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 individuals prepared to be administrators, specialists, consultants, educators, and researchers in the healthcare industry.Drexel University's accredited online Master of Science in Health Informatics prepares students 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. Students 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 issuesDevelop and apply contemporary information science theories and methods toward the generation, management and sharing of biomedical dataImplement, adapt, and validate existing informatics concepts and approaches as they relate to specific biomedical and healthcare problemsEmploy concepts and techniques from the social, behavioral, communications and organizational sciences to develop information systems that solve substantial issues in biomedical and healthcare administrationUtilize principles from ethics, law and socio-economic policy that improve patient careWork collaboratively across disciplines to define, discuss, and resolve key issues in healthcare informaticsProgram FeaturesDrexel University is a charter member of the American Medical Informatics Association Academic ForumCurriculum 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 basisState restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum Required Courses INFO 530Foundations of Information Systems3.0INFO 605Introduction to Database Management3.0INFO 608Human-Computer Interaction3.0INFO 614Distributed Computing and Networking3.0INFO 620Information Systems Analysis and Design3.0INFO 638Software Project Management3.0INFO 648Healthcare Informatics3.0INFO 712Information Assurance3.0INFO 731Organization & Social Issues in Healthcare Informatics3.0INFO 732Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation3.0Track Courses In addition to these requirements, students complete either Track 1 or Track 2 courses (listed below)15.0Total Credits45.0 Track 1: Students Admitted Without a Health-Related BackgroundStudents 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:9.0INFO 526Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice INFO 555Introduction to Geographic Information Systems INFO 733Public Health Informatics NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions NURS 558Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy NURS 564The Business of Healthcare RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics RSCH 523Methods for Health Research BUSN 651Healthcare Business Practice I: Foundations BUSN 652Healthcare Business Practice II BUSN 653Healthcare Business Practice III: Capstone Clinical Experience INFO 896Clinical Experience3.0Free Elective One free elective3.0 Track 2: Students Admitted With a Health-Related BackgroundStudents 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:9.0INFO 526Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice INFO 555Introduction to Geographic Information Systems INFO 606Advanced Database Management INFO 610Analysis of Interactive Systems INFO 611Design of Interactive Systems INFO 622Content Representation INFO 624Information Retrieval Systems INFO 634Data Mining INFO 733Public Health Informatics NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes NURS 557Leadership and Stewardship in the Health Professions NURS 558Economics of Healthcare Management & Policy NURS 564The Business of Healthcare RSCH 519Introduction to Biostatistics RSCH 523Methods for Health Research BUSN 651Healthcare Business Practice I: Foundations BUSN 652Healthcare Business Practice II BUSN 653Healthcare Business Practice III: Capstone Free Electives Two free electives6.0Total Credits15.0View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institutionA GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelors or aboveRequired DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedScores 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 soughtScores must be less than 5 years oldOne 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.ResumeAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $1157 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 2015 September 21, 2015 December 5, 2015 December 7, 2015 December 12, 2015 Winter 2016 January 4, 2016 March 14, 2016 March 15, 2016 March 19, 2016 Spring 2016 March 28, 2016 June 6, 2016 June 7, 2016 June 10, 2016 Summer 2016 June 20, 2016 August 29, 2016 August 30, 2016 September 3, 2016 Apply today for the MS in Health Informatics Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Any problems? Find help or contact us.