master of science in health informatics

Master of Science in Health Informatics

The Master of Science in Health Informatics is a specialized program to serve the increasing workforce needs in health information technology. The curriculum utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to include health care delivery concepts with information technology.

Emerging Graduate Scholarship

There is a new scholarship available for those interested in the graduate programs at Arkansas Tech University. These funds were made possible by the Gala Fundraiser for new, incoming graduate students. The award of $1,000 will be given to seven (7) students, totaling $7,000.  These awards will be given in two (2) consecutive semesters in the amount of $500 per semester (fall or spring), if he/she has a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 or better.

Students must have applied and been admitted to an ATU graduate program prior to May 15, 2017. Intends to begin their graduate studies the summer or fall 2017 semester.  Must have earned an undergraduate degree with a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA.  This scholarship award will be posted to the selected recipients account.  Students receiving a graduate assistantship will not be eligible for these awards. Further information is available at https://www.atu.edu/gradcollege/funding.php.

Minimum Requirements for Acceptance into the Master's Program

  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements for Graduate College
  • Applicants must have successfully completed HIM 3023 Introduction to HIM or demonstrate comparable background. The background may be demonstrated by previous coursework or by relative work experience, as determined by the MSHI Graduate committee.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed a 3 hour course in computer programming, such as COMS 2203 or demonstrate comparable background. The background may be demonstrated by previous coursework or by relative work experience, as determined by the MSHI Graduate Committee.
  • Applicants must provide a letter of intent that addresses their interests, goals, and reasons for applying to the degree program.
What Is the Health Informatics Program?

Courses are designed to prepare graduates in privacy and security of health care information, leadership and policy within the health care environment, as well as emerging concepts in information technology related to the health care setting.

What Will I Learn in This Program?

Health Informatics Students will be able to demonstrate skills in the following areas upon graduation:

  • Analyze clinical data for research and public policy
  • Recognize and apply personal leadership qualities in healthcare management
  • Develop strategic plans in the area of health information technology
  • Promote health information technology as a decision support resource in advancing the quality of healthcare
  • Discuss the scope of HIPAA as well as other privacy and security policies and procedures as related to the health information technology environment
  • Recognize the role of database management and the impact on healthcare organizations
  • Explain the process of developing healthcare policy
  • Discuss the impact of federal and state policy on healthcare organizations as well as consumers
Where Might I Find A Job After Graduation With This Degree?
  • Health Information Exchange (HIE)
  • Telehealth
  • Public health analysis
  • Careers related to the improvement of quality health care and innovative care ideology
  • Training opportunities within health information technology applications
  • Research in the health care environment
  • Consulting
  • Chief Information Officer career track
  • Electronic health record (EHR) vendor sales and support
Where Can I Get More Information About the Health Informatics Program?

Melinda Wilkins, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA
Dean Hall
402 West O Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 968-0441
Email: mwilkins@atu.edu