Master of Science in Health Informatics Online

Artificial intelligence (AI), data visualization, mHealth, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are remaking healthcare—and informatics is at the core of this renaissance. As one of the few institutions with a College of Informatics and one of the first such programs launched online, NKU offers a rigorous MHI program that focuses on applied knowledge and is responsive to increasing market opportunities.

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Program Overview

Gain insights into our online M.S. in Health Informatics program

Learn the science, systems, and software behind emerging technologies and applications using health data to enhance delivery and drive innovation in healthcare with a Master of Science in Health Informatics (MHI) from Northern Kentucky University. The 100% online program offers flexibility to fit your schedule with multiple start dates and affordable tuition.

Gain the skills and knowledge to analyze, integrate, and improve healthcare information systems, healthcare processes, and the quality of care in this online graduate nursing program. Learn research methods, data analysis techniques, and information governance best practices to improve outcomes, support care coordination, and enable patient care and population health reform. You will also learn about clinical informatics and how the integration and interoperability of healthcare systems are driving change and the move to value-based care.

In this online health Informatics program, you will:

  • Learn the fundamental terminology, practices, and procedures found in the interaction of clinical and business operations
  • Explore approaches to systems development such as rapid application development (RAD), joint application development (JAD), and other techniques to create quality systems
  • Apply the basics of empirical health informatics research and be provided with the conceptual framework to develop your own research projects
  • Investigate all aspects of data modeling, database design, and implementation of relational, object-oriented, and semantic databases
  • Learn the fundamental terminology, practices, and procedures found in the interaction of clinical and business operations
  • Explore approaches to systems development such as rapid application development (RAD), joint application development (JAD), and other techniques to create quality systems
  • Apply the basics of empirical health informatics research and be provided with the conceptual framework to develop your own research projects
  • Investigate all aspects of data modeling, database design, and implementation of relational, object-oriented, and semantic databases

Graduates of this online program can pursue a variety of health informatics roles, including:

  • Healthcare Data Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Health Services Manager
  • Health Informatics Consultant
  • Management Analyst
  • Healthcare IT Project Manager
  • Healthcare Data Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Health Services Manager
  • Health Informatics Consultant
  • Management Analyst
  • Healthcare IT Project Manager

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Total Tuition $19,800
Program Duration As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 33

Accreditation

Northern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC™) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of NKU.

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Tuition

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The MHI online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total cost. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. For additional information, visit the Financial Aid section on our FAQ page.

Tuition Breakdown:

Total Tuition $19,800
Per Credit Hour $584
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Calendar

Set a calendar reminder for these key dates

With six start dates a year, the MHI online course schedule is flexible and convenient. View the calendar to find the best start date for you and note your corresponding deadlines.

SessionProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Due
Summer 26/24/246/12/246/18/246/21/246/24/24
Fall 18/19/248/7/248/12/248/16/248/19/24
Fall 210/16/2410/3/2410/8/2410/11/2410/16/24
Spring 11/13/251/3/251/7/251/10/251/13/25
Spring 23/17/253/5/253/10/253/14/253/17/25

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 8/7/24
Class Starts 8/19/24
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Admissions

Follow these admission steps for our online master's in health informatics program

We've streamlined the admission process for the MHI online program so you can get started right away.

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA for overall undergraduate credit
  • Official transcripts of all coursework from accredited institutions
  • Professional resume which includes relevant experience

MHI Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete application for admission
  • Pay the $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts showing an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA for overall undergraduate credit
  • Professional resume which includes relevant work experience, community service, leadership positions, and other professional activities

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

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Courses

Read about our online health informatics classes

For the MHI online, the curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (33 credit hours), including 10 courses (30 credit hours) and a capstone (3 credit hours).

Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course develops an understanding of tools, techniques, and methods for analysis, design and implementation of information systems. It uses theory and applied projects to build effective interpersonal and communication skills that are essential to interact with clients, users, and other team members involved with development, operation, and maintenance of information systems. Approaches to systems development such as rapid application development (RAD), joint application development (JAD), and other techniques to create quality systems are explored.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In-depth investigation of intelligent database management systems in support of business decision-making. This course includes an investigation of all aspects of data modeling; database design; and implementation of relational, object-oriented, and semantic databases.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an overview of information technology project management practices, software, contexts, and processes. Topics include project implementation methodologies; resource selection; project risks and failures: managing technical project personnel; project management tools and techniques, and issues related to project outsourcing.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In order to prepare students to be competent informatics practitioners within the healthcare industry, this course introduces students to the fundamental terminology, practices, and procedures found in the interaction of clinical and business operations.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This core course provides an introduction to concepts and trends in the health informatics field both locally and nationally. The course provides an overview of networks, software, and computers in healthcare with a particular focus on their use in interoperable systems. Applications include electronic health records, computerized physician order entry, and digital imaging.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to the core concepts and fundamental principles of information systems in the context of healthcare clinical and organizational decision-making. This will include a survey of the information systems discipline and an explanation of its importance in healthcare organizations. The key objective of the course is to give the student a good understanding of how managers can manage and exploit the potential of information technology for their own career and for the benefit of their organizations.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course introduces students to quantitative and qualitative research methodologies within the health industry with an emphasis on evidence-based practices. Students will learn the basics of empirical health informatics research and will be provided with the conceptual framework to develop their own research projects. Topics include research design, data collection, data analysis, data mining, and issues concerning privacy and the treatment of human subjects.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will explore the process of change in health care organizations, focusing on change related to the introduction of information technology and systems. The course begins with an overview of the change process, including working in teams to effect change. Several models of change are explored to guide our studies for the remainder of the semester. The course focus is on the tools and skills needed to manage change, including risk assessment, project management and team leadership. We will also explore some of the broader issues surrounding Health-IT-related organizational change.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced operations management approaches to quality; process and productivity improvement in health care organizations; use of case studies, exercises, and/or term projects to show application of management and quantitative concepts.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A total of 3 credits is required to meet these experiential learning requirement and may be accomplished in a range of 1 to 3 semesters depending upon the project and student and faculty preferences. Students work with a local healthcare institution or business to work on assigned projects with consultation by a faculty advisor, allowing students to integrate academic experience into real-world situations while developing skills and knowledge required in the field.

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