Health Informatics, MS

The Master of Science in Health Informatics at The University of Scranton will provide graduates with an innovative and forward-looking understanding of an ever-evolving discipline located at the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. This interdisciplinary focus is used to explore the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health care. The program explores a number of health informatics tools that include not only information and communication systems, but also emerging and innovative technologies. Graduates will understand how health informatics is applied across the broad-spectrum of health care and learn how to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams to achieve goals in person-centered environments.

Health Informatics leaders have rewarding careers in a discipline that intersects health information science and technology, human factors and sociotechnical systems, and social and behavioral aspects of health. The aging of the US population, the rapid growth in healthcare technologies and their integration with the electronic health record, the increase in the number of insured individuals, and the growth of different types of healthcare information has results in an increased demand for experts in this dynamic and evolving field.

The masters degree Health Informatics Program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Program Specific Admission Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Professional Resume
  • Statement of Intent
  • Three Letters of Reference from individuals who can evaluate your ability to perform graduate level coursework
  • Transcripts of all college-level coursework
  • Acknowledgement of information about the Fair Credit Reporting Act

For general application requirements, click here.

Curriculum

The University of Scranton’s online MS in Health Informatics is an interdisciplinary program that includes courses developed by faculty from healthcare clinical disciplines and health administration from the Panuska College of Professional Studies, operations information management  in the AACSB-accredited Kania School of Management, and computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Our rigorous program of study consists of 11 three-credit courses; ten courses are in health informatics with one elective course that allows the student to develop expertise in a specialized area. The curriculum is designed to support the student’s development of the American Medical Informatics Association’s master’s level competencies in health informatics.

For additional information regarding the curriculum visit our Graduate Catalog.

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    Health Informatics Manual

    Become familiar with what is required of being a Health Informatics student at the University of Scranton. The Health Informatics Manual can be downloaded for your convenience.

    Beyond the Classroom

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    Career

    Experts who combine healthcare & information technology making systems better for patients & healthcare providers are in demand.

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    A Growing Field

    Learn more about how you can move forward with your career with a degree in Health Informatics.

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    Why a Master's Degree in Health Informatics?

    Professionals with a master’s degree in healthcare informatics make an average $20,000 more annually than those with only a bachelor’s degree.

    What is Health Informatics?

    Studying Health Informatics assists in bridging the gap between medical information and a patient's health.

    MS Health Informatics Student Outcomes

    Date Applications Number Accepted Number Enrolled Time to Completion Percent Employed Upon Graduation
    October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016 22 22 16 20 months N/A
    October 1, 2016-September 30, 2017 15 15 14 20 months N/A
    October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018 22 22 17 20 months 5

    Online Health Informatics Certificate

    The online Health Informatics Certificate provides the foundational concepts in health informatics designed to prepare you to enter this exciting career path. The certificate program consists of the first four courses in the health informatics program. The certificate can be completed in just eight months. More information about the health informatics certificate.

    Graduate Program Director

    Margarete L. Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN photo

    Margarete L. Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN

    Professor Director, Health Informatics Program

    Education

    PhD New York University MA New York University BSN Duke University

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