Master of Science in Health Informatics

Congratulations 2015 Masters in Health Informatics Graduates!

2015 classLeft to right: Belay Demeke MSHI, Chanawee Prinyarux MSHI, Slayton Rous MSHI, Gilbert Mburu MSHI

Now accepting applications for Spring 2017 Application deadline is September 1.

Professionals in health informatics have skills in analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of information systems that support a full range of clinical and patient care functions. Working as a translation specialist, the graduate will be prepared for entry and mid-level positions with IT departments, medical practice departments, advanced nursing departments, public health organizations, and as consultants and/or staff in organizations that specialize in computer operations and 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 information technology, special skills will be acquired in organizational change, project management and impact evaluation.


laptopWe believe that an interprofessional degree offered by the Office of Graduate Studies, with oversight by the KU Center for Health Informatics, is the desirable degree program for health professionals who want a specialty focus in health informatics. The Advisory Council of this program reflects this commitment to interprofessional collaboration. Faculty with foundations in nursinghealth policy and managementpreventive medicine and public health, and health information management, partner to create this masters' degree in health informatics. The degree program has a relationship to KU's Institute of Community and Public Health.

Overview of Curriculum

hand-held deviceStudents enrolling in the health informatics 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, or public health. The student and adviser will develop a plan of study that meets the career goals of the student.  Many of the courses are online. The program concludes with a research project and a practicum, which combines research with hands-on experience and provides an opportunity for students to take advantage of the resources at numerous clinical and business partners.

Last modified: Apr 07, 2016