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Program at a Glance

Type
Online Master’s
College
Community Innovation and Education
Costs
$772.69
Per Credit Hour

16
Week
Terms
Term Calendar
38
Credit
Hours
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Secure a dynamic career in a growing field with your Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics

Secure a dynamic career in a growing field with your Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics. With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare has been undergoing a massive systemic change, and big challenges call for strong leadership. As technologies like telemedicine continue to grow and workflows change and evolve, a career in healthcare informatics has never been a better choice.

This innovative program will prepare you to become a leader in the clinical, management and business aspects of health informatics. With coursework to prepare you in areas such as healthcare database management, biostatistics, systems analysis and more, you’ll solve important issues and secure an exciting, lucrative career for yourself. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates as much as 32 percent growth in healthcare informatics between 2020 and 2030.

At UCF Online we believe in helping passionate students change the world. Whether you have professional experience in healthcare, are a new graduate with a bachelor’s degree in health services or are seeking to join the healthcare industry, you can finish your healthcare informatics master’s degree in as little as two years. Throughout the program, you’ll work directly with faculty members who will support you as you deepen your knowledge of the field. In addition, you’ll work with them to arrange internships and establish your future career track. Get started today to earn your master’s in healthcare informatics.

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Highlights

91%
91% of students entering this program graduate with their master’s degree.
96%
96% of graduates enter into gainful employment within the health care field.
91%
This program has a 91% satisfaction rate among enrolled students.
*Data from 2019-2020 Academic Year.

Application Deadline

Fall

July 1


Spring

December 1

Ready to begin
your journey?

Application
Deadline

Fall

July 1


Spring

December 1

Ready to begin
your journey?

Course Requirements

To earn your Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics, you’ll need to complete 38 credit hours. Although there are no prerequisites, students without the required professional or educational experience will need to complete and additional 3 credit hours of foundational courses, which can be completed while enrolled in the MSHCI program.

Number of Core Classes

38 total credit hours in the program are comprised of core courses, which also includes your internship and capstone requirement. You’ll take a total of 10 courses while enrolled in the MSHCI program.

Internships

During your last semester in the program, you’ll be required to complete an internship and capstone course. Your course schedule may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.

Courses You’ll Take Include

Gain an overview of the current state of healthcare informatics including existing and future technologies and the standards and clinical decision-making insights that guide them.

Learn how to analyze workflow in healthcare organizations to identify data needs and system elements to support work. Modeling system elements with a variety of traditional and object oriented tools.

Health Care Database Management

Design and implementation of relational database structures for health care operations. Use of structured query language and reporting tools to manage data.



Skills You’ll Gain

  • Efficiently manage patient data and maintain health systems
  • Develop data-driven solutions for the effective patient care
  • Design and implement tools to measure data and implement systems
  • Manage projects and facilitate data-sharing for better patient outcomes
Full Course List Available in the Program Brochure.


Career Opportunities

This program will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to excel in healthcare informatics. The skills gained from the MSCHI program, combined with your professional experience, will enable you to grow within this field. Some positions that may be available to you upon graduation include:

  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Informatics Nurse Specialists
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Database Administrators

From a Faculty Member

"If you love diving into data and enjoy using information systems to streamline processes, I encourage you to explore a career in healthcare informatics"

Kendall Cortelyou

Program Director

Frequently Asked Questions

Healthcare informatics – or health informatics – is a relatively new discipline in healthcare that focuses on the technologies used to organize and analyze health data to improve health outcomes. The original focus of this field was on digitizing records and creating systems that communicated with one another. As the field matured, there is now an opportunity to capitalize on the “Big Data” movement where informaticists can take these digitized records and use the content to evaluate needs, assess trends, and predict the future of healthcare.

Health informaticists are a central figure in the improvement of the healthcare systems. They occupy a critical intersection between medicine and technology, which places these skills in high demand in today’s world. Several career opportunities are available to someone with the right skills and credentials. Many of the students studying healthcare informatics graduate and assume the role of “analyst” in various locations, including hospitals, public health, insurance companies, and technology vendors. In each of these settings, it is the role of the informatics professional to provide timely and understandable data that assists in decision making and planning.

The master of science in healthcare informatics program at UCF will not only provide you with the data analytics, project management and communication skills that you need to be successful, we will help you obtain highly sought-after industry credentials to aid in your career development.

The healthcare informatics master’s program works with a community advisory board of informatics professionals at the top of their field. This board ensures that we are teaching the right skills at the right time to ensure that our students are prepared to start making a difference as soon as they are hired.


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Why UCF Online?

With over 25 years of experience in online teaching and learning, UCF Online offers students an innovative approach to education. Our degrees are accessible, convenient and designed with working professionals in mind so you can receive a quality education on your terms.

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Online Support for Success

You’ve made the decision to continue your education and we’re here to help. From the moment you express interest in a UCF Online program, you’re assigned an enrollment coach to help you navigate everything from completing an application to understanding tuition and the financial aid resources available to you. Once you’re admitted, you’ll be transitioned to a personal success coach who will support you with maintaining school-life balance from the first day of classes through graduation. You’ve committed to furthering your education and we’re committed to guiding you along the way.

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The Health Informatics accreditor of the College of Community Innovation and Education is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Master degree in Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at [email protected]