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MSHI Curriculum

The MSHI degree is an innovative program in Health Informatics, an emergent field at the intersection of information, people, process, and technology within healthcare organizations. The 39-credit curriculum is developed in accordance with the Health Informatics Competencies established by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM). Courses for the MSHI program are offered online, providing the convenience of completing the degree remotely. Upon completion of the MSHI program, graduates will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Health
  • Information Science and Technology
  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Health Information Science and Technology
  • Human Factors and Socio-Technical Systems
  • Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
  • Social, Behavioral, and Information Science and Technology Applied to Health
  • Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing the MSHI degree are required to complete 30 credits of core courses associated with three foundational domains -- Health, Information Science & Technology, and Social & Behavioral Science - and 9 credits of courses in an area of specialization (track). Although not required, students can also earn credit for an applied internship within a healthcare facility and/or complete a thesis or large informatics project. All students will be required to develop a Professional Portfolio that must be approved by a committee of faculty before the MSHI degree is conferred.


Health Informatics Core Course Work (required)

30 credits

Track / Specialization (required)

9 credits

Required Course Work (Includes Professional Portfolio)

39 credits

Course Work plus Internship (optional)

42 credits

Course Work plus Thesis or Project (optional)

42 credits

Course Work plus Thesis/Project + Internship (optional)

45 credits

Total Required Credits plus Optional Credits

39 to 45 credits


Health Informatics Core Courses

30 credits

Students will take core courses in the following foundational domains based on the CAHIIM accreditation requirements:

  • Health (18 credits)
  • Information Science & Technology (9 credits)
  • Social & Behavioral Science (3 credits)

Required Core Curriculum Overview

Specialization / Track Courses

9 credits

Student will obtain specialized knowledge in an area of healthcare by taking courses in a track of their choice, selecting from the available tracks listed below.

Specialization / Track Descriptions

Specialization / Track Curriculum Overview

Professional Portfolio Overview

Optional Curriculum Overview

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Want to learn more about the MSHI? Contact Dr. Velma Payne by email at or by phone (208-373-1952), to schedule a meeting or receive additional information.



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