MS in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics with Emphasis in Bioinformatics

Degree Requirements

The residential MS in Health Informatics (MSHI) curriculum requires 37 credit hours of course work, which include foundational coursework in health information technology as well as health administration.  Prior coursework in computer science is not required.  Residential MSHI students have the option to complete a 12-week internship during the summer following their first year, although it is not required for the degree.*  HMI's executive-in-residence will work with HI students who wish to complete an internship to find an appropriate placement.  For a list of recent internship placements, please see, Internship Opportunities section.

The MSHI curriculum integrates learning across computer science, health informatics, and health administration, and also develops students’ research interests.  Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative MU graduate grade point average to earn the Master's degree.  Individuals with three or more years of professional experience are encouraged to apply for admission to the Executive MSHI cohort (please see Executive plan of study information below).

Required Courses
HMI 7410Introduction to the US Health Care System3
HMI 7430Introduction to Health Informatics3
HMI 7440Health Information Technology3
HMI 8435Information Security, Evaluation and Policy3
HMI 8437Data Warehousing and Data/Text Mining for Health Care3
HMI 8441Biomedical and Health Vocabularies and Ontologies3
HMI 8443Enterprise Information and Solutions Architecture for Strategic Healthcare Operations3
HMI 8550Health Data Analytics3
HMI 8571Decision Support in Health Care Systems3
HMI 8610Consumer Health Informatics3
HMI 8870Knowledge Representation in Biology and Medicine3
HMI 8090Thesis Research in Health Management and Informatics4

 If a student chooses to complete an internship, s/he must register for HMI 8689 Field Experience in Health Management and Informatics , and must abide by all internship program requirements.

Sample Plan of Study - Residential in Health Informatics

First Year
HMI 74103HMI 84413HMI 8689 (optional)
HMI 74303HMI 84433 
HMI 74403HMI 85503 
HMI 84353HMI 80901 
HMI 80901  
 13 10 0
Second Year
HMI 84373HMI 85713 
HMI 86103HMI 88703 
HMI 80901HMI 80901 
 7 7  
Total Credits: 37

Sample Plan of Study - Executive in Health Informatics

Executive students begin courses in Spring semester

First Year
Please note: Executive students begin in the Spring semester, and program runs on a calendar year. HMI 74103HMI 75803
 HMI 74303HMI 84503
 0 6 6
Second Year
HMI 85503HMI 84353HMI 84513
HMI 85713HMI 84413 
 6 6 3
Third Year
HMI 84373  
HMI 84433  
Total Credits: 33

Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirement

Residential MS in Health Informatics students have the option to complete a formal Master's thesis to be submitted to the Graduate School. Students who choose not to complete a thesis must complete a substantial independent research project. All MS in Health Informatics students must present their thesis or independent research during their oral comprehensive examination in their final semester.

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Financial Aid

Further information about costs, financial aid, and external scholarship opportunities is available on the HMI Department's website at:

Executive MS in Health Informatics Program

In addition to the residential (on-campus) mode, the MS in Health Informatics degree is offered in an alternative format for professionals who have significant experience in health informatics. HMI accepts an Executive MS in Health Informatics cohort to begin in January of each year. The executive MS in Health Informatics combines three on-campus weekend sessions per semester with independent study and online interaction in an innovative two-year course of study, and requires 33 credit hours of health informatics coursework. Students must complete a substantial independent research project, which they present during their oral comprehensive examination in their final semester. For additional information about the Executive MS in Health Informatics degree, please visit or call (573) 884-0698.

Informatics PhD Program

MU also offers a PhD in Informatics with emphasis in Health Informatics through the MU Informatics Institute.

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MS in Health Informatics program and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program’s graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process. Before official admissions to the University of Missouri, your application materials will be reviewed by both the degree program to which you’ve applied and the Graduate School.

Deadline for Fall entrance: Rolling; Priority deadline March 1

A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution

Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 during the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work and any subsequent graduate course work

Minimum TOEFL scores: iBt 100, PBT 603

  • Minimum Academic IELTS scores: Overall 7.5
  • Minimum GRE Scores: Verbal + Quantitative 50th percentile
  • In lieu of GRE, minimum GMAT score: 50th percentile. HMI also accepts LSAT and MCAT scores. GRE scores are not required for applicants to the Executive cohort.

Required Application Materials:

Master's program applicants should apply online through the Graduate School application system. When completing the online application, you will have an opportunity to upload/attach additional documents. Please include the following documents:

  • an updated résumé or curriculum vitae;
  • personal essay that:
    • outlines your professional plans and career objectives;
    • explains how you became interested in health services management/health informatics and how your prior training and experience would help your career;
    • includes specific issues and problems in health care you consider challenging and why;
    • indicates if you intend to apply to the traditional (residential) on-campus degree program or the distance education (executive) format

Other required documents:

  • Official transcripts of all coursework from all colleges, technical schools and/or universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation (submitted through the Graduate School application system)
  • Official GRE/GMAT score report (Residential Students only)

You may also be required to submit other documentation and in some cases complete prerequisite courses. Below is a checklist to help make sure your application is complete:

  • Request to re-enroll form (for previously admitted students only)
  • Application for Change of Degree form (for students already enrolled in a Master's degree or Graduate Certificate program)
  • Letter of support from your employer (Executive Students only)
  • Official TOEFL report (for international applicants only - have official results sent to us: institution code is 6875, our department code is 25 - minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based exam required)
  • Prerequisites - links to information about prerequisites for each degree program are available at 

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