Online Master of Science (M.S.) in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics

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HealthInformatics@GW is the online Master of Science (M.S.) in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University—ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the nation's best graduate schools in public health1.

The degree can be completed in as little as 24 months and is designed for professionals with a minimum of two years of full-time health sector experience or three years of full-time experience in any other industry.

Improve Health Care by Leveraging Data Technology

The health informatics field comprises health information technology (HIT) and health information management (HIM). Artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, machine learning and the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) are some of the emerging technologies being leveraged to transform the health care landscape.

As a HealthInformatics@GW student, you will develop the skills needed to bridge the gap between advanced medical technologies and the health care industry. You will be prepared to collect, analyze and translate the massive amount of data being generated by today's latest technologies.

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Online Health Informatics Academics

HealthInformatics@GW Program Requirements

You will have the choice to complete the program in as few as 24 months or as long as four years, depending on your schedule and preferences. Classes are taught in a hybrid model that combines online modules (10 weeks in length) and two campus visits that take place on GW's campus in Washington, D.C.

45
graduate credits
|
10
online courses taught in 8 modules
|
2
on-campus immersion sessions

Curriculum

HealthInformatics@GW students are ambitious professionals interested in using technology and data to improve the health care landscape. You will learn to make critical and ethical decisions that positively influence health care and optimize patient outcomes.

The eight 10-week-long online modules include two immersion experiences held on GW's campus. The culminating activities include a capstone course in which you will use informatics to develop a practical solution for a major problem that's relevant to today's health care climate.

The eight modules are:

  • Healthcare Management and Strategy
  • Medical Informatics and Decision Management
  • Health IT Project Management
  • Population and Community Health Analytics
  • Business Intelligence and The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)
  • Research Analytics and Predictive Analytics
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Capstone
HIMSS Approved Education Partner

HealthInformatics @GW is a Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Approved Education Partner (AEP), which means the program meets HIMSS' standards for effective health information technology and health care education. With this partnership, our online M.S. in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics is recognized as an active, high-quality program that provides professionals with the skills and values they need to optimize health care delivery and make informed decisions using technology and data.

Immersions and Networking Opportunities in Washington, D.C.

The immersion experiences provide a unique opportunity for students to supplement their online learning with in-person, real world practice. As a HealthInformatics@GW student, you will travel to GW's campus in Washington, D.C. — the nation's center of health care policy — twice during the program. During each immersion, you will collaborate, network and interact with your fellow classmates, faculty and health care professionals.

The immersion experience is split into two segments:

Leadership and Ethics — 1.5 Credits

  • Uncover your personal leadership style.
  • Explore ethical responsibilities and implications.
  • Understand the relationship between health care, leadership and technology.

Health Information Simulation — 1.5 Credits

  • Work through case studies using data and simulated technologies.
  • Hear from the industry's leading health care experts.
  • Determine realistic strategies and solutions to drive change in the health care climate.

Academic Competencies

HealthInformatics@GW emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach that includes coursework in health care management, analytics, business, law and policy. Graduates from the online M.S. in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program will be prepared to learn the following competencies:

  • Effectively oversee organizational change.
  • Manage strategic and technological initiatives.
  • Apply health care law and policy knowledge.
  • Improve both business and clinical outcomes.
  • Implement and maintain ethical decision-making practices.
  • Integrate concepts of health informatics into areas of clinical care or research.
  • Solve a real-world issue related to health care.

GW's Online Student Experience

The online health informatics program enables you to earn your M.S. in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics from a top-ranked school of public health.

Our innovative online platform allows you to attend live, face-to-face classes from anywhere and complete weekly coursework on your own schedule2. You will discuss case studies and current health care issues in an intimate, virtual setting with like-minded professionals.

Participate in weekly seminar-style classes, hosted online and taught in a small class setting (student-to-professor ratio is typically 12:1).
Complete dynamic multimedia coursework throughout the week, including content that offers a unique learning experience.
Meet face-to-face with faculty and fellow students to discuss course content using our online platform.
Collaborate with classmates — aspiring health care leaders from around the country — through familiar social networking tools.

Learn more about HealthInformatics@GW through our 2019 academic calendar (PDF, 70KB).

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Are you ready to advance your career in health informatics? To take the next step toward earning your online health informatics degree, reach out to an Admissions Counselor today.

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Admissions

HealthInformatics@GW is seeking leaders who are dedicated to advancing the industry and ensuring optimal health care delivery in organizations around the world.

Deadlines

Applications are now being accepted for the start dates listed below. Because applications are reviewed as they are received, you are encouraged to submit your completed application as soon as possible. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.



The Priority Deadline is January 18, 2019

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HealthInformatics@GW offers four program start dates each year, typically in January, April, July and October. We are available to help you complete your application in time for your desired start date.

