MS in Health Informatics Overview The demand for workers who understand the relationship between healthcare and information systems is growing rapidly. 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.Drexel University's accredited online Master of Science in Health Informatics 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. This interdisciplinary program is housed at the College of Computing and Informatics and receives curricular support from the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Students 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 issuesDevelop and apply contemporary information science theories and methods toward the generation, management and sharing of biomedical dataImplement, adapt, and validate existing informatics concepts and approaches as they relate to specific biomedical and healthcare problemsEmploy concepts and techniques from the social, behavioral, communications and organizational sciences to develop information systems that solve substantial issues in biomedical and healthcare administrationUtilize principles from ethics, law and socio-economic policy that improve patient careWork collaboratively across disciplines to define, discuss, and resolve key issues in healthcare informaticsProgram FeaturesDrexel University is a charter member of the American Medical Informatics Association Academic ForumCurriculum focuses on the systems of informatics and psycho-social aspects of the healthcare industry. The program is offered completely online, on a full-time or part-time basis Curriculum Required Courses INFO 530Foundations of Information Systems3.0INFO 605Introduction to Database Management3.0INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction3.0INFO 614Distributed Computing and Networking3.0INFO 620Information Systems Analysis and Design3.0INFO 638Software Project Management3.0INFO 648Healthcare Informatics3.0INFO 712Information Assurance3.0INFO 731Organization & Social Issues in Healthcare Informatics3.0INFO 732Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation3.0Track Courses In addition to these requirements, students complete either Track 1 or Track 2 courses (listed below)15.0Total Credits45.0 Track 1: Students Admitted Without a Health-Related BackgroundStudents who lack a health-related background are required to take at least 9.0 credits from the following list of electives, and must complete 1 term clinical experience in a healthcare setting. Electives Select three of the following:9.0INFO 526Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice INFO 555Introduction to Geographic Information Systems INFO 733Public Health Informatics NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions NURS 558Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy NURS 564The Business of Healthcare RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics RSCH 523Methods for Health Research BUSN 651Healthcare Business Practice I: Foundations BUSN 652Healthcare Business Practice II BUSN 653Healthcare Business Practice III: Capstone Clinical Experience INFO 896Clinical Experience3.0Free Elective One free elective3.0 Track 2: Students Admitted With a Health-Related BackgroundStudents who have a clinical background and who wish to develop additional expertise in a specific area may take 3 additional courses (9.0 credits) from the following list. Students intending to sit for Certification in Nursing Informatics should consult the requirements for that credential to determine the additional eligibility requirements.Electives Select three of the following:9.0INFO 526Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice INFO 555Introduction to Geographic Information Systems INFO 606Advanced Database Management INFO 610Analysis of Interactive Systems INFO 611Design of Interactive Systems INFO 622Content Representation INFO 624Information Retrieval Systems INFO 634Data Mining INFO 733Public Health Informatics NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions NURS 558Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy NURS 564The Business of Healthcare RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics RSCH 523Methods for Health Research BUSN 651Healthcare Business Practice I: Foundations BUSN 652Healthcare Business Practice II BUSN 653Healthcare Business Practice III: Capstone Free Electives Two free electives6.0Total Credits15.0View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institutionA GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelors or aboveRequired DocumentsA completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedScores from the General Aptitude Test of the GRE We offer a preliminary GRE waiver for students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher for a conferred undergraduate or graduate degree. This is a departmental decision. The GRE waiver does not need to be requested.Scores in the 50th percentile or above in all three sections are soughtScores must be less than 5 years oldOne letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)Essay/Statement of Purpose In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.ResumeAdditional requirements for International StudentsHow to Submit Supporting Documents Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2014-2015 is $1123 per credit. This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military. Credit For Previous Experience Up to 3 courses (9 credits) can be transferred into a degree program or awarded as Credit for Work Experience. Students must complete 12 classes (36 credits) with Drexel in order to earn a Master's degree. Transfer Credits Previously attended courses must meet the following guidelines to be eligible for transfer: Course completion date must not be more than 5 years ago Grade must be "B" or better Courses must be from an accredited graduate degree program A 3-credit course taken at an institution following a semester schedule will be transferred in as a 3 credit course at Drexel University, regardless of the difference between the length of semesters or terms. Only credits will transfer, not quality points. Transfer credit can be reviewed for during the application process or once you have already been accepted. To get started, please fill out our Transfer Credit Form and submit the required materials. Work Experience In order to receive Credit for Work Experience, you must have the equivalent of at least two years of full-time, relevant, professional-level work experience related to the degree pursued. Full time work experience is defined at 35-40 hours a week Part-time work experience is defined as less than 35 hours a week Relevant work is work that is in line with your future academic and professional path. A professional-level position is one in which you are hired with the expectation to complete high quality work that is analytical, evaluative, conceptual, and interpretive. This could include creation and fulfillment of projects, maintenance and improvement of services, administrative duties, supervision of staff, and other intricate tasks often completed independently. One course = approximately 2-4 years full-time work Two courses = approximately 4-6 years full-time work Three courses = approximately 6+ years full-time work To get started, please fill out our Credit for Work Experience form and submit the required materials. Students who are approved to receive credit for prior experience cannot receive a tuition discount for joining a professional organization that will, in sum, discount their total tuition more than 20%. Academic Calendar Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2014 September 22, 2014 December 5, 2014 December 8, 2014 December 13, 2014 Winter 2015 January 5, 2015 March 16, 2015 March 17, 2015 March 21, 2015 Spring 2015 March 30, 2015 June 8, 2015 June 9, 2015 June 12, 2015 Summer 2015 June 22, 2015 August 29, 2015 September 1, 2015 September 5, 2015 Apply today for a MS in Health Informatics Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! Any problems? Find help or contact us.