Master of Science in Health Informatics

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The Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program provides an interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services, delivery, management, and planning. Marshall University’s Health Informatics program is the only of its kind in West Virginia.

Students enter the field of Health Informatics because it is a combination of healthcare and technology, Health Informatics appeals to clinicians and technicians interested in the intersections of healthcare and technology. Further, Health Informatics is part of the burgeoning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field, appealing to students wishing to work in value-based environments. Students can work at Hospitals/clinics, information systems companies, government agencies, and insurance companies among others, as chief information officers, data analytics, application developers, and project managers.

Alumnus speaks on his experience with the HIN program.


The Master of Science in Health Informatics accreditor of Marshall University Lewis College of Business and Brad D. Smith Schools of Business is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Master of Science degree in Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2023. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at

The Master of Science in Health Informatics also falls under the Lewis College of Business’s AACSB International accreditation.

Growing Demand

There is large demand for Health Informatics professionals. Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 1.9 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that Employment of medical records and health information technicians will grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Further, the median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $40,350 in May 2018.

Advantages of Health Informatics

Renowned for its affordability and overall quality, MBA Healthcare Management notes that Marshall University’s Health Informatics program “[is] the nation’s #1 most affordable Master’s in Health Informatics degree” and “blends the didactic and experiential learning needed to prepare valuable professionals for leading today’s data and information-driven healthcare industry.” It is renowned for being the only graduate level Health Informatics program in the state of West Virginia.

Marshall University’s Health Informatics program is a unique academic model initiative of three colleges including the College of Health Professions, Lewis College of Business, and the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences.

The combination of skills and knowledge acquired through coursework in this unique academic model, 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 this emerging field.

Admission Requirements

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Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website.

  1. Students must have an undergraduate Grade Point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed undergraduate university work.
  2. There is no requirement for the GRE

The Health Informatics program may admit applicants provisionally, on a limited basis, at the discretion of the program director.

Program Requirements

Course Number Course Name Hours
HCA 600 The Health Care System 3
HIN 605 The Role of EHR and PHR 3
HIN 610 Analytics for Healthcare 3
HIN 620 Legal Health & Informatics 3
HIN 650 Health Informatics Practicum 3
HCA 656 Mgt of Medical Technology 3
HIN 664 Health Informatics 3
MIS 623 Database Management 3
MIS 624 Data Warehouses 3
STA 518 Biostatistics 3
Select one of the following: 3
EM 660 Project Management
MIS 670 Business Systems Project Management
Total Credit Hours: 33

Health Informatics Practicum

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

Related Programs

Data Analytics Certificate

Nursing Informatics Certificate

Outcome Statistics

As part of the CAHIIM Accreditation standards that require programs to provide reliable information to the public on their performance, including student achievement as determined by the program, the Marshall Health Informatics program provides information on graduates, job placement and graduate salaries.

Academic Year Retention Rate* Graduation Rate
2015-2016 75% 63%
2016-2017 80% 67%
2017-2018 91% 73%
2018-2019 89% 78%
2019-2020 84% 68%
2020-2021 80% Undetermined**
*Retention rate is the percent of students who continue after the first year.
**Students just started program in the past year.


Yes, the Brad D. Smith School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Deadlines for the Health Informatics program follow the graduate application deadlines for the university. This information can be found at:
The GMAT or GRE are not required to be admitted to the MS in Health Informatics degree program.
Taking three courses a semester will allow you to graduate in two years. However, some students are able to complete the program in 18 months.

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Wes Spradlin, MBA, MS
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Brad D. Smith Graduate School of Business
100 Angus E Peyton Drive
S. Charleston, WV 25303
Office: GC333
Phone: 304-746-8964
Fax: 304-746-2063

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