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The Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program is a comprehensive program that prepares students for professional roles in the field of health informatics within the healthcare organizations. The program is offered through the School of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Master of Health Informatics (M.H.I.) in Health Informatics

To earn the MHI, students must complete:

  1. 39 credit hours of the core MHI courses including:
    MHI 510, MHI 511, MHI 515, MHI 525, MHI 531, MHI 536, MHI 551, MHI 566, MHI 580, MHI 581, MHI 583, MHI 584, and MHI 585
  2. MHI 593 - Advanced Research (3 CH). Culminates in a final scholarly work outlined by the SIUC Graduate School.

To complete the health informatics program, the course of instruction consists of 42 credit hours. As part of the 42 credit hours, students will complete a research project.

Course material covers topics specific to the healthcare informatics field including, but not limited to, healthcare systems, knowledge management, personnel development and oversight, electronic health records, strategic leadership and marketing, legal and ethical foundations, health promotion and evaluation, systems design, modeling, database management, security, privacy, health information exchange, and health economics. Upon completion of the program, students are expected to be equipped to operate effectively in administrative roles in healthcare organizations. Special project assignments, case readings, presentations, and journal article reviews are an integral part of the curriculum. Course delivery may be via synchronous and asynchronous methods.

A 2.7 GPA from the student’s undergraduate program is required for admission to the MHI program. Students with a 2.5-2.7 undergraduate GPA may enter as a Non-Declared student, following Graduate School policies, and will be allowed to take up to 9 credit hours of MHI courses. At the end of the 9 credit hours, the student must hold a 3.0 GPA to be then admitted to the MHI program. Students not meeting the 3.0 GPA at the end of the 9 credit hours will not be allowed to take any other MHI courses.

All students graduating from the MHI program will be required to meet the qualifications of the Graduate School at SIUC. Students will be required to complete a culminating scholarly work which includes a research paper.

Students earning less than a B twice in any individual MHI courses are dropped from the MHI program due to unsatisfactory academic performance. Students dropped due to unsatisfactory academic performance will not be allowed re-entry into the MHI program at a later date.

On-campus MHI courses are restricted to on-campus students in the graduate programs within the School. Online MHI courses are restricted to online students in the graduate programs within the School. The MHI program strictly prohibits students from changing delivery formats unless there is a well-documented medical reason presented to the Program Director to do so.

Transfer courses from other academic institutions are not permitted as equivalencies to the core MHA courses.

Certificate in Healthcare Informatics

The Certificate in Healthcare Informatics is open to post-bachelor level students holding a degree in healthcare management/administration (or closely related field) and/or a bachelor’s level degree and license in a clinical specialty. It is designed to provide the knowledge and skills as germane to healthcare informatics in patient care environments. Well suited as a graduate preparatory certificate, courses are specific to the collection, analysis, and interoperability of data in patient care environments for the purposes of improving operations, patient care delivery, and supporting regulatory expectations specific to the field of healthcare. Students must complete 18 credit hours of graduate level study, all at SIUC, with a B or above in all required courses which includes: 

  • MHI 510: Effective Healthcare Operations (3 CH) (Same as MHA 510)
  • MHI 515: Systems Analysis, Design, and Database Management in Healthcare (3 CH)
  • MHI 525: Health Informatics Applications and Project Management (3 CH)
  • MHI 566: Managing Health Information (3 CH) (Same as MHA 566)
  • MHI 581: Health Information Exchange (3 CH)
  • MHI 584: Consumer Informatics (3 CH)

Students earning a grade lower than a B may retake individual courses only once. If a grade of B or higher is not received on the second attempt of an individual course, the student is removed from the certificate program due to unsatisfactory academic performance. 

For more information contact:

School of Health Sciences
phone: 618-453-7211
email: health.sciences@siu.edu