Nov 29, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Studies Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Studies Catalog

Health Informatics

Margarete L. Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, Program Director


Program Description

The Master of Science in Health Informatics at The University of Scranton will provide graduates with an innovative and forward-looking understanding of an ever-evolving discipline located at the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. This interdisciplinary focus is used to explore the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health care. The program explores a number of health informatics tools that include not only information and communication systems, but also emerging and innovative technologies. Graduates will understand how health informatics is applied across the broad-spectrum of health care and learn how to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams to achieve goals in person-centered environments.  

Program of Study

The program of study consists of eleven, 3- credit hour online courses, for a total of 33 graduate credit hours. Each course is offered on-line in an 8-week format. The capstone course at the end of the program provides the opportunity to use learning from previous courses for a precepted experience to complete an applied health informatics project.

Admission Requirements

An applicant for the program must possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a grading scale of 4.00. Applicants falling below this level may submit other evidence of their ability to complete graduate work such as grades in other graduate level courses, scores on the Graduate Record Examination, and/or a record of progressively higher work responsibilities. A completed application, together with official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work taken elsewhere, letters of recommendation, and other supporting documents, should be received at least ten days before the term in which the student wishes to begin graduate study. International students, whose native language is not English, must demonstrate their proficiency in English by meeting criteria established for admission to the University.


Total Program Credits: 33

  Courses Credits
HINF 520   Introduction to Health Informatics 3
HINF 530   Healthcare Knowledge for Health Informatics 3
HINF 535   Principles of Computer Science and Software Development 3
HINF 540   Information Technology for Health Informatics 3
HINF 545   Database Principles and Applications 3
HINF 550   Population Health for Health Informatics 3
HINF 560   Business Management and Communication for Health Informatics 3
HINF 570   Health Information Policy and Governance 3
HAD 522   Health Care Operations and Quality 3
HINF 580   Current Trends in Health Informatics 3
HINF 590   Health Informatics Capstone 3
Total Program Credits 33 credits


Clearances: Students are required to comply with clearance and other requirements for the healthcare organization or agency for the capstone course. These clearances generally include a criminal background check and may include FBI fingerprinting, two-step tuberculosis testing, hepatitis B vaccination, flu vaccination and/or drug screening as well as other requirements. These clearances may require additional fees at the student’s own expense. Delays in completion of these requirements may delay enrollment and/or completion of capstone course requirements