Executive HI Program Description

Managing the complex information technology infrastructure of a health care organization presents one of the most difficult assignments in American society today. Increasingly, the effectiveness of leaders in these organizations is determined by their ability to integrate technical, clinical, and managerial competencies. The Executive Health Informatics Program addresses the growing demand for health care information technology leaders with high-quality technical and management training.

The Executive Health Informatics Program is designed for self-motivated professionals working in the healthcare and information technology fields, providing them an increased understanding of the transforming potential and complexity of advanced information technology applied to healthcare organizations. The curriculum provides an applied orientation, drawing on the best evidence, to develop an in-depth understanding of how health organizations and systems are structured and function and how information technology can be applied to improve the integration, quality and safety of clinical services as well as the efficiency and overall business function. Graduates will be prepared to design, develop, implement and evaluate information technologies to improve systems at operational as well as the enterprise levels.

Candidates for the program include physicians, nurses, other clinical professionals, and information technology managers of health care organizations with at least three years of technical, clinical, or administrative experience. Our graduates lead organizations in the application of information technology to improve the delivery of health care. Career paths include CIO, systems developer, software designer, consultant, and many more.

Program Highlights: Course work combines classes in computer science, health and biomedical informatics, and health management. The program's innovative curriculum and nontraditional format combine three on-campus weekend sessions per semester with online course work and independent study to form a comprehensive educational experience. This format enables working professionals to maintain full-time employment while completing the two-year course of study.

The Executive Health Informatics Program is designed to take full advantage of the broad knowledge and expertise of students. Each student is an experienced professional recognized as an expert in their area. Students actively teach each other and create new knowledge as they interact, keeping the curriculum up-to-date and on the cusp of real issues facing today's health care organizations. This cohesive group of learners becomes a personal network that serves as an invaluable resource far beyond graduation.

The Distance Learning Edge: Just as information technology is revolutionizing health care delivery, it is opening new doors in higher education. As a national leader in both health informatics and distance education, the University of Missouri–Columbia is uniquely prepared to apply the benefits of new technology not only in its curriculum, but also in the teaching process itself. Students across North America and the world share the flexibility of learning at a distance – at times and places that fit their schedules – while maintaining the valuable element of personal interaction. What you learn in this program sets a standard for your future success in the face of constant technological change in the health care industry.

Since on-campus sessions are minimal, students primarily participate in distance-learning activities. Students submit and receive assignments electronically, communicate through discussion forums and e-mail, and participate in live Internet chats that complement individual study and readings, creating a seamless learning experience. The availability of individual instruction allows even novice computer users to participate fully, as they learn the finer points of technology at their own pace.

Dual Degree Options: Students seeking a master's degree in health informatics at MU may expand their studies to a dual degree with the executive program in Health Services Management (MHA). Earning a dual degree takes less time than completing two degrees independently, and takes advantage of overlaps between the two curricula.

EY Scholarships: The EY Health Care Consulting (HCC) Scholars Fund has recognized the need to prepare executive leaders who can bring knowledge of advanced information technology to strategic and operational decision making in integrated health systems. In response to this need, EY has created scholarships for students in the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program. EY Scholarships will be presented to outstanding applicants each year.

Annual Executive Student EY Fellowship Awards:

  • Two Travel Offset Scholarships will be awarded up to $3,000 per Academic Year
  • Executive Health Informatics students must apply by October 31 of each year, to be awarded by the following January
  • Scholarships will be guaranteed for only one Academic Year, and individuals must apply each year to receive additional award.
  • Awardees will be selected by a committee of HMI Faculty assigned by the HMI Chair.

Click here to apply.

For more information, contact:

Veronica Kramer
Coordinator of Student Recruitment & Admissions
(573) 884-0698
kramerv@missouri.edu