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Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI)

About the MSHI Program


The online MSHI Degree provides a foundation in business concepts needed to advance health information technologies (health IT). The goal of the MSHI online program is to develop comprehensive knowledge in the methodologies to acquire, store, retrieve, and use health information in medicine to support healthcare and research enterprises. MSHI will teach students to lead the creation and advancement and health equity in health informatics. 

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The ideal student will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and an interest in allied health, IT, or business. These individuals seek to work in areas of health informatics, e.g., clinical decision support, health IT, health management, telemedicine, project management, or consumer health informatics. 


This 35-credit hour, 14-month, online degree is designed to give individuals the flexibility to pursue advance training in health informatics. The program offers students a unique combination of courses in a lockstep cohort format in.The program offers students a unique combination of courses in a lockstep cohort format in clinical operations & communication, clinical decision support, health IT standards & interoperability, data mining & analytics, big data management, practical applications of machine learning & artificial intelligence (ML & AI), business fundamentals, and real world learning experiences through a hands on technical capstone practicum.




Health informatics uses IT to organize and analyze health records to improve healthcare outcomes. This discipline has been around for 30+ years, but the rate of growth of this market increased largely due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law in 2009. This law includes the Health Information and Technology for Economic Clinical Health Act (HITECH). HITECH formulated the Meaningful Use (MU) program under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of health informatics is estimated to grow at a rate > 25% every 10 years. This results in the creation of 50,000 new jobs every year. Hence, the health informatics workforce is one of the fastest growing sectors (Bureau of Labor Statistics). The infrastructure supporting this industry aims to improve healthcare quality, decrease medical errors, reduce health disparities, and advance delivery of patient-centered care to the historically underserved. 


Online Course Calendar 2021-2022


Start Date

Finish Date

Final Grades Posted

Fall 2021
(Terms I & II)

Monday, Aug. 23 Saturday, October 16 October 21
Monday, October 18 Saturday, Dec. 11 December 16

Spring 2022
(Terms I & II)

Monday, Jan. 3 Saturday, Feb. 26 March 3 
Monday, Feb. 28 Saturday, April 23 April 28

Summer 2022
(Terms I & II)

Monday, May 2 Saturday, June 25 June 30
Monday, June 27 Saturday, Aug. 20 Aug. 25

Scheduled Breaks

  • Winter Break: 12/12/21- 01/02/22
  • Spring Break: 4/24/22 - 5/1/22


Cohorts begin each Fall & Spring semester.

Spring 2022 

Cohorts will begin during the spring semester. Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort are due November 1, 2021.
Spring 2021 cohort deadlines:

  • Applications open - Feb. 1
  • Applications close - Nov. 15
  • Classes begin - Jan. 3

Fall 2022 Cohort

A new cohort will begin each fall semester. Applications for Fall 2022 cohort are due July 16, 2022. 

Fall 2022 cohort deadlines:

  • Applications open – Jan. 1
  • Applications close – July 16

Admissions and Tuition Information

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