Program Overview

The Master of Science in Health and Medical Informatics curriculum consists of six required courses and four electives. It is recommended that RHIN 110 Perspectives on Health and Medical Information Systems be taken first. Health and medical informatics is the application of principles of computer and information science to the effective organization, analysis, management, and use of information in health care. With evolving health care reform, the development, implementation, evaluation, and management of information technology solutions are critical, and core technologies and standards must be addressed.  

The Health and Medical Informatics program in the Division of Graduate Professional Studies addresses the growing need for professionals who need to possess both analytical skills and business acumen with the goal of improving health care delivery systems through information technology.  Graduates with a Master of Science in Health and Medical Informatics are prepared to facilitate the development and advancement of emerging information technologies to improve health care delivery and cost efficiencies, gain an in-depth understanding of new and existing health information management systems within the context of the U.S. health care system, become proficient in the "language" of health care, navigate the rules around using medical data, and obtain relevant information to assess changes to the health care system. Individuals will also learn the development, implementation, evaluation and management of information technology solutions to improve patient care and the health care delivery process, utilize health information technology for decision support, knowledge management, strategic planning, and outcomes assessment to optimize cost efficiencies in the health care system, and effectively interface between the data systems developers and the user community.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

    The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education reaffirmed Brandeis University's accreditation.

    Requirements

    Official transcript(s). Resume or CV. Statement of goals. Letter of recommendation. An undergraduate degree in a technical field, with focus areas in data communications, TCP/IP protocol suite, networking devices, and a programming or scripting language, OR An undergraduate degree in a technical field with work experience in lieu of courses.

    School Overview

    Brandeis University is a private, non-profit university with a liberal arts focus. Founded in 1948, Brandeis is named after the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Louis D. Brandeis. Brandeis is one of the youngest private research universities, as well as the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university in the country. As a research university, part of the mission of Brandeis is to be "...dedicated to the advancement of the humanities, arts and social, natural and physical sciences."

    Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, the Brandeis campus is only nine miles west of Boston. A variety majors are available for students to choose from when completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Graduate students also have the option of completing their degree entirely online.

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