Online Master of Science in Health Informatics

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36 credits

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4 tracks

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4 certificates

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16 to 24 months to complete

Program Overview


Our Master of Science in Health Informatics program, delivered online through the Department of Health Information Management at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, enables professionals from all over the country to earn the advanced education they need to expand their career opportunities at the intersection of health care, business management, and technology. The program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis depending on your educational and professional needs.

In addition to the online program, Pitt SHRS also offers the MS program and certificates in an on-campus format.


Students pursuing the online master’s in Health Informatics can choose from four tracks and four additional certificate options:


Students in the MS in Health Informatics program may earn one of the four certificates while completing the HI program by taking courses listed in the certificate program. If all courses in the requested certificate are covered by the track, the student needs to take at least two additional courses to fulfill the requirement of the requested certificate.

Students who complete a certificate program and want to continue to pursue the MSHI program may transfer at most 6 credits from the certificate program to the MSHI program.


Learning Outcomes

MSHI graduates stand out as applied health informaticians who can immediately apply their knowledge through modern technologies and critical thinking skills to:

  • Effectively Communicate

    Effectively communicate with health industry stakeholders (including administrators, clinicians, governmental/regulatory bodies, health care workforce, IT, patients, payers, providers, researchers, and suppliers/vendors) by interpreting and exemplifying ideas through technical and industry-specific language.

  • Proactively Identify Needs

    Proactively identify needs and opportunities through a variety of techniques related to access, care, clinical outcomes, cost, patient satisfaction and engagement, and quality in the health care system.

  • Leverage Technical Knowledge

    Leverage technical knowledge and skills and industry best practices to propose creative technology-based informatics solutions–such as databases and IT infrastructures–to improve patient care.

  • Support Clinical Decisions

    Support clinical and health care business decision-making through the use of data analytics and research; exhibiting an ability to collect, analyze, and interpret results and a familiarity with analytical tools.

  • Lead Working Groups

    Lead working groups and organizations through the use of appropriate oral and written communication, peer collaboration, and project management.

  • Grow and Adapt

    Grow and adapt with a rapidly evolving industry through a combination of continuing education, research, and professional development.

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Meet Our Faculty

SHRS faculty are committed to developing the next generation of master’s-trained health informatics professionals regionally, nationally, and internationally. Our expert faculty are renowned nationally and globally in the field of health informatics and seek to act as mentors to their students. Outside of the classroom, MSHI faculty are thought leaders at the forefront of innovation in the industry and are helping to shape the future of health informatics.

Patricia Anania-Firouzan, MSIS, RHIA

Patricia Anania-Firouzan, MSIS, RHIA

Assistant Professor
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Dilhari De Almeida, PhD, RHIA

Dilhari De Almeida, PhD, RHIA

Associate Professor
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Bambang Parmanto, PhD

Bambang Parmanto, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Health Information Management
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Kimberly Peterson, PhD, RHIA

Kimberly Peterson, PhD, RHIA

Assistant Professor
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Andi Saptono, PhD

Andi Saptono, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Leming Zhou, PhD

Yanshan Wang, PhD, FAMIA

Vice Chair of Research and Assistant Professor
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Valerie Watzlaf, MPH, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA

Valerie Watzlaf, MPH, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA

Associate Professor
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Leming Zhou, PhD

Leming Zhou, PhD

MSHI Program Director, Associate Professor
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A Career Path With Limitless Potential

Health informatics is an in-demand industry. The number of Medical and Health Services Manager jobs is expected to grow 18 percent by 2028*. Graduates of our online MS in Health Informatics program can expand their careers in a number of fields, including:


Health informatics business analyst

Director of health informatics

Medical director of informatics quality and process improvement

Clinical informatics coordinator


Health data scientist

Health informatics data analyst

Clinical informatics analyst

Clinical informatics specialist

Clinical informatics director

Chief medical information officer


Health informatics consultant

Systems analyst

EHR implementation specialist

Informatics analyst

Health IT project manager

Product manager

Privacy officer

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, 2020 at


Pitt MS in Health Informatics alumni have gone on to positions at the following organizations:

Healthcare Organizations

Allegheny Health Network
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Pittsburgh VA Hospital
Premier Healthcare
UPMC Enterprise - Data Quality
UPMC Magee
UPMC Revenue Cycle

Health Plans

Gateway Health
UPMC Health Plan

IT Companies

Epic Systems Corporation
HM Health Solutions
MRO Corporation



The Health Information Management accreditor of the University of Pittsburgh is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for a Master’s degree in Health Informatics with an RHIA track has been reaffirmed through 2022-2023. 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

Results from the 2019 outcomes assessment reported to CAHIIM in the 2020 Annual Program Report (APAR) indicate:

  • Graduate Program: RHIA track
  • Graduation Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate: 100%
  • National Certification Exam (RHIA) Pass Rate: 100%

Expand your career opportunities with an advanced degree from SHRS.