Master of Science in Health Informatics
Post-Master's Certificate in Health Informatics

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The Master of Science in Health Informatics and the Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics programs include the interdisciplinary study of the application of technology and knowledge to improve patient care and outcomes. Program features include:

  • 100% online to fit your busy schedule
  • No GRE exam required
  • Graduate from a university with the nation’s largest medical school
  • Learn advanced skills in a growing industry
  • Designed for students from a variety of backgrounds

Available Options Designed to Fit Your Needs

  • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics

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Overview of the Programs

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Mike Dieter, MLIS, MBA, PhD
Candidates for the health informatics program tend to have some professional experience within the healthcare or information technology fields.

Built on the business school model, the online Master of Science in Health Informatics program at UIC offers an advanced education designed to provide you with the understanding of technical knowledge, work experience and leadership skills to apply health data and knowledge that are revolutionizing the healthcare industry and advance the overall delivery of patient care around the world.

Through completion of this 100 percent online, comprehensive degree program, you can gain a fresh perspective on the dynamic role health information technology will play in the future of the healthcare industry as a whole. Graduates of this program are poised to lead their respective organizations in the development and implementation of health informatics strategies to improve patient care and ensure access to information.

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Mike Dieter, MLIS, MBA, PhD
Students in the MS HI program come from a variety of backgrounds including nurses and physicians.

Develop your research and analysis skills to be able to meet the future shift in the health informatics field. Students who have a passion for delving deeper into data analysis and research have the option to extend their health informatics degree to include a specialty in research. Developing these skills provides a greater position for future analysis of the data derived from the information systems being created.

Health Informatics research at UIC includes the development of theories, methods and processes to create, accumulate, recover and apply data to solve patient care delivery problems or to answer patient care questions. The research track includes two additional courses, as well as a research project and thesis.

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MIke Dieter, MLIS, MBA, PhD
Students with a background in IT are also common in UIC’s health informatics programs.

Build upon your current master’s education with an abridged graduate program in health informatics. This graduate-level certificate is a perfect accompaniment to your existing master’s or professional degree, qualifying you as a strong candidate for health informatics career opportunities. With only seven required courses and 24 credit hours, this degree is easily attainable, yet offers a thorough study of how to use data and technology to enhance patient care and create improved, more resourceful healthcare information systems.

Students will examine how data is collected and stored, perform system analysis of the different types of health information systems, and study the legal and ethical issues involved with informatics and personal health records. The program will also explore management and communication in health informatics, address the social and organizational issues involved with health information management, and more.

Health Informatics at UIC

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There is a growing need for trained informaticists. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare will produce more new IT jobs through 2020 than any other industry, with a projected increase of 21%.

Graduates of the UIC health informatics program are well-equipped to move into a career in this field, whether the focus is on computers, technology and implementation or clinical and medical data research and analysis. UIC encompasses all of the major areas, enabling graduates to qualify for a broader range of informatics positions.

The Numbers Behind UIC's MSHI Graduates

79% said the degree helped them advance in the field

47% said the degree helped them receive a promotion

64% said they received a salary increase after they completed the program

46% earn more than $100,000 a year

68% earn more than $75,000 a year

Who Should Choose This Degree?

Health informatics is a growing field and is currently presenting a lot of opportunities for those committed to improving health care delivery using information and communications technology. Our student body is made up of individuals from various backgrounds, including but not limited to nursing, pharmacy, information technologists and those already working in the industry.

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Nurse informaticists seek to continually improve the communication and accuracy of patient data and care. When the charts are complete and up-to-date, the ability of health care workers to make good decisions is greatly enhanced. Because of the nurses’ clinical background and medical expertise, they are ideal candidates for the unique jobs being created to fill this critical need in the healthcare sector.

Read more about informatics for nurses.

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Pharmacists provide the expertise to effectively translate and seamlessly communicate the knowledge and use of medications across the patient providers. They can interpret and implement requirements to ensure the safe and comprehensive administration of medication prescriptions.

Read more about informatics for Pharmacist.

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Applied Health Clinicians help standardize specific elements of training programs for the systems which are developed, integrated and implemented for healthcare organizations. This will help ensure more staff and clinicians are properly trained to use the new technology to support decisions and improve workflow.

Read more about informatics for Applied Health Clinicians.

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The physician uses medical informatics to store critical information on a patient’s treatment and overall health. Capturing the appropriate medical data and accurately displaying the necessary information faster and easier allows the physician to make the best possible decision for the patient’s health. Medical Informatics encompasses people, information and technology to organize and structure medical data into a comprehensive information system that can also be used to transmit and teach medical knowledge.

Read more about informatics for Physicians.

