Make an Impact with a Degree in Health Informatics
The online Master of Science in Health Informatics (MS HI) is a direct response by the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) to changes in the health care industry and the growing demand for skilled health informatics professionals. UC MS HI graduates are well prepared to improve patient care, quality, efficiency, safety and population health through the use of information technology and systems. This advanced and engaging program was designed in conjunction with the College of Business to create true, well-rounded leaders in the field of health information technology.
- Accelerated – Graduate in as little as 1 year with the full-time program, or two years with the part-time option
- Relevancy – Focus on information systems, informatics and information technology
- Balance – Pursue an education that is 100% online and achieved on your schedule
- Opportunity – Build your career at the intersection of health and technology
- Experience – Interact with faculty who are active leaders from the fields of health care and information systems
UC is ranked one of the “Top 200 Public Universities” by U.S. News & World Report, and the Lindner College of Business Master of Science in Business Analytics is ranked one of “North America’s Top 20 Programs” by InformationWeek (only eight U.S. business school data analytics programs made the list). Read more about our rankings.
UC is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Read more about our accreditations.
Who Should Choose Health Informatics?
Health informatics is a multifaceted discipline firmly established at the intersection of information technology and health. For active health professionals and information systems professionals who are looking for a future-focused career path, health informatics is a rapidly developing field full of opportunity.
Integrated into the operations of all modern health care organizations, health informatics practice includes the people, processes, technology, and systems required to acquire, store, retrieve, optimize and use health information. Informatics is a natural transition for those in health-oriented occupations including medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, occupational therapy, and medical research. It is also a good fit for tech-savvy and technology-focused occupations related to information systems. Some professions that could thrive in the realm of health informatics include systems analysts, software developers, data analysts, information scientists, programmers, system administrators, and information security analysts.
Whether you are an existing health care professional or work in life sciences, public health, computer science, health information management, academia, information technology or any of the related fields – a career in health informatics can be a natural transition to a more challenging and rewarding profession.
Why Choose the UC Master’s in Health Informatics Degree?
Many organizations now see health informatics as an essential component in providing more efficient, coordinated and secure care. They depend on health informatics to contribute to improving the overall quality of patient care now and in the future. Because it is backed by prominent health care organizations including the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Nursing Association (ANA), and by the insurance industry, and because it is widely implemented throughout health care, today health informatics is a growing field full of professional opportunities.
University of Cincinnati’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics program was designed by an interdisciplinary group of professionals in academia and practice to prepare active health, health care, and information systems professionals with the practical and leadership skills necessary for leadership opportunities at the forefront of health informatics. Designed from the ground up, the online program specifically addresses the areas of health informatics for which employers and organizations are hiring. Students will examine the diverse health and health care landscape and discover how technology is incorporated throughout the industry. Other courses in the curriculum focus on health data analytics, clinical information systems, privacy and security, database design, standards, process and workflow, project management, communication, leadership, and strategic planning.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of health informatics is expected to grow 22.4 percent between 2010 and 2020. This future growth is virtually assured with the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and the growth of Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), which have become a substantial part of the American health care system. These changes guarantee that health informatics will play a large role in the future, as health care providers are incentivized to coordinate patient care in order to optimize health outcomes and reduce costs.
Following CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education) guidelines, the curriculum represents a focused examination of the techniques, technologies and resources required for optimizing the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in the field of health care. Graduates will be uniquely prepared to build their careers on the cutting edge of health care and positively affect patient care and population health throughout the future.
