Data is changing the future of healthcare. Learn how to harness it to improve patient care with a health informatics certificate from Saint Joseph’s University, which can be completed in less than a year.
Health Informatics MS
The Saint Joseph’s University Health Informatics MS is an interdisciplinary graduate degree that helps you gain the skills needed to solve healthcare challenges with informatics-related solutions. The field draws from several disciplines represented across the University community with a global commitment to improving the lives and health of everyone in our regional community.
Whether you’re already working in the healthcare field and want to advance your career, or you seek to move into the high-demand industry of health IT, the Master of Science in Health Informatics could be right for you.
What Sets Our Program Apart
The Health Informatics MS is designed to meet the needs of working professionals with and without prior healthcare or information technology experience. Courses in the master’s program are fully online, with small class sizes that make it easy to connect with your professors and classmates to develop your graduate network. For maximum flexibility, this program can also be completed on a part-time basis. Learn more about online learning at Saint Joseph’s University.
For those interested in pursuing an administration or managerial training degree, Saint Joseph’s offers the option to dual-enroll in our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program and our Master of Health Informatics. With just 45 credits, you can earn two master’s degrees, expanding opportunities for career advancement.
Getting your MBA isn't just about adding a new degree credential to your resume, it's about getting real ROI from your time in the classroom. Our curriculum prepares you for an era where innovations in data analytics, artificial intelligence, digital supply chains and other new realities will continue to present unprecedented challenges and opportunities. We're connected to the industries you work in through our faculty, alumni and partnerships.
Classes are taught by experienced practitioners and thought-leading researchers who are shaping the field of healthcare. Through rigorous coursework and hands-on learning experiences, you’ll be well prepared for a successful career in health informatics.
We’ve designed our Health Informatics MS program for the working professional. Flexibility and choice are built-in so you can balance work, family and all the other commitments of a busy life.
What Can You Do With a Health Informatics MS?
Employers in both the healthcare provider and for-profit sectors report a lack of qualified talent followed by a high level of recruiting pressure among existing employees. With a master’s in health informatics, you can meet this need and contribute to improved processes and systems affecting patient care.
Positions relevant to this degree include:
- Health informatics specialist
- Clinical informatics specialist
- Clinical analyst
- Healthcare data manager
- Informatics nurse
View required courses for this program in the academic catalog. Please contact us if you have any questions about the program curriculum.
Affordable tuition options start at $1,192 per credit.*
*This rate applies to all students accepted by Saint Joseph's University after June 1, 2023. Tuition and fee rates for students accepted prior to June 1, 2023, differ. Pricing does not include room and board, health insurance or any professional, clinical or transportation fees. Visit our Tuition & Fees page or contact us for more information.
Financial aid may be available to you to help offset the cost of your degree. Explore your options on our Financial Aid page.
Have you completed a year or more of service with a recognized service organization? You may be eligible for our mission discount.
Alumni of Saint Joseph's are eligible to receive 10% off the cost of this program through our alumni discount.
Check with your employer to see if they are an Edcor or a Bright Horizons EdAssist member, which may entitle you to a discount on graduate programs.
Note: discounts cannot be combined.
The department offers a limited number of teaching assistantships to qualifying students beyond their first semester. For more information, please contact the Department of Health Informatics.
Saint Joseph's is a Yellow Ribbon School that accepts GI education benefits. Our Office of Veterans Services can help you access and understand your benefits.
Why Pursue a Health Informatics MS in Philadelphia?
The city of Philadelphia is a unique place to pursue a graduate degree in health informatics. Philadelphia is known for having a high concentration of hospitals and healthcare companies. Regional employers include Highmark Blue Cross, MainLine Health, Penn Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and more. By studying health informatics at Saint Joseph’s University’s Department of Food, Pharma and Healthcare, you will be connected to our deep network within Philadelphia’s healthcare sector.
To be considered for admission you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Visit our Graduate Admission Information page to learn more about admission requirements, key deadlines, additional requirements for international students and how to submit your application.
- Apply online.
- Submit official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
- Submit a personal statement.
- Submit resume.
- Submit two letters of recommendation.
Graduate applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. New students may enroll in courses during the fall, spring or summer semesters.
- Fall: August and October
- Spring: January and March
- Summer: May
The average student in the program has 7 years of work experience in the healthcare industry. A minimum of 2 years of work experience is recommended to apply to the program.
If you’re applying as an international student, you must provide proof of English Language Proficiency and Certification of Finances along with your application. Check the Graduate Admission page for additional requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Health informatics is a rapidly growing field that uses data and technology to improve the efficiency, cost and quality of patient care. A master’s degree in health informatics prepares individuals for a career as a medical records and health information technician or a medical and health services manager.
The average salary of a health informatics career varies based on the role you take:
- The average Health Informatics Manager salary is $159,916.
- The average Health Informatics Nurse Specialist salary is $101,790.
- The average Health Informatics Director salary is $196,849.
In this 33-credit program, you’ll take courses on strategic planning, leadership, data management and health informatics such as:
- Digital and Connected Health
- Data Analysis for Healthcare
- Health Data Standards
- Organization Change and Culture
The Master of Health Administration (MHA) offers a strong foundation in the management and administrative aspects of the healthcare system.
The dual enrollment program in health administration and health informatics allows students to earn two master's degrees with just 45 credits. In this program, graduate students will engage in administration- and informatics-focused coursework, preparing them to make an impact in the ever-evolving healthcare industry.