Clinical and Health Informatics

Master of Science in Clinical & Health Informatics

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Learn how to use data management and design to solve challenging problems across the healthcare industry. Courses are 100% online and paced for working professionals.


Is this program right for you?

The amount and speed of data are increasing across every industry—especially health care. A Master of Science in Clinical and Health Informatics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison ensures that you have a strong foundation in clinical informatics methods so you can create innovative solutions or improve the ones already in place.

The Clinical and Health Informatics program integrates electronic health record analysis, database design and clinical operational management, health modeling, and health care data security into one degree. It also supplements your existing health care expertise and builds analytical and management skills.

Work with instructors and peers across an array of disciplines to understand how to make key decisions about health, security, and biomedical and health information problems. You complete classes in data analytics, engineering design, information systems, management, and leadership skills.

Every course is different because every class is different. Your classmates come from varied health care backgrounds and may work down the hall, at your competitor’s business, or across the globe. You each bring real-world challenges from your workplace into your coursework to examine and practice together.

The online atmosphere is collaborative and interactive, so while you learn to couple your health care knowledge with analytics, you also learn how to work collaboratively and remotely. Additionally, our instructors understand the challenges you face when working online while maintaining your current responsibilities at your job and in your life. We support you throughout your education, so you stay engaged and on track to complete your degree—no matter what your timeline.

Is this program right for you?

The amount and speed of data are increasing across every industry—especially health care. A Master of Science in Clinical and Health Informatics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison ensures that you have a strong foundation in clinical informatics methods so you can create innovative solutions or improve the ones already in place.

The Clinical and Health Informatics program integrates electronic health record analysis, database design and clinical operational management, health modeling, and health care data security into one degree. It also supplements your existing health care expertise and builds analytical and management skills.

Work with instructors and peers across an array of disciplines to understand how to make key decisions about health, security, and biomedical and health information problems. You complete classes in data analytics, engineering design, information systems, management, and leadership skills.

Every course is different because every class is different. Your classmates come from varied health care backgrounds and may work down the hall, at your competitor’s business, or across the globe. You each bring real-world challenges from your workplace into your coursework to examine and practice together.

The online atmosphere is collaborative and interactive, so while you learn to couple your health care knowledge with analytics, you also learn how to work collaboratively and remotely. Additionally, our instructors understand the challenges you face when working online while maintaining your current responsibilities at your job and in your life. We support you throughout your education, so you stay engaged and on track to complete your degree—no matter what your timeline.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credits of degree.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Ideal applicants will:

  • Have an academic degree focus in a medical field, health sciences, information technology, statistics, or similar.
  • Have a focused area of interest in informatics, data analytics, clinical care or research, health information technology or similar.
  • Have completed (or are in the process of completing) a college-level statistics course. Equivalent work experience is considered, with micro-course learning in the program.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Supplemental application consisting of seven short answer questions
  • Statement of purpose by providing a copy of your resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

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Program highlights

  • The Clinical and Health Informatics master’s program is 100% online, so you can earn your degree without disrupting your life.
  • The program leverages the expertise of faculty from a variety of fields to create an interdisciplinary curriculum that draws on data management; interprofessional practice; and data design, systems, and operational management across health care fields.
  • The program was designed directly with industry demands in mind. We created our courses in response to the surge in demand for expertise in electronic health record analysis, database design and clinical operational management, health modeling, and health care data security.

How you'll learn

  • Complete 30-credit curriculum.
  • Courses are 100% online, allowing you the flexibility to complete your coursework from anywhere without disrupting your career.
  • Paced for working professionals.
  • Program can be completed in 2 or 3 years depending on the desired pace.

Sample curriculum

  • Translational and Outcomes Research in Health and Health Care
  • Foundations of Data-Driven Healthcare
  • Human Factors Engineering Design and Evaluation
  • Principles of Population Health Sciences
  • Evaluation of Health Informatics Solutions
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Diverse Communities
  • Leadership and Organizational Decision-Making in Health Care
  • Health System Pharmacy Data Analysis and Informatics
  • Healthcare Operations Management
  • Cumulative Capstone in Clinical and Health Informatics
  • Change Management

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Clinical Informatics Manager
  • Clinical Manager
  • Registered Nurse
Top Industries
  • Hospitals
  • Educational Services
  • Insurance Carriers and Related Activities

Market Salary
$83K in 2019

Projected Job Growth
61% for Health IT workers (2016-2026)*

Top Employers
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Kaiser Permanante
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Providence Health & Services

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.
*2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) U.S. Leadership and Workforce Survey

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