KU's CAHIIM-accredited master's degree program prepares graduates for entry- and mid-level positions in hospitals, electronic health record companies, public health organizations and organizations specializing in knowledge management.
Professional progress isn't on hold until after graduation. Our graduates report positive professional outcomes during the program, too. In a survey of our graduates, 50% of respondents said they had a promotion, salary increase or career move during the program. After graduation, that number increased to 73%.
KU’s Health Informatics master’s degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) and meets the standards set by the American Medical Informatics Association® (AMIA®).
- 86% of 2021-2022 MSHI graduates were employed within one year of graduation
- 100% of students who started in 2021-2022 remain in the MSHI program
- 86% of MSHI students graduating in academic year 2021-2022 finished in 5 years or less.
Students in our program come from varied backgrounds and contribute a wide range of experiences. Although previous health care experience is preferred, it is not required. Just as students bring a breadth of experiences to the program so, too, do our faculty.
Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) students complete a total of 35 credit hours with courses in health informatics, leadership, and in one of the following focus areas: clinical leadership, health policy and management, public health, project management, or telehealth. Most courses are online with the exception of some elective courses.
Exploring Focus Areas
Discipline-specific courses available to students with a strong health care background in patient care settings. Students choosing this focus area can earn the master’s degree entirely online.
Business and management courses for students planning a career in information systems management and leadership. Some courses are offered online, while others occur on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas.
Concepts related to epidemiology, public health data management, health communications and the application of these methods to reduce health disparities. Some courses are offered online, while others occur on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas.
Courses provide a broadly applicable skill set for leading cross-functional teams in the delivery of successful projects. Project management courses are offered online and on the University of Kansas Edwards campus in Overland Park, Kansas. After completing this track and the Knowledge Management course (IPHI 854), students earn the Graduate Certificate in Project Management from KU.
Telehealth services are evolving to become important aspects of healthcare delivery. These courses focus on the knowledge and skills needed to develop a telehealth program for an organization.
Tasneem Daud, Master of Science in Health Informatics Alumna
Tasneem Daud, M.S. '18, said she enjoyed her time as a Jayhawk and loved the opportunity to use her own work experience in her coursework. Daud said, "We were in groups that represented a wide variety of specialties. We had people that were clinical, technical, veterans, in management and we really learned a lot from each other, and I loved that."
Daud, a team lead at Cerner Corporation, works on the Veterans Affairs projects. She finds her work rewarding and urges others to study health informatics.
"You really can't go wrong with informatics. We are living in the age of information, and it doesn't matter if you are working for a hospital, an IT company or even a mom-and-pop store, everybody digests information," Daud said. "I would say go give informatics a chance. Go through the process with the perspective of, 'Whatever I'm passionate about, how can I use the skills in this program?' and then apply it to that area."
Daud's advice to students is to, "stick with it. There are some parts of the program that are more challenging. The information, the skills, the knowledge gained is absolutely worth it."
The Health Informatics accreditor of the University of Kansas is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the master’s degree in Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2030. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.