Master of Science: Health Informatics Concentration

The Master of Science concentration in health informatics is your ticket to an advanced degree in an exciting, emerging field.

  • U.S. News & World Report has ranked health informatics and information management as one of the top nine new majors in the country in 2012: "The need is huge for professionals who can help acquire, manage, and use information to improve health and manage payments.” Graduates with a master’s in health informatics generally are more likely to have a job waiting for them after graduation.
  • The American Medical Informatics Association projects a need for more than 50,000 health IT workers in the next five to seven years.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics has yet to publish data on this new field but predicts employment opportunities to increase 22 percent between 2012 and 2022, faster than average for all occupations.
  • A 2013 discussion at the University of Akron, Healthcare Careers after the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act, highlighted how industry changes are creating new jobs for people with new skill sets: “The massive changes happening within the medical industry are creating new job opportunities for people with new types of skills… People with data analysis skills are in demand within the health-care industry as quality becomes increasingly important,” said Martin Hauser, chief executive of SummaCare insurance company. “We’ve been hiring lots of people with data and informatics backgrounds.” Read the full story from the Akron Beacon Journal.

All courses in the Master of Science program are offered conveniently online. And our program allows you to focus on one course at a time but still take two standard (but compressed) courses per semester. On that schedule, you can complete the 36-hour degree (12 courses) program in two years.

Our faculty are well known in the HI community and include active practitioners as instructors and guest lecturers. You'll also benefit from our monthly webinar series, HI Pulse, offered in partnership with Northern Ohio Health Informatics Management and Systems Society.