Master’s in Healthcare Analytics Degree Overview
If you have a healthcare or analytic background, and would like to deepen and broaden your expertise or enter the healthcare field, a Master’s in Healthcare Analytics (MSHA) degree is for you. This graduate program will give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in healthcare analytics, following all best practices in data analytics and the ability to apply them to the many facets of modern healthcare. This Master’s in Healthcare Analytics program will prepare you to knowledgeably engage with stakeholders around data and analytics so that you can make a difference in your chosen healthcare organization.
Healthcare is more than just doctors, nurses, and insurance providers, but includes the people working behind the scenes to support the healthcare system and ensure it functions properly. In the position of healthcare analyst, you’ll make critical predictive and prescriptive analytic decisions, managing data and information. Your expertise will be welcomed in a variety of roles within hospitals, clinics, healthcare devices or services companies, the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, and more. The MSHA program delivers a quality education in advanced healthcare data analysis with emphasis on information systems design, foundation of policy, optimization of clinical and medical service quality, the integration of statistical data, and more.
Now more than ever, as the pandemic has raised awareness in this field and the volume of health data continues to grow, opportunities for healthcare professionals who know how to analyze and act on data to improve patient care are on the rise. Some topics we explore in our core courses include: design and management for healthcare informatics, methods for healthcare data analytics, public health informatics, and healthcare database design. Learn more about our course offerings below.
Faculty and Admissions
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MSHA Program Highlights
Learn through applied research, writing, presentations, discussions, debates, and an internship or a team-based capstone project using data queries, statistical modeling, algorithmic routines, and procedural logic you can use to benefit your current organization.
A Versatile Degree
This graduate degree prepares you to succeed in a wide range of jobs in varying departments within hospitals, clinics, healthcare device companies, the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, and more.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a research project which could lead to authorship and publication in a peer-reviewed journal, blog or SIGs (special interest groups) through the school’s technology and quantitative analysis programs.
MSHA Degree Information
The MS in Healthcare Analytics program now has an Honors Program for high-achieving students.
This Honors Program cohort will meet once a month for a deep-dive discussion on contemporary trending industry issues, gaps, advances, and opportunities and will engage in research projects led by faculty that are designed to further the reach of their education in a manner commensurate with their existing academic achievement. This research can lead to pieces for publication in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and the teams who successfully publish pieces will be listed as research authors in the publication itself.
Each and every student within the Honors Program will also receive professional executive mentoring on their selected career path, CV creation, and interviewing advice, as we guide our graduates to be prepared to make their impact in their career as soon as possible.
Finally, Honors Program members will assist instructors and gain invaluable experience as both a teacher and a leader as they work with these professors on assignment preparation, assisting students with coursework, and ultimately conducting student-perspective evaluations in courses where they will provide feedback to instructors on student perceptions of course instruction.
The Honors Program is for students that have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or above for two consecutive terms, and will be required to pass a CSML faculty interview as well.
Industry Curriculum Partners
Program content and curriculum are developed in collaboration with industry experts including:
- Sriram Bharadwaj, previous Director of Applications and Chief Information Security Officer, Acting Interim CIO, UC Irvine Health
- Brett Garcia, Health Plan Supervisor at Kaiser Permanente
- Dr. Aaron Wester, core faculty at CSML, Previous Technical Products Specialist for Press Ganey Associates, and Previous National Director Advanced Analytics, Data Science and Research for iProspect / Dentsu Aegis conducting data analytics for Anthem healthcare.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the career outlook for graduates of the program?
The MSHA degree program affords its graduates a career field ready to accept them with open arms. Between now and 2026, in the field medical and health service management positions—the umbrella healthcare analytics falls under—there are expected to be over 70,000 new jobs for graduates of this program, and others like it, to fill around the country. This represents a 20% growth over the existing need in this position and represents one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the medical professions overall. As health data continues to grow, it creates great opportunities for professionals with the specialized skills to analyze and act on the data to improve patient care.
What kind of job can I expect to get with this healthcare analytics degree?
In addition to working as a healthcare analyst, graduates of the MSHA degree program can also find themselves working as a clinical manager, insurance analyst, health information technologist, pharmacist, physician, nurse, healthcare consultant, nursing home administrator, or in federal and state government agencies that value this specialized expertise.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
Are there licensure exams I’ll need to pass after graduating from the program?
While there are no required licensure exams for Health Care Analysts, the American Health Information Management Association does offer examinations for those looking to achieve unique distinction in this field and become a Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA). Earning the CHDA certification can help you:
- Validate mastery and specialized competence
- Demonstrate professionalism and commitment
- Exhibit broad organizational knowledge
- Facilitate professional development
When does the MSHA degree program start?
This program is offered as an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.
How long does it take to complete the healthcare analytics master’s degree?
The master’s program is a 33-credit program and takes approximately one year to complete across eight terms.
Program Campus Locations
Alliant has six college campuses throughout California. Our online Master’s in Healthcare Analytics gives students the freedom to complete their core courses and electives on their own time, and the Master of Science in Healthcare Analytics program is offered on-campus and online starting in 2020. Click an image below to learn more about the campus and what it has to offer.
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