M.S. in Health Informatics
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Graduate Certificate

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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100% Online Coursework

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Contemporary Curriculum

Study trending topics and build your knowledge in the emerging field of health informatics. 

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 transfer-friendly 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). 

Transfer up to 12 credits and finish your master’s faster

If you have already taken graduate-level courses in health informatics, nursing informatics, computer science or other related programs, you may be able to get course-for-course credit and save time and money toward your master’s degree. Students with an active RHIA (AHIMA) or CPHIMS (HIMSS) credential earn 4 credits for Health Information Governance (HIM 702). To see if your previous coursework can be used for course-for-course credit to satisfy degree requirements, you’ll need to submit a syllabus for the course(s) you’d like to have evaluated for transfer credit and/or your credential documentation. Your admissions advisor will be happy to assist you in any way.  

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Adaola O.

M.S. Health Informatics '20

"Earning my Master's in Health Informatics is a huge honor for me. This program pushed me to learn more about big data and its practical application. I am thankful to all of the instructors, advisors, and staff for all their support. "

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Health Informatics Courses & Curriculum

32 Semester Hours
Major Area Required
MATH 601 - Introduction to Analytics (4)

This course provides an introductory overview of methods, concepts, and current practices in the growing field of statistics and data analytics. Topics to be covered include data collection, data analysis and visualization as well as probability, statistical inference and regression 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.

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 and Data Mining (4)

This course explores data mining methods and tools, examines the issues in the analytical analysis of massive datasets, and unstructured data. Students will learn the concepts and techniques to discover the patterns in large datasets, which support organizational decision making.

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.

DATA 630 - Applied Database Management (4)

This course teaches data management from an applied perspective. The topics include fundamentals of database management systems, structured query language (SQL) for data analytics, relational database design, and data warehousing.

BUSA 695 - Capstone in Business Analytics (4)

Students demonstrate an integrative knowledge of analytics in this course by developing a project plan to implement analytics for an important function, unit or department of the organization chosen in the Business Analytics strategy course. Students apply analytics tools, techniques, methods and strategies to drive business outcomes for the chosen company using relevant project-based methodologies. The course allows students to develop a professional portfolio that will highlight the work completed throughout the degree program. This may serve as a relevant employability resource.

Optional Focus Areas

At least 2 of the following courses:

Healthcare Administration

HCM 733 - Finance and Managerial Accounting in Healthcare Organizations (4)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the fundamental concepts and calculations associated with financial accounting and managerial accounting within a healthcare organization. Students will study the foundational aspects of financial accounting with a primary focus on financial statements and the uses of the information in these statements. Students will also study the functional aspects of managerial accounting to include cost behavior, cost allocation, pricing, planning, budgeting, profit analysis, and performance evaluation. Application of these concepts will include analysis of case studies.

HCM 735 - Healthcare Delivery Systems (4)

The course provides an extensive overview of leadership in the U.S. health services system. The focus of the course will be on the role health services leadership plays in the delivery of healthcare services, to include managing with professionals, financial management, services utilization, and other aspects of the U.S. healthcare system. The student will explore the key theoretical and practical elements of leadership as well as current issues clarifying how the U.S. health services system is organized, managed, and financed.

HCM 742 - Healthcare Laws and Ethics (4)

In this course students will develop a strong foundation in health law, enabling them to deal with the common legal, practical, moral, and ethical issues that healthcare organizations face on a daily basis. Topics will include statutory law, rules and regulations, tort law, criminal law, contract law, civil procedures, and trial procedure.

HCM 752 - Health Policy (4)

This course will explore the essential conceptual and analytical understanding of health policymaking and politics, including their impact on health administration and leadership. Selected policy issues will be explored through the application of political concepts and behavioral models, including a system model of policymaking. The emphasis will be on understanding the health leader’s approach to the policymaking system, become involved in it, and work through it to attain their objectives and those of their organization.

HCM 765 - Healthcare Operations Management (4)

Students will explore concepts and theories of operations management. The student will develop both knowledge and skills in solving the operational problems of healthcare organizations. This course will examine process improvement models that are aimed at improving the safety and quality of healthcare delivery within an organization.

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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 2021-2031 jobs in Health Informatics are expected to increase by 17%

All Occupations

3,646,555 jobs
4,247,371 jobs
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Computer and Information Research Scientists

33,938 jobs
38,840 jobs

Computer Systems Analysts

593,007 jobs
676,019 jobs

Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers

1,600,098 jobs
1,924,125 jobs

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M.S. in Health Informatics or M.S. Information Technology - Healthcare Focus

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M.S. in Information Technology - Healthcare

Grow in your leadership capabilities while increasing your understanding and experience with big data to improve healthcare outcomes.

Build in-demand skills for managing, maintaining, securing and leveraging health information to increase the patient experience and decrease the cost of care.
Use your M.S. in Health Informatics to play a specialized role in promoting and supporting the evolution of health and healthcare.
How many courses are in the program?
8 courses (four 12-week courses and four 6-week courses)
How quickly can I complete the program?
12 months

Advance your capabilities in leveraging technology to improve healthcare systems, processes and care.
Gain the technical, strategic and communication skills needed to successfully navigate healthcare policies and standards, support clinical workflows and inform decision-making.
Put your MS in IT-Healthcare to work driving a connected system that promotes patient care, safety and operational efficiencies.  
How many courses are in the program?
Nine 12-week courses 
How quickly can I complete the program?
16 months

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