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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. The MHI prepares students for emerging opportunities and roles across the healthcare enterprise. Students prepare to leverage technology tools and data for more efficient, patient-centered healthcare 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.

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Henry Gabb, PhD

I looked at other programs, but none stressed the level of aptitude of Northwestern. My classmates were already working professionals at the top of their fields. For a remote program, it was great to be in class with people I could learn from.”

— Henry Gabb, PhD (MHI'12), Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation

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.

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 Master's in Health Informatics Admission page.

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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