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 Master of Science in Health Informatics Program.
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.
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. Special areas of concentration include electronic health-care records, information systems for managing health, telemedicine, and bioinformatics.
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.
Dual Degree Options
Students seeking a master's degree in health informatics at MU may expand their studies to obtain the dual degree with Health Administration (MHA/MS)
Students who choose a dual degree option must apply separately to each degree program. Earning a dual degree takes less time than completing two degrees independently.
Note: To receive priority for potential financial support within the department, residential program applications should be submitted prior to March 1.