Program Details

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.

Program Highlight: The curriculum consists of 36 units which can be completed within one (1) year or three (3) semesters by full-time students. Part time students are free to complete the program at a pace that works for their schedule.

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.

  • A four (4) course certificate is available for students interested in advancing their knowledge of health and biomedical informatics.

Curriculum Pattern

Required for graduation: 36 units - 16 units of Core courses + 16 units of Electives and a Capstone Project or Thesis


1. Core

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.



Suggested Electives for Health Data Science focus

HS 608: Computer Science for Health Informatics Professionals
HS 612: Biosignal Analysis
HS 618: Advanced Health Data Analytics
HS 630: Bioinformatics

Suggested Electives for Clinical Informatics focus:

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

Accepted Electives outside Health Informatics

Public Health electives for health data science focus

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

Nursing electives for clinical informatics focus

NURS 602: Principles of Epidemiology
NHP 702: Epidemiology
NURS 614: Healthcare Systems Leadership
NURS 629: Financial Resource Management
NURS 648: Healthcare Policy and Ethics

3. Capstone Project | Internship

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.


Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a Master of Science in Health Informatics are prepared to:

  • Lead the development and application of emerging information technologies to improve all aspects of health care delivery.
  • Utilize health information technology for decision support, knowledge management, strategic planning, and outcomes assessment.
  • Master the "language" of health care, navigate the rules around using medical data, and utilize relevant information to assess changes in the health care system.
  • Assure that health care information technology advances patient information security and confidentiality and promote ethical health care decisions.
  • Effectively interface between the technology developers and the clinical user community.

Career Outcomes

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.

  • Our graduates have an impressive aggregate job placement rate of 95% and have found exciting and challenging opportunities in large hospitals, medical centers research institutions, startups, government health agencies and global health organizations.
  • Positions have included Clinical Data Analyst, Director of Clinical Informatics Research, Statistical Analyst, Senior Programmer Analyst and Advanced Research or Clinical training (MD, DNP, PhD in Biomedical Informatics).
  • International Students - International Students may be eligible to work for 36 months in the U.S. after completion of the Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program via the OPT program and STEM extension.

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2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-2806