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

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email Shankar Srinivasan, Ph.D.,
program director.

M.S. in Health Informatics

Tap into the Most Promising Biomedical Science and IT Frontiers

Understanding computing systems and technologies is essential for 21st-century practice of medicine, pharmaceutical and clinical research, effective management of health care, and health professions education. Our program was created to fill growing demand for well-trained researchers, educators, and managers in the expanding field of health informatics. We offer the flexibility of online or on-campus learning.

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.

*Our program was previously called Bioformatics. The name was changed to better reflect the curriculum’s focus. 

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Whether you choose a degree or certificate, you’ll find:

  • Our online master’s degree in Health Informatics (formerly called Bioinformatics) is ranked in the top 10 by and ranked 4th by
  • A wealth of faculty expertise in health informatics research and development
  • The option of entirely online or on-campus programs for the Master’s and Certificate degrees
  • Specialization in clinical informatics, bioinformatics, public health informatics, and hospital management informatics
  • Credits from the certificate program are transferrable to the master’s program
  • A growing market demand that offers our graduates the potential to get a well-paid job immediately upon graduation
  • A university ranked #1 nationally by College Factual in best schools for health professions.

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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Apply by November 15 for Spring admission.
Apply by July 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.

A: Yes. Rutgers University  and the School of Health Professions offer a limited number of scholarship programs.

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