Medical Informatics MS
- The program can be completed entirely online (domestic students only at this time).
- At the end of this program students will be familiar with healthcare security, disease management, evidence-based medicine, and complex medical decisions.
- Employment in this field is growing faster than the national average. Students with a Medical Informatics MS degree will excel in areas such as hospital and healthcare systems, health informatics firms, research laboratories, computer/information security firms, medical technology firms, public health organizations, medical software companies, insurance companies, and government organizations.
- This program is available as an accelerated master’s degree .
Graduate Programs in Medical Informatics
Medical informatics is the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. This field deals with the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. This program covers the multi-disciplinary field of informatics, decision support systems, telemedicine, ethics, consumer health informatics, international healthcare systems, global health informatics, translational research informatics, and home care. Our program is designed to focus on complex medical decisions, evidence-based medicine, disease management, and population health management. Students will learn how to design and implement innovative applications and promote new technologies to improve health care.
Established regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) include specific security and compliance provisions for the healthcare sector. The advancement of technology in the medical field, accompanied by the requirements to keep sensitive data confidential, creates the need for a graduate program that offers medical informatics education and provides course work and study in the critical area of data security.
The Master of Science in Medical Informatics is designed to:
- Deepen understanding and knowledge of medical informatics and computer/information security;
- Provide research opportunities within the field of medical informatics;
- Provide a flexible curriculum to allow for both traditional and nontraditional graduate students.
Graduates will be qualified to work in areas such as hospital and healthcare systems, health informatics firms, research laboratories, computer/information security firms, medical technology firms, public health organizations, medical software companies, insurance companies, and government organizations.
Master’s Degree: Thesis Option
This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor. The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits.
The minimum requirements are as follows:
Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach.
- GRE (see below for exemptions )
Recommended 153 Quantitative, 148 Verbal, and 3.5 or higher Analytical Writing
- Michigan Tech undergraduate students
- Students with a previous graduate degree
- Students with 5 years or more work experience in health care or health IT
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
- R sum / Curriculum vitae
- TOEFL: Recommended Score of 79 iBT
- IELTS: Recommended Overall Band Score of 6.5
Made on a rolling basis.
Apply at least a semester in advance of projected admission to improve your chances of receiving funding.