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Master's in Health Informatics

Master's in Health Informatics Online

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

The dynamic field of health informatics operates at the convergence of healthcare and information technology. The 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 students prepare for emerging opportunities and roles across the healthcare enterprise in classes taught by thought leaders in the informatics field. Graduates leave the program ready to leverage technology tools and data for more efficient, patient-centered healthcare delivery and improved population health, and apply 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. 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.

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Regina Schwind

I chose Northwestern’s MHI program because it has a reputation for high quality education, but also because it’s very authentic — instructors work in clinical, pharmaceutical, and healthcare administration settings, applying what they teach and keeping coursework relevant as the field evolves.”

Regina Schwind (MHI '19), Director, Clinical Data

About the MS in Health Informatics

Master's in Health Informatics Program Goals

An interdisciplinary professional program, MHI graduates will possess the knowledge, skills and aptitude to:

  • 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.

Health Informatics Curriculum & Specializations

Students are required to complete 12 courses to earn the degree. Students complete five core courses including a leadership course and a capstone or thesis project, four required courses, and three elective courses corresponding to a chosen area of Health Informatics Specialization: clinical informatics, health technology, or health administration. Current student should refer to the Health Informatics Curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

 

Susan Hahn-Reizner

Health care organizations face challenges related to disruptive innovation, heightened sensitivity to costs, disparities in access to innovative therapies, and the need to improve interoperability among disparate systems and information sources. Leveraging data sets and applying emerging tools and technologies can improve health equity, expand access to care, and empower patients. This is the dynamic, transformational work of Health Informatics. This is the work of our program. It’s an agile, future-facing program that anticipates where health informatics is heading and prepares our students to lead the continuing evolution of health care.”

Susan Hahn Reizner, JD, CCEP, Faculty Director, MHI Program

MS in Health Informatics Online Courses

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Master's in Health Informatics Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Admission page for SPS graduate programs.

Tuition and Financial Aid for Health Informatics

Tuition for the Master's in Health Informatics program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Financial aid opportunities exist for students at Northwestern. Complete details can be found on the Health Informatics Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Registration Information for Health Informatics

Already accepted into the Master's in Health Informatics program? Get ahead and register for your classes as soon as possible to ensure maximum efficiency in your trajectory.

 

Careers in Health Informatics

Once primarily the purview of physicians and technologists, health informatics now engages a much broader and growing spectrum of clinical, technical, administrative, and financial services professionals collaborating in hospitals, group practices, nursing care centers, home health agencies, laboratories, community care facilities and family services agencies, among other settings. Increasingly, the challenges and opportunities of this burgeoning field also attract innovators and entrepreneurs from industries outside the health care mainstream. Those with appropriately rigorous education in the field will likely find significant professional opportunity. For details visit the Health Informatics Career Options page.

Health Informatics Faculty

Instructors in the Master's in Health Informatics program at Northwestern are leaders in the field. They bring practical real-world experiences to the online classroom and engage with students on an interpersonal level. Get to know the instructors on our Health Informatics Faculty page.

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