Master of Science in Health Informatics

Master of Science in Health Informatics

Health informatics is a field that focuses on the storage, use, and analysis of healthcare data. Health informatics adapts theories and methods from various disciplines including computer science, information sciences, and healthcare. Professionals in Health Informatics design and use information systems and data to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of patient care. Thus, these professionals must have knowledge of the processes and tools used to record, store and analyze healthcare data. Particularly, they must have a deep understanding of electronic health records, databases, data analytics, data standards, clinical vocabularies, system design/software development, and the healthcare system.

Department Chair and Program Director: David Marc, PhD, CHDA

Program

The Health Informatics graduate program is structured as a flexible, distance learning, online program that accommodates working professionals to pursue an advanced degree in the healthcare field. Students engage in coursework using an online learning management system, which is accessible from the student's home computer. Course content is provided with recorded online lectures, readings, interactive activities, and some courses offer periodic live web-based sessions. Many of the courses are offered in an accelerated 8-week format versus the traditional 16-weeks. This way, students can expedite their graduate studies and progress their career forward.

The Master of Science in Health Informatics requires the completion of 42 credits. Students must complete the required online course work and a final applied project that includes a research paper and presentation. Students can expect to obtain exposure to a variety of health information technology applications including electronic health record systems, databases management software, computer-programming languages, and statistical software. Students take courses that emphasize the foundations of health informatics, healthcare delivery, project management, health information technology, data management, medical vocabularies, data analytics, database methods, computer security, software development, consumer informatics, and human factors. For more information about the required coursework, visit the MS Health Informatics webpage

Departmental policies

Applicants must submit:

Official transcripts of all college coursework; 
An essay describing work experience and career goals;
 Two completed graduate recommendations.

Admission

Students must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants with international transcripts or non-citizen status should consult with an Admissions Representative for additional requirements.
A prerequisite to be admitted into the program is demonstrated coursework in statistics, with an emphasis on inferential statistical methods.
A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 system is required. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or above.

Retention

Credit toward the degree will be given for courses with a grade of "C" or better; students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A maximum of six graduate semester credits may be transferred from another college or university, if approved by The College of St. Scholastica. The Master's degree program must be completed within seven years. Credits more than seven years old as of the date of graduation will not count toward the degree completion.

Departmental Outcomes

Mission of the Program
In concert with the missions of The College of St. Scholastica, the School of Health Sciences, and the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management, the mission of the Health Informatics program is to provide an innovative professional education that is designed to prepare graduates of the master’s program to be well prepared to meet the demands of the ever-changing healthcare industry.

Vision of the Program
To be a national leader in innovative and advanced education in health informatics.

The MS in Health Informatics Program prepares and challenges students to:

  • Describe the flow of data within the US healthcare system
  • Develop and assess information systems and processes to improve quality, effectiveness and efficiency of care
  • Design and maintain medical databases, computer networks, and internet or multimedia applications
  • Analyze data to assess facility performance, reporting, and for research purposes
  • Design and assess evidence-based protocols based on available data
  • Design technology to meet the needs of multiple stakeholders
  • Interpret terminologies, standards, and classification systems
  • Enhance the quality and uses of data within the healthcare industry.
  • Interpret governmental regulations related to patient data and quality reporting
  • Comply with standards and regulations regarding health information.
  • Evaluate the impact of information technology on the clinical process, clinical outcome, organizations, and resources.
  • Work collaboratively with others to meet demands of healthcare organizations and key stakeholders