Health Informatics

Welcome to Marshall University Health Informatics!

The utilization of information technologies was adapted by most industries beginning in the mid-1990s. However, one area that has lagged behind is the utilization of technology in the health care arena. Now, all that is starting to change due to developments in an exciting new field called Health Informatics. 

What is Health Informatics?

Health Informatics is a multidisciplinary profession on the cutting edge which utilizes Information Technologies and Information Management techniques; and integrates them into the health care arena.

The ultimate goals are to:

  • Improve the quality of health care
  • Reduce costs
  • Increase efficiencies and productivity in all areas of health care

What are the advantages of the Health Informatics program at Marshall University?

The Health Informatics program at Marshall University is the only graduate level Health Informatics program in the entire state of West Virginia. It is designed to prepare leaders in this fascinating new field that is introducing a vast array of new and exciting career opportunities in the health care industry.

The Health Informatics program is a highly integrated academic initiative comprising three colleges:

  • The College of Health Professions (COHP)
  • The College of Business (COB)
  • College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE)

The combination of skills and knowledge acquired through coursework in these three colleges, together with the internships in the Health Informatics field at the academic, government or industry levels, will prepare students with the education and real-world experiences necessary to succeed as a leader in the emerging field of Health Informatics.


The Master of Science in Health Informatics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Currently, it is one of three nationally accredited programs in the United States.  It is also the only accredited, graduate-level program in Health Informatics within the state of West Virginia.