Health Informatics Foundation Courses (6 credits)
- The Healthcare and Public Health Landscape (3 Credits)
- Health Informatics, Information Systems and Technology (3 Credits)
Health Informatics Core Courses (24 credits)
- Vocabularies, Terminology, Knowledge Discovery and Related Health Information Technology Standards (3 Credits)
- Health Information Legislation, Privacy and Security (3 Credits)
- Workflow Process Analysis, System Development, Human Factors and Usability (3 Credits)
- Project and Program Management (3 Credits)
- Leadership and Strategic Management in Health Settings (3 Credits)
- Database Modeling and Design (3 Credits)**
- Introduction to Statistics, Health Data Analytics, and Business Intelligence (3 Credits)**
- Advanced Health Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Reporting (3 Credits)**
**Courses taught in the College of Business
Health Informatics Capstone Courses (6 credits)
- Practicum I (3 credits)
- Practicum II (3 credits)
The Healthcare and Public Health Landscape
This course focuses on U.S. healthcare and public health topics such as healthcare delivery, public health services, performance, organization, financing and technology. Key emerging global health topics are taught. The course introduces key public policy impacting health and healthcare, such as policy advocating for patient-centered care, efficiency, quality and safety. The course introduces the role of health information technology and electronic health information sharing. This course also introduces and compares key healthcare quality initiatives.
Health Informatics, Information Systems and Technology
This course introduces the discipline of health informatics and covers emerging trends Various information systems, technologies and applications utilized in the context of health and healthcare are introduced. Their characteristics, strengths, challenges, purpose and impact are taught. Impact on patients, populations and healthcare providers is emphasized. Factors influencing adoption and use of various clinical and health information systems and technologies are taught. Key information technologies and systems such as electronic health records, health information exchanges, personal health records, public health information systems and mobile health technologies are introduced in this course. Topics such as telemedicine, interoperability and technical concepts are taught and evaluation framework is applied.
Vocabularies, Terminology, Knowledge Discovery and Related Health Information Technology Standards
Students are introduced to a various electronic health information standards such as vocabulary, terminology and messaging standards. Students apply knowledge discovery and extraction techniques such as natural language processing and text mining for health and healthcare scenario. This course introduces standards for health and healthcare data communication, storage and representation, emphasizing new paradigms.
Health Information Legislation, Privacy and Security
This course introduces legislation relevant to electronic health information privacy and information security. Topics such as electronic health information privacy and security safeguards, risk assessment methodology and contingency planning are taught. Students learn how to mitigate risk to business continuity and plan for disaster recovery.
Workflow Process Analysis, System Development, Human Factors and Usability
This course teaches best practices for workflow process mapping, analysis, and process redesign in health settings. Students learn how to analyze workflow in the context of health information system and technology development and implementation. Students experience depicting workflow and system requirements using process modeling notation. The stages of health information system development are taught. Students are introduced to research on usability and human factors topics such as human computer interaction and user interface design in the context of workflow. Usability and human factors able to enhance quality, patient care, efficiency, performance, safety and satisfaction are emphasized.
Project and Program Management
This course applies project and program management knowledge and frameworks to health and healthcare scenarios specifically focusing on health information technology projects and programs. The course focuses mostly on project management but introduces key knowledge and frameworks utilized by program managers. Topics such as professional communication, team building, project integration management, project risk management, project time management, and project quality management are covered. Students learn the characteristics of a successful project and program. Advanced principles of project scheduling and control are taught. This course is aligned to Project Management Institute’s standards.
Leadership and Strategic Management in Health Settings
Students learn theories and best practices of leadership, understanding how to manage people and change in the context of health information technology implementation and use. Strategic management practices are covered in this course. Students are introduced to financial management and contract and vendor management. Students also learn best practices for managing the information technology consulting experience.
Database Modeling and Design
This course teaches students principles of data modeling and database design. Students gain hands-on experience data modeling, designing and developing a database for a health scenario. Students gain experience with a querying language such as structured query language (SQL).
Introduction to Statistics, Health Data Analytics, and Business Intelligence
This is a two-part course. The first part introduces students to key introductory statistical approaches, applying those approaches to health and healthcare data. Qualitative and quantitative analytic methods, evaluation and research design are introduced. In the second part, students learn best practices of strategically managing large amounts of healthcare data. Data warehousing principles and concepts are taught. Students design a data warehouse relevant to a health or healthcare scenario and learn online analytic processing and data mining. Topics such as enterprise data architecture, data integration and data management are introduced.
