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The Health Care Informatics master’s program at MTSU, a concentration in Professional Science, emphasizes the skills and experience that will prepare the next generation of professionals to be competitive in the business and healthcare information technology workforce. This interdisciplinary degree is well suited to traditional students as well as working professionals. The M.S. in Professional Science is a groundbreaking master's degree in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that helps equip students for work in public and private business enterprises and in academia. Health Care Informatics is designed around concentration courses in information systems applications and security, project management, business intelligence/analytics, and healthcare law, and electives in valuable specialty areas like Six Sigma and Lean Productivity Systems. This concentration is supplemented by a core of business courses in accounting, statistics, managerial communication, leadership, and a capstone internship experience. The program supports both part-time and full-time students, and limited graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis.​

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Degree leads to Community Health Systems position

Degree leads to Community Health Systems position

Kenyia Roberson, a licensed registered respiratory therapist, was hired by Community Health Systems as a team lead for implementing Cerner electronic medical records across the organization. She landed the position just before finishing her master’s degree in the Health Care Informatics program at MTSU. “This has been an amazing experience and unique journey for me,” she says. Roberson gained healthcare IT exposure while working in clinical settings and being a part of multiple hospital conversions such as Meditech, Cerner, and Medhost and then later gained project management experience at CHS. She was considering returning to school when she discovered the MTSU program at a hospital’s education fair. “I enjoyed assisting facilities with their clinical implementations and providing Go-Live support and training to staff,” she says. The Kansas City, Missouri, native has worked across multiple patient populations and has extensive experience as a respiratory therapist in neonatal and critical care units within Middle Tennessee.

RN promoted in healthcare IT at Vanderbilt after master’s

RN promoted in healthcare IT at Vanderbilt after master’s

Registered nurse Scott Simms earned a promotion to senior domain specialist in cardiology for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Health IT division after graduating from the MTSU Health Care Informatics master’s program in 2014. He previously supported the clinical use of computers as a systems support specialist 2 within the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. Simms came back to MTSU because of his satisfactory undergraduate experience in Biology and because there are few post-grad Health Care Informatics programs in the Midstate. “The program enlightened me to the industry’s standards and improved my awareness with exposure to legal, managerial, and accounting facets to healthcare,” he says. “This has made me a much more marketable asset for a company as well as given me the tools to perform at a high level.” Simms, who holds an Associate of Nursing degree from TSU, also had worked as an RN-Systems Support Specialist and a registered nurse in the operating room and surgical ICU.

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Healthcare informatics and healthcare information technology make up one of Nashville’s most advanced industries today, and graduates in these fields typically secure employment earning salaries around double the national average. Nashville and the Middle Tennessee region also represent the second-fastest growing technology job market and the eighth-fastest growing economy nationwide. As a result, there is currently such surging demand for data scientists in Middle Tennessee that current graduation rates in these fields cannot supply enough qualified professionals, with even larger employment projections in coming years both in Tennessee and nationwide. The M.S. program in Health Care Informatics prepares graduates to enter one of many data science and technology sectors. There is a clear focus on competence, attitude, and job readiness in the MTSU program. Potential professional positions include:

  • Clinical and business informatics process lead
  • Clinical EMR support specialist
  • Clinical informatics manager
  • Clinical quality consultant
  • Clinical/business analyst
  • Director of clinical informatics
  • Director of health informatics
  • Health information systems project manager
  • Informatics analyst
  • Informatics consultant
  • Informatics specialist
  • Information analyst
  • Manager of clinical and business informatics
  • Population health analyst
  • Solutions analyst

Employers of MTSU alumni include

While this M.S. degree prepares students for employment in many sectors of the health care and IT workforces, internship sites and prospective employers include but are not limited to:

  • Blue Cross-Blue Shield
  • Capella Healthcare
  • Centennial Medical Center
  • Community Health Systems
  • Covenant Health
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Healthways
  • Hospital Corporation of America
  • Humana
  • Lifepoint Hospitals
  • McKesson Corp.
  • National Healthcare Corp.
  • Saint Thomas Health Services
  • Sarah Cannon Research Institute
  • Tennessee Department of Health
  • United Health Group
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science includes a business core with specific concentrations in Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, and Health Care Informatics.

The Professional Science Master's, as it is commonly called, combines the business management skills commonly found in the traditional M.B.A.-type program with advanced learning in specific science fields.

