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Master of Science in

Health and Medical Informatics

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Master of Science in Health and Medical Informatics

Develop IT solutions to improve healthcare outcomes and organizational performance

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.

As a student in the Brandeis GPS Health and Medical Informatics Program, you'll learn alongside working professionals looking to advance their careers along with their educational goals. The program will equip you to:

  • Build and implement IT solutions that improve healthcare outcomes.
  • Design policies that ensure the privacy and security of patient data.
  • Use healthcare analytics to guide informed decisions.

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


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The 30-credit Health and Medical Informatics program has 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.

Sample Spring 2018 curriculum

Please note that available courses are subject to change.

Required courses

  • Perspectives on Health/Medical Information Systems
  • Health Data and Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
  • Health/Medical Information Systems Security
  • Data Analysis and Decision Support for Health Informatics
  • Legal Issues in Health and Medical Informatics
  • Clinical Business Issues in Health Informatics

Sample electives

  • R for Biomedical Informatics
  • Advanced Healthcare Data Analytics
  • Organizational Leadership and Decision Making
  • Strategic Application of IT in Healthcare

Click here for a complete list of program requirements.

The health informatics industry

Gain insights into the field

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 program is 40% male and 60% female.

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

63 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 and Medical Informatics

Meet our featured faculty

Our Health and Medical Informatics faculty 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 faculty:

  • 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 faculty directory for a full list of Brandeis GPS faculty.

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