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.

Admission requirements:

  • 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:

  • 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 850Introduction to Health Informatics2-3
    IPHI 851Transforming Health Care through Use of Information Systems and Technology3
    IPHI 852Health Data: Theory and Practice3-4
    IPHI 853Abstraction and Modeling of Healthcare Information3
    IPHI 854Knowledge Management in Healthcare3
    IPHI 856Health Informatics Practicum1-3
  • Successful completion of the Leadership Core (minimum 9 credit hours.)   This includes a minimum of one health policy (HP&M) course.  Choose from:
    NRSG 808The Social Context for Health Care Policy2
    NRSG 820Program, Project, and Communication Planning2
    NRSG 880Organizational Foundations for Leading Change3
    NRSG 882Introduction to Operations3
    NRSG 885Evaluation and Analysis for Healthcare Effectiveness2
    HP&M 832Governance and Health Law2
    HP&M 833Ethics2
    HP&M 837Health Policy3
    HP&M 840Organizational Foundations for Leading Change3
    HP&M 850Introduction to Operations3
  • 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 754Health Care Research3
    or HP&M 819 Research for Health Care Leaders
    IPHI 860Research Project2
  • 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 748Theories for Practice and Research3
      NRSG 755Professionalism in Advanced Nursing Practice3
      NRSG 826Global Perspective and Diversity in Healthcare2
      NRSG 883Complexity Science Approaches to Improve Organizational Effectiveness3
      NRSG 891Human Resources and Workforce Development3
    • Health Policy and Management Core (minimum 9 credit hours). Choose from:
      HP&M 810The Health Care System3
      HP&M 822Health Care Economics3
      HP&M 825Financial Concepts in Healthcare Management3
      HP&M 846Health Information Technology Management3
      HP&M 850Introduction to Operations3
      HP&M 854Human Resources and Workforce Development3
  • Preventive Medicine Core (minimum 9 credit hours). Choose from:
    PRVM 800Principles of Epidemiology3
    PRVM 809Introduction to Public Health3
    PRVM 815Infectious Disease Epidemiology3
    PRVM 875Management of Public Health Data3
    PRVM 877Health Communication3

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
IPHI 8513IPHI 850 (Spring only)2Leadership Core course2
Leadership Core course2Discipline-Specific course3 
 5 5 2
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
IPHI 8533IPHI 8523NRSG 7543
Discipline-specific course3Discipline-Specific Core course3 
 6 6 3
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
IPHI 8561IPHI 8561IPHI 8561
IPHI 8602IPHI 8543Oral Comprehensive Examination 
Leadership Core course3Leadership Core course2 
 6 6 1
Total Hours: 40