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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 or health data analytics, 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 skill set of both health care knowledge and information technology (IT) capabilities. University of San Diego’s practical program prepares you for success with three unique curriculum tracks that allow you to develop your health care leadership, programmatic and analytic competencies while addressing contemporary issues in informatics such as population health analysis, clinical documentation and workflow optimization, and data security. 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.
And perhaps best of all, our flexible one-class-at-a-time online format makes it possible for you to complete the program from wherever you are while continuing to work full time.
Who Should Enroll in the Online Master’s in Health Care Informatics?
USD’s 100% online M.S. in Health Care Informatics is a 37-unit program designed for professionals from both the health care and information technology/computer science disciplines. This includes 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 (medical billing/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 45-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. The degree you earn will be the same whether you enroll in the on-campus or online M.S. in Health Care Informatics program. The main difference is the 5 unit practicum that is part of the campus-based programs.
The online M.S. in Health Care Informatics integrates health care and information technology, health system leadership and business knowledge/skills to prepare you for a variety of health informatics and clinical analytics positions. Developed in collaboration with professionals working in the field, the program consists of 12 courses plus a final Capstone project. You can customize your experience by choosing one of three learning tracks:
Health Care Informatics (HCI) Track
The Health Care Informatics professional employs technical, analytical, and innovative skills to provide leadership in health care technologies and applications within the context of the health care discipline.
The HCI professional functions as part of the health care team tasked with applying data to solve questions that impact individual patients, populations of patients, and health care delivery systems. They work in an interdisciplinary environment that integrates computer science, knowledge management, and health care.
The HCI professional applies a variety of tools and methods to automate, organize, and improve the transmission of information to support the delivery of health care. The work informaticists do enables patient care providers to computerize and centralize their patient records, lab results, prescriptions and much more. The goal is to improve medical care by increasing speed and accuracy while reducing errors and costs.
Health Care Analytics (Data Science Track) Track
The Health Care Analytics (HCA) track teaches students to employ the skills of a data scientist, within the context of the health care discipline. The HCA professional functions as a member of the health care team who applies various tools to solve questions that impact individual and large populations of patients and health care delivery systems. Students enrolled in this track will 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.
Health Care Leadership Track
Health care informatics leaders have moved into an era of innovation and constant change. Leaders must be able to adapt to the fast-changing environment of the modern technology-driven hospital or clinic. The Health Care Leadership Track of prepares individuals with the skills needed in technology, systems management, communication and critical thinking to take on leadership roles in health care organizations.
This unique leadership track has a strong technology and informatics focus that prepares graduates to manage complex human and technology systems. Graduates will be prepared for roles such as managers, directors, or executives in health care delivery, technology, informatics, and health care companies.
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.
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 in January, May and September