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MS Health Informatics

Create data-driven solutions to improve patient care

With the abundance of data, particularly in health care, health informaticists learn how to use data to improve patient care and population health. Learn how to unlock the power of data. With an MS in Health Informatics from Loyola, you will be part of the new health care workforce, trained in informatics and data science to improve outcomes and delivery, minimize health inequities, and achieve better care.

Our commitment to you

Graduates with an Master of Science in Health Informatics degree will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values to specialize in this growing field.

Knowledge

  • You will gain the professional and historical perspective of the health informatics field and how it connects to related domains, along with the ability to critically and analytically assess health informatics literature.
  • You will also have the resources of Loyola's Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research (CHOIR) at your disposal. This interdisciplinary center focuses on informatics research, as well as rapid testing and implementation of data-driven strategies.

Skills

  • You will be able to analyze problems, assess solutions against specific measures, and generate new bodies of knowledge from initial data, while understanding the ethical considerations of data usage, specifically as they relate to patient safety and privacy.
  • You will also develop new frameworks and models to solve health informatics and data science problems.

Professional Values

We are grounded in Jesuit values as we pursue our mission. Specifically, we will behave in a manner consistent with social justice, collaboration, scholarship, critical thinking, advocacy, professionalism, ethical behavior, and humility. 

Curriculum

Loyola's MS in Health Informatics is a two-year full-time program, although part-time options are available. You will start with foundational courses in health care informatics and data science, then hone in on your interests with elective courses. The program concludes with a capstone project or internship.

Core Courses (15 credits)

  • Foundations of Health Informatics
  • Clinical Data Science
  • Security and Privacy in Health care
  • Translational Bioinformatics
  • Ontologies in Health

Data Analysis Courses (6 credits)

  • Biostatistics I
  • Machine Learning

Electives (12 credits)

Technical Electives (9 credits)

Choose from the following:

  • Health care Organizations
  • Data Mining
  • Free and Open-Source Computing
  • Database Programming
  • Clinical Decision Systems
  • Introduction to Natural Language Processing in Health
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology II
  • Biostatistics II
  • Geographic Information Systems

or other relevant courses, with mentor’s approval.


Social Electives (3 credits)

Choose from the following:

  • Research Ethics
  • Principles of Health care Ethics
  • Social Determinants of Health and Bioethics
  • Ethics, Genetics, and Health Policy
  • Studies in Logic
  • Principles of Health care Ethics
  • Clinical Health care Ethics or Clinical Bioethics
  • Social Health care Ethics or Justice and Health Care
  • Health Policy and Health Systems
  • Human Behavior in Social Environment

Capstone Project / Internship

Two-semester capstone project or internship with capstone report and presentation.

Total: at least 39 credits (capstone project) or 33 credits (internship with capstone report and presentation).

Admission

To be accepted into the Master of Science in Health Informatics, students must have completed a baccalaureate degree and coursework in a field relevant to the discipline, e.g. computer science, biostatistics, public health, nursing, medicine, or biology from an accredited university or college. Prospective students must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, and discipline-specific GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Applicants must also submit the following:

  • Personal statement highlighting research and/or professional experience as they relate to the program, lab work as an undergraduate student, software developer experience for an EHR vendor or publication records.
  • At least two letters of recommendation

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the past four years can be considered but is not necessary.

Applicants who hold a terminal degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. public health, medicine, nursing or pharmacy) are encouraged to apply.

  • August 10: Fall semester application deadline

Tuition and Fees

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.