Medical Informatics

Information is not knowledge. —Albert Einstein

Medical Informatics—MS

Fast Facts

  • The program can be completed entirely online.
  • At the end of this program students will be familiar with healthcare security, disease management, evidence-based medicine, and complex medical decisions.
  • Employment in this field is growing faster than the national average. Students with a Medical Informatics MS degree will excel in areas such as hospital and healthcare systems, health informatics firms, research laboratories, computer/information security firms, medical technology firms, public health organizations, medical software companies, insurance companies, and government organizations.

Learn more about the Medical Informatics programs.

Graduate Programs in Medical Informatics

Medical informatics is the intersection of information science, computer science, and healthcare. This field deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. This program will cover the multi-disciplinary field of medical informatics including medical decision support systems, telemedicine, medical ethics, consumer health informatics, international healthcare systems, global health informatics, translational research informatics, and home care. Our program focuses on complex medical decisions, evidence-based medicine, disease management, and comprehensive laboratory informatics. Students will learn how to design and implement innovative applications, and promote new technologies to improve healthcare.

Established regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Act (HIPAA) include specific security and compliance provisions for the healthcare sector. The advancement of technology in the medical field, accompanied by the requirements to keep sensitive data confidential, creates the need for employees with an advanced medical informatics and data security education.

The Master of Science in Medical Informatics is designed to:

  1. Deepen students' understanding and knowledge of medical informatics and computer/information security;
  2. Provide students with research opportunities within the field of medical informatics;
  3. Provide a flexible curriculum to allow for both traditional and nontraditional graduate students.

Graduates of this program will be qualified in areas such as hospital and healthcare systems, health informatics firms, research laboratories, computer/information security firms, medical technology firms, public health organizations, medical software companies, insurance companies, and government organizations. They will also be qualified for several job opportunities in the fields of pharmacy, the biomedical industry, dentistry, clinical care, and nursing.

Master's Degree: Thesis Option

This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor.  The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

The minimum requirements are as follows:

Course work (minimum)20 credits
Thesis research6–10 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Report Option

This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project:

Course work24 credits
Report2–6 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Course Work Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. Research credits may be used on a case-by-case basis following the approval of the graduate program director. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:

Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)18 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits