Graduate Study in Health Informatics
Interdisciplinary and University Programs
Professionals in health informatics have skills in analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation of information systems that support a full range of clinical and patient care functions. Health informatics professionals work as translation specialists. In addition to a foundation in information technology, students acquire special skills in organizational change, project management, and impact evaluation. The program offers an interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in health informatics.
Students in health informatics complete 40 credit hours. The curriculum is divided into 3 cores: informatics, leadership, and discipline (matching that of the faculty partners). Many of the courses are online. A strength of the program is the close relationship between the student and faculty adviser. The student and adviser develop a plan of study that meets the student’s career goals. The program concludes with a capstone project and a practicum, which combines research with hands-on experience and provides an opportunity for students to take advantage of resources at numerous clinical and business partners.
- A bachelor’s degree with an overall grade-point average of B or above
- A graduate-level statistics course (may be completed before admission or during the first semester of enrollment)
A criminal background check is required before admission. Applications are considered twice a year, Sept. 1 and March 1. All applicants are considered on an individual basis. An applicant who does not meet the admission requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis.
Graduates are prepared for entry and mid-level positions with information technology departments, medical practice departments, advanced nursing departments, public health organizations, and for careers as consultants and staff in organizations that specialize in computer operations and knowledge management.
Graduates also have the skills to enter the growing field of health information exchange, which includes regional health information organizations and the emerging personal health records field.
The interprofessional degree offered by the KU Medical Center Office of Graduate Studies, with oversight by the KU Center for Health Informatics, is an excellent degree program for health professionals who want a specialty focus in health informatics.
The advisory council of this program reflects this commitment to interprofessional collaboration. The degree program also has a relationship to KU’s Institute of Community and Public Health and the Center for Biostatistics and Advanced Informatics.
Faculty members with backgrounds in nursing, health policy and management, preventive medicine and public health, bioinformatics, and health information management work together to offer the Master of Science degree in health informatics.
For complete information on the degree and instructions on how to apply to the graduate program, visit our website.
The University of Kansas is a major educational and research institution with 29,000 students and 2,400 faculty members. KU includes the main campus in Lawrence, the Medical Center in Kansas City, the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, campuses of the School of Medicine in Wichita and Salina, and educational and research facilities throughout the state.
The KU Medical Center offers educational programs through its Schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing and the Office of Graduate Studies. The campus comprises academic units operating alongside KU Hospital, which provides opportunities for clinical experience and residency positions.
- MSHI students say:
- "The curriculum is varied and up-to-date with what is happening in informatics currently and includes key tools and competencies for use across all work areas of health informatics."
- "The program benefits me today and every day since graduation, opening opportunities I would not have imagined. "