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M.S. in Applied Health Informatics

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Now accepting applications for spring!


Learn how to design, develop and apply information systems in healthcare to deliver better patient outcomes and control costs.

Applied Health Informatics creates new opportunities for treatment and drug therapies through the use of artificial intelligence, big data, and advanced analytics. Fordham University’s Master of Science in Applied Health Informatics provides students with a sound theoretical base in health informatics, together with practical insight and experience that will equip them for a professional career in the field.

  • Full- or part-time
  • Finish in as little as six months
  • Includes optional one-week residency in St. Edmund Hall, the oldest residence at the University of Oxford
  • 36-credit, online program delivered from Fordham's London Centre

Key features:

  • Applied, hands-on, practical, industry-driven approach that reflects the latest trends in health informatics
  • Prepares graduates for immediate employment and partners with industry leaders
  • Modern curriculum, including artificial intelligence, big data, advanced health analytics
  • Opportunity to earn a Master's degree from a leading American university with a global presence

Who should pursue this degree?

Students are encouraged to bring in projects, data, and tools that they are using in their current positions and apply the coursework directly to their roles. Particularly relevant careers include:

  • Healthcare IT professionals looking for additional qualification
  • Healthcare professionals looking for a career move to health informatics
  • Students completing an undergraduate degree in a numerate discipline aiming for a career in health informatics or health analytics
  • Overseas or European students seeking a U.S. master’s qualification without study in the U.S.
  • Fordham's Applied Health Informatics program combines theory with real-world applications and allows students to work with experts in the field in a hands-on, mentored framework

Why Pursue Applied Health Informatics?
The value of health informatics as an academic discipline has been reinforced in recent years as healthcare providers are coming under increasing pressure to control costs, while at the same time seeing new opportunities for treatment and drug therapies arising from the application of genomics, bioengineering, and artificial intelligence. In its strategic plan, the American Medical Informatics Association describes health informatics as “a full-fledged career path, and the key for realizing the current goals of healthcare reform,” and a 2018 article in the British Medical Journal highlights it as “a required skill for 21st-century clinicians.”

Employment opportunities for graduates are extensive, in both private and public healthcare providers, government and non-government organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and manufacturers of medical devices and software, together with a strong cohort of entrepreneurs and startups. Positions range from analysts, consultants, and programmers to IT project managers, strategists, and chief medical information officers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that “the health care and social assistance sector will account for over a third of the nation’s projected job growth from 2014 to 2024. A career in health informatics could start in the BLS category of Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, which had a median salary of over $40,000 in 2018 and progress through to senior positions in the category of Medical and Health Services Managers, with a median salary of almost $100,000.

Health Informatics Is the Future and Fordham Is at the Forefront

Sitting at the junction of healthcare and information science, Health Informatics is a key enabler of some of the most amazing advances in medicine and patient care.

Read more about how Fordham is at the forefront of health informatics.

"How Was the COVID-19 Vaccine Developed So Quickly?" On July 21, 2021, Fordham welcomed leading immunologist Helen Fletcher BSc Ph.D for a virtual fireside chat with Fordham's AHI Progam Director John Chelsom to hear how scientists and researchers got the world back on its feet in real time.

Missed the event? View it on YouTube.