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  • 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 administrators, specialists, consultants, educators, and researchers in the healthcare industry.

    Drexel University's accredited online Master of Science in Health Informatics prepares you 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.

    You 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 issues
    • Develop and apply contemporary information science theories and methods toward the generation, management and sharing of biomedical data
    • Implement, adapt, and validate existing informatics concepts and approaches as they relate to specific biomedical and healthcare problems
    • Employ concepts and techniques from the social, behavioral, communications and organizational sciences to develop information systems that solve substantial issues in biomedical and healthcare administration
    • Utilize principles from ethics, law and socio-economic policy that improve patient care
    • Work collaboratively across disciplines to define, discuss, and resolve key issues in healthcare informatics

    Program Features

    • Drexel University is a charter member of the American Medical Informatics Association Academic Forum
    • Curriculum 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

    Online Open House

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    Curriculum

    Required Courses 
    INFO 530Foundations of Information Systems3.0
    INFO 605Introduction to Database Management3.0
    INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction3.0
    INFO 614Distributed Computing and Networking3.0
    INFO 620Information Systems Analysis and Design3.0
    INFO 638Software Project Management3.0
    INFO 648Healthcare Informatics3.0
    INFO 712Information Assurance3.0
    INFO 731Organization & Social Issues in Healthcare Informatics3.0
    INFO 732Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation3.0
    Track Courses 
    In addition to these requirements, students complete either Track 1 or Track 2 courses (listed below)15.0
    Total Credits45.0

    Track 1: Students Admitted Without a Health-Related Background

    Students 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:9.0
    INFO 526
    Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice 
    INFO 555
    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 
    INFO 733
    Public Health Informatics 
    NURS 531
    Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease 
    NURS 532
    Evaluation of Health Outcomes 
    NURS 557
    Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions 
    NURS 558
    Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy 
    NURS 564
    The Business of Healthcare 
    RSCH 519
    Introduction to Biostatistics 
    RSCH 523
    Methods for Health Research 
    BUSN 651
    Healthcare Business Practice I: Foundations 
    BUSN 652
    Healthcare Business Practice II 
    BUSN 653
    Healthcare Business Practice III: Capstone 
    Clinical Experience 
    INFO 896Clinical Experience3.0
    Free Elective 
    One free elective3.0

     

    Track 2: Students Admitted With a Health-Related Background

    Students 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:9.0
    INFO 526
    Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice 
    INFO 555
    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 
    INFO 606
    Advanced Database Management 
    INFO 610
    Analysis of Interactive Systems 
    INFO 611
    Design of Interactive Systems 
    INFO 622
    Content Representation 
    INFO 624
    Information Retrieval Systems 
    INFO 634
    Data Mining 
    INFO 733
    Public Health Informatics 
    NURS 531
    Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease 
    NURS 532
    Evaluation of Health Outcomes 
    NURS 557
    Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions 
    NURS 558
    Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy 
    NURS 564
    The Business of Healthcare 
    RSCH 519
    Introduction to Biostatistics 
    RSCH 523
    Methods for Health Research 
    BUSN 651
    Healthcare Business Practice I: Foundations 
    BUSN 652
    Healthcare Business Practice II 
    BUSN 653
    Healthcare Business Practice III: Capstone 
    Free Electives 
    Two free electives6.0
    Total Credits15.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelors or above

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Scores 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 sought
      • Scores must be less than 5 years old
    • One 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.
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $1192 per credit.


    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

     

    Academic Calendar

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

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