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Charter Oak State College Official Catalog

Health Informatics

The comprehensive Master of Health Informatics curriculum focuses on the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of information, data and technology driven innovations in healthcare. Informatics is a top healthcare career choice because it combines patient care with health IT skills for the purpose of analyzing data. Health informatics impacts all areas of healthcare from the patient to administration to research. The focus is on the technical components of healthcare to help reduce medical errors, increase efficiency, reduce costs, and make savvy service decisions for the populations being served.

The mission of the program is to prepare a diverse group of highly effective health informatics leaders that utilize multifaceted strategies for the design, development, and adoption of innovative IT-based and data analytic skill sets that are necessary to transform and improve healthcare delivery, administration, research, and outcomes.

The vision of the program is to create Health Informatics leaders in the health data and applied informatics field. 

The Master of Science in Health Informatics is 33 credits. There is no room in the degree for elective credits.

A minimum ‘B-‘ grade is required in all graduate courses. Students must obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) in order to graduate. All students refer to the Academic Probation policy regarding grade lower than a ‘B-‘ in the graduate program.

Core Courses

HIF 530: Healthcare Informatics and Technology


HIF 540: Advanced Vocabularies and Classification Systems


HIF 550: Clinical Database Management


HIF 615: Information Technology Project Management


HIF 635: Advanced Data Analytics


HIF 645: Healthcare Information Security Systems


Healthcare Data Analytics


Systems Design and Software Development


Research Methods in Health Care


Advanced Healthcare Finance


Capstone: Healthcare, Assessment, Evaluation and Research  


Core Total


 Program Prerequisite

  • MAT 105: Statistics, or successfully complete a non-credit, online statistics course as defined by Charter Oak State College by the beginning of their second term of the program to remain in the program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Health Informatics will be able to:

  1. apply healthcare informatics and technology concepts and skills to case studies and real-world situations;
  2. calculate and assess health data and statistical data for decision making in the healthcare environment;
  3. develop policies and procedures for healthcare organizations in areas such as legal, ethical, privacy and security and information governance;
  4. improve the various healthcare functions associated with the integration of information technology by implementing technology initiatives;
  5. develop system design and software initiatives for healthcare organizations;
  6. compile, conduct and create new information based the use of technology and datasets through data analytics;
  7. determine best practices for implementation of technology initiatives through effective project management;
  8. compare and contrast the varying medical vocabularies and classification systems for best use in health information technology initiatives.