Degree type(s): Concentration; Master's
Degree field(s): Business Administration; Business; Project Management; Public Administration
Location(s): Online; Alexandria, MN; Billings, MT; Bismarck, ND; Dickinson, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Healthcare Informatics Concentration Overview

This four-course concentration can be added to customize your MBA, MS in Business, MPM or MPA degree program to position you for a successful career in healthcare informatics.

To obtain the University of Mary's Healthcare Informatics concentration, you will study concepts of nursing science, computer science and information analysis to help strengthen the quality of decisions made by patients, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Healthcare informatics is a specialized, data-driven field, and this concentration prepares and positions healthcare administration leaders to guide and direct the improvement of healthcare quality, safety, and efficiency.

Created for busy professionals in healthcare management, the MBA, MPA, MPM and MS in Business degrees with a concentration in Healthcare Informatics offer adaptable, convenient options for earning your Master’s degree while balancing career and personal obligations.

Healthcare Informatics Concentration Highlights

  1. Accelerated and convenient

    Earn your graduate business degree with a concentration in Healthcare Informatics in as little as 18 months in our accelerated evening or online program using state-of-the-art technology. (Check out this demo of Canvas, the online learning platform used by Mary's instructors.) In addition, the entire program can be completed online with no onsite visits needed.

  2. Learn from leaders

    Learn and study the theories of healthcare informatics and how they apply to healthcare today with leading educators who bring real-world experience to the classroom.

  3. Education based on values and support

    Get the support you need to earn your degree with our personal advising and career mentoring services. You will also learn to lead ethically and professionally in an accredited graduate program grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values. 

Why Choose a Concentration in Healthcare Informatics?

The career outlook for professionals specializing in the field of healthcare informatics is very promising.

Widespread demand

A report about higher education trends from Gray Associates found a 654% increase in inquiries to health information programs between December 2012 and December 2013. In the field of nursing, Joyce Sensmeier, Vice President of Informatics for Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), reports that the demand for informatics nurses is outpacing supply.

Booming industry

With the approval of the HITECH Act in 2009 and funding towards adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT anticipates the creation of 50,000 new health information technology positions within the next five years.

Employment growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22% increase in employment over the course of the 2008 to 2018 decade. As medical technology improves and the amount of patients increases–due to widening healthcare services and the rise of the elderly population–more informatics professionals will be necessary.

In addition to completing the core MBA, MPA, MPM or MS in Business degree curriculum of your choice, participants in the healthcare concentration need to complete the following courses to fulfill the concentration requirements:

  • NUR 590 - Principles of Informatics in Healthcare Professions
  • NUR 594 - Ethics and Informatics
  • NUR 660 - The Human Technology Interface
  • NUR 667 - Applied Clinical Informatics in Patient Centered Care