This interdisciplinary program is a partnership among the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, and the Jennings A. Jones College of Business.

Applicants for the Health Care Informatics concentration:

  • Must hold an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant field including the health sciences, information technology, allied health professions, business, or statistics and have a commitment to developing the necessary analytic and program management skills and expertise required of today's health informatics professional.

  • Should possess intermediate proficiency with multiple computer programs, including but not limited to word processing, data management/presentation, and statistical analysis packages commonly used in business and healthcare industries. Familiarity with these programs is required and serves as the foundation upon which other skill sets are developed.

  • May be conditionally admitted to the program with backgrounds and experience outside of the common student profiles described above or without a relevant degree or work experience. Contact the program coordinator for details or for more information.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

Professional Science, Health Care Informatics Concentration, M.S.

Saeed Foroudastan, Director
Master of Science in Professional Science Program
(615) 494-7618

For more information about the Health Care Informatics concentration, contact:
Misagh Faezipour, Program Advisor/Coordinator
(615) 898-2110

Suzanne Hicks, Internship Graduate Coordinator
Master of Science in Professional Science Program
(615) 904-8581

The College of Basic and Applied Sciences offers the Master of Science with a major in Professional Science (M.S.) with six concentrations: Actuarial Science, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Fermentation Science, and Health Care Informatics.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Professional Science with a concentration in Health Care Informatics requires

  • an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant field including the health sciences, information technology, allied health professions, business, or statistics, and a commitment to developing the necessary analytic and program management skills and expertise required of today's health informatics professional. Contact the program coordinator if you have questions about the relevance of your degree.
  • applicants possessing intermediate proficiency with multiple computer programs, including but not limited to word processing, data management/presentation, and statistical analysis packages commonly used in business and healthcare industries. Familiarity with these programs is required and serves as the foundation upon which other skill sets are developed.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended;
  3. submit three letters of reference from mentors/colleagues able to speak to your ability to succeed at graduate study in health care informatics.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Professional Science with a concentration in Health Care Informatics requires completion of 36 semester hours.

Curriculum: Professional Science, Health Care Informatics

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Core Courses (15 hours)


  • ACTG 6100 - Accounting and Legal Issues for Managers

    3credit hours

    Surveys accounting skills and legal perspectives necessary for managers without undergraduate business degrees to enter the businessworld. Will not meet the requirements for the M.S. in Information Systems, M.Acc. in Accounting, or the M.B.A. degree programs.

  • BCED 6820 - Managerial Communication

    3credit hours

    Analysis of communication theory and communication processes with emphasis on development of executive communication skills essential for understanding organizational processes from a holistic perspective. Covers organizational theory, behavior, and interpersonal communication from both a domestic and global perspective.

  • BCED 6910 - Internship Program

    3credit hours

    A supervised program of related work experience. Provides experiential opportunities for the application of the theoretical concepts learned.

  • MGMT 6740 - Leadership and Motivation

    3credit hours

    Issues in leadership and motivation in business organizations. An examination of the theoretical framework for leadership and motivation processes serves as foundation. Emphasis on practical issues and applications of leadership development and motivation.

  • STAT 5140 - Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Professional Sciences program; graduate level. Focuses on probability and statistics concepts. Topics include binomial and normal probabilistic modeling; important statistical concepts such as confounding, randomization, sampling variability and significance; statistical testing of significant differences and associations; and design experiments to test research hypotheses.

Concentration Courses (21 hours)

Required Courses (15 hours)

  • BLAW 6500 - Legal Aspects of Healthcare

    3credit hours

    The U.S. health care system; its major stakeholders; and the laws and regulations that apply to health care institutions, professionals, and suppliers including Medicare, electronic health records, health care fraud and abuse, compliance planning, certificates of need, health care business associations, federal tax exemption, liability and licensing issues, and ethics in decision making.

  • ET 6300 - PMI Project Management

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Project management processes and knowledge areas as sanctioned by the International Project Management Institute (PMI). Successful completion of the course will earn 23 contact hours/professional development units (PDUs) issued by PMI.

