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The Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI)

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Health Informatics is the application of information technology to the healthcare profession with the aim of creating tools and procedures that facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of patients by healthcare practitioners. Health Informatics includes the knowledge, skills and tools which enable information to be collected, managed, used and shared to support the delivery of healthcare and to promote health. It has been defined as the "scientific field that deals with biomedical information, data, and knowledge--their storage, retrieval, and optimal use for problem solving and decision making."

Health Informatics professionals design and manage health information systems, with special attention to quality and privacy of health information, in a wide range of settings such as hospitals, managed and ambulatory care, insurance and pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, and public health organizations.

Designed for working professionals.

  • Our master of science in health informatics (MSHI) program includes 30 credits of required courses and can typically be completed in two years on a part-time basis. View the course structure here.
  • The MSHI is available in person at Temple's Center City Campus (TUCC) in Philadelphia, or online (with a brief residency requirement at TUCC).

Why Temple Health Informatics?

  • National Visibility: Our program receives regional and national attention because of our excellent student body and our outstanding faculty. Our MSHI program is only one of five programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM).
  • Comprehensive Contemporary Education: Our MSHI features optional concentrations in Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and Population Health Management to address presssing issues in our healthcare delivery system using data-driven and patient-centric information.
  • Fueling Career Growth: All full-time matriculated MSHI students are eligible for free HIMSS student membership.

MSHI Program Structure

Students may complete the degree online or in person on Temple's Center City Campus in Philadelphia. The MSHI program is a total of 10 courses (30 credits) with concentrations in Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, and Population Health Management. Temple University's coursework includes a work-related applied project and a graduate seminar. For more information or questions about the program, please visit our FAQ page.

Program Outcomes

Since starting the MSHI program, more than half of the MSHI students increased their salary 10% and/or accepted a new position of greater responsibility as a result of their participation in the MSHI program.