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Online Master’s in Health Informatics

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Training Medical and Information Professionals to Operate and Manage Healthcare Information Systems

Drexel University's Online Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) prepares students to utilize today’s advanced information systems to create more efficient and productive healthcare environments. This program is ideal for healthcare professionals interested in improving their organization’s use of informatics and for information technology specialists seeking careers with biomedical or health organizations.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates a 37% growth in demand for educated individuals prepared to be administrators, specialists, consultants, educators, and researchers in the healthcare industry.  

The demand for workers who understand the relationship between healthcare and information systems is growing rapidly.

The MSHI program focuses on the systems of informatics and psycho-social aspects of the healthcare industry. The program provides students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds with the knowledge and skills to use information and knowledge processing methodology to improve health outcomes in a variety settings, including medicine, public health, nursing, and academia. Students graduate with an extensive understanding of both information systems and healthcare that complements their prior education and experiences.

This interdisciplinary program is housed at the College of Computing and Informatics and receives curricular support from Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Students who complete this program will learn to:  

  • Articulate the ways in which data, information and knowledge are generated and used to solve healthcare problems across diverse settings, from individual patients to universal public health issues
  • Develop and apply contemporary information science theories and methods toward the generation, management and sharing of biomedical data
  • Implement, adapt, and validate existing informatics concepts and approaches as they relate to specific biomedical and healthcare problems
  • Employ concepts and techniques from the social, behavioral, communications and organizational sciences to develop information systems that solve substantial issues in biomedical and healthcare administration
  • Utilize principles from ethics, law and socio-economic policy that improve patient care
  • Work collaboratively across disciplines to define, discuss, and resolve key issues in healthcare informatics

Degree Features and Benefits  

  • Drexel University is a charter member of the American Medical Informatics Association Academic Forum.
  • The MSHI program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis, and is especially accessible to those working in the field or seeking a career change.
  • The MSHI program is flexible and completely online—offering convenient professional advancement that easily fits busy work and personal schedules. Classes are available online 24/7.
  • Sponsored by the College of Computing and Informatics, College of Information Science and Technology, and the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the MSHI offers students a well-rounded perspective of informational, technical and clinical aspects of health informatics.

 

Drexel also offers an online Certificate in Healthcare Informatics - learn more.

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