This industry-focused MS program with a concentration in Health Informatics enables students to understand the critical relationships between information technology (IT) and modern health care.

The health care field is awash in data that have the potential to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and save lives. But data alone are not enough. Converting data to actionable information requires expertise across a range of business intelligence, statistical analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS) tools. In partnership with the School of Community and Global Health, you’ll study these tools and more, undertaking technically driven, collaborative research with faculty-scholars who bring impressive professional health care and IT experience to their teaching. You will graduate as a well-trained informatics specialist with strong leadership abilities and the potential to shape health care delivery and practice.

Program Highlights
  • Well-equipped research clinics and laboratories enable you to work directly on applied and academic research, including:
    • IDEA Lab
    • Intelligent Systems Lab
    • Advanced GIS
    • Social Learning
  • You can pursue your MS in conjunction with another degree program at CGU, such as a PhD in History. You earn a diploma for each degree and  double count some units from one program to the other to decrease your required total units.
  • This program is STEM designated, allowing international students who hold F-1 visas to apply for OPT work authorizations for a total of 36 months (an initial 1-year period and a 24-month OPT STEM extension) of paid work experience in the U.S. after graduation.

Program At a Glance

36 units

Full-time: 1–1.5 years
Part-time: 1.5–3 years

*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

Fall | Spring

MS in Information Systems & Technology

Featured Courses

IST 380
Introduction to Health Informatics

Studies the related fields of Medical Informatics, Bioinformatics and Information Science through an examination of foundations, applications, and case studies that reach across disciplinary boundaries.

IST 381
Persuasive Technologies

Explores how persuasive technology illuminates the principles that influence and motivate people in different aspects of their lives through the latest research.

IST 382
Health Geoinformatics

Examines how technology can assist in discovering and eliminating disease, in disease prevention and health promotion for community health, and in health care service planning and delivery.

CGH 312
Data Analysis (SAS)

Introduces students to managing and analyzing data using the SAS system by inputting data into SAS, preparing data from analysis and data screening to understanding distributions, and more.

CGH 314
Emerging Chronic & Infectious Diseases Worldwide

Provides an overview of the causative factors and demographic distribution of the major chronic and infectious diseases in the world, focusing on epidemiologic concepts, methods, and research design.

CGH 303
Health Services in the U.S. & Abroad

Analyzes the health care delivery system to understand contemporary issues affecting the health of the American and international public and the institutions that provide health services to protect health.


The Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT) at CGU participates in industry and academic partnerships designed to create internships, collaborations, practicum courses, and other opportunities. These include:

Claremont Graduate University’s comprehensive partnership with Esri, the world’s leading supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, offers numerous benefits, including:

Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance
CISAT is also a Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance Member, which gives our students and researchers access to the latest technologies for use in classroom assignments and projects.

IBM Watson Analytics Academic Program
To ensure students work with leading data analytics technologies, CISAT is part of the Watson Analytics Academic Program (WAP), which provides no-cost use of IBM® Watson Analytics software for classroom teaching and research.

Faculty & Research

  • Samir Chatterjee profile image

    Samir Chatterjee

    Fletcher Jones Chair of Technology Design & Management

    Research Interests

    Design science research, Health informatics, Electronics and telecommunication engineering

  • Terry Ryan profile image

    Terry Ryan

    Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Management information systems, Programming, Software development, Research methods, Statistics

  • Yan Li profile image

    Yan Li

    Associate Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Data science, Data mining, Analytics, Semantic technologies, Databases, Data warehousing, Business intelligence, ICT4D

  • Tamir Bechor profile image

    Tamir Bechor

    Research Fellow

    Research Interests

    Cybersecurity, IT leadership and management

  • Brian Hilton profile image

    Brian Hilton

    Clinical Full Professor

    Research Interests

    Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Management Information Systems (MIS), GIS solution development, Data analytics

  • Chinazunwa Uwaoma profile image

    Chinazunwa Uwaoma

    Research Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Internet of Things, Mobile Computing, Computer Communications & Networks, Healthcare Systems, Artificial Intelligence, and Cyber Security

  • Wallace Chipidza profile image

    Wallace Chipidza

    Assistant Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    Dynamics of social networks, Quantum Computing and Applications, Internet Privacy, ICT4D

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Brittany Galvez

Assistant Director of Admissions
T: 909-607-6728