30 Most Affordable Master’s in Health Informatics Programs 2015

Healthcare Administration Degree Programs - Health Informatics

By Brenda Rufener
Posted August 2015

This article highlights the 30 most affordable schools for a master’s in health informatics available in 2015.

The institutions selected offer Master of Science degree programs in Medical, Health, or Biomedical Informatics. Some programs offer classes entirely online, while others are taught in a traditional, on-campus format. Many of the programs demand research projects and/or a thesis to satisfy graduation requirements.

Methodology

All schools here bear approval from major regional or national accrediting bodies, such as the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) or the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

Based on data we gathered from NCES College Navigator, the programs below are the 30 most affordable of their kind. Because costs can vary within an institution, always check with your programs of interest before applying.

#30 – University of Washington – Seattle Campus

Seattle, Washington
Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $16,296

University of Washington (UW) offers a Biomedical and Health Informatics Master’s degree through the division of the Department of Biomedical Informatics. The goal of the graduate program is to train students as researchers and leaders in the field of medical informatics. The program is research-intensive, with a research-focused MS thesis required. The program and school are nationally and regionally accredited. U.S. News ranks UW as the 48th Best National University in the country.

#29 – Stevens-Henager College

Murray, Utah
Master of Science in Medical/Healthcare Informatics
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Cost per year: $15,616

Stevens-Henager College offers a 15-month Master in Healthcare Informatics program that is designed with the working and professional student in mind. The degree program is flexible, with conveniently scheduled courses. Course names include Healthcare Information Security, Outcomes Assessment and Quality Management, and Systems Analysis and Design. Coursework is designed to supply the student with advanced understanding of healthcare record maintenance. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges accredits the institution and various regional and national accrediting bodies approve the program.

#28 – Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $15,180

Founded in 1888, the large Temple University is located in the heart of Philly. The school is known for its research and top-notch graduate schools. Temple offers a Master of Science in Health Informatics, which consists of 30 credits students can take on a part time evening basis. Covered topics include Information Systems, Information Technology for the Electronic Health Record, and Leadership in the Health Professions. U.S. News and World Report ranks Temple University as the 121st Best National University in the country.

#27 – Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan
Master of Science in Medical Informatics
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Cost per year: $15,017

The Master of Science in Medical Informatics degree program at Michigan Tech University may be completed entirely online or in a blended format. The program intersects information science, computer science, and health care. There are three options available for the program, which include the thesis option, report option, or course work option. The school and various programs are nationally ranked. U.S. News ranks Michigan Tech the 116th Best National University and the 57th Best Top Public School in the country.

#26 – The University of Findlay

Findlay, Ohio
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $14,250

The University of Findlay offers an online and asynchronous Master of Science in Health Informatics program designed for working students who want to earn an advanced degree in an emerging field of healthcare. At the state level, the Ohio Board of Regents accredits the program, and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association accredits the program at the national level. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school as the 49th Best Regional University in the Midwest and the 19th Best College for Veterans, according to the 2015 edition of Best Colleges.

#25 – University of California – Davis

Davis, California
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $13,109

University of California at Davis offers a Master of Science in Health Informatics. The program is designed to provide advanced training to students in health and medical informatics. Requirements for the master’s degree include a mandatory research project and thesis. Completed thesis work may be published in peer-reviewed journals. UC Davis is often listed among the top national universities in the country. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the university as the 38th Best National University and the 50th Best Value School.

#24 – George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $12,614

George Mason University’s Department of Health Administration and Policy – College of Health and Human Services offers a Master of Science in Health Informatics. The program is designed to prepare students to become health data analysts, health information technology consultants, or managers of health information systems in various areas of health care. Students have the option of writing a thesis or taking a capstone practicum course. George Mason is a nationally and regionally accredited institution. U.S. News and World Report ranks the university as the 138th Best National University in the country.

#23 – University of South Carolina – Upstate

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Master of Science in Informatics
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Cost per year: $12,474

The Master of Science in Informatics program at University of South Carolina – Upstate offers two tracks of study: Health Information Management and Information Resource Management. At least eight courses and six credit hours of thesis or independent study are required. Courses are offered either entirely online or in a hybrid format where students meet periodically on campus. The university is nationally and regionally ranked and accredited. U.S. News and World Report ranks USC Upstate as the 32nd Best Regional College in the South and the 3rd Top Public School in the United States.

#22 – University at Buffalo

Buffalo, New York
Master of Science in Bioinformatics; Medical Informatics Advanced Certificate
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Cost per year: $12,392

The University at Buffalo offers a Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics program that combines the study of medical informatics with bioinformatics and biostatistics. Graduate students have the choice to pursue specific areas of study through elective courses and the master’s project requirement or thesis. Students work closely with faculty and research teams on campus and in the community. The school is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 103rd Best National University in the country. Nearly every department at the University at Buffalo has received a national ranking.

