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Class time for Kent State’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics program is 100 percent online to help you balance your education with working full time.

At a Glance

  • 36 credits: 7 required courses, 4 electives and 1 culminating experience
  • Courses last 7 weeks, with 2 courses taken sequentially each semester
  • Graduate in as few as 2 years
  • 3 starts per year
  • Multiple sections of each course are offered per semester to ensure small class sizes
  • No GRE requirement for qualified applicants*

*For applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

All courses are worth 3 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

Master's Courses


For those who are interested in graduating sooner, Kent State also offers a postbaccalaureate certificate option.

At a Glance

  • 18 credits: 6 courses
  • Courses last 7 weeks, with 2 courses taken sequentially each semester
  • Multiple sections of each course are offered per semester to ensure small class sizes
  • No GRE requirement for qualified applicants
  • 100% online

All courses are worth 3 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

Certificate Courses


Required Courses (21 credits)

HI 60401 Health Informatics Management

Covers the areas encompassing health informatics management including the planning, selection, deployment, and management of electronic medical records (EMR), management decision-support and tracking systems (DSS), and other health information technologies (HIT).

HI 60402 Legal Issues in Health Information Management

Introduction to the fundamentals of law for Health Informatics and Information Management. Elements of the course include general legal principles and healthcare; legal electronic medical records (EMR); Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rules and security rules; access, requests and disclosure of health information; required reporting and mandatory disclosure laws; risk management and quality improvement; compliance; workforce overview; related ethics and social issues. Prerequisite: HI 60401

HI 60403 Health Information Systems

Introduction to information systems and their applications in healthcare used for managerial and clinical support. Study the fundamentals of information systems, including Electronic Medical Records (EMR), information security. Understand the role of standardized codes, vocabularies and terminologies used in health information systems. Analysis of management and enterprise systems, identify the key elements to manage information resources effectively and the trends affecting the development of health information systems and networks. Prerequisite: HI 60401

HI 60410 Health Records Management

Conceptual foundations and practicum for health records management, including the planning, implementation and operation of electronic medical records (EMR); the management of EMR in management and enterprise systems; identifying, selecting and evaluating EMR and health information systems, applications, and repositories; and issues of data quality, integrity, migration and interoperability. Prerequisite: HI 60401

HI 60411 Clinical Analytics

The use of well-defined and well-integrated clinical analytics throughout the healthcare value chain can be transformative. Through careful implementation of health analytics, hospitals can transform unwieldy amalgamations of data into information that can: improve patient outcomes, increase safety, enhance operational efficiency and support public health. Given the immense size of the data challenge, the distinctness and geographic spread of many healthcare-related activities, and the fact that so many healthcare activities are conducted by different entities which must interact with each other, there is really no other way to provide operations management tools necessary to deliver personalized medicine and to control spiraling costs. Since clinical analytics is an immature discipline, we carefully examine the practices of those institutions who are standard setters in the industry. Prerequisite: HI 60401 or MIS 64936

KM 60301 Foundational Principles of Knowledge Management

This course covers an introduction to: historical roots for knowledge and knowledge management; theories/definitions of knowledge; theories, applications tools and practices of KM; Knowledge Management Life-Cycle Framework and Models; significant issues in KM—best practices, culture, economics, strategy, intellectual capital, sustainable innovation.

LIS 60636 Knowledge Organization Structures, Systems and Services

Introduction to various types of knowledge organization systems/services/structures (KOS) used in the networked environment. Understanding of the functional, philosophical, logical and linguistic fundamentals of KOS. Explanation of design options, features of KOS and procedures to be used in the thesaurus, taxonomy and ontology construction.

Electives (12 credits)

Choose 12 credits from the following courses:

HI 60412 Clinical Decision Support

Provides a practical survey of clinical decision support systems that collect clinical data and enable the transition to clinical knowledge in real world applications intended to improve quality and safety of patient care. Students become familiar with the basic requirements for clinical decision support systems and the challenges associated with the development and deployment of new applications within the healthcare setting. Prerequisite: HI 60401

HI 60413 Change Management In Health Informatics

Designed to cover the process of change management in large healthcare organizations in light of current trends. Topics related to technology requirements, technology implementations, risk assessment and buy-in are among those covered. Prerequisite: HI 60401

HI 60414 Human Factors and Usability in Health Informatics

Provides students with the foundational principles of usability and human factors as applied to safety and quality in health informatics technology. Course readings and materials review the concepts of human factors, usability and the cognitive consequences of health information technology on clinical performance and decision making. Attention is given to the role of mobile computing in healthcare, as well as information visualization. Prerequisite: HI 60401 (with a minimum grade of C)

HI 60415 Health Informatics Inquiry and Assessment

Provides a foundation for understanding research in health informatics with a focus on user and experience design research. Through lectures, readings, discussions and assignments, students review user research methods, data collection techniques and communication strategies within the healthcare context. Students then apply this knowledge to creating a research plan for assessing health information technology and communicating results to key organizational stakeholders. Prerequisite: HI 60401 (with a minimum grade of C)

HI 60416 Ethics, Politics, & Policy in Health Informatics

Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996. Topics and issues related to Health Informatics including structure of health administrative and delivery systems, assessment of population health, models of healthcare delivery, access and quality of care will also be discussed.

HI 60195 Special Topics Courses in Health Informatics

(Repeatable for credit). Offered irregularly as resources and or opportunities permit. Topics could include current or emerging issues in health informatics. Specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes.

HI 60691 Seminar in Health Informatics

(Repeatable for credit) Advanced research by students who are qualified to examine problems of certain special areas related to concentrations of study in Health Informatics.

HI 60692 Practicum in Health Informatics

Supervised work experience in HI concentration areas of a professional nature of no less than 100 clock hours with directed readings and preparation of a paper.

HI 61096 Individual Investigation in Health Informatics

(Repeatable for credit). Research or individual investigation in areas not covered by the existing curriculum for master's level students. Maximum 6 credit hours towards the health informations major within the master of science degree. In-progress (IP) mark permissible.

Culminating Experience Requirement (3-6 credits)

Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following options:

HI 61081 Capstone Experience/Internship

Provides students the opportunity to integrate their knowledge from all HI courses and experiences, interact with other HI students who may have different perspectives and make connections with real-world problems through a guided, project-based, collaborative culminating experience.

HI 61098 Master's Project

Provides a means for the application of the knowledge, research and competencies learned through study in the Health Informatics program to the development of an information system, product, setting or service. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required prior to enrolling in the course.

HI 61199 Master's Thesis (6 credits)

Thesis students must register for a total of 6 hours, 2 to 6 hours in a single semester distributed over several semesters if desired. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) graded. Students must have completed a minimum 30 credit hours towards the MS-HI program prior to registration. Prerequisite: HI 60401, HI 60402, HI 60403, HI 60410, HI 60411, KM 60301 and LIS 60636; and a 3.000 cumulative GPA


Required Courses (18 credits)
  • HI 60401 Health Informatics Management
  • HI 60403 Health Information Systems
  • HI 60410 Health Records Management
  • HI 60411 Clinical Analytics
  • HI 60412 Clinical Decision Support
  • HI 60413 Change Management In Health Informatics