Program Start Dates and Application Deadlines
Program Start Early Priority Deadline Priority Deadline Application Deadline
April 2019 Closed January 18, 2019 January 31, 2019
July 2019 March 14, 2019 April 4, 2019 May 2, 2019

If you submit your application by the priority deadline, you will receive your admissions decision earlier, have priority when registering for classes, and connect with GW faculty and resources sooner. You also may be eligible to have the $75 application fee waived. Contact an Admissions Counselor at 844-442-8498 or e-mail us for more information.

Prerequisites

For admission into HealthInformatics@GW, you should:

  • Hold a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or an international institution that is accredited by the country's ministry of education or comparable governmental agency.
  • Have two years of full-time health sector experience OR three years of full-time experience in any other industry.
  • Pass an online examination prior to enrolling in module one if you have less than two years of health sector experience.

Application Requirements

As this program is designed for experienced professionals, no prerequisite standardized testing is required for application (i.e., GRE/GMAT results are not required).

In addition to the online application, you must submit the following to apply:

  • Official transcripts from each academic institution you have attended. They may be submitted electronically to applicationservices@
    publichealthonline.gwu.edu or sent to the following address:
    Application Processing Services
    GW Public Health Online
    7900 Harkins Road
    Suite 501
    Lanham, MD 20706
  • A current résumé that includes relevant professional and volunteer experience.
  • A nonrefundable $75 application fee. Submit your application by the priority deadline and you may be eligible to have the application fee waived.
  • A statement of purpose addressing your interest in the HealthInformatics@GW program, your career goals and what you hope to accomplish with your degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professional or academic reference.
  • A brief video interview with an admissions manager, recorded via web camera.

Events

At online information sessions, you can hear directly from the program director and admissions staff about the HealthInformatics@GW program and the admissions process.

Online Events
DATE TIME EVENT
Wednesday, January 23 8 p.m. EST Meet the Program Director Webinar

Webinar attendees may be eligible to have the $75 application fee waived. Contact an Admissions Counselor at 844-442-8498 or e-mail us for more information.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2018–2019 academic year is $1,710 per credit. You must complete 45 credits to earn your M.S. in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics, totaling $76,950 at current tuition rates. Please keep in mind that this is only an estimate, as GW tuition rates are subject to increase each academic year. Visit GW's graduate tuition page to download the Milken Institute School of Public Health's list of associated fees and tuition information.

To help fund your graduate education, you may be eligible to apply for federal student aid. Federal loans are available to eligible students in the form of Federal Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loans for the undergraduate-level prerequisites, and Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans for the graduate-level coursework.

In addition to loans, scholarships may be available for eligible students enrolling in the program. Speak with your Admissions Counselor to learn more about scholarship opportunities.

Our financial aid staff is available by e-mail at GWSPHfinaid@gwu.edu or phone at 202-994-4075. You can also schedule a time to chat with Mark Justice, associate director of financial aid at Milken Institute SPH.

Financial Aid for International Students

While international applicants will be considered for institutionally funded scholarships, eligibility for federal student aid is limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents and eligible non-citizens who are currently living within the United States for purposes other than studying. International students should explore funding options in their home countries and talk with their employers about tuition benefits that may be available.

Please note that international students in online degree programs are not eligible to participate in the U.S. student visa process.

Class Profile

HealthInformatics@GW students are experienced, driven individuals from various professional, educational and cultural backgrounds3.

States Represented
25
Countries Represented
3
65%

Female

35%

Male

64%

Historically
Underrepresented1

28%
Have Advanced Degrees

80%
Have 5+ Years of Work Experience

  • 25 States Represented
  • 3 Countries Represented
  • 65% Female
  • 35% Male
  • 64% Historically Underrepresented1
  • 28% Have Advanced Degrees
  • 80% Have 5+ Years of Work Experience

Faculty

HealthInformatics@GW is designed and taught by the same experienced, passionate and well-connected faculty that lead the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University's on-campus programs. They have worked for organizations such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the National Institutes of Health.

As a HealthInformatics@GW student, you will have the opportunity to connect with faculty through one-on-one office hours and during live, online class sessions with an approximate student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. This intimate virtual classroom experience encourages diverse opinions and helps you form lasting relationships with professionals in the health care industry.

Why Health Informatics?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in health care occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs5.

Earning your online Master of Science degree in health informatics offers long-term professional flexibility. Health informatics career paths typically require employees to be knowledgeable in information technology, health care and management.

According to U.S. & World News Report, professionals with an online master's in health informatics are qualified for a range of positions, including managerial roles. Common positions for the field include health information management directors, clinical informatics managers, clinical analysts, clinical applications specialists and nursing informatics specialists.

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1 www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/public-health-rankings; most recently ranked in 2015 Return to footnote reference
2 Students may complete coursework on their own schedule in accordance with mandated deadlines and course requirements. Return to footnote reference
3 The information above reflects enrolled online students as of October 2018. Return to footnote reference
4 African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Return to footnote reference
5 www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm Return to footnote reference