Master of Science in Health Informatics
The KU Health Informatics program is an applied health informatics program with an interprofessional focus. Students of all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Healthcare experience is desired but not required.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Resident cardholders. International students requiring F-1 or J-1 student visas are not eligible to apply, due to U.S. immigration regulations.
The mission of the KU master's program in health informatics is to prepare graduates to integrate the health, social-behavioral, and informatics disciplines to improve the lives of people and communities.
Professionals in Applied Health Informatics have skills in analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation of information systems that support a full range of clinical and patient care functions. Graduates will be prepared for entry and mid-level positions with hospital or clinic informatics departments, electronic health record (EHR) vendors, public health organizations, and as consultants and/or staff in organizations that specialize in knowledge management. Graduates also have the skills to enter the growing field of health information exchange, which includes regional health information organizations and the emerging personal health records. In addition to a foundation in applied health informatics, special skills will be acquired in organizational change, project management and impact evaluation.
We believe that an interprofessional degree is the desirable degree program for health professionals who want a specialty focus in health informatics. Our program reflects a commitment to interprofessional collaboration. Faculty with foundations in nursing, health policy and management, public health, and project management partner to offer courses for this masters' degree in health informatics.
Overview of Curriculum
Our students come from varied backgrounds and share a wide range of experiences. Students enrolling in the health informatics program complete 40 credits hours. The curriculum is divided into three required cores: informatics, leadership, and research. In addition, students select a discipline on which to focus: clinical, health policy & management, public health, or project management. The student and adviser will develop a plan of study that meets the career goals of the student. The majority of the courses are online. The program concludes with a research project and a practicum that provides hands-on experience and an opportunity for students to take advantage of the resources at numerous clinical and business sites.
The MSHI program leads to an academic credential and is not a licensure preparation program. As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) that requires professional nursing programs to provide information on how their curriculum meets education requirements for professional licensing in each state. You may review KU School of Nursing's information on licensure by state.