Master of Health Informatics (MHI)

May 23, 2022
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What is Health Informatics?

As the field of informatics continues to expand, healthcare networks and professionals around the world are embracing innovation in health care and transitioning to more data-driven, technology-based roles. UC’s MHI students learn a wide variety of skills in health IT, business, project management, and data analytics. MHI graduates are highly skilled at managing complex projects and data systems and leveraging data to improve patient care delivery and population health.

Why UC Online? 

UC’s MHI program is offered fully online and available to students worldwide. Our unique, multi-disciplinary approach arms students with relevant, real-world skills and the opportunity to build or grow valuable professional networks. MHI faculty members include leading industry experts and award-winning professors from UC’s nationally-ranked Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

MHI Program Highlights:
  • Coursework is 100% online – no campus visits required
  • Low faculty-to-student ratio – personalized coaching and feedback
  • Flexible scheduling – designed for busy, working professionals
  • No GRE or GMAT requirement with minimum GPA
  • No healthcare or IT background or experience required
  • Award-winning, well-rounded curriculum with real-world relevance
  • Access to UC’s expansive healthcare network
  • Professional networking opportunities and unique practicum experience
  • Affordable tuition with a significant return on investment
HIMSS Approved Education Partner:
UC Online is proud to be recognized as an Approved Education Partner (AEP) by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). 

As a HIMSS Approved Education Partner, UC’s online MHI program has met HIMSS’ rigorous standards for delivering a world-class healthcare, technology and health information management education program. UC Online joins an exclusive group of educators authorized to offer a HIMSS-approved degree program online. MHI’s program curriculum also prepares graduates for HIMSS’ prestigious CAHIMS℠ and CPHIMS℠ credentials. HIMSS recognized UC Online for developing a “very relevant degree program in health information and technology” including the development of “very impressive tools and methodologies” designed to engage and inspire students.

 

 

 

MHI Program Awards & Rankings:
  • UC’s MHI program ranked #2 on Study.com’s list of “Best Online Master’s Degrees in Health Informatics” (2021)
  • UC’s MHI program ranked in the Top 10 on College Consensus list of “Best Online Master’s in Healthcare” (2021) 
  • MHI faculty includes professors from the “#1 Data Science School in the U.S.Predictive Analytics Today (2020; 2021)*
  • Ranked in the “Top 20 Globally” and “Top 10 Nationally” by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) (2020)**
  • UC’s online colleges & programs ranked among the “Best in the Nation” by U.S. News & World Report (2020;2021)
  • UC’s Department of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems (OBAIS) was awarded the “2019 George D. Smith Prize” by INFORMS for its “Innovative Curriculum and the Advancement of Research and Analytics.”

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*UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business; **UC’s Data Analytics Program

Accreditations:
  • Higher Learning Commission the University of Cincinnati (UC) and all regional campuses are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
  • CAHIIM Candidate UC’s Online Master of Health Informatics program is currently in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Click here for a complete list of rankings and accreditations.

MHI Program Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate knowledge in health, health information systems, and health data analytics in order to influence healthcare efficiency, quality, patient care, and population health
  • Apply informatics techniques and tools, computational thinking, and data science methods to impact decision making, healthcare practice, the health of populations, and patients
  • Demonstrate knowledge of major health policy, risk, and legal issues relevant to health informatics in order to articulate needed changes, mitigation strategy, and best practices
  • Identify and apply evidence‐based framework to develop a valid and reliable basis for conclusions, to evaluate health informatics application, and to explain human behavior associated with technology adoption and use
  • Exhibit ethical values, professionalism, and inter-professional collaboration while solving health informatics problems
  • Demonstrate leadership and management knowledge, abilities, and skills to lead changes and manage innovation in healthcare or population health
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively use knowledge and skills to complete a real-world health informatics project that impacts healthcare practice, research, or population health
Program Admissions, Graduation and Retention:
  • In 2020-2021, the MHI program accepted 52 applicants and 39 (75%) of those accepted enrolled in the program.
  • In 2019-2020, the MHI program accepted 69 applicants and 57 (83%) of those accepted enrolled in the program.
  • The average time to degree completion for both 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 was six to seven semesters (24-28 months).
  • According to our most recent student surveys, on average, 82% of MHI graduates were employed after graduation (93% in 2019-2020 and 70% in 2020-21).

The Emerging Field of Health Informatics

Health informatics is a rapidly-growing, interdisciplinary field of study that combines data analytics, technology and innovation with healthcare delivery. Today’s informatics professionals are shaping the future of the healthcare industry through the development and adoption of cutting-edge technological innovations in the medical industry.

The field of health informatics arose out of the Federal mandate for the healthcare industry’s transition to electronic health records (EHR). Today, with more patient and healthcare system data being generated than ever before, the science of health informatics is focused on how technological innovations can be used to harness this unprecedented access to information to improve human health.

On the IT side, health informatics experts are developing new technologies designed to improve care; on the clinical side, informatics specialists are working to ensure that every patient’s data is accurate, complete and readily accessible to the healthcare providers who need it, with the understanding that technology is also giving patients more autonomy and control of their own electronic health records.

UC’s Master of Health Informatics program is focused on the development and mastery of the technical, analytical, leadership, management and communication skills students need to become leaders in the increasingly complex, data-reliant healthcare industry.

 

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Student Testimonials
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“As a full- time, working, single parent, the MHI program allowed me to balance all of my responsibilities and provide me with the flexibility I needed to succeed. I was really excited that the curriculum aligned so well with my job role as a Clinical Application Analyst. Coming to work every day and being able to apply what I learned in my classes was very rewarding. If there are students interested in understanding the IT role and how it aligns with Healthcare, I believe this program will satisfy their needs. I was extremely pleased, and I look forward to all of the doors this accomplishment will open for me.”

Carelicha D.
MHI Health Informatics

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