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
- 12–20 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.
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 email@example.com.
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).Learn More
A National Center of Academic Excellence
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).Learn More
“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
In addition to the learning outcomes derived from Metropolitan College’s Computer Information Systems master’s degree program, the 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.
- 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.
- An understanding of fundamental characteristics of data, information, and knowledge in the healthcare domain and proficiency in managing, processing, and analyzing healthcare data.
- Competence sufficient to lead health IT initiatives, to conduct biomedical research, and to design, implement, and manage advanced solutions.
- A thorough understanding of the importance of ethical behavior in the profession.
- Effective communication skills.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this option.
Master’s in Computer Information Systems Curriculum
A total of 40 credits is required.
Students who are declaring an MSCIS concentration in Health Informatics must complete the core and required concentration courses.
(Five courses/20 credits)
MET CS 625 Business Data Communication and Networks
This course presents the foundations of data communications and takes a bottom-up approach to computer networks. The course concludes with an overview of basic network security and management concepts. Prereq: MET CS 200, or instructor's consent. This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 425 (undergraduate) or MET CS 535. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2022
|SC1||IND||Arena||HAR 315||T||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Arena||KCB 102||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Arena||CAS 426||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 669 Database Design and Implementation for Business
Students learn the latest relational and object-relational tools and techniques for persistent data and object modeling and management. Students gain extensive hands- on experience using Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server as they learn the Structured Query Language (SQL) and design and implement databases. Students design and implement a database system as a term project. Restrictions: This course may not be taken in conjunction with MET CS 469 (undergraduate) or MET CS 579. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2022
|SC1||IND||Matthews||CAS 426||W||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Maiewski||CAS 201||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Russo||CAS 235||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Matthews||HAR 212||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Matthews||HAR 212||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 682 Information Systems Analysis and Design
Object-oriented methods of information systems analysis and design for organizations with data- processing needs. System feasibility; requirements analysis; database utilization; Unified Modeling Language; software system architecture, design, and implementation, management; project control; and systems-level testing. Prerequisite: Basic programming knowledge or instructor's consent. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2022
|SC1||IND||Guadagno||HAR 315||R||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Guadagno||CAS 214||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Guadagno||HAR 315||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Guadagno||HAR 315||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 782 IT Strategy and Management
This course describes and compares contemporary and emerging information technology and its management. Students learn how to identify information technologies of strategic value to their organizations and how to manage their implementation. The course highlights the application of I.T. to business needs. CS 782 is at the advanced Masters (700) level, and it assumes that students understand IT systems at the level of CS 682 Systems Analysis and Design. Students who haven't completed CS 682 should contact their instructor to determine if they are adequately prepared. Prereq: MET CS 682, or instructor's consent. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2022
|SC1||IND||Arakelian||HAR 302||R||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Arakelian||CAS 233||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
And one of the following:
MET CS 520 Information Structures with Java
This course covers the concepts of object-oriented approach to software design and development using the Java programming language. It includes a detailed discussion of programming concepts starting with the fundamentals of data types, control structures methods, classes, applets, arrays and strings, and proceeding to advanced topics such as inheritance and polymorphism, interfaces, creating user interfaces, exceptions, and streams. Upon completion of this course the students will be able to apply software engineering criteria to design and implement Java applications that are secure, robust, and scalable. Prereq: MET CS 200 or MET CS 300 or Instructor's Consent. Not recommended for students without a programming background. For undergraduate students: This course may not be taken in conjunction with METCS232. Only one of these courses can be counted towards degree requirements. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2022
|A1||IND||Donald||HAR 316||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Donald||HAR 316||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 521 Information Structures with Python
