The Master of Science in Health Informatics degree prepares graduates for a variety of roles in healthcare organizations that specifically deal with health information technology as it supports patient care. Employment settings include hospitals, other health care facilities, medical group practices, health technology firms, electronic health systems vendors, health analytics firms, and educational institutions.
The curriculum, offered in an online format, is designed to build on an undergraduate foundation in health care management and/or health care technology. The curriculum contains a challenging health informatics core with additional electives forming two tracks: information technology or health care services track. Students also have the option of pursuing a Master of Science in Health Informatics with Specialization in Data Science degree. Students in this degree will take a set of four courses in data science, as designated below, in order to complete their degrees. The health informatics curriculum makes extensive use of case studies and applied projects. Courses are designed to advance the implementation and use of health care technology to assist clinical decision support and clinical performance management, and improve patient care.
The MS in Health Informatics program outcomes are as follows:
- Describe how health information technology supports key health service types and care delivery functions.
- Explain socio-economic changes that drive clinical integration.
- Create strategies to advance health care technology integration and improve system interoperability.
- Develop bold technology driven solutions to accelerate care delivery redesign.
- Assess how care delivery redesign supports patient-centered care.
- Evaluate the applicability of mobile and remote health technology to provide broad access to health care.
- Develop strategies to use technology to expand access to populations with health disparities.
- Propose systems based solutions to enhance patient engagement.
- Analyze and interpret competencies of effective health informatics leadership.
- Explain health system performance management objectives and create continuous improvement strategies to respond to performance opportunities.
- Evaluate health systems as learning systems.
Candidacy for the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree at Regis University requires successful completion of course requirements and a master’s project. The 36 semester hour program may be completed in 18 months of full-time study.
There is a four-year time limit for completion of all degree requirements. This time limit is computed from the time of matriculation. If students wish to complete the degree after the time limit has expired, readmission to the program is required and new program requirements may be in effect. In order for progression through the program to occur, students must meet the following grade requirements:
- Candidates must maintain a minimum 3.000 (B) cumulative grade point average.
- No grade may be lower than “C”, regardless of grade point average. A grade lower than “C” is not counted toward graduation but is included in the student’s cumulative grade point average.
- Graduate students who receive the grade “C-” or lower for a 600-level course must repeat the course for a higher grade.
- Students may choose from the general Master of Science-Health Informatics program or complete the MS-Health Informatics program with a specialization in Data Science.