The MS in Health Information Systems & Technology addresses the high demand for professionals with expertise in the complexities of both health care administration and information technology.

As health information and technology continue to be of critical focus across the global continuum of care, a variety of new and revamped roles in healthcare are continuously emerging and evolving in scope. The Center for Information Systems & Technology (CISAT) along with the School of Community & Global Health (SCGH) of Claremont Graduate University offer a joint degree program that provides you with the tools and skills needed to develop, manage, and support health information technology systems, and to work in a variety of health IT positions. The program emphasizes foundational knowledge and skills such as data analysis, data mining, software programming, communications, and project management.

Program Highlights
  • Proximity to local health departments in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties provides you many employment and educational opportunities.
  • Your degree will be applicable to a wide range of professional fields, including pharmaceutical marketing, health care marketing, health care consulting, hospital administration, managed care, biotechnology, and healthcare-related nonprofit work.
  • Well-equipped research clinics and laboratories allow you to work directly on applied and academic research; these include the IDEA Lab, Intelligent Systems Lab, and more.
  • You will benefit from an interdisciplinary educational experience that aims to bridge the gap between collecting data and translating it into maintaining health organizations and managing outcomes.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
40 units

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME*
2 years

*This estimate assumes full-time registration and pursuit of the degree. 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.

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DEGREE AWARDED
MS in Health Information Systems & Technology

Featured Courses

CGH 301
Biostatistics

Examines the most commonly used statistical methods in clinical and experimental research, focusing on data analytic methods, reading and interpreting computer output from commonly used statistical packages, and more.

CGH 302
Epidemiology

Provides an overview of the causes, distribution, and control of disease in populations and the skills and knowledge to investigate the epidemiology of a specific disease or other health-related phenomenon.

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.

IST 302
Databases

Introduces concepts and techniques for database design and management emphasizing the relational model, query optimization and performance tuning, and more.

IST 303
Software Development

Provides an understanding of modern software development principles and practices to support more advanced information systems and technology courses.

IST 370
Introduction to GIS Analytics and Solution Development

Provides an overview of the theoretical foundations and the applied use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the principles, and fundamental concepts.

Curriculum

Health Core Courses (12 units)

  • Biostatistics or Advanced Statistical Methods (4 units)
  • Epidemiology (4 units)
  • Health Services in the US and Abroad (4 units)

Information Systems and Technology Courses (8 units)

  • Databases (4 units)
  • Software Development (4 units)
  • Communications and Networking (4 units)
  • Management of Information Systems and Technology (4 units)
  • CS Insights on Python Programming (4 units)
  • Geographic Information Systems: Essential Concepts (4 units)
  • Introduction to Health Informatics (4 units)

Health Elective Course (8 units)

  • Theoretical Foundations in Health Promotion and Education (4 units)
  • Grant Writing and Proposal Development (4 units)
  • Data Analysis (SAS) (4 units)
  • Research Methods or Advanced Research Methods (4 units)
  • Foundations of Program Planning (4 units)
  • Health Care Economics & Financing (4 units)

Information Systems and Technology Elective Courses (12 units)
Students may pursue the following areas of emphasis: Information Systems and Technology Management, Mobile App Development, Geographic Information Systems, Health Informatics, Cybersecurity and Networking, or design a customized option in collaboration with an advisor.

Faculty & Research

  • Bin Xie profile image

    Bin Xie

    Professor of Community and Global Health

    Research Interests

    Obesity prevention; Tobacco control; Diet, physical activity, body image in adolescents; Psychological adjustment to obesity; Diabetes and cancer; Application of statistical analysis in prevention research

  • Darleen V. Peterson profile image

    Darleen V. Peterson

    Professor of Practice, Community and Global Health
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Director of the Certificate, MPH, and DrPH Programs

    Research Interests

    Evaluation of Health Communication Campaigns, Effects of Pro- and Anti-Tobacco and Alcohol Marketing; Public Health Education

  • Lorne Olfman profile image

    Lorne Olfman

    Professor
    Director, Center for Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

    User training, E-Learning systems, Knowledge management, Social technologies for group work

  • Nicole Gatto profile image

    Nicole Gatto

    Associate Professor of Public Health
    Director, PhD in Health Promotion Sciences Program

    Research Interests

    Epidemiology, Risk factors for cardiovascular and neurological diseases,
    Parkinson’s disease, Cognitive dysfunction

  • Deborah Freund profile image

    Deborah Freund

    University Professor
    Director of Community and Student Engagement

    Research Interests

    Value-Based Reimbursement, Medicaid Managed Care, Health Disparities

  • Samir Chatterjee profile image

    Samir Chatterjee

    Fletcher Jones Chair of Technology Design & Management

    Research Interests

    Design science research, Health informatics, Electronics and telecommunication engineering

  • Brian Hilton profile image

    Brian Hilton

    Clinical Full Professor

    Research Interests

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

  • Terry Ryan profile image

    Terry Ryan

    Professor of Information Systems & Technology

    Research Interests

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

  • 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

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