Gain Hands-On Expertise in Healthcare IT

Available online, on campus, and in a blended format, the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in Health Informatics at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is designed to immerse you in the fast-paced world of technological innovation—preparing you for IT leadership positions in the healthcare sector.

Program at a Glance

  • Top 10 Online Program since 2014
  • Online, On Campus, and Blended
  • Part-Time or Full-Time Study
  • 40 Credits
  • 18–24 Months to Completion
  • 17 Core Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT

Advance Your Career with a Master’s in Computer Information Systems

In 2020, research firm MarketsandMarkets projected that the North American healthcare IT market would be valued at almost $239.9 billion by 2025, with a compound annual growth rate of more than 16 percent for the period of 2019 to 2025. For those who have the combination of healthcare knowledge and IT skills, there are a multitude of opportunities. As reported in findings of the 2019 HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey, “The majority of providers (59 percent) and vendors (81 percent) expect there to be increased demands for information and technology resources the coming year.”

For those with a technology background and healthcare professionals who wish to specialize in health and biomedical IT, BU MET’s MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in Health Informatics provides an interdisciplinary, integrated approach to the field, and draws on the expertise of Boston University faculty in computer science, medicine, and biomedical engineering. Access to BU MET’s Health Informatics Research Lab (HILab) allows you to tap into collaborative research and development in health informatics, bioinformatics, and clinical research. Graduates of the MSCIS Health Informatics concentration are prepared for roles such as clinical application developer, health informatics specialist, health information technician, health information manager/director, clinical data analyst, privacy officer, software developer/engineer working on health-related information systems, EHR system integration specialist, and many others.

BU MET’s Health Informatics Program by the Numbers

  • 92.6% of students enrolled in Health Informatics courses spring 2019 to fall 2020 reported a satisfaction level of 3 or above on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being most satisfied).
  • 90% of students graduating summer 2019 through spring 2020 were employed within 6 months.
  • 83% of students starting summer 2019 through spring 2020 registered for a subsequent semester and 75% registered for the next academic year.
  • 71% of students entering the program in 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 have graduated as of 2019–2020.

Accreditation Statement

The Health Informatics accreditor of Boston University’s Metropolitan College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the master’s degree in Computer Information Systems, Health Informatics concentration, has been reaffirmed through 2027. 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 info@cahiim.org.

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MET's master's degree program in Computer Information Systems (Health Informatics concentration) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Boston University has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Our information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

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MET’s online master’s degrees in computer information technology are ranked #8 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2021.

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“The Health Informatics program is producing a top-quality pool of talent for the healthcare industry that will positively affect patient care in multiple ways. I definitely recommend this program to anyone who wants to gain, or enhance, knowledge and skills in healthcare informatics, or who seeks job opportunities in the field. MET’s Health Informatics program provides a strong platform in information technology as well as healthcare. Faculty members are very knowledgeable, helpful, and have rich industry experience.”Garima Kumari (MET’14), Application Development Specialist, Boston Children’s Hospital

Why BU’s Computer Information Systems Degree Has Been Top 10 since 2014

  • Accreditation: BU’s master’s degree concentration in Health Informatics is the first such program in New England to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
  • Recognized & Certified: Boston University is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense and Research. BU MET’s information security programs are certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).
  • Exam Eligibility: Completion of the CAHIIM-accredited master’s program entitles you to sit for professional certification exams offered through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), such as the Certified Professional in Health Informatics (CPHI™) and the Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA®) exams. Along with demonstrating a high standard of proficiency and professionalism sought by employers, AHIMA certification ensures access to valuable networking resources, opens the door to higher earning potential, and paves the way for long-term leadership opportunities in the field.
  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Computer Information Systems courses introduce case studies and real-world projects that ensure you gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies—and you have access to BU MET’s Health Informatics Research Lab (HILab), which focuses on collaborative research and development in health informatics, bioinformatics, and clinical research.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Computer Information Systems master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified Boston University faculty and industry leaders in computer science, medicine, and biomedical engineering.
  • Extensive Network: Study information systems alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable IT contacts across several sectors, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
  • 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus, fully online, or in the blended format that combines on-campus and online learning. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—BU MET’s Department of Computer Science was established in 1979 and is the longest-running computer science department at BU. Over its four decades, the department has played an important role in the emergence of IT at the University and throughout the region.
  • Merit Scholarships: All applicants are automatically considered, and admitted students are nominated based on eligibility.

Master the Tools to Excel in Computer Information Systems

The Health Informatics concentration is part of BU MET’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS). BU’s industry-leading MSCIS curriculum combines in-depth technical skills and emerging technology management. The Health Informatics concentration provides advanced knowledge of the functionality, technical infrastructure, and best-practice deployment of healthcare IT, including medical algorithms, electronic health records (EHRs), clinical decision support, interoperability, data privacy and security, and regulations. You’ll also look at the American healthcare system, along with the fundamentals of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and disease processes, diagnostic modalities, and treatments.

BU MET’s Computer Information Systems master’s degree prepares you for jobs that are seeing faster-than-average growth and excellent salaries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and information systems managers (for instance) is more than $146,000. And with seven concentrations, the Computer Information Systems master’s encompasses several other fast-growing and well-paid segments of the IT job market, providing the foundation for work as an application analyst, data analyst, data scientist, cybersecurity analyst, IT consultant, network and computer systems administrator, computer systems analyst, database administrator, and many other integral positions in an organization.

Graduate with Expertise

Metropolitan College’s Computer Information Systems master’s degree concentration in Health Informatics will equip you with:

  • Advanced knowledge in the analysis and documentation of requirements for architecture, design, and implementation of computer applications systems.
  • Proficiency in software and computing skills as they pertain to the design and implementation of database systems, data communications, systems analysis, and design.
  • Competence sufficient to identify current and emerging information technologies that may have strategic value for enterprise; assess where those technologies have value; and manage the implementation of those technologies in the enterprise.
  • An understanding of the American healthcare system, medical terminology, basic human anatomy and physiology, disease processes, diagnostic modalities, and treatments associated with common disease processes.
  • Advanced knowledge of the functionality, technical infrastructure, and best-practice deployment of healthcare IT, including medical algorithms, electronic health records, privacy and security, and regulations.
  • Proficiency in managing, processing, and analyzing medical data.
  • Competence sufficient to lead health IT initiatives, to conduct biomedical research, and to design, implement, and manage advanced solutions.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

You can also earn the master’s in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Health Informatics by completing the BU MET Graduate Certificate in Information Technology and Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics, plus two additional courses: Enterprise Cyber Security (MET CS 695) and either Information Structures with Java (MET CS 520) or Information Structures with Python (MET CS 521). To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at csadmissions@bu.edu to learn more about this option.


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