Health Informatics Ranks in Top 20
USF’s Master of Science in Health Informatics program ranks as one of the top in the nation, according to college-ranking site Value Colleges.
The Master of Science in Health Informatics is a rigorous program at the intersection of biomedical science, analytics, and clinical practice. Students gain a broad knowledge of the rapidly evolving health care landscape and deep understanding of healthcare data.
The curriculum allows students to emphasize subspecialties within health and biomedical informatics. The program has particular strength in health data analytics and clinical informatics.
Courses relevant to Health Data Analytics include advanced methods in analytics, machine learning, natural language processing, nonlinear signal processing, bioinformatics, and advanced statistical modeling. Courses related to Clinical Informatics include: clinical informatics, the role of informatics in healthcare cost control, consumer health informatics and global health informatics. Students may also explore opportunities in digital health entrepreneurship, public health informatics, and, for those with nursing or medical backgrounds, clinical leadership and nursing informatics.
HS 610: Perspectives on Health Informatics
HS 611: Semantic Organization of Health Information and Data Standards
HS 614: Clinical Decision Support and Health Data Analytics
HS 616: Statistical Computing for Biomedical Data Analytics
Students are required to take 16 units (4 units for each course) of electives and can emphasize subspecialties within health data or or biomedical/clinical informatics.
HS 608: Computer Science for Health Informatics Professionals
HS 612: Biosignal Analysis
HS 618: Advanced Health Data Analytics
HS 630: Bioinformatics
HS 620: Digital Health Entrepreneur
HS 621: Business case for Medical Information
HS 622: Consumer Health Informatics
HS 625: Practicum I: Lab Design and Flow
MPH 621: Epidemiology
MPH 626: Population Health Informatics: Systematic Application to Public Health
MPH 646: Population Health Informatics: Systemic Application to Public Health
MPH 653: Research Methods in Public Health and Epidemiology
NURS 602: Principles of Epidemiology
NHP 702: Epidemiology
NURS 614: Healthcare Systems Leadership
NURS 629: Financial Resource Management
NURS 648: Healthcare Policy and Ethics
Students must complete at least 4 units (1 course) of a capstone project. This can be a traditional master’s thesis, a substantial biomedical software project, or an internship with a medical center, hospital, or digital health company. Students must complete all core courses and most elective courses before beginning their capstone project.
Graduates with a Master of Science in Health Informatics are prepared to:
The demand for Health Informatics workers is projected to grow at twice the rate compared to the overall employment rate. The need for health informatics specialists is prominent in both government and private enterprises to standardize and optimize the collection and sharing of data among electronic health recording systems, ensure data security and integrate care to share information, coordinate care and provide efficient effective services to patients. Our graduates are well-prepared for current and future challenges in the field. They're equipped with a deep understanding of the healthcare industry and the technical skills to work with computer scientists, programmers, doctors, nurses, psychologists and other healthcare professionals. Additionally, our program emphasizes building strong entrepreneurs and advocates for Health Informatics through various curriculum offerings.