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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.


Average Starting Salary at Graduation

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.
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Plan of Study

These plans of study are intended for full-time students. Part-time students should take whatever courses are available each semester.

Project Track

Thesis Track

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.

Computer Science
  • 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Health Informatics, students attain the following competencies expected of practitioners in the discipline:

Fundamental professional and interdisciplinary skills:

  • Analyze problems: Analyze, understand, abstract, and model a specific biomedical problem in terms of their data, information, and knowledge components.
  • Produce solutions: Use the analysis to identify and understand the space of possible solutions and generate designs that capture essential aspects of solutions and their components.
  • Implement, evaluate, and refine: Carry out the solution (including obtaining necessary resources and managing projects), evaluate it, and iteratively improve it.
  • Innovate: Create new theories, typologies, frameworks, representations, methods, and processes to address biomedical informatics problems.
  • Work collaboratively: Team effectively with partners within and across disciplines.

Health and Healthcare Systems skills:

  • Understand the fundamentals of the field in the context of the effective use of biomedical data, information, and knowledge.
  • For substantive problems related to scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create solutions based on biomedical informatics approaches.
  • Apply, analyze, evaluate, and relate biomedical information, concepts, and models spanning molecules to individuals to populations.
  • Analyze and evaluate complex biomedical informatics problems in terms of data, information, and knowledge.

Technological skills:

  • Apply, analyze, and create data structures, algorithms, programming, mathematics, statistics.
  • Apply, analyze, and create technological approaches in the context of biomedical problems.
  • Apply and evaluate methods of inquiry and criteria for selecting and using algorithms, techniques, and methods to solve substantive health informatics problems.

Human and social context:

Health Informatics recognizes that people are the end users of biomedical information, draws on the social and behavioral sciences to inform the design, development, and evaluation of technical solutions, policies, and economic, ethical, social, educational, and organizational systems.

The above learning outcomes are guided by this article:

Kulikowski, C. A., Shortliffe, E. H., Currie, L. M., Elkin, P. L., Hunter, L. E., Johnson, T. R., … & Smith, J. W. (2012). AMIA Board white paper: definition of biomedical informatics and specification of core competencies for graduate education in the discipline. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association19(6), 931-938.