Lead the Way to Advance Health Care Systems and Security

Make your mark on improving the quality of the world's health care systems with a Master of Science in Health Informatics degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University.

You'll master the three major areas of medical informatics: computer science, clinical informatics' applications, and evaluation, plus business and management of health information technologies. With this comprehensive skill set, you'll be ready for a variety of roles within the health industry.

Nationally Recognized Online Learning Program

Ranked "Best Online Program” by BestColleges.com, this program is taught entirely online using state-of-the-art teaching technology, with hands-on learning happening at the practicum level.

This program allowed me to gain the experience that I needed in order to follow the career path that I wanted to take.

Anthony Meglino, N.C.P., M.S.B.I. | NextGen EHR Template Developer Consultant at Dell

Quick Facts

Tuition

Tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year (subject to change by the Board of Trustees without notice) is $742/semester credit hour.

Credits & Requirements

Earn your degree in as little as one year. The M.S. in Health Informatics is 43 total credits and can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Application Deadlines

For Winter Admission: December 15
For Summer Admission: April 15
For Fall Admission: August 1

Term Dates and Additional Deadlines

Delivery Options

The M.S.H.I. is offered online so you can fit classes into your schedule.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Health Informatics?

The current health care system is facing uncontrolled costs, compromised patient safety, and a lack of utilization—all issues that continue to increase the demand for biomedical informatic experts. With a degree in this field, you’ll have a variety of career options to choose from, such as:

  • Chief Medical Information Officers (CMIOs)
  • Chief Medical Officers (CMOs)
  • Chief Information Officers (CIOs)
  • Chief Nursing Information Officers (CNIOs)
  • Project managers
  • Implementation specialists
  • Project designers
  • Researchers
  • Programmers
  • Clinical systems analysts
  • Health information technology (HIT) educators and trainers
  • HIT consultants
  • Template writers
  • Nursing informatics specialists
  • Account representatives
Student and Alumni Job Placement

Our programs align with the qualities that are most relevant to the networking organizations and top employers in our related health care industries. Often, we can offer students immediate networking connections to give them a jump on their career goals. Students and faculty work as a team here at NSU.

Dr. Stephen E. Bronsburg, Graduate Director of Health Informatics

Why Earn Your M.S. in Health Informatics at NSU?

State-of-the-Art, Distance-Learning Technology

Earn your master’s degree with minimal disruption while using innovative web-based learning tools.

Professional Certifications

Your skills-based curriculum includes courses leading to Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, CPHIMSS, and NextGen certifications.

Practicums

Participate in one of NSU's or a number of practicum experience opportunities in the surrounding community and beyond.

Accreditation

The NSU Health Informatics Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management.

The Health Informatics Program at NSU is a partner of the American Medical Informatics Association's 10x10 program.

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Explore Potential Career Paths

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Get the Competitive Edge of an NSU Shark

This isn’t just another master’s degree program. It’s a program with an edge. An edge in technology, the health care field, and leadership skill-building. That’s the NSU Edge. You’ll carry that edge with you well after graduation, as you confidently keep pace with the constantly evolving field of health informatics.

About the NSU Edge

Earning Potential

Chief Information Officer

$151,150 Average Salary per Year

Project Manager

$107,160 Average Salary per Year

Chief Medical Officer

$104,280 Average Salary per Year

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

The High Demand for Health Care IT

Many organizations are still adjusting to electronic health record system requirements, all while data management, patient record security, and information sharing continue to evolve at record-breaking speed. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics continues to expect the HIT marketing to grow 15% from 2019 to 2029, adding about 2.4 million new jobs.

More Facts and FAQs

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Health Informatics M.S. Curriculum

Dive into an innovative curriculum that prepares you for real work experience. Intensive courses cover project management, system design, and more. A variety of electives gives you choices of where to specialize.

