Master of Science
Online M.S. in Health Informatics

All-in price:
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Application due date for October 3, 2022 term:
September 30
Estimated time to completion:
16 months
All-in price:
View Tuition Details
Application due date for October 3, 2022 term:
September 30
Estimated time to completion:
16 months

Improve lives and boost your career with the power of data.

Do you have a data-driven mindset with a desire to serve others? Harness your unique skills with an M.S. in Health Informatics. This growing field applies data science to healthcare to improve health outcomes. As a student in ACE’s innovative program, you’ll learn to collect, organize and interpret data to enhance patient care quality, improve institutional decision-making, and increase efficiency. Whether you’re a data-minded healthcare administrator or an IT professional with an interest in healthcare, the M.S. in Health Informatics can take you to the next stage of your career.


in the nation for most Master's degrees awarded in Health Informatics*.

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How you'll get there.

  1. You’ll take a total of eleven courses centered around health informatics. Each course is five weeks long with a one-week break after each course. You’ll learn to solve complex healthcare challenges and improve patient care by designing, implementing and evaluating new health informatics solutions.
  2. Your final course in the program is a capstone course to demonstrate and document the impact of the knowledge you’ve gained throughout the program.
  3. By the end of the program, you’ll be prepared for a variety of careers in health informatics, clinical informatics and information systems.

What you can expect along the way.

  • A well-rounded deep dive You’ll examine health informatics from every angle, completing courses in global and public health informatics, disaster preparedness, security and privacy, information system development and more.
  • Quality instruction American College of Education is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, so you’ll get the high quality you expect at the low cost you deserve.
  • Flexible class format Our asynchronous, online classes enable you to plan your coursework around your life. Each course is five weeks long with outlined expectations each week.
  • Relevant coursework From programming to information ethics, every course within this program is directly related to health informatics. What you learn at ACE today can be applied at work tomorrow.

What it costs

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Total Tuition

33 semester credits
x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$1,320 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost1


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Byron Barton, Ph.D.

Byron Barton, Ph.D.

Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Healthcare

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A degree you can count on.

American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs, in education, healthcare, nursing and business and leadership through distance education via the Internet. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.


M.S. in Health Informatics

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 33 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Health Informatics Courses (33 credits) 

3 semester credits
This course offers an exploratory overview of the history and fundamentals of health informatics. An introduction to topics such as legal and ethical issues in informatics, information systems, and data science will be covered. The use of information in clinical and organizational decision making to improve health outcomes will be emphasized.
3 semester credits
This course will focus on health concepts, documentation, health taxonomies, and clinical terminologies. Students will explore nomenclature required for health data analysis, medical vocabulary standards, and clinical systems associated with the electronic health record. Students will establish a foundation of knowledge relative to programming language and clinical terminologies.
3 semester credits
This course is designed to acclimate the student to trends in innovative technology impacting the design and structure of health information systems. The assessment and utilization of information systems within health organizations will be examined. Students will explore new and emerging technological approaches to data management and data security, as well as emerging trends in healthcare such as telehealth.
3 semester credits
Protection of data and client privacy in the design, development, and implementation of information systems will be emphasized in this course. Students will explore risk management and risk mitigation strategies in using and managing data from a developer and end user perspective in health organizations. Current legal and regulatory topics in health informatics will be discussed.
3 semester credits
This course will emphasize the importance of data analytics relative to crisis and disaster management. Students will gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of human capital, health-related data, and the use of technologies in crisis and disaster management. Students will evaluate and critically reflect on past instances of pandemics, natural disasters, and other crisis in order to harness data analytics, data management, and information dissemination in strategy development and future planning.
3 semester credits
This course examines the process of information system development and evaluation in health organizations. Fundamental aspects of the systems development life cycle will be emphasized. Computer science principles such as programming, operating system considerations, and data standards will be examined.
3 semester credits
In this course, students will examine the critical role of information technologies in health systems management and research in progressively interconnected societies. Students will explore data collection, analysis, and the management of health information in resource-constrained countries. Challenges and opportunities of effectively integrating and sustaining systems in low-resource settings will be assessed.
3 semester credits
This course is designed to acclimate the student to the process of operationalizing informatics to address critical public health concerns impacting individuals, families, communities, and the environment in which they reside. Students will analyze public health data and the use of advanced technologies to synthesize data in support of public health surveillance and research. Informatics and its role in improving public health outcomes in diseases such as cancer will be explored.
3 semester credits
This course will focus on ethical issues related to decision making, documentation, privacy, quality management, and research. Students will evaluate the ethical implications of health informatics and research on vulnerable populations. The intersection of technology and society will be examined in a social and behavioral context.
3 semester credits
This course will examine various leadership theories and the role of leaders in managing health information. Students will focus on the influence of leadership styles on work analysis, change management, and effective collaboration. As health organizations become more multifaceted, leaders will be increasingly tasked to manage complex projects. This course will prepare students to apply appropriate leadership skills and best practices in project life cycle management.
3 semester credits
This course will include a culminating leadership and management experience in the informatics field. Students will demonstrate competencies in leadership, management, effective communication, use of data analytics and decision-making to implement an informatics project.

Admission Requirements

M.S. in Health Informatics

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned from Regionally Accredited Institution
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.50 on a 4.00 Scale for full admission
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00 on a 4.00 Scale for Provisional Admission
  • Bachelor’s degree in healthcare or related field OR bachelor’s degree in non-health related field and at least 9 credit hours in healthcare OR bachelor’s degree in non-health related field and 1-year relevant healthcare experience

*Source: ACE college systems, Office of Institutional Analytics, 2020 Graduate Exit Survey

1This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, the receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

For information on international transcript requirements, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

For English as a second language applicant information, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

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