M.S. in Health Care Informatics Online Program

37 Units

The MS in Health Care Informatics program integrates health care technology, clinical analytics, leadership, and business knowledge and skills in preparing you for leadership in health care informatics in a variety of positions within health care organizations.

The 37-unit program consists of an orientation course (12-16 hours) followed by 12 seven-week courses and a final 14-week Capstone course.  All students take two foundational courses during their first term and complete the capstone project in their final term.

Online MS-HCI Program Overview

  • 24 month program
  • Students take one class at a time; all coursework is 100% online
  • 37 units total
    • 12 courses (3 units each)
    • 1 capstone (1 unit)
  • New students can start three times per year:
    • Fall term starts in September
    • Spring term starts in January
    • Summer term starts in May
  • Each class is 7 weeks long. There are two 7-week classes per term.
  • Students choose one of three specialized learning tracks: Health Informatics, Health Care Analytics/Data Science, or Health Care Leadership

Courses in the Online MS-HCI Curriculum

Prior to beginning your first term, you’ll be required to complete the program orientation course, which generally takes about 12-16 hours. The course is self-paced but is mandatory. Please plan your schedule accordingly.

Specialization Courses: Health Care Informatics Track

Course Units
Advanced Health Care Information Management (HCIN 544) 3
Health Care Analytics (HCIN 547) 3
Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems (HCIN 552) 3
Financial Management in Health Systems (HCIN 557/Formerly ENLC 553) 3
Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems, Health Care Analytics and the Capstone are all completed during the final term.

Specialization Courses: Health Care Analytics/Data Science Track

Course Units
Health Care Analytics (HCIN 547) 3
Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems (HCIN 552) 3
Population Health Analytics (HCIN 600) 3
Advanced Health Care Analytics (HCIN 615) 3
Clinical Documentation: Electronic Medical Record Systems, Advanced Health Care Analytics and the Capstone are all completed during the final term.

Specialization Courses: Health Care Leadership Track

Course Units
Financial Management in Health Systems (HCIN 557/Formerly ENLC 553) 3
Advanced Leadership and Systems Management (HCIN 610)

Taken by students enrolled in the Health Care Leadership Track during their final term.

3
Digital Health Care Marketing (HCIN 625)

Taken by students in the Health Care Leadership Track during their final term.

3
Health Care Law and Risk Management (HCIN 630) 3
Digital Health Care Marketing, Advanced Leadership & Systems Management and the Capstone are all completed during the final term.

Download THE Program Plan for Students Entering Spring 2020

Medical Terminology Course

In addition to the courses listed above, students who do not have health care experience and basic knowledge of medical terminology will be required to enroll in the online Medical Terminology course before their first day of class. The online Medical Terminology course must be completed before the end of their first semester.

Tuition & Fees

Cost per unit: $925

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Praise from HIMSS

“As a HIMSS Approved Education Partner (AEP), we congratulate the administration of the University of San Diego for creating an online M.S. in Health Care Informatics that provides an intensive curriculum exposing students to MBA-type courses in many different topics so critical to the health informatics. We are pleased to see topics like financial management, strategic planning and leadership, systems analysis and design, data hygiene/cyber security and others. Further, we applaud the design of the 37-unit program that provides students with the opportunity to take two 7-week courses, one after the other. By doing so, we agree that this will positively impact students’ transfer of knowledge since more time can be dedicated to a single topic while also better preparing them to assume leadership roles in the field of health informatics.”

–HIMSS Vice President of Professional Development

Student Learning Outcomes

The curriculum is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes, in addition to the graduate learning outcomes shared across all of USD’s Master’s level programs.

  • Develop specialized field knowledge and integrate knowledge with technical skills across content areas
  • Demonstrate leadership skills, such as critical inquiry through field-based approaches and methods; organizational and technology management, and professional communication
  • Apply multidisciplinary learning across contexts within the field, integrating knowledge and practice to improve health care delivery
  • Reason from an ethical and legal perspective relevant to the field by acknowledging conflicting values or rights as they affect health care decisions

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