Specialize in Health Care Informatics for business and healthcare IT.
Professional Science, Health Care Informatics Concentration, M.S.
The Master of Science in Professional Science is a groundbreaking master's degree in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that helps equip students for work in public and private business enterprises and in academia. Well-suited to both working professionals as well as traditional students, this program emphasizes the skills and experience that will prepare the next generation of professionals to be competitive in the business and healthcare information technology workforce.
Health Care Informatics is designed around concentration courses in information systems applications and security, project management, business intelligence/analytics, and healthcare law, and electives in valuable specialty areas like Six Sigma and Lean Productivity Systems. This concentration is supplemented by a core of business courses in accounting, statistics, managerial communication, leadership, and a capstone internship experience. The program supports both part-time and full-time students, and limited graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.
Healthcare informatics and healthcare information technology make up one of Nashville's most advanced industries today, and graduates in these fields typically secure employment earning salaries around double the national average. Nashville and the Middle Tennessee region also represent the second-fastest growing technology job market and the eighth-fastest growing economy nationwide. As a result, there is currently such surging demand for data scientists in Middle Tennessee that current graduation rates in these fields cannot supply enough qualified professionals, with even larger employment projections in coming years both in Tennessee and nationwide.
The M.S. program in Health Care Informatics prepares graduates to enter one of many data science and technology sectors. There is a clear focus on competence, attitude, and job readiness in the MTSU program.
Potential professional positions include:
- Clinical and business informatics process lead
- Clinical EMR support specialist
- Clinical informatics manager
- Clinical quality consultant
- Clinical/business analyst
- Director of clinical informatics
- Director of health informatics
- Health information systems project manager
- Informatics analyst
- Informatics consultant
- Informatics specialist
- Information analyst
- Manager of clinical and business informatics
- Population health analyst
- Solutions analyst
Employers of MTSU alumni include
While this M.S. degree prepares students for employment in many sectors of the healthcare and IT workforces, internship sites and prospective employers include but are not limited to:
- Blue Cross-Blue Shield
- Capella Healthcare
- Centennial Medical Center
- Community Health Systems
- Covenant Health
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Hospital Corporation of America
- Lifepoint Hospitals
- McKesson Corp.
- National Healthcare Corp.
- Saint Thomas Health Services
- Sarah Cannon Research Institute
- Tennessee Department of Health
- United Health Group
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to full-time students in the Health Care Informatics program. In addition to a monthly stipend, the university also pays all tuition and most fees for assistantship holders. Non-Tennessee residents who are awarded graduate assistantships are not required to pay out-of-state fees.To learn more about the types of graduate assistantships and to download an application, visit the Graduate Studies Assistantship page.
The College of Graduate Studies also awards a limited number of scholarships. For additional information and applications, visit the Graduate Studies Finance page.
In addition to assistantships and scholarships, MTSU's Office of Financial Aid assists graduate students seeking other forms of financial support while in school.
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