Master of Health Informatics (MHI)

December 31, 2021
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What is Health Informatics?

UC’s 100% online Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program is designed to equip students with a unique combination of healthcare and IT expertise – both skills that are in increasingly high demand. As the field of health informatics continues to expand, many healthcare professionals are transitioning to more data-driven, technology-based roles. UC’s MHI students learn how to manage complex projects, organizational change and how to leverage data and technology to improve patient care, healthcare delivery and population health.

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
  • No healthcare or IT background required
  • Award-winning, well-rounded curriculum with real-world relevance
  • Expansive healthcare network and valuable professional networking opportunities
  • Affordable tuition with a significant return on investment

Why UC Online?  

MHI’s award-winning curriculum and professional practicum experience prepare graduates for leadership at the highest levels. MHI faculty members include leading data, healthcare and technology experts and award-winning professors from the top-ranked Carl H. Lindner College of Business. This unique, multi-disciplinary approach provides students with relevant, real-world information and the skills they need to succeed in this industry. 

Program Awards & Rankings:

  • UC’s MHI program ranked #2 on’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

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 Accreditation:

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  More information can be found here.

UC’s online Master of Health Informatics program is also currently in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).


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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