Earn Your Online Master’s in Health Informatics & Analytics from Tufts School of Medicine 

Harness the Power of Data to Improve Healthcare Systems and Health Outcomes

The online Master of Science in Health Informatics & Analytics program at the School of Medicine prepares both IT and healthcare professionals with the knowledge and practical skills they need to improve patient outcomes and create more effective healthcare environments. 

Why Health Informatics and Analytics?

The growing fields of health informatics and analytics are defined by the ability to identify, capture, organize, and interpret health data to develop effective healthcare systems and processes.1 Informatics and analytics professionals are transforming the practice of healthcare, public health, and health research.

By understanding the health data life cycle and harnessing the power of health data, you can create HIT solutions that:

  • Deliver the right data to the right person at the right time
  • Improve patient safety while improving health outcomes for individual patients and populations
  • Increase efficiency and effectiveness of public health interventions and research

Prepare for a Career in Health Data

Learn how our online Master of Science in Health Informatics & Analytics program
can prepare you for a career as a lead informatician or systems analyst at a health organization.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The online MS in Health Informatics & Analytics is an interdisciplinary program that combines course work in healthcare, IT, and information management. You will develop a deep understanding of emerging health information technologies and advanced information systems, including artificial health intelligence and machine learning (HIA218).

36-credit program

No GRE required to apply

Complete in as few as 20 months

Our interdisciplinary program prepares you with well-rounded knowledge surrounding the full life cycle of health data along with an understanding of how to execute change based on your findings. By honing both your health informatics and analytics skills, you will graduate ready to:

  • Navigate and manage information in health systems
  • Effectively collect, analyze, utilize, and communicate health information
  • Translate data into meaningful insights and solutions for healthcare organizations

Required Core Health Informatics & Analytics Courses

Online courses include self-directed asynchronous learning as well as live weekly sessions led by distinguished experts in health informatics and health analytics, and reflect the latest, most innovative thinking in the fields of health and data.

Introduction to Health Informatics and Analytics
An overview of the fields of informatics and analytics in the context of data life cycle and how they emerged over time following the evolution of information technology (electronic health records, telehealth, and digital health).

Health Data Usage
A broad overview of how data is used today in healthcare, clinical research and public health,  health data ecosystem, and social determinants of health and environmental data. Students will build upon the introduction to analytics and health data analysis, followed by how the data is used.

Digital Health
A deep dive into the variety of technologies medical practitioners, technology professionals, data analysts, and public health professionals use to bring value to the lives of patients.

Quality and Outcomes
A review of the fundamental steps, measures, and data analysis requirements for systems and quality improvement necessary in healthcare. The course will also address the importance of interprofessional collaboration in the context of change improvement using evidenced-based practice, reviewing the implications of variation in practice, and understanding the difference between research and clinical quality improvement.

Introduction to Big Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
An overview of business intelligence terminology and data analytics tools, including machine learning and AI, and how they will be used while approaching analytics problems in healthcare. Students will explore the application of supervised and unsupervised ML algorithms and Natural Language Programming (NLP) through various use cases in healthcare including medical diagnosis, disease management, screening, and clinical decision support.

Business of Healthcare
A foundational look at the financial and operational management of healthcare organizations, including how national healthcare systems are financed and how it translates to a local healthcare organization’s budget. After the financial management foundation is set, the course will then explore general management topics and assist with developing useful skills in human resources management, project management, strategic planning, conflict resolution, and negotiations.

Fundamentals of Privacy and Security in Health IT
An overview of best practices in health information technology (HIT) security and privacy used to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and privacy of health data. Students are introduced to laws, regulations, and policies related to information assurance, security and privacy of data in healthcare systems, Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulation, and the legal and other consequences of non-compliance with the HIPAA security rule; security threats and what to do in event of a breach of HIT systems and the unauthorized disclosure of PHI; and the role of usable security and risk management to protect PHI and other healthcare data.

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Hone Your Skills in Management and Analysis of Health Data

Health informatics and analytics go hand in hand. Through our program’s integrated approach, you will learn the statistical methods needed to interpret the data behind health-related issues and apply your findings to yield innovative results that improve issues in health-focused organizations.

After completing 24 core credit requirements, you will be able to personalize your education experience to align with your career goals by selecting 12 credits of electives that best suit your goals. This enables you to take a generalized approach to advancing your skills in both areas or to focus on either informatics or analytics.

Health Informatics and Analytics Electives

Health informatics and analytics electives give students a deeper understanding of the crucial role information technology plays in improving health outcomes. Some electives include:

  • Health Information Systems, Standards, Decision Support
  • Design and Evaluation of Digital Health Technologies
  • Informatics for Healthcare Professionals
  • Informatics for Public Health Professionals
  • Applied Univariable Statistics
  • Applied Multivariable Statistics
  • Introduction to Python for Health Informatics and Analytics
  • Data Trust — Information Governance in Health

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Immersion

As part of the program, you are required to attend a three-day immersion experience. During the immersion, you will collaborate with faculty, subject matter experts, and classmates in workshops discussing important topics in the field and within the program. You will learn how to get the most out of your capstone and participate in the annual HIA Hackathon, where teams of students develop prototype solutions to problems impacting healthcare today.

Capstone Practicum

During the semester-long capstone practicum, you will spend approximately 140 hours integrating and applying the health informatics and analytics knowledge and skills gained in the online classroom to a real-world health data problem at an organization of your choice. Organizations may include healthcare facilities, research organizations, health information technology vendors, governmental agencies, professional associations, and research organizations.

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Translate Data into Insights to Improve Health

Request information today to see how our online MS in Health Informatics & Analytics
program can help you improve human health outcomes.

Distinguished Leadership and Faculty

Grounded in real-world practice of public health, our faculty bring invaluable experience and industry knowledge into the classroom. You will learn from experts in health information technology, change management and leadership, artificial intelligence, informatics, and analytics.

“The MS HIA program has been designed to provide healthcare and information system professionals with the skills and knowledge to analyze and transform complex data into actionable insights in the pursuit of better health outcomes and care delivery.”

— Ramya Palacholla, MD, MPH, Program Director, Health Informatics & Analytics Program

Immersive Online Experience

The online MS in Health Informatics & Analytics program delivers the same intimate learning approach as the on-campus programs at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Weekly, face-to-face online classes where you can discuss the materials covered through self-directed learning materials as it applies to real-world health data problems and solutions with classmates

Classes that are small, allowing professors to personalize teaching to your specific interests

Flexibility to complete interactive, self-paced asynchronous course work at a time that works best for you

Take the First Step Today,
Improve Human Health Tomorrow

1 Medical and Health Services Managers, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Accessed January 2021)