Hone Skills to Analyze and Visualize Healthcare Data

Available online and on campus, the Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) concentration in Applied Data Analytics at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) builds upon the eight-course health informatics curriculum to focus on healthcare data processing, analysis, and visualization.

Over the last decade, massive introduction of electronic health records (EHRs) has revolutionized healthcare by enabling physicians and care providers to access comprehensive patient records and treatment history. The deployment of EHRs relies upon professionals who possess interdisciplinary knowledge of healthcare and information technology—and who can develop effective algorithms, analyze big data, and provide tools to help visualize that data for end-users.

Program at a Glance

  • Online and On Campus
  • Part-Time or Full-Time Study
  • STEM Designated
  • 40 Credits
  • 12–20 Months to Completion
  • 17 Core Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT
  • Tuition & Fees Range—Part-Time Study*: $27,400–$29,100

*Based on 2024–2025 Boston University tuition and fees. Merit scholarship may reduce cost.

Advance Your Career with a Master’s in Health Informatics

With the enormous potential of data analytics and visualization in the healthcare field, there is rising demand for highly trained IT professionals familiar with quantitative approaches across all fields within the health sciences, who can take data and make it understandable and available to health professionals.

The primary focus of the Boston University Health Informatics master’s program is on electronic medical data generated and stored in healthcare and public health organizations. As a graduate of the MSHI program, you will have a solid knowledge of healthcare IT systems and EHRs, and command of the latest medical technologies. The opportunity to add a concentration in Applied Data Analytics prepares you to compete for critical roles in the fast-growing area of data analytics and visualization.

Access to BU MET’s Health Informatics Research Lab (HILab) allows you to tap into collaborative research and development in medical informatics, bioinformatics, and clinical research.

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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BU's Health Informatics master’s degree is the first and only such program in New England accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

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Why Earn a Master’s in Health Informatics at BU?

  • Accreditation: BU’s master’s degree 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 Health Informatics 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.
  • Career Counseling: MET’s Career Development office and BU’s Center for Career Development offer a variety of job-hunting resources, including one-on-one career counseling by appointment for both online and on-campus students.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Health Informatics master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified Boston University faculty and industry leaders in computer science, data analytics, medicine, and biomedical engineering.
  • Extensive Network: Study health informatics and data analytics alongside peers with solid experience in biomedical sciences, computer science, and healthcare; learn from faculty who have valuable IT contacts across several sectors; and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
  • STEM Designated: Eligible graduates on student visas have access to an Optional Practical Training (OPT) of 12 months and an extension for up to 24 additional months.
  • 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 DevelopmentEducational Resource CenterFitness & Recreation CenterIT Help CentersMugar Memorial LibraryCenter for Antiracist ResearchHoward Thurman Center for Common GroundGeorge Sherman UnionRafik 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 or fully online. 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: US citizens and permanent residents are automatically considered during the application process and nominated based on eligibility. Learn more.

Master the Technologies to Focus on Data Analytics in Health IT

Offered through BU MET’s Department of Computer Science, the MS in Health Informatics (MSHI) is ideal for those with a technology background who wish to contribute to advances in healthcare IT, as well as anyone who wishes to improve health outcomes and care delivery efficiency using the tools and informatics approaches of information technology.

With its focus on information systems, informatics principles, and information technology as it is applied to the continuum of healthcare delivery, the scientific field of health informatics has seen rapid evolution over the last decade. Along with the new healthcare algorithms, data analytics and visualization have become areas of enormous potential—requiring highly trained IT professionals familiar with quantitative approaches across all fields within the health sciences, who can take data and make it understandable and available to health professionals. Along with the concentration in Applied Data Analytics, BU’s Health Informatics master’s includes also offers a concentration in Health Information Management.

