The University of Missouri, home to the world's first computerized laboratory system, has been a leader in health and biomedical informatics research since the 1960s. The University began offering training in health and biomedical informatics in the 1970s and counts among its alumni some of the leading figures in the field. Today, that tradition of excellence continues in the CAHIIM accredited Master of Science in Health Informatics Program.

See the program’s vision and mission statements

Vision: To be a leader in creating a world where information use transforms health in a challenging and changing health care arena.
Mission: To educate future leaders to transform health through the advanced application(s) of health information and information technology. This mission is fulfilled through graduate education focused on the creation and dissemination of informatics knowledge, skills, and strategies augmented by a health administration perspective.

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Accreditation Statement

The Health Informatics accreditor of the University of Missouri is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College's accreditation for the Master of Science degree in Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2029. 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

Completion Rate, 2018-22 Employment Rates, 2018-22
    (90 days post-grad)
Year Residential MS Year Residential MS
2018 100% 2018 86%
2019 100% 2019 60%
2020 86% 2020 75%
2021 100% 2021 100%
2022 100% 2022 100%

Career Opportunities

The residential HI program prepares students to pursue careers in a wide range of healthcare organizations and related settings, such as hospitals and clinics, pharmaceutical firms, health insurance companies, research labs, governmental and non-governmental agencies and beyond. The program focuses on understanding, designing and developing information technologies to transform and integrate health systems in the 21st century. The program fosters students' research interests in health and biomedical informatics and encourages those with excellent academic performance to pursue the PhD degree through the MU Informatics Institute.

Program Highlights

Course work combines classes in computer science, health and biomedical informatics, and health management. The core HI curriculum includes courses in health information systems; information storage, retrieval and management; and research methods and outcomes analysis. Review the required courses in the Registrar’s catalog.

Ernst & Young Health Informatics Travel Award

Through this endowed scholarship, the Department will provide travel awards to residential MSc students in good standing to present their research at a scientific conference. Students must be first authors and presenting. To qualify for a travel award, an abstract must be submitted to and accepted by a recognized national or international conference. Travel award requests must be submitted in advance and the Department sponsorship must be acknowledged during the presentation or on the poster. Proof of acceptance must be attached to the award application. Students are eligible to receive only one award for the duration of their program.

Internship Opportunities

During the summer between the first and second year of the program, informatics students have the option of completing a 12-week internship in an approved health organization under the guidance of a qualified and motivated preceptor. Internships allow students to apply knowledge and develop skills as they increase their understanding of the complex relationships within health-care organizations. Student interns usually are paid a monthly stipend by the host organization.

See the map below for examples of where HMI students have previously interned.


Note: To receive priority for admission and potential departmental financial assistance, residential program applications should be submitted prior to November 1.


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