Master of Health Informatics

Prepare for Your Future in the Growing Field of Health Informatics

Improving the health care system means integrating innovative technology into patient care. The field of health informatics (HI) connects computer science, information science, and health care. HI professionals work with the processes and tools used to record, store, and analyze health care information; and communicate with both health care providers and IT professionals.

Kaplan University’s online Master of Health Informatics could prepare you for an exciting career and open doors to a variety of HI management and leadership positions.* We also offer a sequence of programs that serves as a specialized career pathway for health informatics professionals looking to build on their skills and expertise. The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management lay the foundation for continued study at the graduate level in the Master of Health Information Management and Master of Health Informatics programs.

Master of Health Informatics Program Highlights

Kaplan University’s interdisciplinary health informatics master's degree helps prepare you to utilize information technology and information management concepts to improve the efficiency and quality of health care services. The comprehensive curriculum focuses on the relationship between information technology, people, health, and health care systems. Coursework will cover areas such as leadership in health care, epidemiology, health care data analysis, and health information systems. And, you will be taught by instructors with industry experience who are committed to your success.

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Program Outcomes

Our health informatics graduate program is designed to prepare you to:

  • Design effective strategies based on concepts of leadership and innovation in health informatics.
  • Assess the impact that economics, ethics, professional standards, and the law have on the optimization of health informatics
  • Evaluate public policy and health care policies and procedures to support health informatics innovation across systems.
  • Formulate data to optimize financial outcomes.
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Capstone Project

The Master of Health Informatics program culminates in the successful completion of a practice-focused capstone project. This project provides you with opportunities to apply what you’ve learned to a challenging, real-world problem or issue in health informatics. You will conduct the capstone project under the mentorship of a faculty advisor.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

Graduates of Kaplan University’s Master of Health Informatics program could choose from many different career paths in a variety of settings, including hospitals, primary-care facilities, physician offices, insurance companies, and pharmacies.*

As the health care industry greatly increases its use of information technology, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates national long-term job growth for computer and information systems managers. Employment of computer and information systems managers in the health care industry is projected to grow 15 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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November 08, 2017

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Online and Campus Start Date

January 31, 2018

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April 18, 2018

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July 05, 2018

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Online and Campus Start Date

September 19, 2018

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December 05, 2018

Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Core

    Total Core Credits: 48

    Total Program Credits: 48

    • HA 515: LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE Change

      This course explores organizational theory and behavior essential for successful leadership and management in the health care industry. Emphasis will be placed on communication techniques, self-analysis, and strategies for best practices in order to effectively implement key leadership and management concepts in dynamic health care environments. Key values that guide a leader's personal and professional behavior and influence overall effectiveness will be explored, as well as their impact on overall leadership styles.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HA 535: HEALTH CARE STATISTICS Change

      In this course, you will be introduced to the practical applications of descriptive and inferential statistics for the health industry. You will formulate a data procurement plan by analyzing real-world data. Additionally, you will learn how to effectively disseminate published health research data and apply this new knowledge within the field.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 501: HEALTH INFORMATICS Change

      Health informatics deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. This course introduces the history and development of health informatics. It focuses on such issues as the structure, function, and transfer of information, sociotechnical aspects of health computing, and human-computer interaction. Students will also explore medical decision making, natural language processing, and knowledge discovery in the clinical setting.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 510: HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS Change

      This course is concerned with such issues as information systems analysis, design, implementation, and management. Students will explore health IT standards, health information exchanges, and systems thinking and theory. This course also covers the evaluation of processes and systems that ensure compliance with regulatory, governmental, legal, accreditation, and certification requirements for health information technologies.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 530: CLINICAL TERMINOLOGIES AND MEDICAL VOCABULARIES Change

      This course focuses on the use of health care terminologies, vocabularies, and classification systems. Students will identify their appropriate uses and sources, and apply them within health information systems to promote effective communications and data integrity.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 540: PROJECT MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS Change

      This course explores the technical aspects of health information systems management including issues of systems design and development as well as system support and maintenance. Students will analyze and describe necessary steps in the cycle such as identifying and selecting appropriate systems technology and data standards, creating requirements, evaluating security, and accommodating human factors in design and use. Other topics include terminology, functions, and standards as well as the basics of information architecture and systems infrastructure.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 560: HEALTH CARE DATA ANALYSIS Change

      This course provides an in-depth overview of health care data analysis and design methodologies. Students examine techniques to develop systems more efficiently using the system development life cycle.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 570: LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN HEALTH INFORMATION Change

      This course covers data security, privacy, and confidentiality of heath information as it relates to information technology and management. Topics include risk management, information security, and data validity and integrity. Students will also examine disaster recovery plans for data and service delivery.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 580: INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT Change

      This course is concerned with such issues as computer networks, database and systems administration, security, and programming. Topics include virtual network applications and storage, system integration tools, principles of data representation, and systems testing and evaluation.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 535: PUBLIC HEALTH BIOLOGY Change

      The impact of biological processes in disease, as related to the mechanisms of causation, disease transmission, host risk factors, and host vulner­abilities, is presented. The pathophysiologic mechanisms are studied in order to plan control strategies and effective interventions to improve the health of the public.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PU 650: INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY Change

      Students are introduced to the scope and practice of infectious disease epidemiology. Topics include historical aspects, definitions and nomenclature, outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control studies, cohort studies, laboratory diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field ef­fectiveness. Students explore the global aspects of infectious diseases in the modern world.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HI 595: MASTER’S CAPSTONE IN HEALTH INFORMATICS Change

      The capstone course is the culminating experience for the Master of Health Informatics. This course builds on the concepts of all the courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired through their coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program in health informatics.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term

Curriculum: Concentration

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*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Computer and Information Systems Managers, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

 Program is not currently available in Tennessee.