Health informatics studies the nature of medical data and the use of information technology to manage health-related information in medical practice, education, and research. With increases in the application and uses of information technology in the medical industry, there is an unprecedented need for professionals who can combine their knowledge of computing and health care to improve the safety and quality of care delivery, as well as to help control costs.
The MS degree in health informatics applies the creative power of information technology to the information and data needs of health care. This includes the acquisition, storage, and retrieval of patient data, as well as access to electronically maintained medical knowledge for use in patient care, research, and education. Professionals in the field require computing expertise; an understanding of formal medical terminology, clinical processes, and guidelines; and an understanding of how information and communication systems can be used to successfully deliver patient information in various health care settings. The program is offered online only.
The program offers two tracks: the clinician track and analyst track.
Qi Yu, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
This program may be completed online. Visit RIT Online for additional information.
Please contact the admissions counselor below for additional information about applying to the online program.
|Program Available Online?||Yes|
|Admit Term||Fall - Online Only|
|Entrance Exam||GRE required for international students only|
|English Language Exams:|
Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.
Health informatics, MS degree, typical course sequence
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|MEDI-701||Introduction to Medical Informatics||3|
|MEDI-735||Clinical Information Systems||3|
|HCIN-610||Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction||3|
|MEDI-704||Practice of Health Care (summer)||3|
|MEDI-707||Clinical Decision Support||3|
|MEDI-705||Medical Knowledge Structures||3|
|MEDI-788||Capstone in Health Informatics||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||30|
To be considered for admission into the MS program in health informatics, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
Please note: Applications should be submitted for fall admission. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of six weeks prior to your intended start date.
It is expected that prospective students who plan to pursue the analyst track will have a background in fundamental information technology concepts including object-oriented programming and statistics. Students without the necessary background should complete the prerequisites before applying to the program. However, bridge courses are available to satisfy the prerequisites.
Students whose undergraduate preparation or employment experience does not satisfy the prerequisites can make up these deficiencies by completing prerequisite bridge courses as prescribed by the graduate program director. The bridge courses are not part of the 30 semester credit hours required for the master’s degree. Grades for bridge courses are not included in a student’s GPA if the courses are taken before matriculation; they are included if completed after matriculation. Since bridge programs can be designed in a variety of ways, the graduate program director will assist students in planning and course selection.
University policy requires that graduate programs be completed within seven years of the student's initial registration for courses in the program. Bridge courses are excluded.