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Master of Science in Health Informatics

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Program overview
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

Master of Science in Health Informatics

Identifying problems and crafting solutions using biomedical data—while never forgetting patients’ needs—is what we’re all about.

The Master of Science in Health Informatics degree integrates health care, health information technology, informatics, and many other fields. Our students learn to analyze and protect patient data, and to improve the quality of medical care and make it more efficient.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree with demonstrated technical skills
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale

Successful applicants must have a strong background in computer science, engineering, biology, biochemistry, nursing, mathematics, statistics, physics, health information management, or other similar or health-related discipline.

Successful coursework (or equivalent) in programming (i.e., C, C++, Java, or equivalent), databases, medical terminology, human anatomy, and physiology.

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Program content

Fall Admission Professional Track

Fall Year 1

  • Introduction to Informatics
  • Informatics Project Management
  • Foundations of Health Informatics

Spring Year 1

  • Applied Statistical Methods for Biomedical Informatics
  • Clinical Information Systems
  • Security and Privacy Policies and Regulations for Health Care

Fall Year 2

  • Health Informatics Standards and Terminologies
  • Human Factors Engineering for Health Informatics

Select one:

  • Biomedical Analytics

  • Business of Health Informatics
  • Natural Language Processing for Biomedical Records and Reports Programming for Science Informatics

Spring Year 2

  • Clinical Decision Support Systems

Select one:

  • Practicum in Health Information Technology
  • Thesis/Project in Health Informatics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.


Contact the school for information regarding tuition fees. 


Upon completion of the Master of Health Informatics, students attain the following competencies expected of practitioners in the discipline:

Fundamental professional and interdisciplinary skills:

  • Analyze problems: Analyze, understand, abstract, and model a specific biomedical problem in terms of their data, information, and knowledge components.
  • Produce solutions: Use the analysis to identify and understand the space of possible solutions and generate designs that capture essential aspects of solutions and their components.
  • Implement, evaluate, and refine: Carry out the solution (including obtaining necessary resources and managing projects), evaluate it, and iteratively improve it.
  • Innovate: Create new theories, typologies, frameworks, representations, methods, and processes to address biomedical informatics problems.
  • Work collaboratively: Team effectively with partners within and across disciplines.

Health and health care systems skills:

  • Understand the fundamentals of the field in the context of the effective use of biomedical data, information, and knowledge.
  • For substantive problems related to scientific inquiry, problem solving, and decision making, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create solutions based on biomedical informatics approaches.
  • Apply, analyze, evaluate, and relate biomedical information, concepts, and models spanning molecules to individuals to populations.
  • Analyze and evaluate complex biomedical informatics problems in terms of data, information, and knowledge.

Technological skills:

  • Apply, analyze, and create data structures, algorithms, programming, mathematics, statistics.
  • Apply, analyze, and create technological approaches in the context of biomedical problems.
  • Apply and evaluate methods of inquiry and criteria for selecting and using algorithms, techniques, and methods to solve substantive health informatics problems.

Career paths

You’ll find our graduates creating technologies used on the front lines of medicine, shaping electronic health record and clinical information systems, ensuring privacy and the security of health information, and helping clinical teams use digital devices and new technologies to serve more patients.

Our graduates work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Health IT software companies

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indiana, USA, is considered the state’s premier urban research university. Combining the resources of two prestigious universities with a downtown location, IUPUI offers students the opportunity to earn a respected degree from Indiana University...

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Why study at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

There are students from over 140 countries represented on campus, making us one of the most diverse in the nation. Additionally, IUPUI is the only university in the United States with two universities on one campus, meaning you get the benefits of being both an Indiana University (IU) and a Purdue University student. Depending on your major, you receive either an IU or a Purdue degree.

You can receive a world-class education, large merit-based scholarships, and study close to major business hubs that frequently recruit students for internships and jobs. Lastly, this is a great location for anyone that would prefer living in a city instead of a college town.

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

902 West New York Street
46202 Indianapolis Indiana
United States of America

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