  • MBAI 6835 - IT Applications for Decision Making

    2credit hours

    (Same as INFS 6835.) Prerequisite: BIA 6000 or BIA 2610 and 3620. Focuses on application development using electronic spreadsheets to improve decision making efficiency and effectiveness. Uses a hands-on approach to develop skills in electronic spreadsheets and modeling applied to a variety of business situations. Not acceptable for credit toward the degree requirements for the M.S. in Information Systems but may be required as a prerequisite at the discretion of the program coordinator.

  • MBAI 6905 - Applied Business Analytics

    3credit hours

    (Same as BIA 6905.) Prerequisites: BIA 6000 and MBAI 6835 or BIA 2610 and BIA 3620; permission of department. An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.

  • INFS 6300 - Management of Security Operations

    3credit hours

    Management of the information systems security function which includes understanding policy, governance, risk, and the application of appropriate solutions required to protect and enhance an organization's security posture. Topics include threats to security, risk assessment, application and data hardening, network security, fundamentals of encryption and authentication systems, and the application of appropriate response and recovery techniques necessary for business continuity.

  • HCI 6420 - Topics in Contemporary Health Care Informatics

    1credit hours

    Introductory seminar that covers the current issues surrounding technology and health care and the drive to produce better patient outcomes. Topics include the current health care informatics market, the current technological landscape and its limitations, and the role of data and informatics in improving patient outcomes.

6 hours from the following:

  • BIA 6910 - Business Intelligence

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIA 6905 or QM 6770 or equivalent. A more advanced look at the application of business intelligence tools to solving business problems. Coverage will include the development and deployment of sophisticated reporting and dashboard systems to monitor and manage operations. Industry-standard business intelligence software utilized.

  • ET 6010 - Safety Planning  3 credit hours  

    ET 6010 - Safety Planning

    3credit hours

    Advanced study of planning in occupational safety and health management, including program planning and development methods and techniques as well as various systems approaches to hazard control.

  • ET 6190 - Six Sigma  3 credit hours  

    ET 6190 - Six Sigma

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1530 or equivalent or consent of instructor. The Six Sigma methodology is defined as a comprehensive and flexible system for achieving, sustaining, and maximizing business success. Through class instruction, simulations, and hands-on projects, students will be able to identify and focus on customers' critical-to-quality (CTQ) characteristics and solve problems using the define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) process and its associated tools. A Green Belt certification will be awarded upon successful completion of an industry/business Green Belt project.

  • ET 6390 - Productivity Strategies/Lean Systems

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and ET 3910 or consent of instructor. Topics include the human element (supervisory and teamwork skills), the theoretical aspect (laws and science covering service and production systems), and the practical aspect (tools for lean operational systems implementation). Theoretical and practical methods needed to complete a required industry/business project and obtain a certification in Lean Manufacturing.

  • ET 6870 - Engineering Management Systems

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Advanced topics related to engineering management systems with a focus on innovation implementation for technical products, technical processes, and for business models in a technical environment. Implementation strategies integrating current and emerging technologies into manufacturing, health care and service industries. Components needed for the construction of new venture business plans to create new technology businesses and jobs.

  • HLTH 6510 - The Nation's Health

    3credit hours

    Investigates the determinants of health and the role of public health and health care on the health status of the population of the United States. Study of biological, socioeconomic, cultural, and behavioral factors that influence health status and care in America.

Our adjunct faculty bring outstanding professional experience to our programs. Many are industry leaders with decorated careers and honors. Importantly, they are innovative educators who offer hands-on learning to our students to prepare them to enter and thrive in a dynamic, and oftentimes emerging, industry and professional world. They inspire, instruct, and challenge our students toward academic and professional success.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis to full-time students in the Health Care Informatics program. In addition to a monthly stipend, the university also pays all tuition and most fees for assistantship holders. Non-Tennessee residents who are awarded graduate assistantships are not required to pay out-of-state fees. To learn more about the types of graduate assistantships and to download an application, visit the Graduate Studies Assistantship page.

The College of Graduate Studies also awards a limited number of scholarships. For additional information and applications, visit the Graduate Studies Finance page.

In addition to assistantships and scholarships, MTSU's Office of Financial Aid assists graduate students seeking other forms of financial support while in school.

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Dr. Misagh Faezipour
Program Advisor / Coordinator

Dr. Saeed Foroudastan
Program Director

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Dr. Misagh Faezipour
Program Advisor/Coordinator

Suzanne Hicks
Internship Coordinator

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