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Master of Science in

Health and Medical Informatics

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Master of Science in Health & Medical Informatics

Building new opportunities in health information technology.

As the information systems within the health and medical industry grow more complex, organizations need leaders who can manage healthcare delivery with new information technology standards in mind. These individuals must possess a deep knowledge of regulations around medical data; the capacity to use information systems to support strategic decision making; and the ability to develop and implement efficient IT solutions to improve patient care.

The online Master of Science in Health and Medical Informatics degree is designed for professionals who possess the analytical skills, organizational leadership abilities and the knowledge of health information management systems required for improving healthcare delivery. Students will learn IT standards in the health industry, examine emerging technologies for their capacity to improve healthcare delivery, and learn to interface between data systems developers and healthcare practitioners.

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Graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • Facilitate the development and advancement of emerging information technologies to improve healthcare delivery and cost efficiencies.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of new and existing health information management systems within the context of the U.S. healthcare system.
  • Become proficient in the "language" of healthcare, navigate the rules around using medical data, and obtain relevant information to assess changes to the healthcare system.
  • Participate in the development, implementation, evaluation and management of information technology solutions to improve patient care and the healthcare delivery process.
  • Utilize health information technology for decision support, knowledge management, strategic planning, and outcomes assessment to optimize cost efficiencies in the healthcare system.
  • Effectively interface between the data systems developers and the user community.

The 30-credit program consists of six required courses and four electives.

Courses

M.S. in Health & Medical Informatics

The 30-credit Health & Medical Informatics program is comprised of six required courses and four electives. Required courses provide students with a focused education surrounding fundamental topics in the field, while electives build upon specific professional skillsets and allow students to enrich and round out their studies.

Below is a sample Health & Medical Informatics curriculum. Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Required courses

RHIN 110: Perspectives on Health/Medical Information Systems
RHIN 115: Health Data and Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
RHIN 120: Health/Medical Information Systems Security
RHIN 125: Data Analysis and Decision Support for Health Informatics
RHIN 160: Legal Issues in Health and Medical Informatics
RHIN 170: Clinical Business Issues in Health Informatics

Possible electives

RHIN 180: Strategic Application of IT in Healthcare
RMGT 180: Principles of Business Continuity Planning
RMGT 110: Organizational Leadership and Decision Making
RPJM 101: Foundations of Project Management

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Careers

Advance your education and career

The healthcare industry needs professionals with the skills to develop, manage, and evaluate information technology systems in order to improve the quality of care. More and more, organizations are turning to information technology to improve efficiency and cut costs while delivering better healthcare to individuals and populations.

Our students work or have worked at prestigious organizations such as:

  • Partners Healthcare
  • AstraZeneca
  • Novartis
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Biogen Idec
  • Millennium Pharmaceuticals
  • ImmonuGen, Inc.

Health and Medical Informatics students often hold job titles such as:

  • Project Manager/Coordinator
  • Application Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Hematology Supervisor
  • Health System Specialist
  • Software Training Specialist
  • Life Sciences Analyst
  • Collection Team Lead
  • Senior Support Specialist
  • Project Coordinator, ICD-10 pr
  • Manager, Medical Informatics
  • Housing Programs Supervisor
  • Project Specialist
  • Assistant Director of Marketing
  • Registered Nurse
  • Research Scientist
  • Project Manager

Our students

By the numbers

The median age for the program’s students is 37.

The program is 52% male and 48% female.

24 students have graduated from this program since it launched in 2010.

59 students are currently enrolled and working towards a degree.

"As an online learner at Brandeis GPS, I found the coursework and support resources convenient and accommodating. In fact, I rarely felt as though my studies were an interruption. What I learned was immediately applicable, and I continue every day to benefit from the understanding the courses gave me.”
— Scott Paddock, GPS Student

Health & Medical Informatics

Featured Instructors

Our Health and Medical Informatics instructors understand the challenges of modern industry. Whether they’re designing large-scale clinical systems or advancing healthcare management processes, they structure their GPS curriculum to draw on real-world expertise and connections that ultimately help our students advance their career goals. Here is a sampling of our Health and Medical Informatics instructors:

  • Arthur Harvey has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare informatics field. His particular focus on the design and implementation of clinical systems for large hospitals has helped healthcare companies put complex information technology to practical use and adapt to constantly changing environments.
  • Philip Holberton is the founder of Holberton Group Inc – Speaking of Leadership, a business advisory firm specializing in organizational and executive coaching. His more than twenty years of executive experience in companies such as General Cinema Theatres, Cambridge NeuroScience, Becton Dickinson and a number of other start-up companies have given him a broad understanding of business leadership.
  • Carl Moore has spent more than 24 years in Information Technology and over 17 years as a Healthcare Information Technology Manager. As an experienced teacher at three institutions of higher education, he is equipped to foster productive, enriching learning environments geared toward understanding the challenges of healthcare IT.

Visit the Rabb School instructor directory for a full list of Brandeis GPS instructors.

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Please join us for our next Online Open House. Check out our Admissions Events to see a listing of upcoming program-specific Online Open Houses, and get connected with program chairs, current students and administrative staff at GPS.

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