Called to build the digital foundations of modern health care

Samford University's Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics (M.S.H.I.A.) prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to be leaders in the field of health informatics and analytics. Students will learn how to plan, budget, implement, manage and analyze the informatics systems and data vital to the functioning of all departments in hospitals, medical and dental practices, skilled nursing facilities, home health, community and public health settings, and all other facets of the health care delivery infrastructure.

 Graduates will know how to use the potential of health informatics and analysis for improving patient safety, decreasing medical errors, cutting costs, increasing access, and facilitating interprofessional teams.

The shared mission of the B.S. and M.S. in Health Informatics and Analytics is to prepare health informatics and analytics professionals in a Christ-centered environment through an innovative, interprofessional curriculum focused on critical thinking and data driven decision making to improve outcomes and promote health equity.

Our Program Mission

Mission Statement

The shared mission of the B.S. and M.S. in Health Informatics and Analytics is to prepare health informatics and analytics professionals in a Christ-centered environment through an innovative, interprofessional curriculum focused on critical thinking and data driven decision making to improve outcomes and promote health equity.

Vision Statement

We aspire to prepare influential and visionary healthcare professionals who make a positive impact on their communities.

Core Values

  • Christian-Based Education: We are committed to integrating our Christian faith and beliefs in our delivery of healthcare administration education.
  • Excellence: We pursue excellence within the department through opportunities for achievement in scholarship, service and research.
  • Practice-Ready: We are committed to preparing students who are ready to practice upon graduation.
  • Respect for diversity: We are committed to respecting the differences in others by learning to appreciate the different cultures of the populations that we serve.
  • Integrity: We are committed to operating in an environment that values honesty, fairness and the highest ethical standards to sustain a community of trust.
  • Empowerment: We encourage personal accountability for success through shared governance in academic pursuits.

Program Objectives

When you’ve completed your Master of Science in Health Informatics & Analytics , you will have shown mastery of the following skills:

  • Lead the development and application of emerging information technologies to improve all aspects of health care delivery.
  • Understand and apply the technology used in health informatics, including computing devices, networks, databases, software, security protocols, document analysis and sharing, image capture and analysis, and all other uses of Informatics technologies.
  • Utilize health information technology for decision support, knowledge management, strategic planning, and outcomes assessment.
  • Effectively interface between technology developers and the clinical user community.
  • Know all applicable legal, social, regulatory and ethical factors involved in health informatics.
  • Demonstrate data management skills that target opportunities to improve patient safety.
  • Analyze, understand, abstract and model a specific health informatics problem in terms of data, information and knowledge components. Using this analysis, generate design solutions.
  • Work effectively with partners within and across disciplines. Communicate effectively to these partners in persuasive oral and written form.
  • Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient/population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective and equitable.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree in any field from a  college or university with intuitional accreditation.
  • Submit official transcripts.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale overall or in the last 60 hours of course work.
  • The GRE is only required for an applicant who does not meet the minimum GPA requirement. The GRE must be within the last five years, with a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 300 and Analytical 4.0.
  • Three years of work experience in a relevant field can substitute for GRE with department chair approval.
  • Have completed undergraduate level statistics from a  college or university with institutional accreditation with grade of B or higher.
  • Submit three letters of reference through the application system. At least one must be from a work supervisor or manager and one from a current or previous professor.  The references should provide a knowledgeable testament regarding character, ethics, responsibility, potential for success, and other attributes that predict an applicant's favorable performance in the program.
  • Submit a resume highlighting work experience, strengths, and other accomplishments.
  • Submit an essay on reason for seeking the M.S.H.I.A. and a career goal statement.
  • Submit a video interview.
  • International applicants or American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Score.

Students who do not meet one or more admission requirement(s) may be admitted on a conditional status, based upon evaluation by the program faculty.  To be considered for a joint degree, students must apply and be accepted to both programs based on their admission criteria.  Students admitted conditionally must address the unmet admission requirements to progress in the program. All conditions are clearly spelled out in the admission letter.

We use a portfolio approach to evaluate applicants and the portfolio consists of reference letters, previous professional experience, essay, interview, grade point average and academic performance in undergraduate and previous graduate work (if applicable), and standardized test scores (if applicable).  The portfolio approach allows us to take a holistic review when there is a lower GPA and evidence of experience in or motivation for a healthcare career, and strong letters of recommendation.  

Exceptions to any admission requirements will be handled on an individual basis. 

If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $500 is required to secure admission into the program. The fee is applied to the first semester's tuition.

Application Process

Application Timeline

  • Application Opens: November 1, 2021
  • Priority Deadlines
    • January 15 (Admission  decision released before February 15)
    • March 15 (Admission  decision released before April 15)
    • May 15 (Admission  decision released before June 15
  • Application Closes: June 1, 2022
    • Admission  decision released before July 1
  • Entry Month: August 2022
The application for Samford University's Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics will open on Nov. 1, 2021.

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Plan of Study

The Master of Science in Health Informatics & Analytics  is an online program, offering part-time and full-time plan of study options.

*A part‐time schedule can be created on an as‐needed basis.