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Program Overview

Program Overview

New Fully Online Program Format Begins Fall 2022!

Meet the increasing demands of this exciting field expected to grow 20 percent in the coming years by pursuing your master's degree or certificate in health care informatics (HCI).  This program was uniquely designed to meet the needs of healthcare providers, business analytics professionals, IT specialists, and career changers. Nashville, widely known as the health care industry’s capital, is the perfect place to start.  And now you can complete this exciting degree from anywhere.

  • Synchronous & asynchronous learning
  • Complete one course every month
  • Classes meet every other weekend
  • Degree completion in as few as 14 months
  • External PharmD students may enroll as dual-degree students

Translate your passions into enhancing and transforming health care delivery and outcomes. Become equipped to improve the quality of care and reduce health care costs, making the industry more efficient and economical.

Develop expert skills for today’s essential technologies like electronic health records and emerging technologies like blockchain. Set yourself apart by learning from faculty who are nationally recognized for their eminence in research, innovation and leadership. Network and collaborate with your cohort throughout your course of study.

Once you’re certified, you’ll join 99 percent of your peers who completed this program and landed careers in leading-edge health information technology, working to enhance quality of care and health outcomes.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Eligible students should hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree or equivalent. No GRE is required.

Application Process

In addition to the online application, the following items must be submitted before the application file is complete:

  1. Application fee. A non-refundable $50 application fee must be submitted online with credit card or by check before the application is evaluated by the admissions committee. 
  2. Coursework or demonstrated competency in medical terminology, statistics and PC literacy (evidenced through work experience as it appears on the resume or coursework as it appears on the transcript). 
  3. Two letters of recommendation. The references selected need to be individuals who are able to comment on your academic or professional abilities as well as your interpersonal skills.
  4. Personal statement of goals and purpose for obtaining the degree. Consider including such information as:
    • How the university can assist your personal and career goals
    • Why you are seeking a degree in health care informatics
  5. Resume
  6. Official transcripts from each institution attended. Please allow up to 4 weeks for transcript delivery. Transcripts and forms should be mailed or sent electronically to:

         Graduate Studies in Health Care Informatics
         Lipscomb University
         One University Park Drive
         Nashville, TN 37204-3951

Note:  Further detail regarding university policies related to admissions may be viewed in the university graduate catalog.  Additional questions may be directed to



The Master of Science in Health Care Informatics program features 42 hours of coursework. Classes are scheduled for Friday evenings (4-8 p.m. CST) and Saturdays (8 a.m.-5 p.m. CST), allowing the highest quality educational experience without disrupting one’s professional career. To assist with financial aid planning, we typically offer four courses each spring, three courses each summer, and five courses each fall. This enables students to complete the full master's program in as little as 14 months. 

Beginning in Fall 2022 all courses will be held online and consist of both synchronous and asynchronous content delivery at the discretion of the faculty member.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Tuition and fees for the MHCI program are as follows:

  • 42-hour program / $1,030 per credit hour (all classes are three hours)*
  • Course materials and fees included in tuition
  • Tuition adjustments occur each May

*Note: The graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective each summer semester.


Nationally ranked among HCI programs


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Research Opportunities

We know that you want to be an innovator in the field. That’s why we offer unique research opportunities in our state-of-the-art facilities with our world-class faculty so that you can hone your expertise.

Flexible Schedule

Our courses are offered in an every other weekend format to offer the least disruption to a student’s working schedule. All courses are offered at the main campus of Lipscomb University.


Job placement rate

Our Faculty

  • Beth Breeden headshot

    Beth Breeden

    Associate Professor and Chair, Health Care Informatics

    Dr. Beth Breeden is an Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies in Health Care Informatics at the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She has more than...

    Meet Beth Breeden
  • Kevin Clauson

    Kevin Clauson


    Kevin A. Clauson is an Associate Professor at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Clauson interacts with student pharmacists in courses including health informatics and independent research in...

    Meet Kevin Clauson
  • Donita Brown headshot

    Donita Brown


    Donita Brown is a native Middle Tennessee, calling Robertson County home. The Lipscomb University professor teaches in the Master of Management Healthcare Administration Program and Masters of Health Administration, as well...

    Meet Donita Brown

Career Paths

Healthcare Administrative Officers, Directors, Managers

Medical and health services positions include the C-suite (CEO, VP, CIO, etc), officers, directors, and managers. This includes healthcare executives or healthcare administrators who plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services. They might manage an entire facility, a specific clinical area or department, or a medical practice for a group of physicians. Medical and health services managers must direct changes that conform to changes in healthcare laws, regulations, information security, and technology. Examples of professionals in these positions can also include physicians, pharmacists, nurses, lab/radiology, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners

Medical Records and Health Information Analysts

Medical records and health information analysts organize and manage health information technology elements within the healthcare delivery process. They ensure data quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.

Training and Development Managers

Training and development managers oversee staff and plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees.