Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics

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Ariana Balayan, Ed.D.
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Trumbull, CT 06611

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

You are welcome to apply now for Spring or Fall 2016. We offer a 100% online option for domestic students and an on-ground option for international students.

Public Health Online Award Logo 2015‌In 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

Online Healthcare Informatics Master’s Program is ‘Top 25’:

September 9, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s online master’s in healthcare informatics program is among “The 25 Best Online Master’s in Healthcare Informatics Degree Programs” as determined by, an independent organization committed to helping students make informed decisions as they work toward career goals.

SHU Breaks Ground on Center for Healthcare Education

June 18, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University broke ground today on a new building to house its Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing. Located at 4000 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, the Center for Healthcare Education will be three stories comprising 117,000 square feet on 8.7 acres. “Like the recently completed Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, the new Center for Healthcare Education will provide our students with all the latest technology used in their future professions,” says SHU President John J. Petillo. “The expanded space and updated equipment will offer new opportunities for learning and ensure that they graduate well prepared to make their mark in the booming health-care industry.”

Advisory Council Named for New Healthcare Information Systems Grad Program

June 1, 2012

As the world changes, so does Sacred Heart University. The school has created an Advisory Council for its new Healthcare Information Systems (HIS) Master of Science graduate program. The 36-credit program, announced earlier this year, will focus on the many ways healthcare information technology is evolving; its important role in helping hospitals, other health care providers and government improve how data is collected, reported and utilized; and the systems and processes that will drive this continuing transformation.