Study Health Informatics Online

The health informatics track for the online MS in Health Informatics & Analytics program at Tufts School of Medicine equips health professionals like you to guide the development of health information technology systems and to effectively collect, organize, and share health data to yield meaningful results for patients and health-focused organizations.

Specialization Courses

The online MS in Health Informatics & Analytics is a 36-credit program with 15 core credit requirements and an on-campus immersion in Boston. To specialize in health informatics, you will take six track-specific credits, 12 additional credits of electives, and a capstone practicum. You can complete the program with a specialization in health informatics in as few as 20 months.

Track-Specific Courses (choose 6 credits)

Select the two required courses and one additional course of your choice.

Informatics Fundamentals (1.5 credits, required)
A broad overview of health informatics, including organizational issues, business processes, roles, information systems, data, and algorithms.

Quality and Outcomes (3 credits, required)
A deep dive into the fundamental steps, measures, and data analysis requirements needed for systems and quality improvement in healthcare.

Informatics for Clinicians (1.5 credits)
A discovery of relevant use cases and functional requirements analysis related to patient delivery, including clinical documentation and medical management.

Informatics for Public Health Professionals
(1.5 credits)

A robust overview of relevant use cases and functional requirements analysis related to public health practices, including health statistics and electronic data reporting.

Informatics for Clinical Research (1.5 credits)
An exploration of the informatics principles and tools that support the clinical-research life cycle and the potential for supporting each phase of that cycle with the latest initiatives.

Electives (choose an additional 12 credits)

  • Data Trust—Information Governance in Health Organizations (3 credits)
  • Project Management (1.5 credits)
  • Data Wrangling and Exploratory Analysis (3 credits)
  • Multivariable Data Analysis and Visualization (3 credits)
  • Big Data, Data Mining, and Knowledge Discovery (3 credits)
  • GIS/Spatial Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Business of Healthcare (3 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Privacy and Security in Health IT (3 credits)
  • Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Change Management (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Python for Health Informatics and Analytics (1.5 credits)

Health Informatics Capstone (3 credits)

The capstone is a practicum experience where you will integrate and apply the health informatics knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to a real-world health data problem. You will have the opportunity to complete your capstone at a local, national, or international organization, and you will have the flexibility to tailor your capstone project to your topic of interest within the health data field.

After completion, you will have a body of work that can be used in seeking employment or professional advancement. Examples of practicum settings and topics include:

  • Enabling electronic health record (EHR) data exchanges with local, state, or federal immunization registries
  • Developing automated clinical pathways for diabetes case management at a healthcare facility
  • Implementing privacy and security policies for cross-state data exchanges for telehealth patients
  • Implementing information sharing with healthcare partners via health information exchange (HIE)
  • Defining requirements for clinical decision support (CDS) systems in pediatric care
  • Supporting information sharing for a state emergency operations center

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Specialization Outcomes

The learning outcomes of the health informatics track include:

  • Discovering better ways to collect, analyze, and utilize data to create more efficient solutions for your health organization and improve health outcomes for your patients
  • Learning about emerging health information technology (HIT), digital health, and internet of things (IOT) technology, and how to leverage these technologies to develop new information frameworks and business strategies
  • Assessing the risks and benefits of different data health solutions, and how to implement changes that optimize the performance of your health organization while ensuring continuity throughout those changes
  • Collaborating with other health professionals to solve real-world health data challenges via face-to-face online classes, an on-campus immersion, and a capstone practicum

Health Informatics Career Outlook

Students who pursue a health informatics specialization may go on to find work as business or management analysts, health services managers, or lead informaticians at various health organizations, including healthcare practices, public health agencies, and clinical research organizations.

Business Analyst, Management Analyst, or Consultant

Business and management analysts who work in health organizations propose ways to make organizations more efficient and profitable. The median annual wage for management analysts was $82,450 in May 2017.1

Health Services Manager

Health services managers plan, direct, manage, and improve medical and health services. They might manage an entire organization, a specific department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. In May 2017, the median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $98,350.2

Health Informatician

Health informaticians maintain records, collect and analyze data, and develop data-driven solutions to improve efficiency and quality of care. They are also tasked with ensuring patient health information is accurate, integrated, and secure.

Tufts Career Services

When you enroll in Tufts University School of Medicine, you become part of a network of respected health professionals dedicated to improving human health. As a student in the program, you will have access to Visit student experience pagelifelong career services, like meeting with career advisers for coaching on the phone or over video conference, online access to professional development seminars, and virtual and in-person events and programs.

Pursue a Rewarding Career in Health Informatics

Develop the skills you need for a career as a lead informatician, health manager, or health administrator. Learn more about our online Master of Science in Health Informatics & Analytics program today.