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Earn Your Master’s Degree in Health Care Informatics – Online or on Campus

If you’re looking for career growth in the fast-growing field of health care information management, earning your master’s degree in health care informatics can open the door for career advancement, enhanced job satisfaction and increased earning potential.

Jobs in health informatics typically require a hybrid (and highly sought after) skill set — health care experience AND experience with information technology. This has created a very real “skills gap,” as the growing number of health informatics career opportunities far outpaces the supply of qualified professionals.

University of San Diego’s innovative, 100% online program will prepare you to fill this gap because it goes beyond the programmatic and technical skills associated with a typical informatics curriculum. The 37-unit program curriculum will develop your leadership, strategic planning and health system management competencies while addressing contemporary issues in informatics such as data analysis, electronic health records and systems design and implementation. In just 2 years, you’ll be prepared to take on a leadership role in informatics within your organization, or to apply your highly marketable skills to a new challenge. You can even complete the program while working full time.

Who Should Enroll in the Online Master’s in Health Care Informatics?

USD’s online M.S. in Health Care Informatics is designed for professionals from both the health care and information technology/computer science disciplines. This includes practicing physicians, nurses, pharmacists, non-credentialed health professionals and applied health professionals; as well as information technology professionals and anyone currently working in health information management (revenue cycle, coding, information governance, data integrity, quality improvement, compliance, privacy and security, etc.).

USD also offers a 42-unit campus-based M.S. in Health Care Informatics for students looking for a more traditional university experience, as well as a 42-unit campus-based Master of Science in Nursing with a Nursing Informatics specialization, specifically for students who have already earned a BSN and have an active California RN license.

What You’ll Learn

The online Master of Science in Health Care Informatics integrates health care and information technology, health system leadership and business knowledge/skills to prepare you for well-paying positions in health care informatics at a variety of health care organizations.


Developed in collaboration with professionals working in the field of health informatics, the program consists of 11 courses including a Capstone course. The forward-looking curriculum includes such courses as:

  • Advanced Health Care Information Management
  • Systems Analysis and Design for Health Care Informatics
  • Health Care Leadership, Values and Social Justice
  • Strategic Planning and Management of Health Systems
  • [New!] Clinical Analytics and Decision Support

Throughout the highly interactive online program, you’ll create and maintain a portfolio that reflects the knowledge you’ve developed and skills you’ve mastered — a portfolio can also be used to demonstrate your expertise to potential employers. [Learn More]

Why Choose USD

USD’s M.S. in Health Care Informatics has been certified as an Approved Education Partner by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), meaning it meets rigorous standards for delivering world-class, effective health care and health IT education. The program prepares students to pass industry health IT exams such as CPHIMS (Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems, offered by HIMSS) or CPHI (Certified Professional in Health Informatics, offered by AHIMA).

HIMSS Approved Education Partner

Among the many reasons to select USD:

  • Top 100 nationally ranked university (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Top tier, highly practical education supports rapid career advancement
  • Program is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and approved by HIMSS
  • 100% online format provides flexibility for working professionals
  • Complete your degree in just 2 years, taking one class at a time
  • No GRE is required for admission
  • Classes start year round

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Completing the Health Care Informatics program at USD was the best career decision I have made. As a Clinical Informaticist, I apply what I learned daily. The promotions and positions I have held since graduation are a direct result of being a graduate of the USD program.
Nicole Wilson, Program Graduate

*Tuition amounts shown here, or in other university publications or web pages, represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, University of San Diego reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at USD at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors.

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