Why study Health Informatics : Online?

The University of Cincinnati's Online Master of Health Informatics program is a multifaceted program firmly established at the intersection of information technology and health. Graduates from this program are well prepared to improve patient care, quality, efficiency, safety, and population health using information technology and systems. Integrated into the operations of all modern health care organizations, health informatics practice includes the people, processes, technology, and systems required to acquire, store, retrieve, optimize, and use health information.

Informatics is a natural transition for those in health-oriented occupations including medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, occupational therapy, and medical research. It is also a good fit for those in or looking to enter tech-savvy and technology-focused occupations related to information systems. Some professions that could thrive in the realm of health informatics include systems analysts, software developers, data analysts, information scientists, programmers, system administrators, and information security analysts.

Student outcomes can be found on the UC Online MHI Program page

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s academic readiness for graduate-level work, work ethic, and habits, and the applicant’s communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Resume/CV of personal, professional, and educational background
  • Letter of Intent: Two-page (double-spaced) or one-page (single-spaced) narrative summarizing the following:
    • What motivated you to pursue a graduate degree in Health Informatics?
    • Why are you interested in applying to UC’s MHI program?
    • What are your short and long-term goals? How will this degree help you attain those goals? Please treat this as a written interview – explain any inconsistencies in your resume, transcripts, etc.
  • Complete the University of Cincinnati online graduate application

Health Informatics Career Outlook

Graduates of the program have gone on to pursue careers in the following jobs: 

  1. Project Manager
  2. Chief Medical Information Officer
  3. Chief Nursing Informatics Officer
  4. System Analyst
  5. Health Data Analytics Specialist
  6. Health Data Warehouse Specialist
  7. Health Informatics Consultant
  8. Trainer
  9. Testing Specialist
  10. Usability Specialist
  11. Implementation Specialist
  12. Business Analyst
  13. Database Designer
  14. Workflow analyst
  15. Quality Improvement Specialist
  16. HIPAA Compliance Officer
  17. Privacy and Security Compliance Officer
  • Accelerated - Graduate in as little as two years with the part-time option
  • Relevancy - Focus on alignment with industry trends
  • Balance - Pursue an education with online didactic courses
  • Opportunity - Build your career at the intersection of health, data, and technology
  • Experience - Interact with faculty experienced in health informatics and related disciplines

MHI Program Highlights 

  • Built around Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) competencies
  • Emphasis on data management and analytics, and well-rounded curriculum with project management, leadership, interprofessional collaboration emphasis, team-work, information privacy and security, human factors topics, and workflow analysis. 
  • Coursework is 100% online 
  • Low faculty-to-student ratio – personalized coaching and feedback
  • Flexible scheduling – designed for busy, working professionals
  • No GRE or GMAT required for admission 
  • No healthcare or IT background or experience required
  • Award-winning, well-rounded curriculum with real-world relevance
  • Access to UC’s expansive healthcare network
  • Professional networking opportunities and unique practicum experience
  • Affordable tuition with a significant return on investment

HIMSS Approved Education Partner:


The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Health Informatics program is proud to be recognized as an Approved Education Partner (AEP) by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

As a HIMSS Approved Education Partner, UC’s MHI program has met HIMSS’ rigorous standards for delivering a world-class program. UC joins an exclusive group of educators authorized to offer a HIMSS-approved degree program online.



Health Information Security Certificate

The University of Cincinnati Health Information Security certificate allows you to gain a unique specialization in an area with increasing importance due to electronic health records and federal guidelines that demand greater efficiency in healthcare organizations.

Fast Track Admission

Automatic admission into the MS of Health Informatics program for students who graduated from UC (beginning Fall 2023).


  • Cumulative GPA of 3.70 or above (for courses completed at UC)
  • Earned 4-year undergraduate degree from UC
  • Any major 
  • Must still complete the application, but if the student meets the above requirements they will be automatically admitted to the program
  • Letters of recommendation will be fulfilled with generic letter for pre-qualified students

Completion of the 33 program credits including 6 hours of practicum. 

A 3.0 GPA is required to graduate. 

Transfer Policy

If you are considering transferring courses to the MHI graduate program, please review the transfer credit policy.


Transcripts for a degree received outside the U.S. must be evaluated by a member of the NACES organization of transcript evaluators. 

Program can be completed from abroad (no student visa for distance learning).

Minimum score requirements for the following:

  • Duolingo: 110
  • PTE: 54
  • TOEFL: 80
  • IELTS: 6.5
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

University of Cincinnati’s Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program is CAHIIM accredited and the first accredited MHI program in the state of Ohio.CAHIIM badge

The Health Informatics accreditor of University of Cincinnati is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Master degree in Health Informatics has been reaffirmed through 2029. All inquiries about the program’s accreditation status should be directed by mail to CAHIIM, 200 East Randolph Street, Suite 5100, Chicago, IL, 60601; by phone at (312) 235-3255; or by email at info@cahiim.org.

The University of Cincinnati (UC) and all regional campuses are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).



Contact Information

Master of Health Informatics
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(833) 556-7600

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Program Code: 35MAS-HI-MHI-.HI-DL