Level up with an online M.S. in Health Informatics!
Do you want to help transform the world of Health Care? The M.S. HI program will help to create and grow highly effective leaders in the fields of Health Data and Applied Informatics. Graduates of the program will gain critical knowledge of the innovative tech and analytical skills needed today to transform and improve healthcare delivery, administration, research and outcomes.
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 Master of Science in Health Informatics is 33 credits. There is no room in the degree for elective credits.
Pre-requisites: Statistics, Health Care Analytics to Advanced Data Analytics, Research Methods in Health Care to Capstone.
Healthcare Informatics and Technology3 credits
Advanced Healthcare Finance3 credits
Research Methods in Healthcare3 credits
Clinical Database Management3 credits
Advanced Vocabularies and Classification Systems3 credits
Healthcare Data Analytics3 credits
Systems Design and Software Development3 credits
Information Technology Project Management3 credits
Advanced Data Analytics3 credits
Healthcare Information Security Systems3 credits
Capstone: Healthcare, Assessment, Evaluation and Research3 credits
Core Total33 credits
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or international institution equivalent to a U.S. regionally accredited institution, with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students with GPA’s between 2.7 and 3.0 may be considered in combination with other admissions criteria.
- Professional resume.
- 500-700 word essay describing specific career goals and objectives and motivation to pursue the advanced degree.
- An undergraduate course in Statistics is required. This may be satisfied by taking MAT 105 Statistics from Charter Oak, or an equivalent transfer course. It may also be fulfilled by the completion of an online, non-credit statistics review course administered by Charter Oak by the beginning of the second term of the program.
- 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 should refer to the Academic Probation policy regarding grades lower than a 'B-' in the graduate program.
- The S&E workforce has shown sustained growth for more than half a century.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that, during the period 2010–2020, employment in S&E occupations will grow by 18.7%, compared to 14.3% for all occupations.
- Individuals employed in S&E occupations earn considerably more than the median earnings for all occupations. Median earnings for S&E occupations were $74,380 in 2009 and $78,270 in 2012. Median earnings for all occupations were $33,190 in 2009 and $34,750 in 2012.
Kelly Fast, MS, RHIA
Brooke N. Palkie, EdD, RHIA, FAHIMA
Outcomes & Pathways
Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Health Informatics will be able to:
- Apply healthcare informatics and technology concepts and skills to case studies and real-world situations.
- Calculate and assess health data and statistical data for decision making in the healthcare environment.
- Develop policies and procedures for healthcare organizations in areas such as legal, ethical, privacy and security and information governance.
- Improve the various healthcare functions associated with the integration of information technology by implementing technology initiatives.
- Develop system design and software initiatives for healthcare organizations.
- Compile, conduct and create new information based the use of technology and datasets through data analytics.
- Determine best practices for implementation of technology initiatives through effective project management.
- Compare and contrast the varying medical vocabularies and classification systems for best use in health information technology initiatives.
Save Time & Money with Transfer Credit and/or Prior Learning Assessment
Applicants may transfer in up to 6 graduate-level credits from other regionally accredited institutions if the credits are equivalent to the content offered in one of the required courses of the program. Transfer credits must be no more than 10 years old and the student must have earned a “B” or better.
Students may also be able to earn up to 6 credits through an assessment of their prior learning and evaluation of credentials earned.
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- 33 credit program
- 8-week courses
- Expert Faculty