Bring out the humanity behind the data.
- No GRE/GMAT required
- Individualized capstone learning experience
- 100% online format — complete online MSHI coursework on your time
- Prior healthcare experience not required
- High job growth — 20.5% increase by 2029, more than 4x the national average
- 92% graduation rate (2019-2020)
The online Master of Science in Health Informatics program prepares you to use data, information, knowledge, and wisdom to improve health. You’ll graduate ready to work wherever patients are served, from pharmacies and public health agencies to outpatient clinics, hospitals, and biomedical research labs. See how our online MSHI program can help you make a positive change in health care.
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DANIEL WEST: Masters of Sciences of Health Informatics is going to enable people to make they type of career advancements that they’re interested in.
MARGARETE ZALON: The core goal is to help students bridge information science, computer science, and health care in using resources, devices, and technology to improve patient care.
DANIEL WEST: The industry is moving so quickly in many different directions that people coming out of our program need to be able to adapt to this disruptive innovation.
MARGARETE ZALON: Towards the end of the program is a course on innovations and trends in health informatics. So students would be given the opportunity to focus on some of the latest things right before they go out into the job market.
The courses in our program include a mix of theoretical content and applied content. Students will get a foundation in information science. In addition, they’ll learn about how informaticists go about having to working in interdisciplinary teams.
We have faculty and students coming from a wide variety of areas so they get to learn to work with people who have different backgrounds.
The Jesuit values are ingrained in the curriculum, encouraging our students to be the very best they can, to be excellent.
DANIEL WEST: We’re very much interested in our graduates, how they develop as complete individuals. We believe that coming out of a Jesuit university makes a difference.
We have a very strong alumni network and we try, through career services, to tie people together.
We’re able to access graduates across the country who would be absolutely willing to work with you in your graduate education.
People in the health care industry are looking at how they can advance in their careers, how they can make a difference in their community.
MARGARETE ZALON: Our program will help graduates to take advantage of the many career opportunities in health informatics. And we need people to really take the leadership in this burgeoning field where health care professionals are really going to rely on people who can present information to them in a way that they can use an act upon.
Support Practitioners To Better Serve Patients
Prepare to work alongside physicians, nurses, and other practitioners, so they can make well-informed, data-driven decisions. Graduates are prepared to help bring data and information through technology to clinicians in order to improve the delivery of health care. You’ll learn how to develop, maintain, and create the reports these caregivers need to ensure truly exceptional outcomes.
The Master of Science in Health Informatics is ideal for students from a wide variety of backgrounds including healthcare, business or information technology–who want to use data to make a difference for patients.
Paired with three years of professional experience, including two in the healthcare field, you’ll complete this program one step closer to becoming a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Management Systems (CPHIMS).
The master’s degree Health Informatics Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
Career OutLook: Tap Into the Momentum
Across the nation, healthcare institutions are feeling competing pressures to reduce their costs while continually improving the patient experience. They’re also working fast to convert to entirely electronic medical records (EMR).
Health informatics professionals are prepared to meet these needs, and the field is growing rapidly.
Burning Glass projects positions for health information managers and directors will grow 20.5 percent through 2029, more than 4 times the national average. Master’s-educated professionals in this position earn up to $106,000 annually.1Career Outlook
Curriculum: Designed by Expert Faculty
The MS in Health Informatics curriculum was designed by Scranton faculty, who are active leaders and experts in this burgeoning field.
Through 11 courses comprising 33 credit hours, you’ll practice real-world tasks and use the latest tools and techniques to support patient safety and quality care.
Prepare to join the next generation of ethical, responsible health informatics leaders with an education rooted in Jesuit values of ethics and integrity.Curriculum
After you complete the Master of Science in Health Informatics, you will be able to:
- Address the data and information needs of healthcare systems in diverse settings through the application of theoretical knowledge of health, informatics, and computational thinking, and an intellectual curiosity and investigation of new informatics tools and technologies.
- Integrate theories, models and tools from business, social, behavioral and information sciences, and user experience for informatics solutions such as for the generation, storage, retrieval, sharing, analysis and use of health data.
- Analyze the legal, risk management, and ethical implications of health informatics issues related to the use of health data, information and knowledge.
- Employ analytic and problem-solving skills to plan for and address healthcare information needs.
- Mitigate safety, confidentiality, and privacy issues pertaining to health information policies, and government regulations and requirements.
- Evaluate the use of existing and emerging health information technologies to support healthcare systems.
- Prepare the next generation of leaders in health informatics dedicated to integrity, ethics, intellectual curiosity, and lifelong professional development.
- Support patient safety, improved outcomes, and quality care through effective and efficient use of health information technology and investigation of new informatics tools and techniques.
These are just a sampling of the program outcomes for our health informatics master’s program. Learn more about the full range of skills you’ll gain on our curriculum page.
To apply for the Master of Science in Health Informatics from The University of Scranton, you’ll need:
- Completed application
- 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
- Work experience
- Personal statement
- 3 letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
- Background check and credit report
This program does not require a GMAT or GRE score.
Find more details on our admission requirements page.Admissions Info
The Master of Science in Health Informatics at The University of Scranton consists of 33 credit hours and costs $757 per credit hour.
We strive to provide you with an affordable, high-quality education. That’s why we’re ranked a Best Value School, Regional Universities North, by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.See Tuition
Faculty: Top-Tier Leaders in the Field
You’ll work directly with faculty we’ve carefully chosen based on their specific expertise and commitment to interdisciplinary education and the future of healthcare.
Our faculty are especially distinguished by their cutting-edge knowledge in high-level policymaking and global health, two of the most on-trend topics in health informatics.Faculty at Scranton
Earn a degree without interrupting your career. You’ll be part of an online learning community led by a diverse and expert faculty. Online programs reflect the same rigorous standards as our on-campus programs.Scranton Online
Financial aid options are available to help you pay for your education. A personal financial aid counselor will assist you in identifying and taking full advantage of all opportunities.Financial Aid Details
Frequently Asked Questions
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The capstone course includes a health informatics placement with the opportunity to work on a project aligned with the student’s interest.
With our online programs, you are in control of your own schedule and can complete your coursework at your convenience. Although there are weekly deadlines, you are not locked into participating at a particular time or place. You also can take your coursework with you when you travel. The program is completely portable: all you need is a computer with an internet connection to access your coursework.
Typically, students complete the online program in two years at a comfortable pace of one course per term. It is possible to take more than one course per term with your advisor’s approval. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.
Each term lasts eight weeks, beginning on a Monday and ending on a Sunday. The terms run back-to-back except for a three-week break at the end of December, and a one-week break at another part of the year. There are six terms per year.
You can enter the program three times per year—May, August or January.
- Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved January 5, 2020.