#21 – Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $11,801
Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management offers a Master’s in Applied Health Informatics at its Southampton campus. Graduate students maintain a full-time class load and may complete the 52-credit degree program in just 15 months. The program is designed to expose students to health reform initiatives, cutting-edge technologies, and evidenced-based innovation and practices that are useful to the field of informatics. U.S. News and World Report ranks Stony Brook University – SUNY as the 88th Best National University in the United States and the 131st Best Global University in the world.

#20 – University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Master of Science in Health Care Informatics
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Cost per year: $11,687

The College of Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee offers a Master of Science in Health Care Informatics (HCI) program. The HCI program is designed to provide medical informatics expertise to trained health care professionals. Curriculum covers various areas of informatics including systems analysis and design, health care procurement, and decision support. Typical course topics include Enterprise Knowledge, Healthcare Database Design and Management, and Programming Languages Concepts. The program and school are nationally and regionally accredited and U.S. News and World Report ranks many of the school’s graduate programs in the Top 100 for Best Graduate Programs in the country.

#19 – The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $10,980

The College of Saint Scholastics offers a Master of Science degree in Health Informatics. The graduate degree program is administered entirely online in a flexible format that allows working healthcare professionals to balance work, family, and education. Considered to be one of the most affordable online programs of its kind, the MS in Health Informatics degree from Saint Scholastica helps develop advanced informatics skills that are easily transferred from an academic setting to the medical field. The school is accredited and ranked by various governing bodies. U.S. News and World Report ranks the College of St. Scholastica as the 23rd Best Regional University in the Midwest.

#18 – SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Brooklyn, New York
Master of Science in Medical Informatics
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Cost per year: $10,955

SUNY Downstate Medical Center offers a Master’s degree in Medical Informatics that is designed for full time or part time study. Classes are sequenced to cover the unique practice and discipline of medical informatics so that students may acquire necessary advanced skills required by the field. Typical course topics include Healthcare Computer Network Architecture, Medical Imaging Systems, and Research Methods. The college is affiliated with the State University of New York and ranks 8th nationally in the number of alumni who are on faculty with American medical schools.

#17 – Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $10,812

Xavier University offers a health informatics program that combines informatics, business, and healthcare. The blend of studies is referred to as the inter-professional, or IP approach. Students completing the IP program earn a Master’s in Health Informatics. Xavier University is a Jesuit college with national and global rankings. U.S. News and World Report ranks Xavier University as the 5th Best Regional University in the Midwest in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges. The school is also ranked as the 2nd Best College for Veterans and the 29th Best Graduate School for Health Care Management.

#16 – Kent State University at Kent

Kent, Ohio
Master of Science in Health Informatics

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Cost per year: $10,652

Kent State University at Kent offers a Master of Science in Health Informatics program that is designed for working professionals. All courses for the graduate degree program are presented online. Scheduling is convenient and flexible, allowing students to focus on one course at a time but still take the standard two courses per semester. The program is designed to be completed within two years. Typical course topics include Health Information Systems, Health Informatics Management, and Legal Issues in Health Information Management. U.S. News and World Report ranks Kent State University the 194th Best National University in the country and the 142nd Best Online Graduate Program.

#15 – National University

La Jolla, California
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $10,638

National University offers an MS in Health Informatics degree program designed for students who desire a career in information technologies and systems in healthcare. The graduate degree program leverages student’s strengths and skills. Program studies include information systems, information technology, and informatics. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as a number of regional and national accrediting bodies, accredit National University. National University is the flagship school of the National University System, which includes affiliates such as City University in Seattle and John F. Kennedy University in California.

#14 – University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $10,594

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers a unique graduate degree program in health and medical informatics. Students completing the program earn a Master of Professional Science in Biomedical and Health Informatics. The MPS in BMHI curriculum blends an informatics core with professional skills, clinical informatics, and public health informatics. A practicum is required. U.S. News and World Report ranks UNC at Chapel Hill as the 30th Best National University in the country and the 17th Best Value School.

#13 – Regis University

Denver, Colorado
Master of Science in Health Care Informatics and Information Management
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Cost per year: $10,224

Regis University offers a Master of Science in Health Care Informatics and Information Management. The program is delivered in a flexible online format that allows students to progress quickly. Program completion may occur within 24 months. The Higher Learning Commission accredits the university. The school is also a member of the North Central Association. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis University as the 29th Best Regional University in the country and the 9th Best College for Veterans. Many of the school’s online graduate programs are ranked in the top 100 in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges.

#12 – Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $9,708

Designed for healthcare professionals to leverage their skills, experience, and education necessary to meet the career trend of health informatics, the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program at Northern Kentucky University may be completed in as few as 24 months. The program is approved by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and both regionally and nationally accredited. U.S. News and World Report ranks Northern Kentucky as the 70th Best Regional University in the South and the 31st Best Top Public School in the country.

