Program Overview:

Online Master's in Medical Informatics

At the convergence of health care and information technology lies the exciting, evolving field of medical informatics. Offered in partnership with the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, the part-time MS in Medical Informatics program prepares students for opportunities across the spectrum of patient care delivery, from designing and implementing electronic record systems for hospitals and private entities, to consulting with physician practices. Students explore current and emerging health IT systems, while developing essential skills such as change management and negotiation. Students also benefit from a partnership with the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, a leader in the wired medical community. The MMI program also provides preparation for board certification in medical informatics, a designated medical subspecialty. MMI students come from a range of backgrounds — introductory courses in IT and clinical areas may be waived for those with substantial experience in those areas. 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.

Medical Informatics Faculty Perspective

David M. Liebovitz, MD
Faculty director for the MS in Medical Informatics program and chief medical information officer for the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. Liebovitz serves as medical director for clinical information systems at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and physician leader for the implementation and optimization of campus electronic records. Liebovitz is also an associate professor of preventive medicine/health and biomedical informatics at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

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 health  care research.
  • Synthesize at leadership and managerial levels the privacy, security, legal, ethical and social challenges inherent to the informatics industry.

Curriculum Requirements

The Master's in Medical Informatics requires the successful completion of a minimum of 11 units of credit, with each course counting as one unit of credit. (Students may be required to complete up to 13 courses in order to gain the necessary background in the field). Students complete between one and four track courses (assigned to students upon admission to the program), seven core courses, a leadership course and a capstone (498) or thesis (590) project. Current students should refer to curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

Core Courses:

  • LEADERS 481-DL Leadership
  • MED_INF 403-DL Intro to Med Informatics
  • MED_INF 404-DL Health Care Operations
  • MED_INF 405-DL HIT Standards
  • MED_INF 406-DL Decision Support Systems
  • MED_INF 407-DL Legal, Ethical, Social Issues
  • MED_INF 408-DL Acquisition and Assessment
  • MED_INF 409-DL Biostatistics
  • MED_INF 498-DL Capstone Project
  • MED_INF 590-DL Thesis Research