Health Informatics

Drexel University

M.Sc. Online
12 months
1342 USD/credit
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The Health Informatics program of Drexel University prepares you for emerging roles in healthcare that call for strong information systems and data analytics skills. This new kind of professional helps both clinicians and consumers understand and manage vast amounts of medical data.


The Health Informatics program of Drexel University is perfect for information technology specialists who want to pursue careers within biomedical and health organizations. It is also ideal for current healthcare professionals who want to use electronic health data to improve the quality and safety of patient care.

What is a Master's in Health Informatics?

A master’s in health informatics is a professional graduate degree. It is for bachelor’s educated students who want to study at the crossroads of healthcare, business intelligence (BI), information technology (IT)/ information systems (IS), and data analytics. At its core, health informatics (also Health Information Systems) uses IT to organize and analyze electronic health records (EHRs) to improve healthcare outcomes.

The MSHI program at the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. While housed in the College of Computing and Informatics, the program receives curricular support from the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dornsife School of Public Health, and LeBow College of Business.

To earn your degree, you’ll need to complete 45 quarter credits. Some of these are required courses. They cover topics from databases and human-computer interaction to software engineering economics and web systems and architecture. In your three approved electives, you’ll be able to select courses that reflect your interests and goals, such as cybersecurity, epidemiology, health research, or any other approved area. You’ll also have one free elective.

What can you do with a Master's in Health Informatics?

The demand for workers who understand healthcare IT systems is growing rapidly given the widespread use and broad streams of EHRs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 20% rise in demand for educated medical and health services managers from 2016 through 2026. That’s much faster than the average for other occupations. Twenty-three percent of workers in Health and Medical Administrative Services hold a master’s degree.

This outlook favors master’s prepared students with knowledge of health care IT. Apart from understanding theory, such professionals will have the technical skills needed to organize, manage, and integrate electronic data into many sectors of the healthcare industry. These sectors include major employers like hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing and residential care, government, outpatient centers, public health, consumer health, and medical research.

Here are five job titles that people with a master’s degree in health informatics may hold:

  • Informatics Nurse Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Healthcare IT Project Manager
  • Medical Records Coordinator

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Perspectives on Information Systems
  • Web Systems & Architecture
  • Database Management Systems
  • Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Information Assurance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




45 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A four-year bachelor's degree in any major 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, bachelors or above
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Scores from the General Aptitude Test of the GRE
  • One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • If you've previously attended college outside of the United States, an official course-by-course transcript evaluation may be required
  • International Applicants whose first or native language is not English must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE (Pearsons)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1342 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1342 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1342 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1342 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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