VIEW M.S.H.I. PROGRAM CURRICULUM

Get Core Knowledge with a Graduate Certificate

If you’re interested in learning fundamental principles of informatics without pursuing an entire graduate degree, a certificate might be right for you. Both options allow you to enhance your job credentials and follow the same structure:


  • 18-credit graduate certificate program
  • On-site and online courses
  • Each course must be successfully completed with a grade of B or better to be eligible for certificate
  • Previous coursework does not guarantee acceptance into the M.S. degree-seeking program but will be automatically applied toward the degree

Medical Informatics Certificate

Gain fundamental knowledge on health care database systems, information security, telecommunications, and computational informatics.

Public Health Informatics Certificate

Understand the principles and practice of biostatistics, epidemiology, and geographical information systems in public health.

Explore Health Informatics as a Non-Degree Seeking Student

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If you’d like to take a few courses for exploration, professional development, or prep for another track, you can enroll as a non-degree seeking student. You must still apply, send in your transcripts and pay the application fee.

If you decide later to pursue the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree, you will need to submit a new application. Your previous enrollment does not guarantee acceptance into the degree-seeking program. However, if accepted into the degree program, your credits with the prefix MI taken as a non-degree seeking student will be automatically applied toward the degree.

Admission Requirements

Ready for the Next Step?

Let’s get started! You can apply for entry in any one of the three semesters—fall, winter, or summer.

Go to Application

Complete the online application form

If you’re a first-time user, be sure to create a Graduate Account to begin.

Pay the nonrefundable application fee of US $50

You can pay this online through the application portal or send a check to the address below.

Request your transcripts

Request transcripts from all schools attended and/or agency evaluation of foreign degree be mailed to the address below or sent electronically to electronictranscript@nova.edu.

Submit standardized test scores

If GPA is less than 3.0: Submit MCAT, GRE, PCAT, OAT, DAT, GMAT, or LSAT from the past 5 years.

Please have your official scores sent to the mailing address below.

International students should submit TOEFL scores, if applicable. Visit Requirements for Obtaining an 1-20 for more information.

Request one letter of recommendation

Provide one signed letter of recommendation on official letterhead. You may request the recommendation electronically through the application system or have it mailed to the address below.

Submitting Your Materials

Please mail all documents to:

Mailing Address (Domestic)

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
Health Informatics Admissions
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33314-9905
Applicants or enrollees of the Health Informatics Program may petition for a transfer of a maximum of 12 credit hours toward their degree from a regionally accredited institution for degree-seeking students, and a maximum of six credit hours toward their certificate for certificate-seeking students. Any exceptions require the written approval of the program director.

To be considered for transfer of credit, courses must have been completed less than five years prior to the beginning of the student's first semester in the program. All courses to be transferred must be substantially equivalent to courses offered in the program, as determined by the Program Director and appropriate faculty.

All courses considered for transfer into the program must have been successfully completed with a grade of "B" (80%) or better. Transfer course grades are not calculated toward the student’s Grade Point Average.

An accepted applicant to the program who wishes to receive transfer credit must submit a written request along with the appropriate verification documents (e.g., official transcripts, syllabi, and catalogs) to the Program Director.

Applicants or students who wish to have a preliminary evaluation of potential transfer credits by the Program Director before submitting an official request to the Curriculum Committee should send a copy of the course syllabus to msbi@nova.edu requesting a preliminary evaluation.
Foreign nationals who reside outside the United States at the time of application and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score requirements are as follows: minimum paper score = 550; minimum computerized score = 213; minimum Internet score = 79. A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (ILETS) exam is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.

For a full list of English proficiency tests that are accepted by the university, please visit International Students. Test scores must be submitted to the admissions office. For a TOEFL application information, visit the website at TOEFL or write to:

TOEFL
Educational Testing Services
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
(609) 771-7100

Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. While there are several credential evaluators, the most widely used companies are listed below, or visit NACES.


World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, New York
10113-0745
(212) 966-6311
www.wes.org

Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33173
(305) 273-1616
www.jsilny.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
(414) 289-3400
www.ece.org

International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Student Services at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240, or by emailing International Students or visiting the International Students web page.

 

After Applying, What Happens Next?

Depending on the time of year, the review process may take a few weeks. You can check your application status at any time via the online application portal. Once a decision has been made, notification is sent via email to the address on file.

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