Current trends in data analytics, healthcare reform, and evidence-based medicine have created a growing need for health informatics professionals. In fact, demand for these jobs is projected to grow 22 percent through 2022--more than twice the growth rate for all industries*.
The MS in health informatics at RIT—one of a handful of such programs nation-wide—provides students with a unique blend of data analysis skills and clinical expertise to assume leadership roles bridging the gap that exists today between technology, data analytics, and the practice of medicine.
This program is also unique in that students will have the opportunity to put theory into practice during a three-day on-site component at one of several healthcare delivery sites in the Rochester area. Learners will work with physicians and other healthcare workers in various specialties and settings to understand how practitioners are interacting with patients and technology.
Students will choose one of two specialty tracks for this degree:
- The clinician track is ideal for current healthcare professionals who want to learn how to leverage data analytics and technology to provide continuity of care in a patient centered and data-driven environment.
- The analyst track will focus on the development of health informatics technologies with a strong focus on advanced programming techniques and data analytics.
These track courses will focus on software development, system integration, data analysis, clinical application building, systems analysis and project management.
Most health informatics professionals work in a variety of healthcare settings including federal government agencies, public health agencies, non-profit health and medical associations, hospitals, physician group practices, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance companies.
*Source: Burning Glass Technologies, "Missed Opportunities? The Labor Market in Health Informatics," 2014.
$1,191 per credit hour (2020-21)
30 credit hours required
A student could complete this part-time program in 2 years.
- Introduction to Health Informatics (3 credits)
- Medical Knowledge Structures (3 credits)
- Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction (3 credits)
- Clinical Information Systems (3 credits)
- Practice of Health Care (3 credits)
- Project Management (3 credits)
- Track Courses (9 credits)
- Capstone In Health Informatics (3 credits)
Choose one of the following Track Options:
- Project Manager
- EHR Builder
- Systems Analyst
- Application Specialist
- Healthcare Software
- Health Systems
- Health Insurance Providers
- Outpatient Care Centers
- 95% of RIT graduates enter the workforce or continue to go on for further education
- RIT alums hail from more than 147 countries and work for more than 3,723 employers
- Upon graduation, you’ll become a member of the 121,000-strong RIT alumni community
- We build programs based on real-time employer demand
- The same faculty that teach on-campus, teach online
- RIT faculty have extensive experience in the classroom, in research, and in their professional fields
- We provide the same library services and resources, including a dedicated librarian, for online students
- Our career specialists provide advisement to help you plan, prepare for, and meet your career goals
- We provide enriched personalized academic advising
- You receive the same RIT credential as traditional on-campus graduates
Applications should be submitted for fall admission. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of 6 weeks prior to your intended start date.
To be considered for admission to the master of science in health informatics program, candidates must complete the online application form and fulfill the following requirements:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred
- Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
- Submit a current resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation
- Complete an interview with the program chair (for those without health care or IT work experience)
- It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of three years of experience in a health care, health-related, or information technology organization. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be asked to complete certain undergraduate courses as a bridge for the content knowledge required for the graduate program.
- Applicants from international universities are required to submit GRE scores.
- A test of English Language aptitude (TOEFL) is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. The minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE-Academic) are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic exams if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English. These countries include: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British West Indies, Canada, England, Guam, Ireland, Mauritius, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Virgin Islands and Wales.
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