statistical inference methods for informed decision-making. Students will explore these topics with current statistical software. Some emphasis will also be given to ethical principles of data analytics.
COMP 630 - Issues in Database Management (4)
This course focuses on the fundamental design considerations in designing a database. Specific topics include performance analysis of design alternatives, system configuration and the administration of a popular database system. The course also offers an in-depth analysis of the algorithms and machine organizations of database systems.
DATA 605 - Data Visualization & Reporting (4)
This course focuses on collecting, preparing, and analyzing data to create visualizations, dashboards, and stories that can be used to communicate critical business insights. Students will learn how to structure and streamline data analysis projects and highlight their implications efficiently using the most popular visualization tools used by businesses today.
DATA 610 - Big Data Analytics (4)
This course examines the issues in management and analytical analysis of massive datasets, and unstructured data, including data warehousing from an enterprise perspective. Students will learn the concepts and techniques for managing the design, development, security and maintenance of enterprise information.
HIM 702 - Health Information Governance (4)
This course covers the broad spectrum of strategic issues in healthcare including policies, guidelines, standards, processes, and controls required to manage and implement enterprise-level information. Treating information as a strategic asset to healthcare organizations, processes to manage various risks to the quality of information and ensure its appropriate use are covered.
HIM 710 - Clinical Workflow & Applications (4)
This course explores requirements for clinical workflows in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and emergency healthcare environments. It covers the documentation, review, mapping, and diagramming of clinical workflow information and processes. The course also covers the linkages between the improvement of patient care to workflow mapping and change management, as part of evidence based decision making in healthcare.
HIM 761 - Healthcare Analytics (4)
This course addresses the process of retrieving, analyzing, and reporting intelligence to make healthcare decisions. It covers the techniques of extracting, transforming and loading data from a myriad of operational databases into corporate data warehouses, as well means to ensure that decision making is based on clean and reliable information. The course also includes ways to report the healthcare intelligence gathered.
HCM 772 - Healthcare Strategic Management (4)
The student will examine principles of strategic management applied to healthcare organizations. The course through critical assessments of the real world environment and case studies on strategy formulation, implementation, and evaluation will examine alternative strategic frameworks for healthcare organizations. Topics will include, mission, vision statement development, environmental assessments, analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, use of critical success factors, development of business plans, and other techniques for strategic planning and management.

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As part of your Franklin master’s degree, you’ll also earn a SAS Tier 2 Academic Specialization in Data Analytics. According to EMSI labor market analytics, nearly 220,000 job postings listed SAS as a desired skill in 2019. This digital badge, issued jointly by SAS and Franklin University, recognizes your ability to leverage SAS analytic tools for data preparation, advanced analytics and visualization. The badge is awarded after your successful completion of three master’s-level courses: MATH 601 (Introduction to Analytics), DATA 605 (Data Visualization and Reporting) and DATA 610 (Big Data Analytics). The knowledge gained through these courses provides you with valuable insight that is sought by SAS customers at more than 65,000 sites in more than 135 countries, including 90 of the top 100 Fortune 500 companies. 

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Health Informatics Career Opportunities

EHR Implementation Director

EHR implementation directors balance efficiency and standardization while developing and maintaining project plans for the implementation of electronic health records.

Clinical Informatics Manager

Clinical informatics managers are responsible for engaging stakeholders and leading workflow analysis and process improvement initiatives. 

Healthcare Data Analyst

Healthcare data analysts design and develop reports to measure clinical and financial outcomes.

Health Informatics Consultant

Health informatics consultants are retained by organizations to guide and advise on tasks like monitoring systems and troubleshooting, training teams, updating networks and installing software. 

Employment Outlook


From 2018-2029 jobs in Health Informatics are expected to increase by 25%

All Occupations

1,403,140 jobs
1,758,318 jobs
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Computer and Information Research Scientists

33,087 jobs
39,940 jobs

Computer Occupations, All Other

424,209 jobs
486,714 jobs

Software Developers, Applications

945,844 jobs
1,231,663 jobs

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).

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