Master of Science in Health Informatics

Health Informatics is the science that defines how health information is technically captured, transmitted, and utilized.

Health Informatics consists of three major facets or domains: Information Systems, Informatics, and Information Technology.

  • Information Systems curriculum components focus on such issues as information systems analysis, design, implementation, management and leadership.
  • Informatics curriculum components are concerned with the study of structure, function and transfer of information, socio-technical aspects of health computing, and human-computer interaction.
  • Information Technology curriculum components focus on computer networks, database and systems administration, security, and programming.

There is a huge demand for Health Informatics professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that Health Information Management and Health Informatics employment will grow nearly 18% by 2016; they further project a need of more than 6,000 new professionals each year through 2014 alone. It is expected that as the field develops due to health-related initiatives and mandates that the federal government established in 2009, the need for Health Informatics professionals will continue to grow at an even faster rate.

Program Requirements

Master Degree students in the Health Informatics program must complete at least 39 hours of 600-level courses form 3 colleges (NOTE -- Students with no informatics background may be advised to take additional foundational informatics coures):

College of Health Professions (COHP) Courses       15-19 Hours
HP 605 The Role of EHR and PHR 3
HP 615 Health Quality and Safety 3
HP 650 Health Informatics Praticum 3
HP 620 Legal and Regulatory Environment for Health Care and Informatics           3
HP 630              Research Methods and Data Analytics for Health Informatics 3
HP 685-688 Independent Study 1-4
College of Business (COB) Courses 12 Hours
MIS 678 Management Information Systems 3
HCA 600 The Health Care System 3
HCA 656 Management of Health Care Technology and Information Systems 3
MIS 680 Health Care Communications Technology and Telematics 3
College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) Courses 12 Hours
IS 623 Database Management 3
EM 660 Project Management 3
IS 665 Health Informatics Application: or elective 3
TM 664 Health Informatics 3


Health Informatics Practicum

MSHI students will be required to complete the Health Informatics Practicum (HP 650), which includes successfully completing at least 400 hours in an educationally  directed Health Informatics intership at one of several Health Informatics job sites which have been approved by the MSHI program director. The students interships consist of job placements within the Health Informatics field at academic, government or healthcare industry levels.

Additional Resources

Program Requirements (PDF)

HP 650 -- Health Informatics Practicum (PDF)