Master of Science in Health Informatics

Offered In

USF Main Campus

The Master of Science in Health Informatics is a rigorous program at the intersection of biomedical and information sciences. Students gain a broad knowledge of the rapidly evolving health care landscape as well as a deep technical foundation in computer science and programming.

Program of Study

The 36-credit MSHI program may be completed during two years of full-time graduate status. Courses are offered year round and exceptional students may complete in as little as one year. Students with demanding career and personal commitments may extend their graduate education. We also offer a certificate program in clinical informatics.

Highlights of the Health Informatics Program

  • All applicants will be considered for a limited number of merit-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. On-campus teaching or research assistantships that pay an hourly wage may also be available for advanced students.
  • Students earn invaluable practical experience at San Francisco and Silicon Valley health companies and startups via the Practicum Option. This option is available to U.S. and international students.
  • International students may be eligible to work for 29 months in the U.S. under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) extension program after completion of the Health Informatics program.
  • An Executive Certificate in Clinical Informatics is available for those to who would like a deep introduction to health and biomedical informatics for professional careers but do not want to commit to the full master's program.

Application Areas

  • Clinical decision support systems
  • Natural language processing
  • Mobile health apps
  • Bioinformatics

This field is exploding... access to health information on the Web is taking off at a meteoric pace. It's creating enormous employment opportunities.

Charles Friedman, Chair, Academic Forum, AMIA. Read the full U.S. News story.

The USF Advantage

The program in Health Informatics draws upon expertise in related graduate departments and programs throughout the University, particularly Analytics, Biotechnology, Business and Entrepreneurship, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Simulation, Computer Science, Nursing, and Public Health.

Career Options

Students are prepared for careers as clinical data scientists, entrepreneurs or executives in large hospitals or medical centers, research institutions, startups, government health agencies, and global health organizations.

Technology with Purpose

An important focus of the program is the use of advanced technology for reducing health disparities and improving health care among underserved populations.

How to Apply

The application priority dates for admission and scholarship consideration are:

  • For fall admission: May 15
  • For spring admission: Nov 15

For more information, visit our admission page.

Submission of GRE scores is highly encouraged for all applicants, especially for those without outstanding professional or academic experience. We consider primarily the quantitative score.