Master's in Health Informatics - MS Degree in Health Informatics Online

A Master's Degree That Can Put You in High Demand

Position yourself to help lead the transformation of healthcare! The fast-growing field of health informatics is receiving considerable attention as part of the reorganization of healthcare delivery in the United States. And, in as little as one year, you can be among the first generation of professionals trained to provide this expertise.

Health informatics is the science of acquiring, storing, retrieving and using healthcare information to foster better collaboration among a patient's various healthcare providers. The goal is to better manage costs by eliminating unnecessary medical expenditures, such as redundant tests, while improving patient care and health outcomes.

According to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), health informatics jobs are surging as healthcare providers throughout the country seek experts who can help them comply with new government mandates to create shareable electronic health records. Financial penalties are scheduled to take effect in 2015 for Medicare and Medicaid providers who do not make the transition. Being an expert with a health informatics degree puts you in high demand, since a master’s in health informatics is currently the highest level of informatics training and education obtainable.

A February 2012 study by PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute revealed that 70% of health insurers, 48% of hospitals and 39% of pharmaceutical/life sciences companies plan to increase hiring of technical informatics professionals through 2014.

See Student Disclosures page for important information on the job outlook for health informatics specialists.

Learn From a Top-Tier Medical School 100% Online

Health informatics is a great field for technically savvy individuals who want to work in the healthcare industry. And when it comes to stepping into the future of healthcare, who can prepare you better than a top-tier medical school? USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine is the only medical school in the country to offer a Master of Science in Health Informatics 100% online.

Earning your degree from a prestigious medical school means learning from faculty medical professionals and information technology experts who already work in a healthcare environment. USF Health's graduate programs in health informatics feature streamed video learning and a vibrant interactive community that includes live chat rooms, visual whiteboards, instructor-hosted discussion boards, social networking and more. Downloadable MP3 and MP4 lectures offer you anytime, anywhere learning that works with your busy schedule, so learning never has to interfere with your work or family life.

Why the University of South Florida?

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the University of South Florida as one of the top National and Regional universities in its America's Best Colleges listing. USF also ranks among U.S. News & World Report’s best online schools, best public colleges and universities and most “up and coming” universities (2014).
  • U.S. News & World Report lists USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine as one of 2015's Best Medical Schools.
  • USF Health's Master of Science in Health Informatics takes 32 credit hours (11 courses) to complete, while competitive programs take 33-45 credit hours (12-15 courses).  Students taking a full load (1 course the first session and 2 courses per session thereafter) can complete USF Health's program in one year.
  • USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine is known nationally for its innovative curriculum with an emphasis on improving healthcare through interprofessional education, research and clinical activities.
  • USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine is uniquely equipped to focus on integrating health informatics with modern healthcare delivery. Trained clinicians with experience working in hospital wards, emergency rooms and clinics are best qualified to blend informatics with medical knowledge and have special insight into the tools required for healthcare decision making.
  • USF Health already partners with the federal government on the federally-funded "Paper Free Florida" initiative designed to recruit and train a workforce in basic health informatics, including primary care physicians in 11 Florida counties. The initiative also aims to establish continuing education for physicians, nurses and clinical staff in health informatics.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks 19 USF graduate programs among the top 100 Best Graduate Schools (2015).

What You'll Learn

USF Health's Master of Science in Health Informatics addresses both clinical informatics and health information systems informatics, with a focus on the integration and interoperability of technology. Courses provide broad technical skills as well as the organizational competencies needed for senior-level positions. Students will learn how to:

  • Acquire, store and interpret information of interest to healthcare professionals.
  • Manage data via relational database systems and the structured query language (SQL) and understand data warehousing, online analytic processing, data quality issues, emerging cloud databases and data mining techniques.
  • Integrate electronic medical records with patient care and provide a higher quality of care through better management and availability of medical information.
  • Develop and assess the tools used to represent medical data.
  • Assess the functions, limitations, opportunities and challenges of information technology in the healthcare environment.
  • Define medical language and classification systems.
  • Comply with laws and regulations applicable to managing patient information.
  • Consider the ethical issues that can arise during the delivery of healthcare using e-medicine models.

Where Your Degree Can Take You

Upon completing the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program, you will have the skills needed to enter the ehealth workforce in some of the following positions: 

  • Chief Information Officer      
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • HIM Director
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Health Data/Information Resource Manager
  • Health Information System Application Designer
  • Compliance Officer
  • IT Consultant

See Student Disclosures page for important information on suggested careers.  

Who Should Enroll

Whether you are already working in health informatics, but looking to advance your career with new credentials on your resume – or whether you are interested in transitioning into health informatics from another career – a Master of Science in Health Informatics positions you to meet the growing demand for health informatics experts. This program is especially designed for:

  • Physicians
  • Medical Students
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Mental Health Workers
  • Other Healthcare Providers
  • IT Professionals

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