Combine your health care experience and IT skills with our M.S. in H.I.

The Health Care Informatics Master’s Degree program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado is designed for current health care professionals looking to expand their knowledge of systems planning and implementation, workflow design, security management and electronic health information management.
Our M.S. in Health Informatics (HI program) is designed for current health care professionals looking to expand their knowledge of systems planning and implementation, workflow design, security management and electronic health information management. Beyond IT, the program also includes project management, leadership development and ethics all taught from a health care perspective.
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Why should I pursue an M.S. in Health Informatics?

Electronic health records (EHRs), provider order entry systems and diagnostic technologies are just a few of the IT solutions being implemented by today’s health care industry. In addition to the demands of the electronic health record systems, other applications are being deployed that require health professionals who understand both technology and the management of information. Electronic information plays a critical role in reducing medical errors and decreasing costs, ultimately leading to happier, healthier patients.  

The demands to develop and maintain our country’s health data systems are rapidly increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there will be a 15 percent growth in the number of health information management jobs through 2024. 

It takes trained, experienced professionals to ensure that health care systems deliver timely and accurate information in the correct format while meeting regulatory requirements. Our M.S. in Health Informatics program is designed to prepare graduates to work successfully in our ever-changing healthcare market.

Is a Master’s degree in Health Informatics for me?

Health informatics professionals understand technology and its role in promoting the effective organization, management and use of information within the health care environment and also work to bridge the gap between clinicians and technical employees.

People who pursue careers in health informatics and information management have strong analytical and technical skills, coupled with communication skills to work alongside other professionals. Perhaps above all else, an ethical mindset and the ability to keep patient data confidential is essential to uphold the integrity of the profession. 

If you’re a member of the military or you’ve returned from military service, Regis also has great tuition options to help you build on the skills you learned during your service.

What will I learn in Regis’ Master of Science in Health Informatics program?

Our M.S. in Health Informatics program is designed for current health care professionals looking to expand your knowledge of systems planning and implementation, workflow design, security management and electronic health information management. Beyond IT, the program also includes project management, leadership development and ethics all taught from a health care perspective.

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Is Regis’ HI program accredited?

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

What class formats are available?

At Regis, we understand the challenges of working full time while pursuing your degree. Our flexible, online format is designed to help you succeed. Each class runs for eight weeks, so you can make rapid progress toward your degree and complete it within 24 months.

When do Regis’ HI classes start?

Courses are offered in eight-week formats that begin three times per year:

  • January
  • May
  • August

Meet our Health Informatics faculty

Judit Olah, Ph.D Associate Professor, Health Informatics 

Kelly Miller, MA, RHIA, CPHIMS, Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator of Health Information Management

Career Opportunities

What careers can I get with a Master’s degree in HI?

Many current health care practitioners or IT professionals interested in health care positions pursue an advanced degree in health informatics.  Careers typically build off previous health or IT careers and can include informatics specialists, clinical analysts, and informatics managers. Many go on to advanced roles as directors, leading teams of other professionals.

Career opportunities for HI professionals extend beyond hospitals. Many work for insurance companies, accounting firms, government agencies, in academia and pharmaceutical firms. 

Career support from Regis

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, explore and find a new career path, or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

What salary can I expect with a degree in HI?

Salaries in the HI field depend upon your years of experience, previous education, responsibilities, geographic location and employer. As an example, here are the median salaries* for three different job levels as reported by payscale.com

  • Clinical Informatics Specialist  - $70,016
  • Clinical Informatics Manager - $91,653
  • Nursing Informatics Director - $101,206

*- Salary information based on data from spring 2016.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (24 credit hours)  
MSHI 600 Information Systems Concepts 3SH
MSHI 625 Workflow and Change Management in Adoption of Health IT 3SH
MSHI 635 Design and Selection of IT Systems in Health Care 3SH
MSHI 645 Management of e-HIM and Information Governance 3SH
MSHI 650 Health Care Informatics and Information Management in Health Care Setting 3SH
MSIA 672 Managing a Secure Enterprise 3SH
MSHI 675 Healthcare Performance Evaluation 3SH
MSHI680 Capstone:  Applied Research Project 3SH
   Choose One Track:  
Electives - Information Technology Track (12 credit hours)  
MSCC 697 IT Research Methods 3SH
MSCI 680 IT Project Management 3SH
MSCI 600 Strategic Information Technology* 3SH 
MSCI 615 Business Process Engineering* 3SH
MSCI 630 Knowledge Management* 3SH
  * Take two of three of these courses  
Electives - Health Care Services Track (12 credit hours)  
HSA 660 Methods of Inquiry and Research  3SH
HSA 658 Project Management in the Health Care Sector 3SH
HSA 672 Managing Patient Safety and Organizational Risk* 3SH
MSCI 610 Ethics in Technology* 3SH
MSCI 630 Knowledge Management* 3SH
*Take two of three of these courses  
Total Degree Requirements = 36 credit hours  

*Students progressing from Regis University's HIM/HCA undergrad programs may use these courses to fulfill graduate requirements.

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344. To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

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Detailed admissions criteria and FAQs are listed below.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA - ELIGIBILITY

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or a satisfactory score on the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). (Note: Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis by the Division of Health Services Administration.)
  • Healthcare experience or an understanding of the healthcare delivery systems is recommended.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language proficiency requirement:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening) on the TOEFL.
    • TOEFL – Computer-based: Minimum score of 213
    • Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656. Applications for the HI program are evaluated on a rolling admission basis. An application is reviewed and an enrollment decision is made once all required application materials are submitted.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

You are encouraged to submit all required application materials at once, with the exception of official transcripts.

  • Complete the online application.
  • Request official transcripts to be sent directly to Regis University from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
    • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Blvd. A-12 
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit one recommendation form. Select a professional and/or academic reference that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential. An electronic recommendation form is included in the online application. Please input the name and email address of your reference. Alternatively, a reference can also be submitted via email to RUadmissions@regis.edu using the form found here
  • Admission Essay (instructions to upload your completed essay are included in the online application)
  • Submit a non-refundable $50 application fee. 
  • Direct all written materials and inquiries to:
  • Regis University
    Office of Admissions, Mail-Code A-12
    3333 Regis Blvd
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
    Contact: 303.458.4344
    Email: ruadmissions@regis.edu

All documents submitted during the application process become the property of Regis University.

FAQS

Will this degree qualify me to sit for the RHIA?
The Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) licensure is not included in the MS-HI program. If you currently have a bachelor degree in any area, we encourage you to apply for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management (www.regis.edu/himct). Completion of this certificate will qualify you to sit for the RHIA licensure examination.

When does the program begin?
The MS-HI program begins in Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Please refer to the academic calendar for specific start dates in these semesters.

Class Start Dates

Please refer to the academic calendar. 

This is a rolling admissions program in which we accept applications at all times. You are encouraged to submit your application materials as soon as they are completed.

Tuition

Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the M.S. in Health Informatics program.