Online Master of Science in Health Informatics

The online Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is designed to expose you to modern health information technology, including health data collection, processing, storage, and analysis.

As one of the few health informatics programs offered through a computer science department, the primary focus of the BU MET 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 information systems—including electronic health records (EHRs)—and command of the latest medical technologies.

BU’s Health Informatics master’s program offers optional concentrations in two high-demand areas of healthcare IT:

Comprising the systematic application of information technology and computer science in medicine, public health, and related disciplines, health informatics is essential for improving the experience of patient care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of healthcare—primary aims of the US healthcare system.

Students who complete BU MET’s Master of Science in Health Informatics will be able to:

  • Work on healthcare data, information, and knowledge management and analysis.
  • Identify and address challenges and opportunities as the American healthcare system transforms into a digital, patient-centered system.
  • Understand the process of healthcare information system (HCIS) acquisition, development, implementation, and support.
  • Discuss ethical issues, social and organizational behavior management, and leadership skills.
  • Grasp major healthcare delivery workflows and understand how HCIS changes the workflows—and how to manage that change.
  • Understand common algorithms for health applications and IT components in representative clinical processes.
  • Understand fundamentals of cybersecurity.
  • Understand legal, security, and privacy issues related to health information.

Awards & Accreditations

CNSS CertificationCertified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS)

 


CAHIIM-accredited program

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.

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.

Why Choose BU’s Master of Science in Health Informatics?

  • The master’s degree in Health Informatics is the first and only health informatics program in New England to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). As a CAHIIM-accredited program, the MSCIS qualifies graduates to sit for 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.
  • 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).
  • Students have access to MET’s Health Informatics Research Lab (HILab), established to contribute to the improvement of health care through collaborative research and development in health informatics, bioinformatics, and clinical research.
  • Students benefit from a supportive online network, with courses developed and taught by PhD-level full-time faculty and professionals with hands-on expertise in the industry.
  • Small course sections ensure that students get the attention they need, while case studies and real-world projects ensure that they gain in-depth, practical experience with the latest technologies.

Career Outlook

Medical and Health Services Managers

32% increase in jobs through 2029
$100,980 median annual pay in 2019

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

8% increase in jobs through 2029
$42,630 median annual pay in 2019

Information Security Analysts

31% increase in jobs through 2029
$99,730 median annual pay in 2019

Computer Systems Analysts

7% increase in jobs through 2029
$90,920 median annual pay in 2019

Computer and Information Systems Managers

10% increase in jobs through 2029
$146,360 median annual pay in 2019

Computer and Information Research Scientists

15% increase in jobs through 2029
$122,840 median annual pay in 2019

Database Administrators

10% increase in jobs through 2029
$93,750 median annual pay in 2019

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2020

Best Technology Jobs, 2021 U.S. News & World Report

  • #1 Software Developer
  • #2 Data Scientist
  • #3 IT Manager
  • #4 Information Security Analyst
  • #5 Computer Systems Analyst
  • #6 Computer Network Architect
  • #7 Database Administrator
  • #8 Web Developer
  • #9 Computer Systems Administrator
  • #10 Computer Support Specialist
  • #11 Computer Programmer

With a forecasted compound annual growth rate of nearly 12.5% from 2021 through 2026, the healthcare IT market is expected to see revenues of more than $192 million by 2026.

Mordor Intelligence Healthcare IT Market— Growth, Trends, Covid-19 Impact and Forecast (2021–2026)

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.

Curriculum

The online Master of Science in Health Informatics consists of eight courses (32 credits).

Faculty

Guanglan Zhang

Guanglan Zhang

Assistant Professor, Computer Science; Coordinator, Health Informatics
PhD, MEng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; BS, Luoyang Institute of Technology


Scott Arena

Scott Arena

Senior Lecturer, Computer Science
MS, Boston University; BS, Merrimack College


Eric Braude

Eric Braude

Associate Professor and Director of Digital Learning, Computer Science
PhD, Columbia University; MS, University of Miami; MS, University of Illinois; BS, University of Natal (South Africa)

Getting Started

To learn more or to contact an enrollment advisor before you get started, request information using the button below and tell us a little about yourself. Someone will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program and detail the next steps in earning your degree. You can also start your application or register for a course at Metropolitan College.