Lead Faculty: Ms. Linda Travis Macomber
As healthcare makes dramatic strides to adopt new information and communication technologies, there is a growing demand for health informatics professionals. This rapidly-developing field is only beginning to unlock the vast promise of using electronic-based information to advance health care and ultimately improve the health of individuals and populations. The MS in Health Informatics is a graduate professional degree designed to enhance the practice of health informatics by preparing students for career growth to mid-level and leadership positions within healthcare organizations, technology, and consulting firms. This program is intended for students interested in the effective use of information technologies and systems to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and affordability of healthcare.
The MS Health Informatics program leverages the rich collective strengths, synergies, faculty, and resources of National University Center for Technology and Health Sciences and the Schools of Health and Human Services, Engineering and Technology, and Business and Management. Program study includes coursework related to:
1) Information Systems - leadership and management of healthcare applications; including analysis, design, adoption, and optimization
2) Information Technology - effective use of database and systems administration, computer networks, security, programming, and wireless devices
3) Informatics - the structured language of healthcare, standards, data structures, health information exchange, decision support, care coordination, consumer health, socio-technical aspects of health computing, human-computer interaction, and evidenced-based practice
Along with a broad understanding of health and human services, technology, information systems, leadership, and the culture of healthcare, students apply health informatics knowledge through experiential learning opportunities with case studies, research, simulations, and a capstone project. Graduates are prepared for various roles related to leveraging technology to enhance the collection, communication, exchange, aggregation, analysis, and use of information across the health care ecosystem.
(12 courses; 54 quarter units)
The receive a MS in Health Informatics degree, students must complete at least 54 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Refer to the section on graduate admissions requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.
This program is available online.