Master of Science in Health Informatics

SBMI's traditional, research-focused master's degree program requires 42 hours at the graduate level. Students may be enrolled full-time or part-time. Full-time students typically take five semesters to complete the program. Part-time students typically take about three years to complete the program.

Classes are scheduled face-to-face in the classroom or online. Most face-to-face classes meet for a three hour block of time on Mondays or Wednesdays (exceptions may occur). Students can choose to take classes one day a week or multiple days.

Some classes are available online, giving students more flexibility in completing the coursework. Online courses do not require regular classroom time. Faculty have electronic office hours and are also available by appointment for conferences in person, phone or video. The school uses a course software called MOODLE to deliver courses to the students.

Many classes require participation in the end of semester poster session. Students in online classes will be required to participate as well; arrangements for synchronous participation will be made individually for each student.

The Masters of Science in health informatics degree allows students to select courses in basic, research and advanced informatics that cover topics in various subfields including clinical and cognitive informatics.

Master of Science in health informatics curriculum - (Effective Fall 2012)
Master of Science in health informatics curriculum
 - (For students from Fall 2007 to Summer 2012)
Master of Science in health informatics curriculum - (For students who began study prior to Fall 2007)

Review the admission requirements.

Practicum and State of the Science Paper

During the course of the master's degree every student will complete at least 6 semester hours of practicum to gain real world experience in his/her chosen field of health informatics. The practicum is designed by the student in coordination with the student's advising committee.

The State of the Science Paper is based on research in the student's area of interest. It typically originates from the practicum. The paper will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, however, publication is not a prerequisite for graduation. The paper is then signed off by the student's advising committee.

Contact Information

For further information about the Master's of Science in health informatics please contact:

Office of Academic Affairs
(713) 500-3591

Amy Franklin, PhD
Master's Program Coordinator
(713) 500-3670