The MS program is for both health professionals and nonhealth professionals who are interested in seeking additional training in health informatics. The curriculum consists of 36 credits. Students take a sequence of core health informatics and biostatistics courses and then finish their degree with a master's thesis or additional coursework. MS students have an average graduation time of 2.3 years or 7 semesters.
This program requires 18 to 24 major credits and 7 to 13 credits outside the major. Here is a sampling of courses you might take.
- HINF 5430 Health Informatics I (3 cr)
- HINF 5431 Health Informatics II (3cr)
- HINF 5510 Applied Health Care Databases: Database Principles and Data Evaluation (3 cr)
- NURS 7108 Population Health Informatics (2 cr)
- HINF 5520 Clinical Informatics and Patient Safety (2 cr)
- PUBH 6450 Biostatistics I (4 cr)
For more information, visit the University catalog.
The entire health care system is based on interactions between providers, their patients, and their patients' documentation in clinical records. The health care industry is working hard to convert these records into computer-based information systems so that processes can be performed with a greater effectiveness and efficiency. Better information systems would solve a variety of problems, from concerns for patient safety to controlling the costs of care.
Because of the large number of companies with a health care emphasis, there are numerous local employment opportunities within health informatics. Over 150 software companies listed on MBBNet, Minnesota’s virtual biomedical and bioscience community, employ personnel who have training in health informatics, and the need is expected only to grow.
According to the Health Information Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) annual compensation survey, the annual median income of health informatics professionals was $90,000 in 2015.