KU's master's degree in health informatics prepares graduates to integrate health, social-behavioral and informatics knowledge to improve health and well-being of individuals and communities.
Our program prepares graduates for entry- and mid-level positions in hospitals or clinics, electronic health record (EHR) companies, public health organizations and other organizations specializing in knowledge management.
Our graduates also have the skills required to enter the growing field of health information exchange, which includes regional health information organizations and the emerging specialization in personal health records.
On average, students complete the degree in 2 to 3 years. Most students are working professionals who complete the program through part-time enrollment.
Professional progress isn't on hold until after graduation, Our graduates report positive professional outcomes during the program, too. In a survey, nearly half of our graduates (45%) said they had a promotion, salary increase or career move during the program. After graduation, that number increased to 77%.
Students in our program come from varied backgrounds and contribute a wide range of experiences. Although previous health care experience is preferred, it is not required. Just as students bring a breadth of experiences to the program so, too, do our faculty.
Designed and delivered by faculty from across the disciplines of informatics, nursing, health policy and management, public health and project management, our curriculum offers an interprofessional advantage. Students acquire diverse skills in health informatics, as well as impact evaluation, project management and organizational change.
Three cores and one selected focus area comprise this 40 credit-hour program of study. All students complete health informatics, leadership and research core courses (31 credit hours), and they complete 9 credit hours within one of the following focus areas: clinical, health policy and management, public health or project management.
Exploring Focus Areas
Discipline-specific courses available to students with a strong health care background in patient care or rehabilitation therapy settings. Students choosing this focus area can earn the master’s degree entirely online.
Business and management courses for students planning a career in information systems management and leadership. Some courses are offered online, while others occur on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas.
Concepts related to epidemiology, public health data management, health communications and the application of these methods to reduce health disparities. Some courses are offered online, while others occur on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas.
Courses provide a broadly applicable skill set for leading cross-functional teams in the delivery of successful projects. Project management courses are offered online and on the University of Kansas Edwards campus in Overland Park, Kansas. After completing this track and the Knowledge Management course (IPHI 854), students earn the Graduate Certificate in Project Management from KU.
Tasneem Daud, Master of Science in Health Informatics Alumna
Tasneem Daud, M.S. '18, said she enjoyed her time as a Jayhawk and loved the opportunity to use her own work experience in her coursework. Daud said, "We were in groups that represented a wide variety of specialties. We had people that were clinical, technical, veterans, in management and we really learned a lot from each other, and I loved that."
Daud, a team lead at Cerner Corporation, works on the Veterans Affairs projects. She finds her work rewarding and urges others to study health informatics.
"You really can't go wrong with informatics. We are living in the age of information, and it doesn't matter if you are working for a hospital, an IT company or even a mom-and-pop store, everybody digests information," Daud said. "I would say go give informatics a chance. Go through the process with the perspective of, 'Whatever I'm passionate about, how can I use the skills in this program?' and then apply it to that area."
Daud's advice to students is to, "stick with it. There are some parts of the program that are more challenging. The information, the skills, the knowledge gained is absolutely worth it."