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Leverage Technology to Influence Healthcare

The online Master of Science in Health Informatics program prepares you to use data, information, knowledge, and wisdom to improve health. You’ll graduate ready to work wherever patients are served, from pharmacies and public health agencies to outpatient clinics, hospitals, and information technology vendors.

Through this program, you will learn to bridge the gap between medical information and whole patient care. With coursework exploring a number of health informatics tools such as computer science, information systems, clinical and leadership, you will understand how health informatics applies to different areas of healthcare – connecting the numbers to improved patient care.

The University of Scranton’s fully online and flexible degree program enables you to balance your personal and professional responsibilities while gaining the analysis skills and valuable insights to create positive change for organizations in business, health care, education, and more.

Specialization and Certification

The University of Scranton offers both an online master’s degree specialization option in Data Analytics and an online graduate certificate in Health Informatics.

With this optional specialization, you can acquire the acumen to analyze complex health data as you help improve healthcare delivery. You will extend your expertise in an array of technologies and concepts, including:

  • Clinical and Business Analytics
  • Data Mining Software Tools
  • Statistical and Predictive Modeling

Plus, learn to glean insights from big data and create visualizations for identifying trends. With these competencies, you can lead teams responsible for making patient care more efficient and less costly.

In addition to the data analytics specialization, Scranton also offers a certificate program that you can complete in less than 12 months. Prepare for a career in this growing field as you gain foundational knowledge in applying informatics solutions to the healthcare context. This four-course certificate can help you start your health informatics career sooner. The 12 credits you earn can also be directly applied to our MS in Health Informatics degree.

Our Vision

The University of Scranton will be boldly driven by a shared commitment to excellence. We will provide a superior, transformational learning experience, preparing students who, in the words of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius Loyola, will “set the world on fire.”

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Learn When and Where It’s Best for You

Whether you’re a recent graduate or are returning to school after taking a break, earning your master’s degree online shouldn’t mean interrupting your career or pushing the pause button on your life. At The University of Scranton, online learning comes at the crossroads of opportunity and flexibility. You’ll be part of a collaborative community of learners and have access to the same student services and networking opportunities as you would on campus to ensure you have the support needed to reach your personal and/or professional goals.

A Curriculum Built for the Future of Health Care Delivery

Health Informatics is an emerging field, driven by the growing federal focus on a centralized database of patient records and a fully integrated delivery system. The Scranton curriculum focuses on using data to improve efficiencies in treatment for individuals and the masses while still maintaining patient privacy and value.

The CAHIIM accreditation provides consistent quality monitoring of academic degree programs in health informatics through accreditation policies and processes that include tools for assessing continuous quality improvement through partnerships with colleges and universities, a voluntary peer review process, and annual program monitoring of continuous improvements in health informatics education to meet healthcare workforce needs. CAHIIM provides accredited programs with benchmark data and best practices for continuous improvement.

Here are just a few of the courses you may take in this program:

HINF 550 Community Health for Health Informatics

This course explores population health from a systems and organizational perspective with an emphasis on health information technology. Research in health care is analyzed in relation to evidence-based practice, use of large databases, data mining, consumer information, health promotion and maintenance, and quality assessment. The management of health data in the achievement of healthcare organization objectives is emphasized.

HAD 526 Grants Writing and Management

A health administration elective course focusing on the development, integration and application of knowledge, reviewing request for proposal requirements, work plans and evaluation plans, concepts in formatting, grant writing principles, methods, techniques, competencies, and developing a rationale needs statement, draft proposal, budget, and final proposal to secure a competitive grant.

HAD 523 Health Care IT Management

This course utilizes a systematic approach to study health care information technology management. Topics include terminology, organization, strategy, planning techniques, systems selection, contract negotiation, project management, medical informatics, technology trends, and issues for health care.

HAD 505 Health Care Statistics and Research Methods

Designed to examine basic statistical techniques which are utilized in analyzing health care data. Topics include probability, sampling, use of central tendency measures, reliability and validity, graphics, data display, frequency distribution, regression analysis, ANOVA, and technical report writing.

Cutting-Edge Careers on the Rise

With the health care sector rapidly transitioning into digital landscape, the field of health informatics is growing rapidly. Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32 percent from 2020 to 2030,3 much faster than the average for all occupations. Salaries are higher than average as well, with average annual salaries of $104,2803 for medical and health services managers and $151,1504 for computer and information systems managers.

Health Informatics Occupations

  • Health Data Standards Lead
  • Informatics Specialist
  • Nursing Informaticist
  • Clinical Informatics Manager
  • Senior Healthcare Informatics Analyst
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Clinical Informatics Specialist
  • Health Informatics Specialist

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*The Health Informatics accreditor of The University of Scranton is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The University’s accreditation for Master’s degree in Health Informatics has been affirmed through 2028-2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.