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Shankar Srinivasan Ph.D. Program Director Biomedical Informatics Associate Professor

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M.S. in Health Informatics

A Most Rewarding Education at the Frontiers of Health Care and Data Analytics

Over the last decade Data Analytics has emerged to be the most significant undertaking in healthcare towards promoting better patient health outcomes and decreasing costs.  With the widespread adoption of Electronic Health Records and other digital systems and tools a large amount of data, both structured and unstructured, need to be processed and analyzed for making useful inferences and predictions and improve health outcomes.  Examples of such applications include disease prediction using AI and machine learning techniques, clinical risk stratification for insurance, genomic research for personalized medicine, point of care clinical decision support all of which require advanced knowledge of not only healthcare but also the ability to collect, process, store, safeguard and analyze the data towards the intended outcomes and applications.

The Masters in Health Informatics degree program is specifically designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of the appropriate systems, software and analytical techniques for use in Hospitals, Pharmaceutical Organizations, Health Insurance Companies and such.  The program curriculum provides ample knowledge and practice of the use of state of the art analytical techniques and industrial strength software for graduates to analyze, evaluate and implement the next generation of health informatics systems and services.  Graduates from this program would be ideally suited for position titles such as “Clinical Data Analyst”, “Clinical Data Specialist” and the like all with excellent career growth and personal/salary advancement potential.  Our graduates find well-paying jobs and/or get career enhancements at their current workplaces within months of graduation corroborating the value and importance of this fast growing field of Health Informatics and the critical role it plays in the current and future practice of Healthcare.

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Some interesting and important aspects of our Masters in Health Informatics degree program:

  • A 36 Credit degree program that can be done completely On Campus or fully Online
  • The Online mode is most suitable for those working or engaged full-time at their workplace and/or home while the On-Campus mode (taught in Piscataway, NJ Campus) is a STEM based program [CIP Code 51.2706] well-suited for International Students and those who prefer predominantly face-to-face education
  • Our Online Master’s degree in Health Informatics is ranked in the Top 10 by and ranked 4th by
  • Avail a wealth of faculty expertise in health informatics education, research and development
  • Emphasis on health data analytics with ample courses on information governance, controlled medical terminology and health finance in collaboration with our Health Information Management Program
  • No prior knowledge of computer programming is necessary – indeed past student cohorts have mainly come from the fields of Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Medicine, Management and the like all of whom performed impeccably well and graduated successfully onto new and/or enhanced careers in this exciting new field.
  • Meets a fast growing market demand that offers our graduates the potential to get a well-paid job immediately upon graduation in Hospitals, CROs, Pharmas, Health Insurance Organizations etc.
  • Excellent preparatory education and qualifying degree for the Doctor of Health Informatics (DHI) degree program offered in the Department and most suited for those aiming to attain leadership positions in the industry, research or academia.
  • A university ranked #1 nationally by College Factual in best schools for health professions.

From data acquisition to data mining, the Department of Health Informatics offers state-of-the-art courses and degrees for current and aspiring professionals in the health, pharmaceutical and clinical sectors. You’ll get a world-class education, whether in the classroom or online.

The 36-credit degree program prepares health care professionals for a wide range of career opportunities as managers, specialists, scientists, researchers and educators in various health care settings including: hospitals and health care facilities, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, insurance, private and governmental agencies.

This 18-credit certificate program is designed to quickly build up competencies in the field of Health Informatics, especially for those seeking a career change or advancement.

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February 8th at 6:00pm

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Apply by November 15 for Spring admission.
Apply by March 1 for Fall admission.

 Applications for the Certificate and Master’s in Health Informatics require:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., or its equivalent, with a major in any field of health sciences, computer science, engineering, or an equivalent field of study
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed application form, with application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of previous collegiate work or last-earned degrees. International students must provide WES evaluation of their foreign degrees.
  • Personal statement describing interest and commitment to the program.
  • CV or resume
  • No GRE is required
  • International students not having a qualifying degree from the United States are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency by submitting a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination scores. Acceptable scores for TOEFL are as follows: 550 and above for paper-based test and 79-80 for the internet based (IBT) examination. More information can be found on the SHP International Admissions page.
  • Students from India and Pakistan who have done their Dental (eg: BDS), Medicine (eg: MBBS), Homeopathy and related degrees are advised to apply to IEE (International Education Evaluation, Inc) for their course by course transcript evaluation (instead of WES). Such evaluations do however need to state that the US Equivalency of their qualifying degree is at least a Bachelor’s Degree.

The curriculum for the Masters Degree in Health Informatics requires the completion of at least 36 credits, of which at least 21 credits must be from the set of core courses and 15 credits from the set of electives. The curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure that all students graduate
with core competencies (contained in the core courses) and more than sufficient specialist knowledge (taught in the electives) to pursue good career growth jobs in hospitals, pharmaceuticals/CROs, health insurance organizations and related sectors, with job titles such as a Clinical Data Analyst, Clinical Data Manager, or prepare them for further education for a doctoral degree.

Full-time students may complete the program in 18 months, but will usually require two years. Part-time students may take three to five years to complete the Program.

M.S. course requirements and descriptions. 

The Post-Baccalaureate Healthcare Informatics Certificate Program requires the successful completion of 18 credits in the program, made up of three core courses and three elective courses.

Certificate course requirements and descriptions

A: Health Informatics is the most promising biomedical science and information technology frontier of the 21st century. This field is revolutionizing the health care and pharmaceutical industries in countless ways and provides excellent career opportunities.

A: Graduates of Health Informatics get employed immediately in health care and pharmaceutical sectors as clinical data analysts, data managers, chief information officers, faculty member or researcher in a university or research facility.

A: Bachelor’s Degree for the Masters and Certificate programs.

A:  Apply online for the Masters  and the Certificate programs.

A: All courses (up to 9 credits total) are available for registration on non-matriculated basis.

A: Yes. The best source for financial aid information is at the Rutgers Student Financial Aid Office at 973-972-4376.