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MSHI Curriculum

The MSHI curriculum consists of 36 credits of core Health Informatics courses. Students without a degree in the computing sciences (such as business informatics, health informatics, computer information systems, or computer science) will be required to take 9 additional credits of prerequisite courses and will be admitted into the MSHI-1.

Students with a degree in a computing discipline will be admitted into the MSHI-2.

For course course ID's and more details, visit the Course Catalog


45 credits

The MSHI-1 curriculum includes the following three prerequisite courses listed below (9 credits), in addition to the courses listed in the MSHI-2 curriculum, including either a project or thesis and an internship within a healthcare organization (36 credits).

MSHI - 1 Curriculum Overview


36 credits

The MSHI-2 is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a computing discipline. Students can select from two options: 33 credits of coursework plus a health informatics project, or 30 credits of coursework plus a thesis. Coursework for both options includes a required internship within a healthcare organization.

MSHI - 2 Curriculum Overview

Health Clinical Practicum (Internship)

All MSHI students are required to complete a 128-hour internship within a healthcare setting. This internship will provide the opportunity to perform various supervised health informatics-related activities in one or more clinical departments.

Health Informatics Project or Thesis

In addition to building a deeper understanding of health informatics through course work, students will gain knowledge and skill in the field by conducting a significant health informatics project or writing a Master’s thesis. The thesis option (6 credits) is for students who wish to gain experience in conducting intense research, and/or plan to pursue a Ph.D. The project option (3 credits) is geared toward students who expect to pursue a non-academic career within the healthcare industry. In addition to the project, students are required to take an additional 6000 level (3 credit) elective course for a total of 6 credits for the project option.

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Want to learn more about the MSHI? Contact Dr. Velma Payne by email at or by phone (208-282-3722), to schedule a meeting or receive additional information.