Program Overview:

Masters in Health Informatics

Learn to optimize the use of information to improve the health of the communities you serve

The dynamic field of health informatics operates at the convergence of health care and information technology. The exciting new online MS in Health Informatics (MHI) program is offered in partnership with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, a leader in the medical community. MHI prepares students for emerging opportunities and roles across the health care enterprise. Students prepare to leverage technology tools and data for more efficient, patient-centered health care services delivery and improved population health, while developing essential skills such as organizational change leadership and project management.

MHI students come from a range of backgrounds that are reflected in three distinct program specializations: Clinical Informatics, Health Technology Informatics, and Health Administration Informatics. Introductory courses in information technology and clinical practice may be waived for those with substantial experience in those areas. For students who pursue the Clinical Informatics specialization, the MHI program also prepares them for board certification in medical informatics, a designated medical subspecialty. Fully accredited, SPS online courses marry the best aspects of online technology with the interactivity of the classroom in a format designed to work with students' busy schedules. Find out more about online learning at SPS.

Program Goals

  • Anticipate and assess evolving health informatics needs from clinical, technical, operational and financial perspectives.    
  • Create a vision for the use of information to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient-centered care and public health.    
  • Nurture the development of leadership skills to navigate the privacy, security, legal, regulatory, ethical and social challenges inherent to health informatics.

Areas of Specialization

This program offers three areas of specialization, which must be declared at the time of application:


Curriculum Requirements

The Master of Science in Health Informatics will require the successful completion of 12 courses to obtain a degree, with each course counting as one unit of credit. Students complete five core courses including a leadership course and a capstone (498) or thesis (590) project, four required courses, and three elective courses corresponding to a chosen area of specialization: clinical informatics, health technology and health administration. View course descriptions or specialization details.

Health Informatics Faculty Perspective

Core Courses:

  • LEADERS 481-DL Leadership
  • MHI 401-DL American Health Care System
  • MHI 403-DL Fundamental Health Informatics
  • MHI 407-DL Legal, Ethical & Social Issues
  • MHI 498-DL Capstone Project
  • MHI 590-DL Thesis Research