Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Health Informatics (MHI)

Health informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the adoption, design and application of technology and scientific innovations in the healthcare industry.

With the online Master of Health Informatics (MHI) degree from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, you’ll be prepared for the applied practice and research of informatics across clinical and public health domains.

Program Details

  • Format: Online classes
  • Credits: 38
  • Completion time: 28 months

What can I do with a Master's in health informatics?

With technological advances and a changing healthcare landscape, there is a growing need for skilled, versatile and well-trained health information specialists. Organizations are investing in people with the technology and training to prevent security breaches, manage IT systems and collect and apply accurate, useful data.

Graduates of the online health informatics master's degree are employed in leadership positions throughout healthcare systems, aging services systems and public health and government entities. With your MHI degree, you will be prepared to:

  • Analyze healthcare problems and questions
  • Produce innovative solutions that meet the data needs of multiple stakeholders
  • Provide ethical leadership in the promotion of data privacy and cybersecurity
  • Integrate an appreciation of context—including social, organizational, cultural, and behavioral frameworks—in the application of health informatics
  • Lead transformative change in the dynamic and ever-changing healthcare delivery system by applying data science to improve healthcare quality and address healthcare disparities locally, nationally and globally

How will I study?

The 38-credit online master's in health informatics can be completed in 28 months. All courses are offered in an online format.

St. Kate's online MHI program focuses on the following areas:

  • Clinical—applying informatics and IT to deliver healthcare services
  • Consumer health—including patient-focused informatics, health literacy and consumer education
  • Public health—including surveillance, prevention, preparedness and health promotion

Because the field of health informatics is broad, students will be able to focus many of their assignments on their own priority topics. And, with our global focus, you'll understand geographical and cultural needs and responses.

Through your mastery of data analytics, security, quality and privacy, as well as your grounding in health informatics ethics, you will be uniquely prepared to uncover foundational healthcare disparities, and develop and evaluate proposals to meet these needs.

A dual-degree option with St. Catherine's MHI and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs is available for bachelor's-prepared nurses.

Why St. Kate's?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.

The MHI program is offered within the Graduate College through the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2019–20 academic year, the tuition rate for the 38-credit MHI degree is $738 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services, technology and books.

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. Other potential sources of funding include tuition benefits from current employers.

Scholarship Opportunities

St. Catherine offers scholarship support for new students entering the MHI program. Apply to start in F’19 or Sp’20 to be considered for up to $5,000 in scholarship funding:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Alumni
  • Diversity
  • Leadership/Service

Scholarship funding is limited – priority consideration is given to individuals who complete the application process by the Fall/Spring application deadlines.

In addition, St. Catherine’s MHI students employed by one of our corporate partners may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.

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MHI Degree Requirements

MHI Degree Requirements

The MHI degree includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.

How to Apply

How to Apply

The MHI program has specific prerequisite and admission requirements.



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