This course covers the concepts of the object-oriented approach to software design and development using Python. It includes a detailed discussion of programming concepts starting with the fundamentals of data types, control structures methods, classes, arrays and strings, and proceeding to advanced topics such as inheritance and polymorphism, creating user interfaces, exceptions and streams. Upon completion of this course students will be able to apply software engineering principles to design and implement Python applications that can be used in with analytics and big data. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Creativity/Innovation, Critical Thinking. [ 4 cr. ]
|SC1||IND||Burstein||CAS 326||T||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|SC2||IND||Orsini||CAS 116||W||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Lu||EPC 204||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Pinsky||CAS 426||W||8:00 am – 10:45 am|
|A3||IND||Orsini||CAS 426||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A4||IND||Michelson||HAR 212||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
Health Informatics Concentration Requirements
(Five courses/20 credits)
MET CS 570 Biomedical Sciences and Health IT
This course is designed for IT professionals, and those training to be IT professionals, who are preparing for careers in healthcare-related IT (Health Informatics). This course provides a high-level introduction into basic concepts of biomedicine and familiarizes students with the structure and organization of American healthcare system and the roles played by IT in that system. The course introduces medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, disease processes, diagnostic modalities, and treatments associated with common disease processes. IT case studies demonstrate the key roles of health informatics and how IT tools and resources help medical professionals integrate multiple sources of information to make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. [ 4 cr. ]
MET CS 580 Health Informatics
This course presents the technological fundamentals and integrated clinical applications of modern Biomedical IT. The first part of the course covers the technological fundamentals and the scientific concepts behind modern medical technologies, such as digital radiography, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound imaging, etc. It also presents various medical data and patient records, and focuses on various techniques for processing medical images. This part also covers medical computer networks and systems and data security and protection. The second part of the course focuses on actual medical applications that are used in health care and biomedical research. [ 4 cr. ]
MET CS 581 Health Information Systems
Health Information Systems are comprehensive application systems that automate the activities of healthcare delivery including clinical care using electronic health records (EHRs), coordination of care across providers, telehealth, management of the business of healthcare such as revenue cycle management, and population health management. The course covers the functionality of these systems, the underlying information technology they require and their successful operations. It addresses challenges in this rapidly changing field such as complex data, security, interoperability, mobile technology and distributed users. The course emphasizes applied use of health information systems through case studies, current articles, and exercises. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Levinger||HAR 212||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Levinger||HAR 212||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 695 Cybersecurity
This course introduces fundamental concepts, principles of cybersecurity and their use in the development of security mechanisms and policies. Topics include basic risk assessment and management; basic legal and ethics issues, various cyber attacks, defense methods and tools; security principles, models and components; different crypto protocols, techniques and tools, including symmetric and asymmetric encryption algorithms, hashing, public key infrastructure, and how they can be used; security threats and defense to hardware, operating systems, networks and applications in modern computing environments. Hands-on labs using current tools are provided and required. Prerequisite: METCS535 or METCS625 or instructor's consent. [ 4 cr. ]Sum2 2022
|A1||IND||Zhang||HAR 228||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Zhang||HAR 228||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 781 Advanced Health Informatics
This course presents the details of information processing in hospitals, hospital information systems (HIS), and more broadly health information systems. It presents the architecture, design, and user requirements of information systems in health care environment. It focuses on Information Technology aspects of Health Informatics specifically addressing the design, development, operation, and management of HIS. The first part of this course covers the introductory concepts including information processing needs, and information management in health care environment. The second part covers detailed description of HIS including hospital process modeling, architecture, quality assessment, and applicable tools. The final part of the course covers management of HIS and related issues and extension of this topic to other health care organizations. The course will have a term project providing students a hands-on experience in design and research of HIS. Prereq: MET CS 580; or instructor's consent. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Damore||FLR 123||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Damore||FLR 123||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
*Students who have completed courses on core curriculum subjects as part of their undergraduate degree program or have relevant work-related experience may request permission from the Department of Computer Science to replace the corresponding core courses with graduate-level computer information systems electives, or with courses from the following list. Please refer to the MET CS Academic Policies Manual for further details:
MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
Introduction to the concepts, methods and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking. [ 4 cr. ]
|SA1||IND||Mcgue||MET 122||TR||1:00 pm – 4:30 pm|
