Program Overview

In order to prepare health informaticists with the tools for the future of healthcare, we have launched a program redesign process starting in Fall 2020. As a result, we have closed MSHI applications until further notice. We expect to have more information by December 31, 2020. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to Carolyn Arroyo, Assistant Director of Graduate Enrollment and Diversity Outreach.

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.

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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