Faculty

The curriculum is complemented by faculty who are distinguished as experts in their industry. It includes distinguished professionals who have experience as clinicians, business executives, consultants, researchers, administrators, published authors, lawyers, systems administrators, and medical educators in multiple markets, Fortune 500 companies, and top academic institutions, and who bring an unprecedented level of expertise, real-world experience and commitment to our online classrooms.

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Lawrence (Larry) M. Pawola, PharmD, MBAUIC’s health informatics faculty is comprised of
academic and industry practitioners that bring an advanced level of expertise and real world clinical experience into our online classrooms.

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Michael (Mike) Dieter PhD, MLIS, MBA Clinical Associate Professor Director, Learn from the program director on who should consider the MSHI program.

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Andrew Boyd, MDFind out why clinical informatics is important and how it improves patient care.

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Jacob Krive, PhD, MBA, MS, CPHIMSLearn more about the future of health care as it relates to business and technology.

Curriculum

The curriculum blends a technical foundation with coursework covering current clinical trends, government regulations, and healthcare-specific best management practices. It equips students with the analytical and managerial expertise sought after in this dynamic field.

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Jacob Krive, PhD, MBA, MS, CPHIMSThe faculty at UIC is made up of researchers, educators and practitioners that are heavily involved within the program. The curriculum is designed to equip students with relevant and timely information based on recent industry findings.

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Mike Dieter, MLIS, MBA, PhDStudents of the health informatics program will work on a number of course based projects like systems design, networking and network analysis. Students who elect to participate in the research track will be able to define a research area and a research problem that they will be able to include into their professional portfolio.

The graduate-level curriculum in Health Informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago provides you with a comprehensive, real-world approach to systems integration within the healthcare industry. This dynamic degree program encompasses the broad study of how healthcare data are collected into electronic health records (EHR), as well as how information technology systems are built to effectively house and circulate this data across organizations. In addition to delivering a solid foundation of technical knowledge, the 100 percent online curriculum also covers a wide range of industry-relevant topics, including clinical trends, government regulations and healthcare management best practices.

Upon completing the MSHI 14-course program, consisting of 45 credit hours, graduates will have a thorough understanding of the tools and practices used to improve the use of information technology throughout all facets of healthcare (including nursing, pharmacy, clinical care, public health and medical research).

Prerequisite Courses (may be waived in some instances)

BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management 2 hours

HIM 486 Fundamentals of Health Information Management 2 hours

Core Courses

BHIS 437  Healthcare Data 3 hours

BHIS 499 Information Sources in Biomedical & Health Information Sciences 1 hour

BHIS 503 Communication Skills in Health Informatics 4 hours

BHIS 505 Ethics & Legal Issues in Health Informatics 3 hours

BHIS 510 Healthcare Information Systems 4 hours

BHIS 511 Application of Healthcare Information Systems 2 hours

BHIS 515 Management of Healthcare Communication Systems 4 hours

BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis & Design 4 hours

BHIS 525 Social and Organizational Issues in Health Informatics 4 hours

BHIS 537 Healthcare IT Vendor Management 3 hours

BHIS 593 Health Informatics Capstone Experience 1 hour

 

 

Additional Core – Course Only Track

BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics 4 hours

As more and more healthcare organizations successfully implement electronic health records during the next few years, there will be greater opportunities for skilled professionals to advance in data mining and analysis, quality improvement, performance measurement and research roles.

If you have a passion for delving deeper into data analysis and research, you have the option to extend your health informatics education to include a specialty in research.

Prerequisite Courses 2 (may be waived in some instances)

BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management 2 hours

HIM 486 Fundamentals of Health Information Management 2 hours

Additional Core Courses – Research Track

BHIS 500 Strategic Inquiry in BHIS 3 hours

BHIS 595 Seminar in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 1 hour

BHIS 597 Project Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 0-5 hours

BHIS 598 Thesis Research in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 0-16 hours

Electives (Other Courses Offered)

BHIS 508 Q-Methodology Research Methods 3 hours

BHIS 509 Informatics for the Clinical Investigator 3 hours

BHIS 517 Healthcare Information Security 3 hours

BHIS 522 Mobile Health Informatics 3 hours

BHIS 527 Knowledge Management in Healthcare Organizations 3 hours

BHIS 528 Consumer Health Informatics 3 hours

BHIS 529 Transforming Healthcare using Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics 3 hours

BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics 4 hours

BHIS 538 Healthcare IT Administration 3 hours

BHIS 543 Healthcare Project Management 3 hours

BHIS 546 Leadership Development in Health Informatics 3 hours

BHIS 580 Practicum in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 3-12 hours

BHIS 596 Independent Study 1-4 hours

 

The online Post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics at UIC draws from the popular curriculum of our distinguished Master of Science in Health Informatics program. It serves as the perfect complement to your existing master’s degree, and it is designed to expand your educational background to help launch or advance your career in the dynamic field of health informatics. With only seven required courses and 24 credit hours offered 100 percent online, this certificate is easily attainable. It provides a thorough study of how data and technology can be used to enhance patient care and create improved, more resourceful healthcare information systems.

