Health Informatics MS

COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Learn more about the Master of Science in Health Informatics.

About the Program

Health Informatics is the intersection of healthcare, information science and computer science. The MS in Health Informatics (MSHI) is an innovative, interdisciplinary, applied graduate degree program that addresses the intersection of healthcare and information technology to develop efficient systems, processes and uses of health data across the continuum of healthcare delivery to improve patient care and advance individual and population health outcomes. The MSHI is focused on the resources, devices and methods to optimize healthcare delivery. The program helps students develop the competencies and acquire the practical tools to succeed in today’s digital healthcare environment. Current students include physicians, nurses, therapists, data analysts, and information technology and allied health professionals. The degree is also well suited for individuals with no prior healthcare or information technology experience.

The MSHI is available in both in-person and online formats that are designed for professionals and individuals located both within and outside the metropolitan Philadelphia region or who travel extensively for professional reasons. Course formats include in-person and hybrid courses for the in-person format, and a mix of asynchronous and synchronous courses with online synchronous sessions meeting via online conferencing and face-to-face tools for the online format. The program is offered across traditional semesters as well as two seven-week terms (six weeks in two summer sessions). For seven-week terms, students enroll in one course per six- or seven-week term and complete two courses in the length of a traditional semester.

For those interested in studying health informatics who cannot commit to pursuing a master's degree, a graduate certificate in Health Informatics that runs for a shorter course of seven-week terms is also offered by the College of Public Health. Coursework completed for the certificate may later be applied to the MSHI.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 5 years

Campus Location: Main and Online

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Interdisciplinary Study: The degree program is interdisciplinary in nature with a focus on inquiry, insight, and innovation. The program builds an awareness of both clinical and technical challenges in the field.

Accreditation: The curriculum meets the curricular requirements of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM®), which is the accrediting body of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA®).

Areas of Specialization: For the MSHI program, students choose between two tracks:

  1. The Project Track requires completion of HIM 5114 and HIM 9995.
  2. The Thesis Track requires completion of HIM 8106 and HIM 9996.

Job Prospects: Graduates of the program obtain positions in a variety of healthcare institutions or vendor settings in a wide range of positions such as electronic health record system implementation specialist, health data analyst and project manager. A number of external organizations, including AHIMA®, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA®), and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), conduct annual surveys of job prospects.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:  Non-matriculated students may take a maximum of 9 graduate-level credits. Upon completion of the credits, a student's academic performance is reviewed.

Transfer Credit: Graduate-level credits earned at another accredited institution may be evaluated during the application process. The maximum number of graduate credits a student may transfer is 6.

Financing Opportunities: Students in the MSHI program are generally working professionals. Therefore, funding for assistantships and academic internships is limited.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1
Spring: November 1

The application process requires submission through the Centralized Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS). The system can be accessed at https://sophas.liaisoncas.com/.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3

From Whom: Recommendations should be obtained from faculty and/or professionals familiar with the applicant's academic competence and/or professional work experience.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of an accredited baccalaureate degree. The minimum acceptable undergraduate GPA is 3.0.

A WES evaluation is required for applicants who completed their bachelor's degree outside of the United States. This can be requested at https://www.wes.org/ and submitted through SOPHAS.

Statement of Goals: Demonstrate your professional writing ability as you describe your interest in obtaining the MSHI degree. Your statement should address the impact of informatics on health and healthcare as well as the effect a graduate degree can have on one's career.

Standardized Test Scores:
GRE: Optional, although applicants who believe GRE scores would complement their application are encouraged to submit scores. If submitted, quantitative and verbal scores are expected to be in the 50th percentile or above. Official GRE scores should be sent to SOPHAS using code 0151.

Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree at a U.S. institution, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79 (send officially to SOPHAS using the SOPHAS-specific TOEFL code 5688)
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5
  • PTE Academic: 53
  • Duolingo: 110

Resume: Current resume required.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 36

Required Courses:

Core Courses
HIM 5101Fundamentals of Health Informatics3
HIM 5102Applications of Computer Programming in Health Informatics3
HIM 5113Database Administration for Health Informatics Professionals3
HIM 5128Health Data: Standards and Interoperability3
HIM 5129Health Data Analysis3
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions 10
Advanced Electives
Select five from the following: 215
Technology for Population Health
Technology for Healthcare Financial Management
Health Information Systems: Design and Decision Making
Privacy and Security: Protecting Healthcare Data
Application Development in Public Health
Informatics Solution Design and Development for Health Data and Its Applications
Global Health Informatics
Introduction to Language Processing and Text Mining for Health Professionals
Applications of Machine Learning for Health Informatics
Political and Economic Aspects of Health
Healthcare Quality and Safety
Track-Specific Research Courses
Select coursework from the following based on chosen track:6
Project Track
Health Informatics Project Management 3
Capstone Project
Thesis Track
HIM 8106
3
HIM 9996
Total Credit Hours36

Full-Time On-Campus or Online MSHI

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
HIM 5101Fundamentals of Health Informatics3
HIM 5102Applications of Computer Programming in Health Informatics3
HIM 5113Database Administration for Health Informatics Professionals3
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions10
 Term Credit Hours9
Spring
HIM 5128Health Data: Standards and Interoperability3
HIM 5129Health Data Analysis3
Advanced Elective3
 Term Credit Hours9
Year 2
Fall
Three Advanced Electives9
 Term Credit Hours9
Spring
Both Track-Specific Courses6
Advanced Elective23
 Term Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours: 36

Part-Time On-Campus or Online MSHI

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
HIM 5101Fundamentals of Health Informatics3
HIM 5113Database Administration for Health Informatics Professionals3
 Term Credit Hours6
Spring
HIM 5128Health Data: Standards and Interoperability3
HIM 5129Health Data Analysis3
HRPR 5001Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions10
 Term Credit Hours6
Summer
Advanced Elective3
 Term Credit Hours3
Year 2
Fall
HIM 5102Applications of Computer Programming in Health Informatics3
Two Advanced Electives6
 Term Credit Hours9
Spring
Both Track-Specific Courses6
 Term Credit Hours6
Summer
Two Advanced Electives6
 Term Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours: 36

Minimum Grade to be Earned for All Required Courses: B-

Culminating Event: Successful completion of coursework is required to earn the MSHI.

Contacts

Program Web Address:

https://www.temple.edu/academics/degree-programs/health-informatics-ms-hp-hlti-ms

Department Information:

Dept. of Health Services Administration and Policy

Ritter Hall Annex, 9th Floor

1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6005

hlthinfo@temple.edu

215-204-8726

Submission Address for Application Materials:

https://sophas.liaisoncas.com/

Department Contacts:

Admissions:

CPH Office of Admissions

cph@temple.edu

215-204-5200

Program Director:

Bari Dzomba, MS, PhD

bari.dzomba@temple.edu

215-204-1892

Chairperson:

Huanmei Wu, PhD

huanmei.wu@temple.edu

215-204-8163