Drexel’s Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) is a 45-credit online program that provides students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds with the knowledge of how to use information technology
efficiently and responsibly to improve health outcomes. The mission of the MSHI program is to advance national healthcare goals by preparing health informatics professionals to exercise leadership in an increasingly patient-centered and data-driven environment. The program pursues this mission by offering an interdisciplinary, broad-based curriculum that encourages engagement with industry and fosters both research-based and experiential learning.
Master's in Health Informatics Program Features
- Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).*
- Introduces students to the rapidly changing field of health informatics, enabling them to acquire the knowledge and skills to compete for newly-emerging positions.
- Draws on the strengths of partner Colleges at Drexel University, including the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dornsife School of Public Health and LeBow College of Business.
- MSHI graduates leave Drexel with an understanding of both information systems and healthcare delivery that complements their prior education and experience, and are prepared to work in informatics-related positions in hospitals, primary care, industry, government and academia.
- Students may pursue a dual degree program by combining the MSHI with any other CCI graduate degree program.
- Drexel CCI is a proud charter member of the American Medical Informatics Association Academic Forum
*Drexel University's educational programs are accredited by MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education).
To be eligible for health informatics graduate programs, applicants must meet the following masters in health informatics requirements:
- A completed online application.
- A four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution.
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelor’s degree or above.
- Official final transcripts from ALL Colleges/Universities attended.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores (Effective Fall 2021, and forward, GRE score submission is not required.)
- One letter of recommendation required, two recommended (academic, professional, or both).
- Essay/Statement of Purpose: In approximately 500 words, describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
- Current Resume.
- Masters in health informatics prerequisites include computer requirements and skills for all graduate level programs.
- Additional requirements for International Students.
- Visit our Graduate Admissions section for application deadlines.
Take the Master’s in Health Informatics Courses Part Time or Full Time
- The completely online masters in health informatics can be completed on a full-time or part-time schedule
- Full-time students should complete the program in two years, but you can take up to three years to complete a full time master of health informatics degree
- Working professionals can complete a master of health informatics part time by taking advantage of flexible schedules, with courses offered in the late afternoon and/or evening to better fit their busy lifestyle
MS in Health Informatics Course Requirements & Descriptions
Please visit Drexel's Graduate Catalog for MSHI course requirements and a sample plan of study (to see course descriptions, please click on the course number under "Degree Requirements"). To find out when courses are offered, please visit Drexel's Term Master Schedule.
- INFO 608 Human-Computer Interaction: Focuses on the physiological, psychological and engineering basis of design and evaluation of human-computer interfaces covering such topics as: theoretical foundation of HCI; cognitive modeling of user interactions; task analysis techniques for gathering design information; iterative design cycles; formative and summative usability testing; and project planning and report writing.
- INFO 659 Introduction to Data Analytics: Provides an overview of data analytics foundations and techniques for information professionals. Introduces fundamental concepts and theories of data and data science. Discusses methods and techniques of data representation, data analysis, and data visualization. Covers a range of tools and systems that can be used to discover insight and derive values from data.
- INFO 731 Managing Health Informatics Projects: Introduces sociotechnical issues encountered when implementing informatics projects in diverse health-related settings. Students apply concepts and skills relevant to scoping, planning and executing health informatics projects in organizations.
The MSHI is offered as an online program only.
For more information, or to apply, visit Drexel Online. You can also visit our Graduate Admissions page for admissions deadlines for the MSHI program.
The Health Informatics accreditor of Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for Master's degree in Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at 312.235.3255; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSHI Student Graduation Rate and Retention Rate
According to the data collected by Drexel University's Office of Institutional Research, the Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) has 75 percent one-year retention rate and 67 percent six-year graduation rate.
MSHI Students Post-Graduation
The following figure shows the results of exit surveys for MSHI graduates in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Overall, 97 percent of graduating students remain in the Health Informatics field upon graduation; 21 percent applied for new job; 7 percent received new job offers and 7 percent received promotion.