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Master of Science in Health Informatics Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 24 months Credit Hours: 33 Tuition: $21,120

Overview


Master of Science in Health Informatics Online

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. Learn research methods, data analysis techniques, and information governance best practices to improve outcomes, support care coordination, and enable payment reform and population health. 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.

Artificial intelligence, 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.

In this 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
  • Learn 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

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Science in Health Informatics online, students must complete 11 courses (33 credit hours), including seven core courses (21 credit hours), three elective courses (nine credit hours), and a capstone (three credit hours). All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of our MHI online courses, view courses.

Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning the degree you've been dreaming of. We've streamlined the process to make it easier and less time consuming. Requirements for the Master of Science in Health Informatics online program include a minimum 2.5 GPA, along with a resume and a personal statement.

To learn more about MHI online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

We understand that it can be a challenge to juggle work, classes, life, and finances. Tuition for the Master of Science in Health Informatics online program is affordably priced and all fees are included in the total tuition cost. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

To learn more about MHI online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

For the convenience of our Master of Science in Health Informatics online students, six start dates are offered during the academic calendar year. Students should consider application deadline dates, turn in all of their documents, register, and pay tuition for their desired program start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the MHI online, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Health Informatics online, the curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (33 credit hours), including seven core courses (21 credit hours), three elective courses (9 credit hours), and a capstone (three credit hours).

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 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   |   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   |   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   |   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   |   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   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an in-depth investigation of intelligent database management systems in support of business decision-making. You will investigate all aspects of data modeling, database design and implementation of relational, object-oriented and semantic databases.

Duration: 7 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   |   Credit Hours: Variable

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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Admissions


The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Find out the requirements for the Master of Science in Health Informatics online, what additional materials you should send, and where you need to send them.

MHI Online 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
  • 500-1,000 word statement about your personal interests, career goals, and relevant background experience. Statement should address your proficiencies in the use of computers and other digital technologies

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

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

Or email documentation to graduate@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Health Informatics online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour (including fees) Total With Fees
Master of Science in Health Informatics $640 $21,120

Contact your enrollment specialist for information on currently available tuition-saving offers. Offers cannot be combined.

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Calendar


For the MHI Online

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 1 August 19, 2019 August 7, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 15, 2019 August 19, 2019 October 4, 2019
Fall 2 October 16, 2019 October 4, 2019 October 9, 2019 October 12, 2019 October 16, 2019 December 6, 2019
Spring 1 January 13, 2020 January 2, 2020 January 6, 2020 January 9, 2020 January 13, 2020 February 28, 2020
Spring 2 March 16, 2020 March 4, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 12, 2020 March 16, 2020 May 1, 2020
Summer 1 May 11, 2020 April 29, 2020 May 4, 2020 May 7, 2020 May 11, 2020 June 26, 2020
Summer 2 June 29, 2020 June 17, 2020 June 22, 2020 June 25, 2020 June 29, 2020 August 14, 2020
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