Advanced Health Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Reporting
This course teaches the use of health and healthcare data to make decisions and transform healthcare delivery and the health of individuals and populations. The course concentrates on big and small data, and structured and unstructured data. Tools, applications and approaches for health data analytics are taught. This course covers topics such as statistical approaches; data, web and text mining; data visualization, simulation, modeling and forecasting. Key regulatory health and healthcare reporting requirements are taught.
Practicum I (120 hours)
This course provides students the opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience in health informatics and to apply the knowledge and skills gained to real life health and healthcare scenarios. This is a two-part capstone course. Students must demonstrate how program objectives will be met and what specific knowledge and skills they will contribute to the proposed capstone project.
Practicum II (120 hours)
This second practicum course continues to provide students the opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience in health informatics and to apply the knowledge and skills gained to real life health and healthcare scenarios. In this course students are challenged to seek opportunities to develop or advance their leadership and management skills. Very specific project goals are defined and, faculty assess how program objectives will be met by the project and what specific knowledge and skills students will gain from the project and contribute to the project.
Students who receive a Master of Science in Health Informatics degree from the University of Cincinnati should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge in information systems, information technology, health informatics, health data analytics, and business intelligence
- Integrate ethical, legal, economic, health policy, and behavioral factors into the application and promotion of health informatics
- Apply evidence-based frameworks to evaluate and compare health informatics applications and approaches
- Synthesize advanced knowledge of theories, research, and practices applicable to health informatics
- Apply informatics principles, approaches, and technical skills to address health needs of individuals, systems, and populations
- Demonstrate critical thinking when discussing the role of health information technologies, electronic health information sharing, and the impact on health and clinical care
- Manage and lead health informatics projects and programs
Industry Defining Educators
The faculty and staff of the University of Cincinnati online Master of Science in Health Informatics program are experienced practitioners and academicians. They remain active practitioners and leaders in the healthcare and information technology industries in addition to their academic courses and research.
Your Path to Greater Leadership in Healthcare Begins Here
The University of Cincinnati maintains its high rankings in part due to its competitive admissions standards. Great care is taken to ensure that each student is right for the program and the program is right for each student.
The admissions process can seem daunting, even for people who have done it multiple times. Each university is different, but few make as many resources available to its prospective students as the University of Cincinnati. Many of your questions about applications, admission requirements, tuition, computer requirements, academic calendar, and transfer credits will be addressed in the following sections. Should you need more answers, please complete the request form or call your Enrollment Advisor directly at 1-877-251-0195 x5178.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Submit official, sealed transcripts for all bachelor’s degrees conferred and higher
- Complete the UC MS HI Online program application
- Submit minimum of two recommendation forms: you will be required to submit the names and email addresses of your recommenders (preferably a former instructor, current employer, and professional colleague)
- Possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in your conferred degrees
- Professional Goal Statement
- Application fee: $65 ($70 for international applicants)
Applications are accepted year-round and a new class begins every eight weeks.
Fall 2013 Application Deadline: 8/21/13
Spring 2014 Application Deadline: TBD
Summer 2014 Application Deadline: TBD
Please note: application deadlines are subject to change; contact your advisor for the most up-to-date information.
During the online Master of Science in Health Informatics program, your desktop computer or laptop and a broadband connection are essential for program completion and communication. That doesn’t mean you need a supercomputer to study online. In fact, if you can surf the Internet with your computer, there is a good chance it will meet the requirements for the online MS HI program. For more information about our computer requirements please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 1-877-251-0195.
Investing in your own education is one of the smartest investments you can make.
In-state tuition: $25,625 ($710/credit hour and App fee of $65)
Out-of-state tuition: $26,165 ($725/credit hour and App fee of $65)
In addition, course materials may average $100-$200 per term.
