Health Informatics—MS

Medical or health informatics focuses on information technology to positively impact the patient - physician relationship through effective collection, safeguarding, and understanding of health data.

What is Health Informatics?

Medical informatics is the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. 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 covers the multidisciplinary field of informatics, decision support systems, telemedicine, ethics, consumer health informatics, international healthcare systems, global health informatics, translational research informatics, and home care. Students will learn how to design and implement innovative applications and promote new technologies to improve health care. Our program is designed to focus on:

  • complex medical decisions
  • evidence-based medicine
  • disease management
  • population health management

Established regulations, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability 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 a graduate program that offers medical informatics education and provides course work and study in the critical area of data security.

The Master of Science in Health Informatics is designed to

  • deepen understanding and knowledge of medical informatics and computer/information security
  • provide research opportunities within the field of medical informatics
  • provide a flexible curriculum to allow for both traditional and nontraditional graduate students

Graduates will be qualified to work in 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 governmental organizations.