Prerequisite Courses (may be waived in some instances or may be completed at another college/university)

BHIS 406 Medical Terminology for Health Information Management 2 hours

BHIS 460 Introduction to Health Informatics 1 hour

HIM 486 Foundations in Health Information Management 2 hours

Required Courses

BHIS 437 Health Care Data 3 hours

BHIS 499 Information Sources in Biomedical and Health Information Sciences 1 hour

BHIS 510 Health Information Systems 4 hours

BHIS 520 Health Information Systems Analysis and Design 4 hours

BHIS 525 Social & Organizational Issues in Health Informatics 4 hours

BHIS 530 Topics in Health Informatics 4 hours

FAQs

Frequently asked questions and answers about UIC's health informatics programs.

1. What is the length of program and cost?

The average student completes the MSHI program in about 2 to 2 ½ years; however, you have up to six years to complete once you have started. The average student completes the PMC HI program in about 18 months; however, you have up to three years to complete once you have started. The current tuition is $735 per credit. Required MSHI credits are 45 to 49. Required PMC HI credits are 24 to 29.

2. What kind of jobs can I expect to be out there when I graduate?

Our graduates currently serve in roles such as Director of Clinical Operations, Clinical Data Analyst, Nurse Informatist, Pharmacy Informatics Specialist, EMR Trainer and Healthcare Application Analyst.

3. What salary can they expect?

The most accurate national information can obtained from current job postings (healthcare IT recruiters like healthcareitcentral.com, the HIMSS.org JobMine, etc. and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but recently surveyed UIC grads had salary ranges between $75,000 and $150,000 per year.

4. What are our program graduates doing now and what are their salaries – did they get an increase in pay?

Recently surveyed UIC grads had salary ranges between $75,000 and $150,000 per year, and 64 percent of them indicated that they received a salary increase after completing the MSHI program. Some current job titles include those mentioned above, as well as Chief Medical Information Officer, Senior Director of Technology, Director of Regional Health IT and Director of Commercial Managed Care.

5. Are there scholarships, financial aid or other ways to fund my education?

Most of our students are able to fully fund the program using federal financial aid in the form of graduate student loans. There are two scholarship opportunities that provide some supplemental assistance to those who qualify after having been in the program for a number of credit hours.

6. What are the online course expectations?

The program is asynchronous with the primary assignments being discussion posts, group and individual projects, “minute papers” and some occasional tests and quizzes. The average student spends 25-30 hours per week on a 3- or 4-credit hour class. Students are not required to log in at any particular time of day, for any length of time, or for a certain number of times, but our most successful students log in daily.

7. With this program, am I going to get a certification in informatics?

There is currently no general certification for informatics. This is a relatively young field with most recognizing its emergence as an organized profession in the 1980s and is a very broad field requiring a hybrid knowledge base (clinical, technical, business). As such, there is no credentialing exam at this point.

8. What credential is associated with health informatics?

There is currently no credential associated with informatics. The credential associated with this program would be the MS in HI or PMC in HI.

9. Is the Post-Master’s Certificate still looked at the same way as a degree?

Yes, it is a complement your existing degree(s). Our applicants to the PMC in HI already have excellent work backgrounds and advanced degrees. The PMC in HI is a way to add formal training and graduate education in informatics from a top-tier research institution to your resume or CV.

10. Do I need the GRE?

No.

11. Is it 100% online?

Yes. There is a practicum toward the end of the program that is completed at a facility in your area, but all the coursework is online.

12. Why should I choose UIC over another school?

The University of Illinois at Chicago delivers some of the most innovative and comprehensive Health Informatics and Health Information Management programs in the country. We offer a full suite of healthcare IT degrees 100 percent online. Designed to provide a transformative learning experience that combines academic theory with real-world application, these dynamic programs impart the technical knowledge and professional acumen necessary to help you successfully navigate today’s increasingly complex electronic health environment. Whether you’re new to the field or an established practitioner, our advanced degree and certificate programs can prepare you to make an immediate impact within your organization and play a vital role in the evolution of the healthcare industry as a whole.

13. Why can’t I complete the MSHI in 18 months? Many competitors are now offering accelerated programs.

Many competitors are now offering accelerated programs. The MS in HI is an investment in the student’s future and requires a commitment to quality; students in the MS in HI program spend 25-30 hours per week on their coursework. Accelerating the program would increase the time commitment. Additionally, many of our applicants are seasoned professionals who actually prefer to take a little longer to finish the program (you have up to 6 years) in order to better balance work/life/school commitments.