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  • Online Masters in Health Informatics

    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 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

    Related Program

    Those interested in pursuing a degree in health informatics may also be interested in the Certificate in Healthcare Informatics.

    This program is also available as a Graduate Minor.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    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 540 Perspectives on Information Systems 3.0
    INFO 600 Web Systems & Architecture 3.0
    INFO 605 Introduction to Database Management 3.0
    INFO 608 Human-Computer Interaction 3.0
    INFO 620 Information Systems Analysis and Design 3.0
    INFO 648 Healthcare Informatics 3.0
    INFO 659 Introduction to Data Analytics 3.0
    INFO 712 Information Assurance * 3.0
    INFO 731 Managing Health Informatics Projects 3.0
    INFO 732 Healthcare Informatics: Planning & Evaluation 3.0
    INFO 896 Health Informatics Experience 3.0
    Approved Electives 9.0
    Choose three:
    BUSN 651
    Healthcare Business Practice I: Foundations  
    BUSN 652
    Healthcare Business Practice II  
    BUSN 653
    Healthcare Business Practice III: Capstone  
    EPI 570
    Introduction to Descriptive Epidemiology and Biostatistics  
    EPI 571
    Introduction to Analytic Epidemiology and Biostatistics  
    EPI 572
    Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies  
    HSAD 505
    Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy  
    INFO 517
    Principles of Cybersecurity  
    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  
    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  
    Free electives 3.0
    Total Credits 45.0

    *Students 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 Completing Your Application 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


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1228 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • 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

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    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

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