Develop Critical Skills in Health Information Management
Available online and on campus, the Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) concentration in Health Information Management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) builds upon the eight-course health informatics curriculum to focus on the management of health data, information, knowledge, and projects.
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 are capable of bringing together an understanding of business, science, and IT skills in order to effectively manage and secure patient medical information.
Program at a Glance
- Online and On Campus
- Part-Time or Full-Time Study
- 40 Credits
- 12–20 Months to Completion
- 17 Core Faculty
- No GRE/GMAT
- Tuition & Fees—Part-Time Study*: $30,100
*Based on 2023–2024 Boston University tuition and fees. Merit scholarship may reduce cost.
Advance Your Career with a Master’s in Health Informatics
The health information management professional facilitates the smooth flow of digital information between patient and clinician, healthcare administrators, technologists, and others in the healthcare organization. As stewards of EHRs, health information managers are critical to the wellbeing of the patient. They must have expertise in data management systems, information security, and project management, as well as a comprehensive understanding of health informatics.
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 Health Information Management (HIM) prepares you to compete for critical roles in this fast-growing area.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
- 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 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.
- 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 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: All applicants are automatically considered, and admitted students are nominated based on eligibility.
Master the Technologies to Succeed in the Field of Health Information Technology
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. In order to meet the high demand for health information management (HIM) professionals, the BU’s Health Informatics master’s includes a concentration in Health Information Management. The program also offers a concentration in Applied Data Analytics.
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 Health Information Management will equip you with:
- Knowledge and skills to perform analysis and provide documentation of requirements for architecture, design, and implementation of computer applications systems in healthcare.
- Proficiency in software and computing skills as they pertain to the design and healthcare implementation of database systems, data communications, systems analysis, and design.
- Ability to identify current and emerging information technologies that may have strategic value for healthcare; assess where those technologies have value; and manage the implementation of those technologies in the healthcare institutions.
BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. 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 email@example.com 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 Health Information Management:
- Advanced Information Technology
- Digital Forensics
- Health Informatics
- Information Security
- Information Technology
- Medical Information Security & Privacy
- Project Management
Master’s in Health Informatics Curriculum
A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required.
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:
MET CS 200 Introduction to Computer Information Systems
This course is a technically-oriented introductory survey of information technology. Students learn about basic computer information, different types of business systems and basic systems analysis, design and development. Students also study basic mathematics, software development and create simple Java programs. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2023
|A1||IND||Shahossini||COM 215||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
Students who are declaring an MSHI concentration in Health Information Management must complete the core and required courses, plus two 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. ]Sum2 2023
|SB2||IND||Brusic||CAS 203||TR||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
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||CDS 264||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Levinger||CDS 264||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET CS 584 Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Informatics
Laws, regulations, and ethics guide the practice of health information management (HIM) and health informatics (HI). This course introduces students to the workings of the American legal system and concepts and theories of ethics, examines the legal, ethical, and regulatory issues that impact the protection of confidentiality and integrity of patient information, and, on the other hand, the improvement of accessibility of patient information to enable healthcare providers to make informed decision based on complete patient data. We will cover laws and regulations that are central to the HIM and HI professions, including Privacy Act of 1974, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), the 21st Century Cures Act, and the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records Regulations, and more. The goal is to enable HIM and HI practitioners to make effective and informed decisions that prompt patient safety and care quality improvement. [ 4 cr. ]
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||PSY B47||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Damore||PSY B47||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
(Three courses/12 credits)
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 2023
|A1||IND||Zhang||PHO 205||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Zhang||PHO 205||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
Plus one chosen from the following pair:
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 2023
|A1||IND||Donald||HAR 210||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Donald||HAR 210||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.
Prerequisite: Programming experience in any language. Or Instructor's consent. [ 4 cr. ]
|SC1||IND||Lu||FLR 152||T||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Lu||EPC 208||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Pinsky||CAS 213||W||8:00 am – 10:45 am|
|A3||IND||Orsini||CAS 237||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A4||IND||Michelson||KCB 107||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
And one more from the following*:
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 2023
|SC1||IND||Arena||CAS 233||T||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Arena||KCB 104||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Arena||CAS 227||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 2023
|SC1||IND||Guadagno||SOC B63||R||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Guadagno||HAR 212||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Guadagno||FLR 152||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|E1||IND||Guadagno||FLR 152||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
*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.
Health Information Management Concentration Requirements
(Two courses/8 credits)
Those pursuing a concentration in Health Information Management must take two additional courses.
Choose one from the following pair:
MET AD 605 Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals
This course will provide students with the analytical tools to analyze, manage, and improve manufacturing, service, and business processes. Coverage includes various options to lower operational costs and improve responsiveness to customers' needs, including operating system design, product & service design, capacity analysis & buffering, waiting line optimization, and process quality analysis using statistical approaches. Quantitative methods include application of stochastic simulation, analysis of random outcomes, statistical analysis routines (confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, machine learning), system reliability analysis, and statistical process control. The Deming philosophy of management, Lean operations principles, and Six Sigma process improvement methodologies form the underlying foundation of the course coverage. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2023
|SA1||IND||Courtney||MET 101||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Maleyeff||CAS 233||M||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Staff||EPC 204||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Cashton||CAS 201||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Cashton||FLR 121||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A5||IND||Courtney||FLR 121||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A6||IND||Staff||MCS B29||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 2023
|SC1||IND||Arakelian||HAR 210||R||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Arakelian||CAS 213||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
And one more from the following:
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 2023
|SA1||IND||Keegan||MET 101||MW||1:00 pm – 4:30 pm|
|SA2||IND||Cipriano||PSY B55||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|SB1||IND||Keegan||MET 122||TR||1:00 pm – 4:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Kanabar||CAS 426||M||9:05 am – 11:50 am|
|A2||IND||Cipriano||STH B22||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Maltzman||CAS 324||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Keegan||SOC B63||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A5||IND||Wong||PSY B53||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A6||IND||Keegan||CAS 218||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
The purpose of this course is to help improve business problem solving and managerial decision-making through the use of quantitative and qualitative decision-making tools and techniques. This course will provide the student with an overview of how decisions are made to solve management problems in the business environment. It introduces the fundamental concepts and methodologies of the decision-making process, problem-solving, decision analysis, data collection, probability distribution, evaluation, and prediction methods. Students will learn how to apply different quantitative and qualitative analytical tools commonly used in business to provide a depth of understanding and support to various decision-making activities within each subject area of management. Through the use of case studies of decisions made by managers in various production and service industries and a business simulation package specifically prepared for this course, the scope and breadth of decision-making in business will be described. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2023
|SA1||IND||Dickson||CAS 233||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|SB1||IND||Rajagopal||FLR 152||TR||1:00 pm – 4:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Mayer||KCB 102||M||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Tomic||KCB 107||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Dickson||CAS 229||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Rajagopal||KCB 102||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A5||IND||Zlatev||WED 140||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A6||IND||Dickson||CDS 263||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A7||IND||Nocivelli||KCB 102||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A8||IND||Lindley||CAS 116||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
Health Informatics Faculty
Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Computer Science Coordinator, Health Informatics
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Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Associate Professor, Computer Science Director, Health Informatics & Health Sciences
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Director, Analytics
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Administrative Sciences Director, Project Management
Associate Professor of the Practice, Computer Science Coordinator, Software Development
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Director, Cybersecurity
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