|SA2||IND||Mendlinger||CAS 227||TR||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Kanza||MCS B37||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Mendlinger||CAS B06B||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Mcgue||STH B19||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A4||IND||Kanza||PSY B53||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A5||IND||Mcgue||COM 213||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A6||IND||Radjenivic||COM 217||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A7||IND||Mcgue||CGS 515||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
|A8||IND||Dey||PSY B33||M||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A9||IND||Sherman||MET 101||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
MET AD 642 Project Management
The course explores modern project management by providing an enterprise- level, experiential view of the discipline focused on connecting projects to the organization's mission, vision, and values. The theme of the course is applying key project management tools and techniques, through case-based group work, which will help students identify, analyze, and develop practical proposals to real-world issues. Groups select, plan, report, and then present on their project's scope, schedule, cost, risk, quality, and communications elements using tools such as the WBS, network diagram, PERT estimate, Gantt chart (including the use of MS Project), risk register, and heat map. Students also gain familiarity with important new concepts in project management: Agile frameworks, actionable sustainability thinking, and Benefits Realization Management, all of which will be important for their success not only in other graduate courses, but as they lead projects for their organizations so as to provide lasting, triple-bottom-line value. The course is aligned with the latest PMBOK? Guide from the Project Management Institute. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2022
|SA1||IND||Kanabar||MET 101||MW||1:00 pm – 4:30 pm|
|SA2||IND||Keegan||CAS 227||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|SB1||IND||Keegan||MET 122||TR||1:00 pm – 4:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Kanabar||MET 122||M||9:05 am – 11:50 am|
|A2||IND||Wong||CAS B06A||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Greiman||STH B22||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Keegan||EPC 203||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A5||IND||Vaughan||KCB 102||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A6||IND||Keegan||EPC 203||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
|A7||IND||St John||COM 213||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A8||IND||Cipriano||CAS 226||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 711 Leadership and Strategy
This course focuses on the role of the leadership of a corporation in determining and implementing the corporation?s strategy. Through the analysis and the discussion in class of a number of cases, the leadership styles, approaches and methods will be studied, as well as the implications for the strategies of the corporations concerned, and the resulting successes or failures. [ 4 cr. ]
MET HC 751 Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Communicators
This course is recommended for students who are not Epidemiology concentrators. The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and demonstrate their applicability in the field of public health. A further objective is to provide an introduction to the basic skills needed to critically interpret the epidemiologic literature relevant to public health professionals.
Please note: This 4-credit course meets over a 7-week period. Students should expect about twice the weekly workload of a 14-week course. [ 4 cr. ]
MET HC 754 Ethical Issues in Medicine and Public Health Communication
This course applies the core principles of bioethics to ethical dilemmas that arise in the context of public health, individualized medicine, and the provision of health care services in order to provide students with the tools necessary (i) to identify the stakeholders and their respective interests; (ii) to analyze those dilemmas from the perspectives of the various stakeholders; (iii) to think critically about the way public policy and public perceptions about the issues are shaped and thus (iv) to become effective agents of information concerning these kinds of controversies. [ 4 cr. ]
MET LD 630 Leadership: Historic and Social Perspectives
This course will examine the underlying values of organizations and guides students through the evolutionary development of successful leadership models. Students will be exposed to multiple profiles and strategies of renowned leaders with a diverse set of challenges reflecting innovative and evolving methodologies. 4 cr. [ 4 cr. ]
The thesis option is to be completed within twelve months. This option is available to Master of Science in Computer Information Systems candidates who have completed at least seven courses toward their degree and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be part-time faculty with a PhD (unless waived by the department).
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Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Associate Professor, Computer Science Director, Health Informatics & Health Sciences
Master Lecturer, Computer Science
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Director, Analytics
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Administrative Sciences Director, Project Management
Jae Young Lee
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Coordinator, Databases
Associate Professor of the Practice, Computer Science Coordinator, Software Development
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Associate Professor Emeritus, Computer Science
Associate Professor Emeritus, Computer Science
Associate Professor and Associate Chair Coordinator, Health Informatics
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Director, Cybersecurity
Dean, Metropolitan College & Extended Education Professor of the Practice, Computer Science and Education Director, Information Security, Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security