Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics

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Center for Healthcare Education
4000 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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Lead the next generation of healthcare with a graduate degree in healthcare informatics at SHU

Accepting applications for Fall 2017 enrollment. We offer a 100% online option for domestic students and an on-ground option for international students.

HIMSS Seal‌In our ever-more interconnected world, digital technology is transforming the healthcare industry. From patient charts to hospital orders, healthcare information technology (IT) is streamlining care and improving outcomes. You can help lead the charge with a master’s degree in healthcare informatics

Challenged to be more accountable for health outcomes, and at the same time, adopt digital health information systems, healthcare delivery systems are in the midst of a technological revolution. With qualified candidates in high demand, Sacred Heart University (SHU) prepares graduates to successfully tackle the challenges of health technology and take on a leadership position in this dynamic field.

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With a master’s degree in healthcare informatics from SHU, you will hit the ground running and be prepared to:

  • Lead. Graduates will be able to able to prioritize projects, strategize IT implementation and manage teams and systems. They will know how to partner with their colleagues to bring the positive and lasting impact of healthcare informatics to various health settings.
  • Innovate. Using cutting-edge health technology and medical informatics best practices, graduates will be able to design solutions to the complex challenges of health information systems.
  • Evaluate. Program participants are experts at determining the technology needs of an organization and formulating solutions that take clinical, operational and financial constraints into account.
  • Mediate. Healthcare solutions must work for the entire team—from physicians and clinical partners to information technology teams to research and administrative stakeholders. Our graduates will know how to collaborate with diverse teams and build consensus.

A Graduate Informatics Program-100% Designed for You

‌The healthcare informatics program has been specifically designed for working professionals, offering unparalleled flexibility and convenience through its unique online or on campus format. Students in the program are able to work and collaborate with others in their cohort, yet still manage ongoing professional and personal commitments.

The M.S. in healthcare informatics is personalized to each student. As an incoming student, you'll speak directly with the faculty chair to discuss your goals—ensuring that they align with those of the program. Faculty also host regular office hours and you are encouraged to collaborate with fellow students and professors both online and on-site.

The Future is Bright: Healthcare Informatics is Growing

M.S. in Heathcare Informatics image.As the healthcare IT field grows, employers are scrambling to find knowledgeable, experienced staff. Because our students are trained in both practical and theoretical approaches—and armed with the latest best practices—they are uniquely positioned to succeed in this fast-paced industry. 

Companies implementing digital medical IT are ramping up staff and hiring consultants. In fact, demand for healthcare informatics professionals is expected to grow by 22 percent in the next decade—double the average growth for all other fields.* 

Furthermore, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), created an opportunity to improve the performance of the nation’s health system through significant investment in healthcare IT. Administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), this initiative provides an important step towards harnessing the full potential of digital technology to prevent and treat illnesses and to improve health.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

Who Should Join the Informatics Program?

If you are considering a master’s in healthcare informatics, our program is best suited for students who either have prior experience or are interested in healthcare IT. However, the program is designed to accommodate the needs of healthcare professionals without an information technology background, as well as IT professionals with little knowledge of healthcare environments. Our plan of study for the online program will prepare you to make an impact upon graduation.

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Latest News

Sacred Heart University to Celebrate Opening of Center for Healthcare Education

August 4, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—After nearly two years of construction, Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education is ready to open. Staff and faculty from the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing have moved into the state-of-the-art building, and students will begin their studies with the latest technology and modern features there this fall. The official unveiling will be Friday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., and health-care workshops and lectures will take place throughout the year to celebrate the new facility and inform the community about the importance of health care.

HIMSS: Virtual Learning Environment Enhances Informatics Curricula

January 24, 2017

"TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) pilot partner, the University of Great Falls of Montana (sponsored by Providence Health & Services), uses this education portal as an important tool to supplement the curriculum of its new Applied Health Informatics (AHI) Certificate Program to ensure students learn with content that is current, relevant and pertinent."

Technology Highlights Healthcare Informatics Capstone Event

December 23, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Health-care technology was in the spotlight recently at Sacred Heart University when eight graduate students in the College of Health Professions presented their health-care informatics capstone poster projects. The students, who are set to complete the 16-month healthcare informatics program and earn their master’s degrees in the field this month, presented summaries of their work as posters.