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Prepare Yourself for a Career in Health Data Analytics and Health Informatics with a HIMSS-Approved Master’s Degree

Now more than ever, professionals who know how to securely capture, analyze and use health information are in demand.  Whether you currently work in the healthcare field or are new to the industry, the  University of San Diego’s M.S. in Health Care Informatics can help you achieve your goals. As a HIMSS-Approved Education Partner, the University of San Diego provides all the technical and programmatic skills you need to succeed, plus business management skills that will cement your role as a trailblazer in the Health Care Informatics field. 

Designed for working professionals, our practical, flexible program allows you to take classes on campus in the evenings, or 100% online. Both formats provide an experienced cross-disciplinary faculty, exceptional student support, and the ability to customize your experience by choosing one of three learning tracks:

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Health Care Informatics (HCI) Track

The HCI track focuses on applying data to solve questions that impact individual patients, populations of patients, and health care delivery systems. HCI professionals work in an interdisciplinary environment that integrates computer science, knowledge management, and health care. Courses include:

  • Advanced Health Care Information Management
  • Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Systems

Health Care Analytics (Data Science Track) Track

Health Care Analytics (HCA) professionals understand health care delivery from the bedside to the board room, and utilize advanced analytics tools combined with programming skills to design unique solutions to solving health care problems. The HCA track teaches students to employ the skills of a data scientist, within the context of the health care discipline. Courses include:

  • Machine Learning Applications for Health Care
  • Advanced Health Care Analytics
  • Population Health Analytics

Health Care Leadership Track

The Health Care Leadership Track prepares individuals with the skills needed in technology, systems management, communication and critical thinking to take on leadership roles in health care organizations. Graduates will be pre­pared for roles such as managers, directors, or executives in health care delivery, technol­ogy, informatics, and health care companies. Courses include:

  • Healthcare Leadership, Values and Social Justice
  • Health Care Law
  • Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems

Regardless of which track you choose, you’ll start your degree with a practical foundation in healthcare information management, and enjoy focused and relevant coursework in health care delivery systems, systems analysis and design, statistics, and database design. Contact us today to take the next step toward becoming a health care informatics leader.


Who’s This Degree For?

Demand is high for health informatics professionals, especially those who can bridge relevant work experience with focused health informatics education. Our program typically attracts students from the following backgrounds:

  • Physicians looking to advance into a CMIO role
  • Foreign medical graduates (FMGs) who are not credentialed in the U.S.
  • Nurses and nursing informaticists
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Other healthcare professionals
  • Health insurance professionals
  • IT/computer science professionals
  • Medical office managers
  • Health information management professionals (including those working in medical billing/revenue cycle, coding, information governance, data integrity, quality improvement, compliance, privacy and security, etc.).
  • Public health or non-profit roles

But you don’t need to have health care experience to enroll in the M.S. in Health Care Informatics program, and almost half of our students start the program with no experience in the field at all. Our program is designed to help you build a foundation that will prepare you for future success.


USD Student Success Stories

I chose USD’s MS-HCI program because of the intimate online class settings, easy-to-use online format, and the wide variety of classes within the informatics field. I was pushed to grow during this program, but it remained manageable as I worked full time. During this program, I found it easy to connect with the professors and staff. Our professors seemed to take a “real-world” approach, meaning that most of the projects we worked on could be applied to future jobs or school programs. Every staff member was extremely helpful and accommodating over the past two years. I really appreciate that Dr. Mack was available at any time during this program. After this degree, I am inspired to pursue my PhD in Nursing utilizing an informatics perspective. I look forward to staying in touch with my classmates and professors.

Everything I am learning in this program is relevant to my job. I am very happy that I am able to use the knowledge gained from these courses into my work. I have every confidence that this degree will shape me into the best healthcare administrator I can be.

Earning my MS-HCI degree from the University of San Diego is hands down one of the best things that I have done with my life. It has opened so many doors for me and my professional career. Before enrolling at USD, I was unsure what I wanted to do professionally and I started exploring the possibility of starting something new from scratch. Even before I graduated I had already landed a job in the field after 15 years of feeling stuck in the pharmaceutical industry. I love what I do now and I am glad that I decided to go back to school. I recommend the program to anybody who is looking to switch fields or do something different in healthcare.

I highly recommend the USD Health Care Informatics online master’s degree. The program was flexible with my full-time work schedule and provided me with an opportunity to learn and improve my skillset in health care. More than just an education, it provided me with a solid foundation for becoming a health care leader.

I chose this program because of the timeline of completing along with being associated with HIMSS. I also was drawn to the program as it is 100% online which allowed me to navigate my work-school-life balance. The faculty for all my classes were excellent and engaged spectacularly with not just me but all my colleagues online. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to solidify their career in healthcare IT and to become more versed in applying the skills they have already to enhance healthcare staff skills, organizational health technology, and become a more valuable asset for their teams.

The Master of Science in Health Care Informatics improved my skills and knowledge toward a successful profession. I will continue building up my knowledge and apply what I learned to my future. USD gave me that chance of making a difference in the community. I recommend the MSHCI program at the University of San Diego as it will lead you to accomplish your goals.

Throughout my 10 plus years in the military. I have learned that having pride in what you do, and commitment to the people you work with are what make great memories and a forever sense of family connection. Not only does the University of San Diego epitomize these values, but the academic team represents them in everything they do. During my time in the program, I experienced staff who placed their students first and apply real world practices for the best learning environment. The staff does whatever it takes to align their vision with the student’s visions and goals on a continuous basis.


At a Glance

Prepare for your career in health informatics or healthcare analytics with our HIMSS-approved program. Earn your degree at our San Diego campus or completely online.

24 months
37 Units
$925
September 6
August 1
2-3 years
42 Units
$1,640
August 31
August 1

Why Choose University of San Diego?

Top-ranked, accredited university

Aside from attending an established, prestigious university with a long history and a great reputation, you’ll enjoy a practical, relevant curriculum geared toward career advancement.

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Enjoy Flexible Schedules

No time to attend class full-time? We get it. That’s why our flexible schedules are ideal for working professionals with a lot on their plate.

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No GMAT or GRE required

Unlike many graduate programs, we don’t require students to take the GMAT or GRE in order to be admitted—so you have one less thing to worry about.