Manage health data

Kelly Mitchell

Health Administration and Informatics (MHA/MSHI) | Columbia, MO

Kelly Mitchell came to health care after 18 years in law enforcement. MU's distance-mediated master's gave her the structure and flexibility she needed to balance her online studies with the demands of a full-time job.

Christina Slemp

Health Administration and Informatics (MHA/MSHI) | Fort Smith, AR

Christina Slemp transferred her skills in statistical research to a new position in health care administration. Now she's advancing her career further with a flexible, distance-mediated degree from MU.


Delivery of this program is blended; three weekend campus visits are required in both the spring and fall semesters. One campus visit is required during the summer semester.

Successful completion of the program requires 33 credit hours composed of 27 credit hours of core course work and 6 credit hours of an individual research project.

There are two prerequisites for the program: a college level statistics course and a college level algebra course.

You will proceed through the course work in tandem with your cohort, beginning in January and taking courses in the order outlined below.

Each course is 3 credit hours, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Year 1, spring

HMI 7410 Introduction to the US Health Care System X 
HMI 7430 Introduction to Health Informatics X 

Year 1, summer

HMI 8450 Methods of Health Services Research  X
HMI 8580 Project Management  X

Year 1, fall

HMI 8550 Health Data AnalyticsX  
HMI 8571 Decision Support in Health Care SystemsX  

Year 2, spring

HMI 8441 Biomedical and Health Vocabularies and Ontologies X 
HMI 8435 Information Security, Evaluation and Policy X 

Year 2, summer

HMI 8451 Individual Executive Management Studies  X

Year 2, fall

HMI 8437 Data Warehousing and Data/Text Mining for Health CareX  
HMI 8443 Enterprise Information and Solutions Architecture for Strategic Healthcare OperationsX  


In your final semester, you must pass an oral examination that enables the faculty to evaluate your competency in health informatics. You also will present your independent research project.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • At least three years of technical, clinical or administrative experience in health care or the health sciences.
    • Completed bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate or graduate education. If your GPA was less than 3.0, the Admissions Committee may accept you into the program on probation and require you to maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 7.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 66 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 190.
    • GRE scores are not required.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Application dates

    This program accepts students to matriculate in the spring term only. We recommend you submit your application by Dec. 1.

  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Personal essay that outlines your professional plans and career objectives, explains how you became interested in 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, and states that you intend to apply to the traditional distance education (executive) program.
    • Statement of support from your employer; not required if you are self-employed or a principal in your organization.
    • Résumé or CV documenting at least three years of technical, clinical or administrative experience in health care or the health sciences.
    • Three letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of three professional colleagues who can attest to your intellectual, experiential and interpersonal abilities. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
    • Interview. The Admissions Committee interviews all applicants. If you are unable to travel to the Columbia, Missouri campus, alternate arrangements can be made.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application.
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Health Informatics/Executive Program-Distance (MS)

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This program is administered by the Department of Health Management and Informatics.