MSM Announces Online Health Information Technology Degree

Morehouse School of Medicine Announces Online Degree Program Focused on Health Information Technology

Five-week Summer Bridge Program Offers Chance to Explore Field Before Applying

ATLANTA, GA – Jan. 27, 2021 – Morehouse School of Medicine will soon offer a new online master’s degree program in health informatics, a rapidly growing field that uses information technology to organize and analyze health records to improve healthcare outcomes.

Pending final approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, MSM’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics program will provide a foundation in business components that advance health information technologies and provide comprehensive knowledge in the methodologies that support healthcare and clinical research enterprises.

Health informatics deals with the resources, devices, and methods to utilize acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and medicine. Tools include medical terminology, information and communication systems and computer technology. Healthcare informatics provides electronic access to medical records for patients, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, insurance companies, and health information technicians. 

MSM also has created a five-week prep program that enables prospective students to gain insight into the health informatics field prior to applying to the MSHI program. Students selected to attend the online Summer Bridge to Health Informatics Pipeline Program will receive:

  • Guaranteed admission to the 14-month online Master of Science in Health Informatics program, along with a $1,000 scholarship,
  • $500 stipend upon completion of the summer program,
  • Career preparation; and
  • Interaction with health informatics experts.

“Morehouse School of Medicine continues to prepare students for exciting career opportunities through programs such as the Master of Science in Health Informatics,” said Angelita Howard, EdD, assistant dean for Online Education and Expanded Programs. “The field of health informatics is estimated to grow at more than 25% every 10 years, 7% higher than the average job growth rate, with the potential to offer 50,000 new jobs each year. This program provides not only a competitive knowledge base and skill set, but the opportunity for a career in one of the fastest-growing job sectors.”

Key Dates

  • MSHI Program: Friday, July 16 – Application deadline | Monday, Aug. 23 – Classes begin
  • Summer Bridge to Health Informatics: Friday, April 23 - Application deadline

For information: Darryl Isom, 404-752-8668 |

About Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine is located in Atlanta, GA. The historically Black institution exists to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities; increase the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce; and address primary health care through programs in education, research and service, with emphasis on people of color and the underserved urban and rural populations in Georgia, the nation, and the world. The faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctorate and master’s degrees. To learn more, visit

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