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 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 This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.Required Courses INFO 530 Foundations of Information Systems3.0 INFO 605 Introduction to Database Management3.0 INFO 608 Human-Computer Interaction3.0 INFO 671 Web Systems & Architecture3.0 INFO 620 Information Systems Analysis and Design3.0 INFO 648 Healthcare Informatics3.0 INFO 712 Information Assurance *3.0 INFO 731 Managing Health Informatics Projects3.0 INFO 732 Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation3.0Approved Electives12.0Choose four of the following: INFO 517 Principles of Cybersecurity INFO 526 Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice INFO 555 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems INFO 733 Public Health Informatics INFO 753 Introduction to Digital Curation 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 electives6.0Choose INFO 896 and one free elective or choose two free electives Total Credits45.0 *Those new to computing may take INFO 517 as an elective prior to registering for INFO 712.View 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 Completing Your Application 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 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 2016-2017 Academic Year 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 2017-2018 Academic Year Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2017 September 25, 2017 December 9, 2017 December 11, 2017 December 16, 2017 Winter 2018 January 8, 2018 March 17, 2018 March 19, 2018 March 24, 2018 Spring 2018 April 2, 2018 June 9, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 15, 2018 Summer 2018 June 25, 2018 September 1, 2018 September 4, 2018 September 8, 2018 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.