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MSHI - Master of Science in Health Informatics

Master of Science (M.S.)

About

The mission of the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program is to provide students with a graduate education that will further their careers as leaders and innovators in health informatics.  The program supports its mission by offering a multidisciplinary curriculum that encourages both research-based and experiential learning. 

Health informatics is defined as the knowledge, skills, and tools that enable information to be collected, managed, used, and shared for supporting the delivery of healthcare services and promoting health. Health informatics is one of the fastest-growing segments of information technology and computer science. It is an application of information technology and computing disciplines for solving problems in the field of healthcare. The need to reduce cost and increase efficiency within healthcare sectors is leading to the development of new healthcare concepts like managed care. Recent development in healthcare sector creates the need for data collation and analysis, thereby strengthening the need for adequate information systems. Although the role of information technology within the healthcare sector is gaining importance, understanding of its potential still remains fragmented.

employment opportunities for graduates of the MSHI include:

  • Chief Information Officer
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Health Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Health Data/Information Resource Manager
  • Health Information Management Director
  • Health Information System Application Designer
  • Healthcare Programmer/Systems Analyst
  • Information Technology Consultant

Program Goals and Objectives

Program Goal 1: Students will evaluate the interrelationships between information technology and healthcare services, and the ways these two areas influence and transform each other.

  • Objective 1: Apply systems analysis and design theory to health informatics problems.
  • Objective 2: Generalize the digital transformation of healthcare.
  • Objective 3: Summarize the evolution of health informatics.

Program Goal 2: Students will demonstrate the technical, management, and quantitative skillset necessary to succeed as health informatics professionals.

  • Objective 1: Synthesize database and data analytics theory with health informatics.
  • Objective 2: Apply project management concepts to health informatics issues.
  • Objective 3: Employ methods for quantitative analysis and decision making to health informatics problems.

Program Goal 3: Students will incorporate ethical principles and values into their professional practices.

  • Objective 1: Analyze the United States healthcare system and how it functions.
  • Objective 2: Explore how ethical and legal issues impact decision-making in the healthcare industry.

Program Goal 4: Students will model effective leadership strategies in a variety of settings.

  • Objective 1: Examine the formulation, adoption, and implementation of public policy and its effects on healthcare delivery.
  • Objective 2: Develop strategies, based on leadership theories, for sustaining change in the healthcare industry.

Fast Facts

  • Health Informatics is applying computer science solutions to healthcare problems.
  • Health Informatics is one of the fastest growing areas. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook is over 18% for the next 10 years.
  • Limestone University’s Graduate Health Informatics Program is designed with the working adult in mind. 10 courses. One course per term. 100% online. Carefully selected to combine computer science and healthcare. Outstanding faculty.
  • You can earn your Master of Science in Health Informatics from Limestone University in a little over a year and a half!

Market Trends

The Master of Science in Health Informatics is designed to meet shortages in the health informatics workforce.  Further support from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics in the table below indicates the projected growth for health informatics.  According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for health informatics is up 18% over the next ten years, which could translate to as many as 71,600 new jobs. Limestone University’s Master of Science in Health Informatics addresses this growing need for more skilled health informatics professionals.  

Health Informatics
2019 Median Pay$100,980 per year
Typical Entry-Level EducationBachelor's degree 
Work Experience in a Related OccupationLess than 5 years 
On-the-job TrainingNone 
Number of Jobs, 2019406,100
Job Outlook, 2019-2918% (Much faster than average) 
Employment Change, 2019-2971,600
Optional Text Below Courses

 

Projected Course Sequence

Year and Term

Course and Credits

 

August 2021 Term 5

HC 601 - Healthcare Delivery in the United States (3 credits)

 

October 2021 Term 6

CS 604 - Systems Analysis and Design (3 credits)

 

January 2022 Term 1

HS 606 - Epidemiology and Public Health (3 credits)

March 2022 Term 2

HC 610 - Healthcare Information Systems (3 credits)

May 2022 Term 3

CS 605 - Database Design and Data Analytics (3 credits)

July 2022 Term 4

MA 550 - Quantitative Methods for Managers (3 credits)

August 2022 Term 5

HC 520 - Healthcare Policy (3 credits)

October 2022 Term 6

HC 620 - Healthcare Ethics and Legal Issues (3 credits)

January 2023 Term 1

CS 641 - Project Management (3 credits)

March 2023 Term 2

HC 650 - Healthcare Leadership and Change (3 credits)

Requirement Notes

  1. Complete required courses with a B average (3.0 GPA)
  2. A total of 30 credit hours consisting of the following courses.

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