MS in Health Informatics

Accelerate your career growth with a 100% online Master of Science degree in the fast-growing field of health informatics.

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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. 

Health informatics, as defined by the National Library of Medicine, is the "interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of information technology-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management, and planning." It is concerned with the management and use of health data and information through technology. Health Informatics aims at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery by ensuring that data used for operational and clinical decisions are of high quality. Healthcare organizations who have adopted health informatics realize improved patient outcomes, patient participation, clinician satisfaction and cost management. 

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 achieve the federally mandated meaningful use of electronic health records. Financial penalties took effect in 2015 for Medicare and Medicaid providers who failed to make the transition. Being an expert with a health informatics degree puts you in high demand, since a master’s in health informatics is one of the most desirable levels of informatics training and education.

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 health professionals and information technology experts who already work in healthcare. USF Health's graduate programs in health informatics feature a multi-platform online learning experience and a vibrant interactive community that includes live chat rooms, visual whiteboards, instructor-hosted discussion boards, social networking and more. 

Why the University of South Florida?

  • USF Health is a HIMSS Approved Education Partner (AEP), a distinction reserved for institutions that meet HIMSS’ rigorous standards for delivering world-class, effective healthcare and health IT education.
  • University of South Florida is nationally and regionally ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s listing of America's Best Colleges. USF also ranks among U.S. News & World Report’s best online schools and best public colleges and universities (2017).
  • U.S. News & World Report lists USF Health's Morsani College of Medicine as one of 2018'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).  
  • 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 and IT professionals 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.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks many of the USF graduate programs among the top 100 Best Graduate Schools (2017).

What You'll Learn

USF Health's Master of Science in Health Informatics addresses both technological and operational aspects of 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:

  • Describe information systems used in healthcare and explain their relationship with data, people, procedures, hardware and software.
  • Manage data via relational database systems and the structured query language (SQL) and understand data warehousing, online analytical 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.
  • Manage the process of electronic health records acquisition and implementation.
  • 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.
  • Communicate effectively with informatics teams and healthcare stakeholders.
  • Consider the ethical issues that can arise during the delivery of healthcare with respect to health information.
  • Describe clinical workflows from an e-medicine business models perspective.
  • Manage healthcare projects using the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®).
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The University of South Florida is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award degrees in the baccalaureate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels.


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

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
  • Health Information Managers