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6
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$704
Tuition cost per unit
8
Units per quarter

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OPEN NOW THROUGH AUGUST 1 FOR MS HEALTH INFORMATICS ONLINE AND ON-CAMPUS PROGRAMS.

Application restrictions may apply for online students living in certain states. Click here to verify that your state authorizes online programs at Loma Linda University.

The dynamics within the health care industry are creating an information intensive environment that professionals must navigate as they deliver health care to patients. Clinical and non-clinical professions in this industry will be required to be knowledgeable and proficient in the development and usage of information technology. The future success or failure of health care organizations will be predicated on their abilities to effectively and efficiently manage the valuable asset of information. This curriculum blends the topics of leadership, system theory and management, technology, data management, and regulatory constraints so as to prepare graduates for critical leadership roles in health care organizations. As informatics leaders, graduates will assist in developing information systems in health care that positively impact patient care at an individual, local and national level.

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HEALTH INFORMATICS MISSION

In harmony with the mission of Loma Linda University and the School of Allied Health Professions, the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management is dedicated to:
• Educating competent health informatics professionals
• Promoting the health informatics profession
• Extending the current knowledge of health informatics professionals at neighboring health care facilities
• Challenging students and department faculty to maintain high standards of ethical and professional
• Encouraging students and faculty to seek a meaningful relationship with God and a balanced Christian

PROGRAM PURPOSE

To prepare our graduates to be competent health Informatics professionals through excellence in instruction, project execution, advisement, and mentoring with an emphasis on global service.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Conduct information system analysis, design, implementation and management 
  • Evaluate data structure, function and transfer of information, socio-technical aspects of health computing, and human-computer interaction
  • Recommend information technology, including but not limited to, computer networks, databases and system administration, security and programming
  • Develop effective verbal and written communications
  • Ensure successful project management
  • Assess quality and performance issues in healthcare using data analytics and performance improvement tools

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Prospective students come from a variety of education backgrounds, including, but not limited to, health information management, nursing, radiology, patient financial services, health care government agencies, clinical and administrative decision support, computing services, and pharmacy. Employment opportunities upon completion include a variety of challenging prospects, including, hospitals, clinics, health information exchanges, elevated managerial roles, system development, project management, electronic health record system specialists, clinical decision support, database administrators, clinical documentation specialists, and consultants.

As the health care industry develops, under vastly expanding regulatory mandates, there is a need for information systems that will meet the needs of all stakeholders, and the need to educate health informatics professionals will steadily increase. The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) boasts a membership of over 4000 members dedicated to advancing the health care industry through the deployment and diffusion of technology into the health care process. AMIA projects a need for more than 50,000 new health IT workers in the next five to seven years. Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the job outlook for Health Service Managers to increase at a rate of 22% between 2010-2020.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. Provide evidence of completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or the foreign equivalent of a bachelor’s degree
2. Provide three letters of recommendation that indicate a strong academic background and professional readiness
3. Interview, if deemed necessary
4. Complete the LLU application, including personal statement, and submit application fee
5. Regardless of nationality or citizenship, an applicant whose native language is not English or whose secondary education has been given outside the United States, is required to pass a test of English proficiency. Test results/scores are to be sent directly to LLU from the testing service. Please refer to the LLU International Students website at www.llu.edu/central/apply/intltrans.page for details.
6. Minimum GPA of 3.0. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) may be requested and considered for GPAs less than 3.0.

 

PROGRAM MODALITIES

Our purpose is to prepare our graduates to be competent health informatics professionals through excellence in instruction, project execution, advisement, and mentoring with an emphasis of global service. The Masters of Health Informatics program is designed for the working professional. 

  • The program has two options for learning: On-Campus or Online
  • The courses are taught in the evenings (for on-campus learning)
  • Program is structured full-time or the student may opt to go at a slower pace taking at least one class per quarter.

PROGRAM OUTLINE AND COST OF ATTENDANCE

Program Outline - 48 total units  

FALL - Year 1 - 8 Units Units
HLIF 510    Health-Care Information Systems 4
HLIF 515    The U.S. Health-Care System 4
WINTER - Year 1 - 8 Units Units
HLIF 548     Human Computer Interactions 2
HLIF 565    Technical Structures in Health Informatics 3
AHRM 514    Biostatistics 3
SPRING - Year 1 - 8 Units Units
HLIF 525    Management of Data and Information 2
HLIF 545    System Design, Implementation and Management* 3
AHCJ 555    Writing for Healthcare Professionals* 3
FALL - Year 2 - 8 Units Units
HLIF 526     Quality and Performance Improvement* 2
HLIF 530     Data Analytics and Decision Support 3
HLIF 555   Healthcare Vendor and Project Management 3
WINTER - Year 2 - 8 Units Units
HLIF 520   Data Management: Modeling and Development 3
HLIF 550   Systems Security in Health Care 2
REL- 5    Religion Course* 3
SPRING - Year 2 - 8 Units Units
HLIF 540    Leadership Perspectives and Practice 4
HLIF 570    Professional Portfolio 2
   Choose one of the options below  
HLIF 575   Capstone: Project and Special Topics in Health Informatics*  
HLIF 584   Professional Practicum & Seminar 2

*Designates a course only offered in the online modality; on-campus students will take this course in the online  modality.

Tuition Schedule 

The tuition for the entire Master’s of Science Degree in Health Informatics program is outlined below for full-time students initially enrolled during the 2021 - 2022 school year. Tuition and fees are generally updated before Summer Quarter. Actual tuition is subject to minor fluctuations from year to year. For information on financial aid, please visit their website

On Campus Online

+Enrollment Fees: $905 / quarter

Total cost: $39,078

Median cost per quarter: $6,513

+Enrollment Fees: $0 / quarter

Total cost: $33,648

Median cost per quarter: $5,608

EHR BUSINESS INTERNSHIP

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Business Internship is an opportunity for students to gain hands on experience with the build of an EHR module utilizing the EPIC infrastructure. A student must have completed all coursework up to and including Summer Quarter to qualify. Refer to the program outlined above.

Fall Quarter of their second year, the student will have the opportunity to complete the internship application. Any student interested in the internship will be required to complete the application and follow all HR processes. Winter Quarter, the student will register for HLIF 599 and begin the projects and exams associated with their chosen module. This course also includes a required weekly virtual session in the evenings. Spring Quarter, the student will register for HLIF 584 to continue their didactic learning from Winter Quarter, with the addition of an on-site practicum at the LLUH IS department.

Successful completion of the EHR Business Internship requires 2-4 hours/week for 10 weeks at the practicum site. Please arrange your work and personal schedules in order to complete these hours.

Note: Students using VA benefits can take the internship, but the tuition cost and other VA benefits associated with  HLIF 599 will not be covered as it is an “elective” course.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For requirements related to English Proficiency exams, Transcript Evaluations, and Visas, please visit our International Students page

Braden Tabisula, MBA, RHIA, CHDA

Braden Tabisula, MBA, RHIA, CHDA

Program Director: Master of Science in Health Informatics

Email: studyhiim@llu.edu