Distinguished by its team of accomplished faculty members—who bring to the classroom impressive track records in research and industry leadership—BU MET’s CAHIIM-accredited Health Informatics program offers practical, hands-on education that provides interdisciplinary knowledge of healthcare and information technology. By learning to develop effective algorithms, analyze big data, and master tools to help visualize that data for end-users, graduates of BU’s Health Informatics program are prepared to excel in EHR companies, health IT start-ups, and healthcare organizations in roles such as health IT developer, lead pharmacy informaticist, software developer, health informatics specialist, clinical informatics specialist, clinical analyst, clinical informatics manager, and others.

Graduate with Expertise

In addition to the learning outcomes derived from Metropolitan College’s Health Informatics master’s degree program, the concentration in Applied Data Analytics will equip you with:

  • Knowledge of data analytics techniques, skills, and critical thinking, and an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of their applications.
  • Ability to apply various data processing techniques on healthcare data sets and engage in data analysis and visualization.
  • Knowledge-discovery skills using data mining techniques and tools over large amounts of data.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. Students currently enrolled in a graduate certificate who are interested in transitioning into a master’s degree should contact their academic advisor to declare their interest in this pathway. A new master’s degree application is not required. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at csadmissions@bu.edu to learn more about this option.

The following graduate certificate programs have courses that may be applied to the master’s degree with a concentration in Applied Data Analytics:



A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required.

Prerequisites:

Applicants to the program are required to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Those without a background in healthcare must complete the free, self-paced Medical Terminology Pre-Lab (MET HE 100), which provides the basic understanding of medical terminology necessary to advance in the study of Health Informatics. This laboratory will help ensure that students from non-medical backgrounds have the fundamental knowledge of human anatomy, pathologies associated with it, and medical terminology.

Those without a background in information technology must complete the following course:

Students who are declaring an MSHI concentration in Applied Data Analytics must complete the core and required courses, plus two concentration requirements.

Core Courses

(Five courses/20 credits)

Required Courses

(Three courses/12 credits)

Plus one chosen from the following pair:

And one more from the following*:

*MS in Health Informatics students without business data communication and networks experience are recommended to take the course MET CS 625 (the prerequisite for MET CS 695) instead of MET CS 682.

Applied Data Analytics Concentration Requirements

(Two courses/8 credits)

Those pursuing a concentration in Applied Data Analytics must take two additional courses.

Choose one from the following pair:

And one more from the following:

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Tuition & Financial Assistance

Competitive Tuition

Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

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BU MET programs offer the flexibility of part-time or full-time study, either on campus or online. Tuition, fees, and total program cost are determined by enrollment status. If you enroll in 1–2 courses (4–8 credits) in a semester, you are charged the part-time per-credit rate. If you enroll in 3–4 courses (12–16 credits) in a semester, you are charged the full-time semester rate.

MS in Health Informatics, Applied Data Analytics Concentration (Online and On Campus)

Enrollment Status Part Time Full Time
Courses per Semester 2 courses
(8 credits)
4 courses
(16 credits)
3 courses
(12 credits)
Time to Degree 5 semesters
(20 months)
3 semesters
(12-16 months)***
4 semesters
(16-20 months)***
Tuition* $550-$975
per credit**
$33,335
per semester
$33,335
per semester
Fees per Semester* $60 $478 $478
Total Degree Cost* $27,400–
$29,100
$75,486 $105,399

*Based on 2024–2025 Boston University tuition & fee rates.
**Cost per credit is determined by course number (100–599 = $550/credit, 600–999 = $975/credit).
***Summer semester enrollment is not required for international students to maintain F-1 visa status. Enrollment in summer semester coursework will expedite completion of program and reduce total program cost.

International students seeking an F-1 visa for on-campus study must enroll full time and demonstrate availability of funds to cover the Estimated Cost of Graduate Study; those who wish to study online may enroll part-time but are not eligible for a visa. Learn more about International Student Tuition & Fees.

Questions? Please contact us to hear from an Admissions Advisor who can help you determine the best enrollment pathway. For information regarding financial aid, visit BU MET’s Financial Aid page.

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