Please note: tuition is subject to change; contact your advisor for the most up-to-date information.
Financial aid for your education is available from a variety of sources, such as federal loans, scholarship programs, private sources, student employment opportunities, and sometimes even employer assistance programs. We encourage you to research all of the financing options available so you can determine what works best for your individual needs.
The UC Office of Financial Aid and your Enrollment Advisor are available to help you fully understand the process.
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Contact an Enrollment Advisor for additional assistance at 1-877-251-0195 or complete the request form.
Your Support Team
A Strong Support Team for a Confident Beginning and a Successful Completion
A major key to your success in the online Master of Science in Health Information program is exceptional instruction and dependable support. From your first day of classes all the way through graduation, you have access to faculty, facilitators, and peers. But that is just the beginning—every prospective student is assigned a personal Enrollment Advisor and a Program Manager.
Your Enrollment Advisor is available to answer any questions, and most importantly, help you understand if UC’s MS HI program is the right fit for you.
Pamela Rocha (1-877-251-0195 x5178)
They say that when you find something you really enjoy doing — and find a way to get paid to do it — you’ll never work a day in your life. Being an Enrollment Advisor allows me to incorporate my two passions: Education and Counseling. I really enjoy working with different personalities, and having the opportunity to assist students in achieving their academic goals. I have been working with prospective students as an advisor since February 2007. I am excited to help launch the new Master of Science in Health Informatics and to work with all of these great students!
After completing the application process, you are assigned a Program Manager for the remainder of your program. Your Program Manager assists with registration, obtaining books and materials, and finding answers to any program or support questions you may have. As part of our commitment to students, you can expect to hear from your Program Manager regularly as he or she helps guide you through the program. Your Program Manager helps you with the details, allowing you to focus on your studies.
Erick Edmond (1-877-251-0195 x5170)
I am a Pennsylvania native but grew up in the Orlando area. My passion for education and basketball earned me a scholarship to Mayville State University in North Dakota. At Mayville State I earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in business and the other in psychology. After graduation, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to play basketball in Mexico for a few years before moving on to several customer service management roles at area amusement parks (I know, a cliché for Orlando!).
I have always viewed myself as a dreamer and a doer. As a Program Manager, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed helping others accomplish their dreams. I firmly believe that education is the basis not only for professional growth, but for all personal growth as well.
A Historic University – A Tradition of Innovation
Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning outside of the original 13 colonies. UC is a leader in education innovation, including the first bachelor’s degree in nursing and the first Emergency Medicine training program. Its rapid adaptation to distance learning, and subsequent developments in this learning environment, are among University of Cincinnati’s largest and latest innovations. Online programs in a variety of undergraduate, graduate and professional fields enable a wide range of working professionals to achieve their educational objectives and provide a means for our students to gather diverse perspectives from around the world.
The College of Allied Health Sciences
The College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) at the University of Cincinnati is involved in enhancing and improving the quality of life for people everywhere by discovering, teaching and applying knowledge related to the health sciences. Health informatics will play a major role in the future of health care, and the ever-changing field will need dynamic health informatics leaders to contribute to today’s and tomorrow’s advances in technology and to manage challenges. Overall, the College of Allied Health Sciences stays true to the mission of the University of Cincinnati in its commitment to provide students the highest quality learning environment. Graduates of the online Master of Science in Health Informatics program will be exceptionally prepared with the broad base of knowledge needed to help them succeed on the forefront of health care leadership.
The College of Business
As part of a thriving top-25 research university, the Lindner College of Business emphasizes experiential learning in a multi-disciplinary environment, adding real-world value to students and the communities they serve. The college enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduates and 700 graduate students every year, and provides unique opportunities to build professional experience, cultural competency, and leadership skills through co-operative education, internships, and field-study research.
Please submit your information to have a personal advisor contact you. Advisors can also be reached directly at 1-877-251-0195 x5178.