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
Course Fall Spring Summer Online INFO I501 Introduction to Informatics (3 cr.) Yes Yes No No INFO B530 Foundations of Health Informatics (3 cr.) Yes No No Yes INFO B535 Clinical Information Systems (3 cr.) Yes Yes No Yes INFO B581 Health Informatics Standards and Terminology (3 cr.) No Yes No Yes INFO B583 Security and Privacy Policies (3 cr.) No Yes No Yes INFO B642 Clinical Decision Support Systems (3 cr.) No Yes No Yes INFO B505 Informatics Project Management (3 cr.) Yes No No No INFO B691 Project in Health Informatics (3 cr.) Yes Yes Yes No Elective (3 cr.) Elective (3 cr.) Elective (3 cr.) Elective (3 cr.)
Course Fall Spring Summer Online INFO I501 Introduction to Informatics (3 cr.) Yes Yes No No INFO B530 Foundations of Health Informatics (3 cr.) Yes No No Yes INFO B535 Clinical Information Systems (3 cr.) Yes Yes No Yes INFO B581 Health Informatics Standards and Terminology (3 cr.) No Yes No Yes PBHL B651 Introduction to Biostatistics (3 cr.) Yes No No No INFO B642 Clinical Decision Support Systems (3 cr.) No Yes No Yes INFO I575 Informatics Research Design (3 cr.) Yes Yes No No INFO B691 Thesis (3 cr.) Yes Yes Yes No Elective (3 cr.) Elective (3 cr.) Elective (3 cr.) Elective (3 cr.)
Note: The semester a course is offered can change. The student is responsible for checking the Registrar for confirmation.
Sample Elective Options
Other elective courses are possible upon approval of the faculty.
|INFO B551 Independent Study||No|
|INFO B578 Data Administration: Clinical Administration Decision Making (3 cr.)||No|
|INFO B582 Health Information Exchange||Yes|
|INFO B583 Privacy and Security in Health Care||Yes|
|INFO I590 Topical||No|
|INFO B605 Social Foundations of Informatics||Yes|
|INFO B617 Informatics in Life Sciences and Chemistry||No|
|INFO B641 Business of Health Informatics||Yes|
|INFO B643 Natural Language Processing||No|
|LIS S644 Consumer Health Informatics||Yes|
|INFO H543 Usability and Evaluative Methods in Interactive Design||Yes|
|INFO H563 Psychology of HCI||Yes|
|INFO H564 Prototyping for Interactive Systems||Yes|
|GRAD 610 Topic in Translation and Implementation of Research|
|GRAD 660 Clinical Research Methods|
|GRAD 661 Clinical Trial|
|GRAD G667 Tools and Techniques in Translational Research|
|GRAD G668 Quantitative Aspects in Translational Research|
|GRAD G672 Translational Research and Entrepreneurship|
|PHBL P563 Intro to Applied Stat Methods|