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Master of Science in

Health Informatics

Part-time, fully online. Your master's degree is within reach.


Master of Science in Health 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.

This program will prepare you to improve patient and healthcare outcomes as well as organizational performance. You will:

  • Build and implement IT data solutions for clinicians and administrators.
  • Work with data systems developers, user communities and other stakeholders to design safe and effective data governance policies that ensure the privacy and security of patient data.
  • Lead and manage projects that advance change to ensure quality processes meet industry standards and enable development of innovative practices.

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The 30-credit part-time, online program has seven required courses and three electives.


Part-time, fully online, financially accessible

The 30-credit Health Informatics program has seven required courses and three 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 2021 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 Analytics and Decision Support for Health Informatics
  • Legal Issues in Health and Medical Informatics
  • Clinical Business Issues in Health Informatics
  • Foundations of Project Management

Sample electives

  • Emerging Technologies in Health/Medical Informatics
  • Population Health Informatics
  • Advanced Healthcare Data Analytics
  • Organizational Leadership and Decision Making
  • Strategic Application of IT in Healthcare

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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 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

Student testimonials

"The Health Informatics program was deeply helpful in providing me with an understanding of how and why the field of medical informatics emerged. It provides an excellent foundation of the field, the issues to be solved within the field, and the methodologies and existing theories on achieving better healthcare outcomes, at scale, through strategic implementation of technology.”
— Christina, MS in Health Informatics Graduate, 2020

Health Informatics

Meet our featured faculty

Our Health 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 Informatics faculty:

  • Deborah Hemdal, JD, has a solo practice in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. She represents clients in the areas of Special Education Law, Human Rights for the Disabled, Guardianship, and Divorce. She serves as Chairperson for the Human Rights Committees for the Horace Mann Educational Association (Worcester division). She is a Member of the Massachusetts Bar Association Health Law Section Council.
  • Yoni Dvorkis, MPH, CHDA is a Data Consultant with nine years of experience in health care, data analytics, information technology, and health informatics. He is a key member of the Department of Population Health at Atrius and is certified as a Health Data Analyst by the American Health Information Management Association. 
  • 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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