Program Overview:

Medical Informatics Online

The part-time MMI program prepares students for opportunities across the spectrum of health care delivery, from designing and implementing electronic medical record systems for hospitals and private entities, to consulting with physician practices. Students explore current systems as well as industry trends and develop essential skills such as change management and negotiation. Whether a student has a clinical or IT background, the program provides specific course tracks to fill any skill gaps. Students also benefit from a partnership with the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, a leader in the wired medical community. The MMI program also helps prepare students for board certification in medical informatics, a designated medical subspecialty. The MMI program recently hosted industry experts for an online seminar on ICD-10—Read more.

Inside MMI

David M. Liebovitz, MD
Faculty Director, MS in Medical Informatics program
Chief Medical Information Officer, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine/Health and Biomedical Informatics, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

  • Medical Director for clinical information systems at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Physician leader for implementation and optimization of campus electronic records

Program Goals

  • Assess the informatics needs and system constraints within health care organizations from clinical, operational and financial perspectives.
  • Create a vision for electronic health records demonstrating how principles of effective implementation and use positively influence the quality and efficiency of health care delivery and healthcare research.
  • Synthesize at leadership and managerial levels the privacy, security, legal, ethical and social challenges inherent to the informatics industry.

Program Tracks

Most students starting the MMI program have either a technical or a clinical background. To provide everyone with a foundation for success in the core program, students are placed into one of two tracks upon admission:

The Technologist Track is for students with a technical background and consists of two courses to introduce them to the American health care system and the clinical landscape.

The Clinician Track is for students with clinical backgrounds and consists of two courses designed to familiarize them with basic concepts in computer databases and networking.

Curriculum Requirements

Current students should refer to curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program. 

A minimum of 11 units of credit are required for the MMI degree, with each course counting as one unit of credit. The curriculum applies to the MMI online and MD/MMI degrees. (Students may be required to complete up to 13 courses in order to gain the necessary background in the field). Students must complete 1-4 track courses (these are assigned to students upon admission based on their background, educational experience, etc.), 7 core courses, a leadership course which will give students fundamental skills in effective leadership, communication, innovation and change management, and a capstone project.

Final Project

Students may pursue their capstone experience independently or as part of a team. As their final course, students take either the individual research project in an independent study format or the classroom final project class in which students integrate the knowledge they have gained in the core curriculum in a project presented by the instructor. In both cases students are guided by faculty in exploring the body of knowledge on medical informatics while contributing research of practical value to the field. The capstone independent project and capstone class project count as one unit of credit.

  • MED_INF 498 Capstone Project or
  • MED_INF 590 Thesis Research

Core Courses:

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