#11 – University of Kansas

Kansas City, Kansas
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $9,614

The Center for Health Informatics at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City offers a Master of Science (MS) in Health Informatics. The graduate degree program is designed for healthcare professionals to advance their skillset in the area of informatics. Students are empowered to lead in clinical informatics through research, projects, hospital or corporate practicums and peer interaction. The university is accredited by national and regional governing bodies. U.S. News and World Report ranks University of Kansas as the 106th Best National University in the country and the 50th Best Top Public School.

#10 – University of Missouri – Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $9,431

The HMI Department at University of Missouri at Columbia offers a Master of Science in Health Informatics. The graduate program is designed to provide evidence-based research and solution to help improve informatics performance in complex health systems. The program offers a rolling admission deadline and requires a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college of university. U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Missouri as the 99th Best National University in the United States and the 288th Best Global University in the world.

#9 – American Sentinel University

Aurora, Colorado
Online Master of Science Nursing Informatics
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Cost per year: $9,200

American Sentinel University offers a CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing Informatics program that is uniquely designed for nurses to learn and identify new technologies that improve patient outcomes. The program is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as being among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. Classes are administered entirely online and designed for the working professional. Typical course topics include Advanced Practice Role Development, Clinical and Administrative Systems, and Information Security and Privacy in Health Care Environments.

#8 – Indiana University – Purdue University – Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $8,976

The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing offers a Master of Science degree program in Health Informatics. The school and program capitalize on research strength by implementing the Informatics Research Institute (IRI), where both faculty and students conduct research. The school is nationally ranked for affordability, research, and quality. U.S. News and World Report ranks Indiana University – Purdue – as the 194th Best National University, the 7th Best Up-and-Coming School, and the 69th Best College for Veterans in its 2015 edition of Best Colleges.

#7 – University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics
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Cost per year: $6,890

The University of Utah offers a Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics with two program options. Graduate students may choose the MS Thesis option or the MS Non-Thesis option. The non-thesis option is designed for clinicians who prefer not to engage in a research project or thesis, while the thesis option is for students who have specific interests or research goals. Typical course topics include Foundations of Bioinformatics, Foundations of Healthcare Informatics, and Statistics for Biomedical Informatics. U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Utah as the 129th Best National University in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges.

#6 – Marshall University

Huntington, West Virginia
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $6,866

The Marshall University Graduate College offers a Master of Science in Health Informatics. The program objectives are to provide graduate students with training and advanced education that make them valuable assets in data and information driven healthcare fields. Typical course topics include Health Quality and Safety, Legal and Regulatory Environment for Health Care and Informatics, and The Health Care System. U.S. News and World Report ranks Marshall as the 46th Best Regional University in the South and the 17th Best Top Public School in the country.

#5 – University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Health Informatics Professional Science Masters
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Cost per year: $6,763

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers a unique informatics degree program with two areas of concentration – Data Science and Analytics, and Business of Healthcare. Students graduating from the program earn a Health Informatics Professional Science Master’s degree. The program is designed for students with educational and experiential background in healthcare or informatics. The program and school are nationally accredited and U.S. News and World Report ranks the university as the 201st Best National University in the country.

#4 – East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management
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Cost per year: $6,407

The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management program from East Carolina University is a relatively new degree program. The program is currently pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Students have the option of completing an internship (clinical internship), a thesis, or take courses that allow them to qualify for the RHIA examination. U.S. News and World Report rank the school and its programs among the best for affordability and online offerings. In 2015, the school was received the 204th Best High School Counselor Ranking.

#3 – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Houston, Texas
Master of Science in Health Informatics
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Cost per year: $6,071

The School of Biomedical Informatics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston offers a Master of Science degree in Health Informatics with two study tracks: traditional research approach and applied health informatics track. Both tracks may be completed entirely online, with the option of enrolling full-time or part time. The program is designed for students with a working knowledge of healthcare and/or clinical practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as among the best graduate schools in the country. The school was ranked the 201st Best Global University in the world, according to the 2015 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report.

#2 – Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Butte, Montana
Master of Science and Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics Technology
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Cost per year: $5,571

Recognized as the first Health Care Informatics Department to offer undergraduate degrees and graduate certificates in health informatics in the nation, Montana Tech of the University of Montana is a regionally and nationally accredited institution that is recognized across the United States for innovation and high standards. The health informatics program bridges technology with health care to provide favorable patient outcomes. Students learn how to apply informatics skills to today’s health care system. In-state graduate tuition ranks Montana Tech among the most affordable schools in the country.

#1 – Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Weatherford, Oklahoma
Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics and Information Management
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Cost per year: $5,516

Southwestern Oklahoma State University offers a Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics and Information Management that is designed for the working healthcare professional. The school is considered to have the most affordable out of state tuition among other universities offering similar programs. In-state graduate tuition ranks the school as the most affordable of its kind. Curriculum for the master’s in health informatics program is built upon the CAHIIM Health Information Management graduate standards. U.S. News and World Report recognizes the school among the Best Regional Universities in the West.

Sources

• Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator
• Princeton Review, College Rankings
• U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges Rankings and Lists

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