Professionals in health informatics have skills in analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of information systems that support a full range of clinical and patient care functions. Working as a translation specialist, the graduate will be prepared for entry and mid-level positions with informatics departments, medical practice departments, nursing departments, public health organizations, and as consultants and/or staff in organizations that specialize in computer operations and knowledge management. Graduates also have the skills to enter the growing field of health information exchange, which includes regional health information organizations and the emerging personal health records. In addition to a foundation in information technology, special skills will be acquired in organizational change, project management and impact evaluation.
This is an interprofessional degree offered through the Office of Graduate Studies, with oversight by the University of Kansas Center for Health Informatics through its advisory council. The program is designed for health professionals or information technology specialists who want a specialty focus in health informatics. The advisory council of this program reflects this commitment to interprofessional collaboration. Faculty with foundations in nursing, health policy and management, and public health partner to create this master's degree in health informatics.
The M.S. in Health Informatics program endeavors to fulfill its responsibilities to the changing needs of society by selecting applicants who, in the judgment of the admissions committee, demonstrate the academic achievement, maturity, integrity, and motivation necessary for successful advancement. In addition, the committee looks for applicants who will contribute academic, nonacademic, and socioeconomic diversity to the class. The committee is interested in evidence of capacity for mature and independent scholarship.
The application process is an online process. Detailed instructions on how to apply and the application deadlines are posted on the Master of Science in Health Informatics website.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution documented by submission of official transcript indicating the degree has been conferred before entering the program. Official transcripts from institutions attended post-baccalaureate are also required.
Students with degrees from outside the U.S. may be subject to transcript evaluation indicating the degree is equivalent to a U.S. degree and meets the minimum cumulative GPA requirements.
- A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the bachelor’s degree.
- Applicants who are not native speakers of English, whether domestic or international, must demonstrate they meet the Minimum English Proficiency Requirement.
- A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.
- An official copy of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. Scores are sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to the University of Kansas Medical Center - ETS institutional code 6895.
- Three letters of recommendation preferably from employers, instructors, or other persons who can assess the applicant’s academic and professional potential. Letters are submitted per instructions provided for the online application process.
- A graduate level statistics course (may be completed prior to admission or during the first semester of enrollment.)
- A current resume or curriculum vitae.
- A personal written statement that describes the applicant's career goals and motivation for seeking post-graduate training in health informatics.
- An informational telephone interview with a Center for Health Informatics representative.
Applicants not meeting the above requirements may be eligible for provisional admission. After an applicant has been admitted, a program may defer an applicant's admission for one year after which time the applicant must submit a new application.
Admission requirements are subject to change. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».
The M.S. in Health Informatics curriculum is divided into three cores: informatics, leadership, and discipline focus (matching that of the faculty partners) along with a research component. A strength of the program is the close relationship between the students and their faculty advisers. Advisors are assigned based on the career goals of the student. The student and advisor will develop a plan of study that meets the career goals of the student.
- Degree requirements are normally completed within 2 years of admission to the program although a maximum of 7 years is allowed. Part-time students normally complete requirements within 5 years of admission to the program.
- Completion of a minimum of 40 credit hours.
- Cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 for all KU graduate coursework.
- Successful completion of a general examination the semester the student will graduate.
- Enrollment in a minimum of one (1) credit hour the semester the student will graduate.
- Successful completion of the Health Informatics Core (minimum 17 credit hours.) These courses provide the core knowledge and skills essential to the practice of health informatics.
IPHI 850 Introduction to Health Informatics 2-3 IPHI 851 Transforming Health Care through Use of Information Systems and Technology 3 IPHI 852 Health Data: Theory and Practice 3-4 IPHI 853 Abstraction and Modeling of Healthcare Information 3 IPHI 854 Knowledge Management in Healthcare 3 IPHI 856 Health Informatics Practicum 1-3
- Successful completion of the Leadership Core (minimum 9 credit hours.) This includes a minimum of one health policy (HP&M) course. Choose from:
NRSG 808 The Social Context for Health Care Policy 2 NRSG 820 Program, Project, and Communication Planning 2 NRSG 880 Organizational Foundations for Leading Change 3 NRSG 882 Introduction to Operations 3 NRSG 885 Evaluation and Analysis for Healthcare Effectiveness 2 HP&M 832 Governance and Health Law 2 HP&M 833 Ethics 2 HP&M 837 Health Policy 3 HP&M 840 Organizational Foundations for Leading Change 3 HP&M 850 Introduction to Operations 3
- Successful completion of the Research Component (minimum 5 credit hours.) This component includes a research project that involves applying aspects of the research process to the student’s area of health informatics practice.
NRSG 754 Health Care Research 3 or HP&M 819 Research for Health Care Leaders IPHI 860 Research Project 2
- Successful completion of the Discipline-Specific Core (minimum 9 credit hours.) The Discipline-Specific Core (Clinical, Health Policy or Preventive Medicine) and the courses within the core are selected in consultation with the student's advisor based on the student's background and career goals.
- Clinical Core (minimum 9 credit hours.) Choose from:
NRSG 748 Theories for Practice and Research 3 NRSG 755 Professionalism in Advanced Nursing Practice 3 NRSG 826 Global Perspective and Diversity in Healthcare 2 NRSG 883 Complexity Science Approaches to Improve Organizational Effectiveness 3 NRSG 891 Human Resources and Workforce Development 3
- Health Policy and Management Core (minimum 9 credit hours). Choose from:
HP&M 810 The Health Care System 3 HP&M 822 Health Care Economics 3 HP&M 825 Financial Concepts in Healthcare Management 3 HP&M 846 Health Information Technology Management 3 HP&M 850 Introduction to Operations 3 HP&M 854 Human Resources and Workforce Development 3
- Clinical Core (minimum 9 credit hours.) Choose from:
- Preventive Medicine Core (minimum 9 credit hours). Choose from:
PRVM 800 Principles of Epidemiology 3 PRVM 809 Introduction to Public Health 3 PRVM 815 Infectious Disease Epidemiology 3 PRVM 875 Management of Public Health Data 3 PRVM 877 Health Communication 3
Degree requirements and course descriptions are subject to change. Any courses taken as an equivalent must be approved by the Graduate Director and the Office of Graduate Studies. In most cases, use the catalog of the year student entered the program. Other years’ catalogs».
Typical Plan of Study for Part-time Students
|IPHI 851||3||IPHI 850 (Spring only)||2||Leadership Core course||2|
|Leadership Core course||2||Discipline-Specific course||3|
|IPHI 853||3||IPHI 852||3||NRSG 754||3|
|Discipline-specific course||3||Discipline-Specific Core course||3|
|IPHI 856||1||IPHI 856||1||IPHI 856||1|
|IPHI 860||2||IPHI 854||3||Oral Comprehensive Examination|
|Leadership Core course||3||Leadership Core course||2|
|Total Hours: 40|