Best Online Master’s in Health Informatics

Find top-ranked online master’s in health informatics degree programs to prepare students to hold advanced positions as data analysts, chief information officers, health informatics directors, health information system application designers, and compliance officers.

Best Online Master’s in Health Informatics

Frequently Asked Questions About Health Informatics Degrees

Why get a master’s in health informatics?

A master’s degree in health informatics is an excellent advanced degree for working professionals with an interest in both health and technology.

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What will I learn while getting a master’s in health informatics?

Combining information technology with patient health is critical for current healthcare systems, and students in this graduate program will learn how to design and maintain data systems to best serve patients. Courses can be taken online or on campus and will cover topics like the American healthcare system, data analytics, and consumer digital health.

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How long does it take to get a master’s in health informatics?

This 32-credit program typically takes about two years to complete, and a capstone project is often required.

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What can I do with a master’s in health informatics?

After program completion, graduates will be prepared to hold advanced positions as data analysts, chief information officers, health informatics directors, health information system application designers, and compliance officers.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s in computer science.

Best Online Master's in Health Informatics Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online health informatics master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Health Informatics Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Johns Hopkins University

    #22 institution's historical influence
    #21 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1510/34

    Baltimore, MD

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Bioinformatics
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 16-24 months
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    University of Southern California

    #31 institution's historical influence
    #30 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    16%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Biomedical Engineering

    Concentrations

    • Medical Imaging and Imaging Informatics
    • Required Credits: 29
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    #61 institution's historical influence
    #38 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    25%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1405/30

    Chapel Hill, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MPS in Master’s of Science

    Concentrations

    • Biomedical And Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: 35
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Brandeis University

    #98 institution's historical influence
    #167 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    33%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1435/31

    Waltham, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Health And Medical Informatics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Bioinformatics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    University of Cincinnati

    #170 institution's historical influence
    #1179 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Cincinnati, OH

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    Online Degrees

    MHI in Master of Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  6. #6

    University of Central Florida

    #494 institution's historical influence
    #181 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    45%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    60K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Orlando, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Healthcare Informatics
    • Required Credits: 38
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    University of Massachusetts Lowell

    #973 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Lowell, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Health Information Management: Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    #450 institution's historical influence
    #1232 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1227/25

    Birmingham, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
    MS in Nursing

    Concentrations

    • Nursing Health Systems Leadership Specialties
    • Nursing Informatics
    • Clinical Nurse Leader
    • Required Credits: 36, 40, 37
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Hybrid
  9. #9

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    #695 institution's historical influence
    #1294 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1315/29

    Rochester, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  10. #10

    Mercer University

    #698 institution's historical influence
    #1052 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Macon, GA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Medical

    Concentrations

    • Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 18 months
    • Format: Online
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  11. #11

    Florida International University

    #519 institution's historical influence
    #215 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    48K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Miami, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Health Informatics And Analytics
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    DePaul University

    #483 institution's historical influence
    #308 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    19K

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: 52
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Duquesne University

    #585 institution's historical influence
    #1080 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1215/25

    Pittsburgh, PA

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    Online Degrees

    MHA in Health Administration

    Concentrations

    • Health Informatics and Data Analytics
    • Healthcare Compliance and Risk Management or Population Health
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
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  14. #14

    Excelsior College

    #2202 institution's historical influence

    Student body

    6K

    Albany, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Nursing Informatics
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MSN in RN to MSN

    Concentrations

    • Nursing Informatics
    • Required Credits: 142
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Samford University

    #741 institution's historical influence
    #912 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    77%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1160/26

    Birmingham, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Education in Health Informatics & Analytics
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  16. #16

    University of Maine

    #378 institution's historical influence
    #575 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Orono, ME

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    Online Degrees

    PSM in Bioinformatics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Spatial Informatics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  17. #17

    Regis University

    #1838 institution's historical influence
    #491 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/24

    Denver, CO

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  18. #18

    Adelphi University

    #707 institution's historical influence
    #610 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Garden City, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Healthcare Informatics
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Loma Linda University

    #852 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Student body

    3K

    Loma Linda, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Michigan Technological University

    #955 institution's historical influence
    #1220 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/27

    Houghton, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Integrated Geospatial Technology

    Concentrations

    • Earth Observation Systems And Remote Sensing
    • Geodesy And Geodetic Sciences
    • Geoinformatics
    • Geospatial Intelligence
    • Giscience And Geoinformatics
    • Geospatial Visualization Ad Cartography
    • Photogrammetry And Geospatial Imaging
    • Surveying
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    University of San Diego

    #934 institution's historical influence
    #104 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $53K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    80%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/28

    San Diego, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Health Care Informatics
    • Required Credits: 37
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Nova Southeastern University

    #983 institution's historical influence
    #678 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Biomedical Informatics
    • Required Credits: 44
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MSN in Nursing – Non-Clinical

    Concentrations

    • Nursing Informatics
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Idaho State University

    #1519 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    9K

    Pocatello, ID

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Health Informatics
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Queens University of Charlotte

    #2655 institution's historical influence
    #431 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/24

    Charlotte, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MSN in Nursing

    Concentrations

    • Nursing Informatics
    • Required Credits: 37
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    #1941 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    27K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1040/19

    Edinburg, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Health Sciences

    Concentrations

    • Health Care Informatics
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Health Information Management

    Concentrations

    • Healthcare Informatics
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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