Health informatics is the study of the practical use of information and information technologies in healthcare. Our master’s track in health informatics trains students in informatics skills and technologies to organize, coordinate, manage, and deliver high-quality healthcare. Students learn about statistical methods and data management, informatics skills and infrastructure, and the social and organizational context of healthcare, augmented by electives in health policy, big data, and health informatics application areas.
We prepare students for a wide range of careers — including those in healthcare delivery organizations, insurance, and consulting. Potential job opportunities include a variety of positions in data analysis, policy analysis, health information technology, process improvement, quality assessment, team management, organizational strategy, and leadership.
The health informatics curriculum provides a strong foundation in data analytics and computational methods, health services research methods to evaluate the impact of informatics innovations, and social science methods to better understand the physicians, patients, and scientists who use information systems. Each student acquires hands-on experience through a faculty-mentored research project that begins in the first term and culminates in a capstone/portfolio final project.
This track has close ties to other departments within Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell University, Cornell Tech, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Full-time students can complete this track in 12 months, and part-time students in 18-24 months.
Students come from backgrounds in healthcare, biomedical sciences, and computer science. Their diversity creates a unique, collaborative learning environment.
Being in New York City is a huge asset. Local institutions collaborating with Weill Cornell Medicine include New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgery, The Rockefeller University, the State Department of Health, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and more.
Students innovate through cutting edge topics in healthcare such as big data, data mining, and analytics. This track offers a blend of healthcare system knowledge and key technical skills.
Our alumni hold positions in data and policy analysis, health information technology, process improvement, quality assessment, and more. Many alumni pursue doctoral studies.
Our faculty are nationally recognized experts in a wide range of fields including health informatics, biostatistics, epidemiology, comparative effectiveness, and health outcomes. They have an enormous reservoir of both theoretical knowledge and practical experience in many different aspects of healthcare, as well as personal networks of connections with academia and industry.
The culminating capstone aims to help students discover and develop new and effective ways of managing and working together with stakeholders in healthcare while gaining real-world experience.
Our faculty are nationally recognized experts in a wide range of fields including informatics, biostatistics, computational methods, comparative effectiveness, and health policy, and our NYC location allows for collaboration between local healthcare industry experts.