Residential Health Informatics Program Description

The University of Missouri, home to the world's first computerized laboratory system, has been a leader in health and biomedical informatics research since the 1960s. The University began offering training in health and biomedical informatics in the 1970s and counts among its alumni some of the leading figures in the field. Today, that tradition of excellence continues in two educational programs available through the Department of Health Management and Informatics - the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program and the Health Informatics Ph.D. Program.

Career Opportunities: The residential HI program prepares students to pursue careers in a wide range of healthcare organizations and related settings, such as hospitals and clinics, pharmaceutical firms, health insurance companies, research labs, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and beyond. The program focuses on understanding, designing and developing information technologies to transform and integrate health systems in the 21st century. The program fosters students' research interests in health and biomedical informatics and encourages those with excellent academic performance to pursue the PhD degree.

Program Highlights: Course work combines classes in computer science, health and biomedical informatics, and health management. The core HI curriculum includes courses in health information systems; information storage, retrieval and management; and research methods and outcomes analysis. Special areas of concentration include electronic health-care records, information systems for managing health, telemedicine, and bioinformatics.

Part-Time Enrollment: Part-time students must enroll for no less than six hours each semester and must complete the degree requirements within five years. Individuals with three or more years of professional experience may apply to the Executive HI Program. For additional information call 1-800-877-4764 or email

Dual Degree Options: Students seeking a master's degree in health informatics at MU may expand their studies to obtain the following:

Students who choose a dual degree option must apply separately to each degree program. Earning a dual degree takes less time than completing two degrees independently. Students can earn the Certificate in European Union Studies within the regular two-year HI course of study.

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 Residential Student EY Fellowship Awards:

  • Two Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) Fellowship positions will be awarded at 25% FTE ($13.08/hour, up to 10 hours per week)
  • Residential Health Informatics students must apply by April 30 of each year to be awarded by the following August
  • GRAs will be expected to meet the work requirement of 10 hours per week, and will also receive a full Tuition Waiver while in GRA status (based on Academic Year tuition rates posted on the Cashier's website). For example, at the 2012-2013 in-state graduate tuition rate ($336.50/credit hour), a student taking 22 hours per year (9 Fall, 9 Spring, 4 Summer) would receive a waiver valued at $7,403.
  • GRAs will be assigned work on various Health Informatics projects, under the direction of the Department of Health Management and Informatics Chair. GRAs may be assigned to other HMI faculty based on Chair's assessment of projects.
  • Fellowship will be guaranteed for only one Academic Year, and individuals must apply by April 30 each year to receive additional award.
  • GRAs will be selected by a committee of HMI Faculty assigned by the HMI Chair.

Click here to apply. Note: To receive priority for potential financial support within the department, residential program applications should be submitted prior to March 31.

For more information, contact:

Veronica Lemme
Coordinator of Student Recruitment & Admissions
(573) 884-0698