Degree Requirements

The health informatics field is growing.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in the field of health informatics increases 23% by 2022, much faster than average of 11% for all occupations nationwide.  The UM’s online Health Informatics program is designed to prepare graduates for rewarding informatics careers in a wide range of industries within health care, including hospitals, government, health insurance providers, medical vendors, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and consulting firms.  With the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, these roles will be essential as more organizations begin moving to electronic health care record systems.

The Health Informatics program prepares graduates to enter or excel in this field by offering rigorous courses, which cover:

  • Information security
  • Data analytics
  • Project management
  • Public health informatics
  • Health information exchange
  • Database design

The program includes a 3 credit capstone practicum, which allows students to apply the informatics knowledge they have gained to real-world situations and problems.

The Health Informatics program is a lock-step program.  Students must complete the coursework as specified in the Plan of Study for the specific track under which they were admitted and as listed in the Academic Bulletin and the Student Handbook.  Students must also successfully complete the courses in each semester to progress to the next.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the UOnline Academic Advisors.

Admission

For information on admission to the program please click here.

Plan of Study

The Health Informatics program is a lock-step program.  Students must complete the coursework in the order specified in the Plan of Study below, and they must successfully complete each course to progress to the next.  Students are admitted to begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer.  Questions related to degree requirements should be directed to the UOnline Academic Advisors.

HCS 685Introduction to Health Informatics3
HCS 605Health Information Exchange3
HCS 658Structure and Processes in Health Care Organization and Health Care Policy3
HCS 603Healthcare Databases: Design, Development and Clinical Application3
HCS 604System Life Cycle/Project Management3
HCS 608Information Security3
HCS 600Public Health Information3
HCS 601Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Health Informatics3
HCS 609Research Methods and Applications for Health Informatics3
HCS 611Capstone in Health Informatics3
HCS 610Elective in Health Informatics3
Total Credit Hours33