Healthcare Informatics (MHI)

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Healthcare Informatics (MHI) Overview

Chatham's Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics (MHI) and certificates of completion in Healthcare Informatics and Healthcare Analytics blend healthcare and technology. The program is fully online and designed for working adults in the healthcare, IT, or business arenas. The program culminates in a health informatics immersion, carried out under the guidance of an external mentor in the field of informatics. The MHI is an excellent credential to advance the careers of those currently working in fields such as medicine, social work, health sciences, business, information technology, and research.
Degrees Offered
  • MS
Program School
Application deadline


We evaluate applications on a rolling basis; however, we recommend that applicants apply as early as possible.

Credits Required


Coursework can be completed in as few as five terms.

Cost Per Credit


Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.

Flexible Scheduling

Certificates of Completion

Chatham also offers affordable, online certificates of completion in Healthcare Informatics and in Healthcare Analytics, at 12 credits per certificate.

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The following are required for admission to the MHI program: 
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Previous undergraduate course in statistics recommended
  • Completed application for admission, including:
    • Completed application form. A free online application is available.
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Current résumé
    • Admissions Essay
    • Two letters of recommendation
 For international applicants: :
  • If living outside of the USA, applicants must meet minimum English proficiency scores and participate in an interview via WeChat or Skype.
  • Official transcripts, graduation certificates and degree certificates must be in native language and be professionally translated in English.
  • Please note: All supporting documents must be copies of the official academic records issued in the applicant's native language. If the institution of study issues academic records in English, please submit those as well. All documents must be submitted with literal word-for-word professional English translations for all documents issued.

HI505: Foundational Data Analytics

This course explores data literacy, visual literacy, and the ways in which outcomes depend on the integrity of data, the analysis of data, and the need for clearly defined report writing. Students will manipulate data for analysis and interpretation to conduct and/or contribute to data analytics projects. (Pre-req HCI 651)

HCI583: Virtual Engagement to Improve Health

This course will introduce students to the virtual world of clinical and health information including patient education, telehealth/telepharmacy, and social media. Students will engage in virtual activities that transform the traditional role of interprofessional healthcare providers.

HCI507: Informatics Immersion

This course provides students the opportunity for immersion in an informatics project that requires integration of previous coursework content. The project idea will be developed and carried out under the guidance of an external mentor in the field of informatics during the course.

HCI584: Telehealth I
This is a foundational course that introduces students to telehealth services.  Core concepts to be explored include telecommunications, technology infrastructure, and basic business requirements of implementing a telehealth service. Students will be introduced to designing telehealth encounters that promote health and wellness for both clinicians and consumers.

HCI585: Telehealth II
This course explores advanced telehealth services and concepts such as regulatory, compliance, legal and accreditation needs. Students will be exposed to legislative and state parity laws, licensing, and payment reimbursement processes. An in-depth look at real-world critical telemedicine services and contracting needs will be presented. (Pre-req HCI 584)

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Today, Health Informatics plays a critical role in every aspect of a health driven organization, facility, or profession. By leveraging technology, data, and the wisdom of various professionals, decision-making can be strengthened, influencing how care is delivered in the traditional and virtual setting. By leveraging health IT, individuals can impact the quality of care individuals receive and the manner in which care is provided.

– Debra M. Wolf, Ph.D., MSN, BSN, RN, FAAOHN, Director of Healthcare Informatics Program

Our Faculty

Faculty within the MHI program are considered experts in the field of healthcare informatics.

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Director, Healthcare Informatics; Professor of Nursing and Healthcare Informatics
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Telehealth Certificate of Completion

Looking to quickly acquire valuable telehealth skills? Chatham now offers an affordable, online Certificate of Completion in Telehealth. The certificate can be completed in just four courses (12 credits). In addition, the credits earned through the certificate can be applied to completion of your full Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics degree.

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Explore a Certificate of Completion in Healthcare Informatics

Looking to quickly acquire valuable healthcare informatics skills, but unsure if the full degree is right for you? Chatham now offers affordable, online certificates of completion in Healthcare Informatics and/or Healthcare Analytics. Each certificate can be completed in just four courses (12 credits). In addition, the credits earned through the certificates can be applied to completion of your full Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics degree.

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Make a Difference

Watch this video to learn how Chatham's Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics will help you use data to improve peoples' lives—including your own.

Working in Partnership

The MHI program is an Approved Education Partner of HIMSS (Health Information Management System Society). Chatham’s program has met the rigorous standards set by HIMSS to design, create, and deliver quality health information and technology education.

Immersive Experience

The MHI is an online, 30-credit program that culminates in an informatics immersion experience carried out under the guidance of a mentor. That means that in as few as five terms, working professionals with various backgrounds such as healthcare, business, or IT can be prepared to jumpstart their careers in this exciting and rewarding field. 

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Dr. Debra Wolf Healthcare Informatics Student Award

The Dr. Wolf Healthcare Informatics Student Award was established in Spring of 2018 by the first graduating class of the Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics (MHI) Graduate Program. The student award—two $500 awards offered annually to two deserving students enrolled in Chatham's MHI program—aims to improve health outcomes through information and technology and support the advancement of health IT. Click here to donate or apply today.

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Our Students

MHI students come from a wide range of backgrounds, including healthcare and business, and have a range of interests. 

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SARA-Approved Participating Institution

Due to federal regulation, all universities offering distance education programs and practicum experiences in states other than their own must receive authorization or be a SARA-approved institution. Chatham University is a SARA-approved institution.

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InTouch Newsletters

Learn about MHI student and faculty accomplishments, alumni achievements, and various activities that occurred over the last academic year—in Pittsburgh, and all over the country.

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HIMSS Partnership

Chatham University is an approved partner of HIMMS by meeting rigorous standards for creating and delivering education health information and technology and healthcare content, including the prestigious HIMSS Certifications.

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Healthcare Informatics Outcomes

Alumna Profile: Laura Duncan, MHI ‘19

Laura Duncan, MHI '19 recently spoke about her experience with Chatham University's Healthcare Informatics program—and her insight into how it's impacted her work as a Senior Administrator for the Department of Medicine at UPMC.

Alumna Profile: Brittany Chism, MHI ‘20

Brittany Chism, MHI ’20, graduated from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi with a major in biology in 2014. During her last semester, she undertook an internship at Baxter Health Care. It was a good fit, and she stayed on after graduation, working in the lab, first as a Microbiologist I, and then promoted to Microbiologist II.