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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

    State 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 & Evaluation3.0
    Approved Electives12.0
    Choose 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 electives6.0
    Choose 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.


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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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