With an increase in the application and use of computing in the health care industry, there is an unprecedented need for professionals who can harness the creative power of information technology to make an impact on the acquisition, storage, management, and retrieval of patient data, as well as access medical data needed to improve patient care, research, and education. A health informatics masters provides professionals with an understanding of formal medical terminology, clinical processes, and guidelines; and an understanding of how information and communication systems can be used to successfully deliver patient information in various health care settings.

Plan of Study

The MS in health informatics is only available online. It applies the creative power of information technology to the information and data needs of health care. The program offers two tracks: the clinician track and analyst track.

The program is designed for working professionals in diverse health care clinical and technology settings. The curriculum consists of 7 core courses and concentration selections from 6 track courses. These track courses will focus on software development, system integration, data analysis, clinical application building, systems analysis, and project management. The MS in Health Informatics draws upon the interdisciplinary strengths of the colleges within Rochester Institute of Technology, along with its healthcare partner, Rochester Regional Health System (RRH).


  • Health Care
  • Internet and Software
  • Scientific and Technical Consulting
  • Research


Health Informatics, MS degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • HCIN-610 Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction
  • MEDI-701 Introduction to Health Informatics
  • MEDI-704 Practice of Health Care (summer)
  • MEDI-705 Medical Knowledge Structures
  • MEDI-735 Clinical Information Systems

Second Year

  • ISTE-764 Project Management
  • MEDI-788 Capstone in Health Informatics
  • Track Electives

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the MS program in health informatics, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to assess the applicant’s potential for success in the program.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Applicants from international universities are required to submit GRE scores.
  • It is recommended that applicants have a minimum of three years of experience in health care, health-related, or information technology organization. Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be asked to complete certain undergraduate/graduate level courses as a prerequisite.
  • An interview with the program’s admissions committee may also be required.

Please note: Applications should be submitted for fall admission. For priority consideration, please submit all application materials a minimum of six weeks prior to your intended start date.

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It is expected that prospective students who plan to pursue the analyst track will have a background in fundamental information technology concepts including object-oriented programming and statistics. Students without the necessary background should complete the prerequisites before applying to the program. However, bridge courses are available to satisfy the prerequisites.

Bridge program

Students whose undergraduate preparation or employment experience does not satisfy the prerequisites can make up these deficiencies by completing prerequisite bridge courses as prescribed by the graduate program director. The bridge courses are not part of the 30 semester credit hours required for the master’s degree. Grades for bridge courses are not included in a student’s GPA if the courses are taken before matriculation; they are included if completed after matriculation. Since bridge programs can be designed in a variety of ways, the graduate program director will assist students in planning and course selection.

Program taught in:
  • English
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