Online Master of Science in Health Informatics Concentration in Applied Data Analytics

The online MS 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.

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 management.
  • Lead health IT initiatives, conduct biomedical research and design, and implement and manage advanced IT solutions.

In addition, those who complete the concentration in Applied Data Analytics will be able to demonstrate:

  • 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.

Awards & Accreditations

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

CAHIIM Accredited ProgramThe 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

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?

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs - Grad Information Technology 2024 In 2024, the MSHI ranked #8 among the Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (U.S. News & World Report).
  • 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

    Data Scientists

    35% increase in jobs through 2032

    $103,500 median annual pay in 2022

    Medical and Health Services Managers

    28% increase in jobs through 2032

    $104,830 median annual pay in 2022

    Health Information Technologists and Medical Registrars

    16% increase in jobs through 2032

    $58,250 median annual pay in 2022

    Information Security Analysts

    32% increase in jobs through 2032

    $112,000 median annual pay in 2022

    Computer Systems Analysts

    10% increase in jobs through 2032

    $102,240 median annual pay in 2022

    Computer and Information Systems Managers

    15% increase in jobs through 2032

    $164,070 median annual pay in 2022

    Computer and Information Research Scientists

    23% increase in jobs through 2032

    $136,620 median annual pay in 2022

    Database Administrators and Architects

    8% increase in jobs through 2032

    $112,120 median annual pay in 2022

    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, at (visited October 03, 2023).

    Best Technology Jobs, 2024 U.S. News & World Report

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


    The online Master of Science in Health Informatics concentration in Applied Data Analytics consists of 10 courses (40 credits).


    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)

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