Health Informatics Master of Science
The M.S. in Health Informatics is a 36-credit-hour program that integrates knowledge from informatics, healthcare, health information technology and other disciplines to analyze and protect patient data, increase healthcare efficiencies and produce higher quality patient care.
Careers in Health Informatics
Our graduates play a critical role in health care organizations by leading the design, development, implementation, management, and integration of electronic health record systems, m-health, and other technologies. These individuals often have a passion for improving health care and making a difference in their community as well as the world. Our graduates work on a wide array of projects in hospitals, doctors’ offices, insurance companies, government agencies, and health IT software companies.
A sample of some projects include:
- Lead product development teams developing cutting-edge technologies that will be used on the front lines of medicine
- Lead health care analytics projects where they are analyzing Big Data in health care to inform business, clinical, and population decisions
- Develop policies affecting the privacy and security of health information as it is collected, stored, managed, and shared
- Work with clinical teams to better use IT systems such as electronic health records to improve efficiencies, expand their services to serve more people, and support e-visits where patients communicate with their providers using e-mail, texts, and video.
Why study at SOIC?
As a health informatics student, you have access to unique combination of faculty, organizational, and community resources to enhance learning and research. Our faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research on the next generation of health IT systems, applications of health analytics, and development of technologies to support patients wherever they may need access to health informatics. Furthermore, the School of Informatics and Computing collaborates with many world-class partners including:
- IU Schools of Medicine and Nursing
- The Regenstrief Institute, with its internationally-recognized research in health services and biomedical informatics
- The Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and its Center for Health Information and Communication as well as its human-computer interaction laboratory
Indianapolis and the State of Indiana are a significant hub for innovation in the life sciences and a national model for healthcare in the Digital Age. Indianapolis is one of the Most Wired healthcare markets in the nation, home to 5 major technology-ready networks of hospitals and physician practices. Indianapolis is further home to the largest health information exchange in the U.S. These community resources provide access to patient data and research possibilities that are truly unprecedented. Our community is also home to a health informatics accelerator, which works with entrepreneurs to take their innovative ideas to the market.
Students must first apply and be accepted as a graduate student and meet the following prerequisites:
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, biology, biochemistry, nursing, mathematics, statistics, physics, health information administration, or other similar or health-related discipline.
- Successful coursework (or equivalent) in programming (i.e. C, C++, Java or equivalent), databases, medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology.
- Minimum Overall GPA: 3.0 (4.0 point scale)
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores from within the past five years if you are seeking direct financial assistance (such as an assistantship or fellowship) from the School of Informatics and Computing. A GRE score is not required to submit your FAFSA or to seek other federal or private financial assistance opportunities.
Promising applicants lacking competencies necessary for admission may be allowed to take courses that will satisfy those requirements, as determined by School of Informatics and Computing faculty. Those courses, however, would not count towards degree completion.
Plan of Study
These plans of study are intended for full-time students. Part-time students should take whatever courses are available each semester.
Fall Year 1
Fall Year 2
- Elective or PHBL 651 Biostatistics for Public Health
Spring Year 1
Spring Year 2
Students may use the summer for a variety of purposes, e.g., preparation for their thesis or project research, elective courses, etc.
Sample Elective Options
Other elective courses are possible upon approval of the faculty. Some elective courses may have prerequisites; so students should check with instructors before enrolling.
- INFO B551 Independent Study
- INFO B573 Programming for Science Informatics
- INFO B578 Data Administration: Clinical Administration Decision Making
- INFO B582 Health Information Exchange
- INFO B585 Analytics of Biomedical Data
- INFO B605 Social Foundations of Informatics
- INFO B641 Business of Health Informatics
- INFO B643 Natural Language Processing
- INFO I590 Topics in Informatics
- LIS S644 Consumer Health Informatics
- NEWM N504 Advanced Interactive Design Applications
- INFO H541 Interaction Design Practice
- INFO H543 Interaction Design Methods
- INFO H561 Meaning and Form in HCI
- CSCI 503 Operating Systems
- CSCI 504 Concepts in Computer Organization
- CSCI 506 Management of Software Develop. Process
- CSCI 507 Object-Oriented Design and Program
- CSCI 541 Database Systems
- CSCI 550 Computer Graphics
- CSCI 552 Advanced Graphics and Visualization
- CSCI 565 Programming Language
- LIS S532 Information Architecture for the Web
- SOC R551 Quantitative Methods – Sociology
- STAT 524 Applied Multivariate Statistics
- Grad 660 Clinical Research Methods
- Grad 661 Clinical Trials
- NURS 607 Nursing Advanced Statistics