Masters Degree in Health Information Systems

Learn about master's degree programs that focus on health information systems. Learn about coursework, employment trends and continuing education options in this field.

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Essential Information

Master's degree programs dealing with health information systems are typically referred to as health informatics programs. In these programs, students are trained to develop and assess health information systems to improve the delivery and quality of care in the healthcare system. A Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program focuses on computer science, healthcare, information technology, biomedical science and the collection and application of healthcare data. Prior to completion of the program, master's students must complete a capstone project or master's thesis. To work as a professor or in research positions in this field, a doctoral program must typically be completed.

Educational Prerequisites

Master's candidates must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants must demonstrate competence in medical terminology, computers and statistics. They may also be required to submit a personal statement and resume.

Program Coursework

Courses in health informatics programs cover health information systems, database principles and health informatics methods. Students also take advanced courses in the following:

  • Creation of medical knowledge
  • Database design
  • Security in healthcare databases
  • Clinical informatics
  • Software management
  • Biostatistics

Popular Career Options

Graduates of master's degree programs have the advanced technical and theoretical knowledge to qualify for positions in hospitals, insurance companies, information system companies and healthcare consulting firms. These positions include:

  • Chief information officer
  • Product developer
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems engineer

To provide some salary and employment perspective, medical and health service managers, including health information managers, are expected to see a 23% increase in jobs from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). As of May 2012, these professionals earned a median annual income of $88,580 (

Continuing Education Information

Ph.D. programs in health informatics build on advanced fundamental knowledge and research found in master's programs. Graduates of Ph.D. programs qualify for senior-level professional and research positions in healthcare industries, as well as tenure teaching positions in colleges and universities.

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    • Utah (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Utah include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Medical and Health Professions
      • Clinical Laboratory Science Professions
      • Communication Disorders Sciences
      • Health and Fitness
      • Medical Administrative Services
        • Health Information Technology
        • Medical Facilities Management
      • Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Professions
      • Medical Residency Programs
      • Mental Health Services
      • Nursing Professions
      • Nutrition Services
      • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration
      • Public Health and Safety
      • Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Professions
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    • California (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Stanford University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Medical and Health Professions
      • Medical Administrative Services
      • Medical Informatics and Illustration
      • Medical Residency Programs
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    • Massachusetts (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Harvard University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Medical and Health Professions
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      • Medical and Health Preparatory Sciences
      • Medical Residency Programs
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