Health Care Informatics, M.S.

Degree: Master of Science

It takes dedicated, talented and visionary people to integrate technology and health care. As technology progresses, federal mandates specify patient data and health care information be available digitally. There is a growing need for professionals who can play a vital role in planning, developing and maintaining health information systems for a variety of facilities.

With a Master of Science in Health Care Informatics from UCF, you will have the tools necessary to positively impact health care and patient outcomes in this new, cutting edge field. Expand your knowledge base, enhance your skillset and advance your career in this high need area. Graduates can work as practitioners, managers, analysts and researchers. Numerous openings have been announced in several environments, including health centers, hospital systems and insurance companies. Many graduates will find upper management positions depending on experience.

  • The program is offered completely online in convenient format with easy scheduling.
  • The GRE exam is not required.
  • Our cohort-based program allows for greater collaboration and networking among students.
  • We offer opportunities to participate in national conferences, conventions, and meetings.

Contact Information

Kendall Cortelyou-Ward, Ph.D.
Health Care Informatics Program Director

Hannah Nguyen
Academic Services Coordinator

The mission of the health care informatics program is to meet the community’s need for an informatics workforce by cultivating partnerships and providing high quality professionals with the requisite critical thinking skills and analytical knowledge to successfully use data to support organizational business and clinical decision-making and to enhance operational effectiveness for improving the overall health care system.

Program Overview

UCF's Department of Health Management and Informatics offers a fully online Professional Science Master’s degree program in health care informatics. This 38-credit hour, 20-month program is designed to accommodate the busy schedules of individuals and working professionals. Our asynchronous teaching technique allows to you log into your virtual classroom anytime throughout the day or night. All of your assignments, exams and projects are submitted through our online classroom portal.

The health care informatics program at UCF is unique because it provides you, the student, a thorough grounding in clinical, management and business aspects of the health informatics field, and is updated continually to reflect the changing demands of the industry.

In addition, the program will:

  • Develop your leadership and decision making skills
  • Teach you to work using an evidence-based, knowledge-management approach
  • Enable you to best serve your organization’s information needs

In addition to earning a master’s degree, you will be able to sit for several industry recognized credential exams with no additional charges or fees. These certifications include:

  • Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems
  • Certified Associate in Health Information and Management Systems
  • Project Management Professional
  • Certified Associate in Project Management
  • HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner
  • Certified Health Data Analyst
  • Certified Professional in Health Informatics

Note: Successful completion of the degree does not qualify you to sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator or the Registered Heath Information Technician certifications.

Do you have questions about the health care informatics program? We encourage you to connect with the program’s academic advisor, Hannah Nguyen, who can advise you on the next steps of your academic career.

Tuyet "Hannah" Nguyen, M.S.,HSA

Coordinator of Academic Services

Health Management and Informatics

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Hannah Nguyen is the coordinator of academic support services for the health care informatics program. She received her master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Central Florida. Prior to attending UCF, she received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Stetson University.

 

Outside of her advising role, Nguyen’s passion lies in health care innovations — particularly leveraging technology to improve health care access and quality in a cost-effective approach. Nguyen’s experiences include working with a number of organizations, designing system strategies for cost reduction and increased efficiency.

 

Faculty

Kendall Cortelyou-Ward, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Health Management and Informatics

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Meghan Gabriel

Assistant Professor

Health Management and Informatics

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Varadraj Gurupur, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Health Management and Informatics

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Alice Noblin, Ph.D., RHIA, CCS

Associate Professor and Health Informatics and Information Management Program Director

Health Management and Informatics

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Steven Ton, M.S.

Instructor

Health Management and Informatics

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Lawrence West, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Associate Professor

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Advisory Board

Layla Archer
Assistant Director
UCF COHPA Student Support Office

Marisol Bridgemohan
Southeast Administrative Manager
BACTES Imaging Solutions, LLC

James Caplinger
Health Information Management
Parrish Medical Center

Juana Colon
Corporate Director
Orlando Health

Nicole Copemann
Professor and HIT Program Manager
Seminole State College

Becky Dicus
Systems Director, Health Information Services
Central Florida Health Alliance

Thomas Falen
HIIM Instructor
UCF HMI Program

Varadraj Gurupur
HIIM Assistant Professor
UCF HMI Program

Jacquie Jones
HIM Director
Nemours Children’s Hospital

Jerry Jorgensen
Vice President of Operations
GeBBS Healthcare Solutions

Kimberly Kapes
Administrative Director of Physician Strategic Development
Florida Hospital

Tanya Kuehnast
Director, HIM Cheif Privacy Officer
Health First Corporation

DeWanda Lee
HIM Manager
Hospice of the Comforter

Cynthia Leonhard
HIM Corporate Manager
Health First

Michael May
Release of Information Manager
Community Health System

Kelly McLendon
CompliancePro Solutions

Robin Muhammad
Health Information Manager
Orange County Health Department

Julie Nasternak
Health Information Manager
Florida Hospital

Alice Noblin
HIIM Program Director
UCF HMI Department

Reid Oetjen
Chair
UCF HMI Department

Cindy Powell
Manager, Medical Informatics
Halifax Health

Annette Riley
HIM Compliance Analyst
Health First Inc.

Dean Ritchey
Service Line Manager
Orlando Health

Pablo Romero
Stat Imaging Solutions, LLC

Christina Martinez Rupinta
Corporate Service Line Manager
Orlando Health

Janitza Sanchez
Corporate HIM Service Line Manager
Orlando Health

Jennifer Vinson Schunke
Manager, eHIM Systems
Health First Corporation

Gretchen Simmons
Vice President of Operations, Gulf Coast
CIOX Health

Rich Simonetti
National Manager, Business Development
Eclat Health Solutions

Nicole Stanton
Forms and Education Coordinator
Florida Hospital

Steven Ton
HIIM Internship Director
UCF HMI Department

Margaret Verity
Administrative Director, Revenue Cycle, Clinical Operations
Florida Hospital

Amanda Walden
HIIM Program Instructor
UCF HMI Department

Kendall Cortelyou-Ward
HCI Program Director
UCF HMI Department

Sonya Waters
YES HIM Consulting

Erin White
HIM Operations Manager, Transcription
Orlando Health

Donovan Williams
Coordinator of Administrative Services
UCF Health Services

Kelly Wilson
Parallon Business Performance Group

Holly Woemmel
Senior Manager, Privacy and Compliance
Nuance Hosted Infrastructure Division

Molly Yanni
Coordinator of Health Care Programs
Seminole State College

Student Representative
Caitlyn Aument
SHIMA President