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Stay Ahead of the Health Care Curve. Enroll in a Health Sciences Graduate Program.

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers two Graduate Programs in Health Sciences. Select one of the options below to learn more.

Master of Sciences in Health Informatics and Analytics

In a rapidly evolving healthcare ecosystem of automation and information systems, the online Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics (MS HIA) empowers students to apply data analysis and information technology solutions to the evidence-based delivery of health care. Available as a joint degree option for Drake pharmacy students or as a stand-alone program for current clinicians, healthcare administrators, and information technology workers looking to advance their career, the program provides students with the opportunity to collaborate effectively with data scientists, statisticians, and healthcare professionals in interdisciplinary healthcare settings.

Graduates of the MS HIA program will be particularly agile in the fast-changing healthcare landscape, and well-positioned to take on innovative roles in the health care information technology field. The unique inclusion of data analytics with informatics addresses the growing employer demand in graduates with both of these skills.

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • HSCI 201: Introduction to Health Informatics & Analytics (3 cr.)
  • HCI 260:  Survey of Evidence-Based Health Care (3 cr.)
  • IS 231/MDAL230: Data Management and Visual Analytics (3 cr.)
  • STAT 240/MDAL 240: Statistical Modeling (3 cr.)
  • Choose one:  HLTH 264: Beyond Ethics:  Policy & Healthcare or HLTH 266: Healthcare Regulation, Law and Advocacy (3 cr. each)
  • HSCI 285:  Health Informatics and Analytics Capstone (3 cr.)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

A variety of courses will fulfill the elective requirements for the degree, including the option to complete either the Evidence Based Health Care or Business Analytics Certificates.  

  • Evidence Based Health Care Certificate  
    • HSCI 261: Review of Statistics for Evidence-Based Healthcare (3 cr.)
    • HSCI 262: Critical Analysis in Health Care (3 cr.)
    • HSCI 270: Practicum/Capstone (1 cr.) (may be fulfilled by HSCI 285 with permission.

  • Business Analytics Certificate
    • IS 210/MDAL 210: Business Analytics, Teams, and Projects (3 cr.) (3 cr.)
    • IS 220/MDAL 220: Information Technology Legal and Ethical Issues (3 cr.)
    • STAT 260/MDAL 260: Applied Analytics Project (3 cr.)
  • Other Electives
    • MBA 245:  Leading with Data  (3 cr.)
    • MBA 254:  Leadership & Human Capital Development (3 cr.)
    • QUAN 270:  Quantitative Analytical Methods (3 cr.)
    • HLTH 261:  Healthcare Policy  (3 cr.)
    • HLTH 263: Healthcare Administration  (3 cr.)
    • Other Courses as approved by program director 

**You may choose a max of 3 (9 credits) of the following electives:  IS/MDAL 210, IS/MDAL 220, STAT/MDAL 260, MBA 245, MBA 254, QUAN 270.

One Year Plan

Students who wish to complete the program in one year may follow this plan.  


  • IS 210 Business Analytics (required elective, 3 cr.)
  • STAT 240: Statistical Modeling (3 cr.)
  • Elective


  • IS 231: Data Management and Visual Analytics (3 cr.) (or summer)
  • Elective
  • Elective


  • HSCI 201: Introduction to Health Informatics & Analytics (3 cr.)
    • HSCI 260:  Survey of Evidence-Based Health Care (3 cr.)


  • HSCI 285:  Health Informatics Practicum/Capstone (3 cr.)
  • HLTH 266 - Healthcare Regulation, Law, and Advocacy (3 cr.)

Note that some courses may be offered in a different semester; check course listings in Self-Service to determine the definite schedule.

Admission Requirements

  • GPA Requirement:  3.0 from a regionally accredited institution

Program Goal and Objectives


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Evidence-Based Health Care Certificate

Accessing and interpreting the best available evidence for the best possible decision-making.

That is the goal of evidence-based healthcare and the Master’s level certificate program offered by Drake University. 

So if you’re a health care professional looking to expand your knowledge in evidence-based decision making, learn how to achieve the best possible patient outcomes by enrolling in the Evidence Based Health Care certificate. 

Courses (10 credits)

  • HSCI 260: Introduction to Evidence-Based Healthcare (3 cr.)
  • HSCI 261: Review of Statistics for Evidence-Based Healthcare (3 cr.)
  • HSCI 262: Critical Appraisal in Evidence-Based Healthcare (3 cr.)
  • HSCI 270: Practicum/capstone project in Evidence-Based Healthcare (1 cr.) (may be waived for students in the MS HIA program).

To request admission to the Evidence Based Health Care Certificate, apply here.

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