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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Health Care Informatics

Master of Science

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The informatics specialty curriculum provides students with the essential knowledge and skills for an informatics specialist role. It was built upon broad precepts and concepts from the American Nurses Association’s Scope and Standards of nursing informatics practice. The core informatics courses provide learners with a framework for information management and decision support, nursing and health care terminologies and the life cycle of an information system. A practicum that focuses on a particular role in informatics is also arranged in the learner’s own community. All of these components form the core structure of our informatics curriculum.


In addition to completing all the MS nursing core and informatics core courses, each student is required to select 9 credits of specialty courses. Our specialty courses allow one to learn more depth in various areas of health care informatics. We customize the selection of specialty courses to meet the individual needs of our students.

Master of Science in Nursing Core Courses
Informatics Core Courses
Specialty Options (Select 3)
Total Credits for MS in Health Care Informatics


Click here for a printable version of the MS in Health Care Informatics Program Plan.​​​​​​​​​​

NURS6010: Philosophical, Theoretical and Ethical
NURS6286: Foundations of Health Care Informatics
NURS6022: Health Systems, Policy & Social Justice
NURS6031: Research Methods for Advanced Practice
NURS6274: Semantic Representation
NURS6279: Knowledge Management
NURS6284: Digital Tools for Connected Health
NURS6285: Human Computer Interaction Design
NURS6286: Foundations of Health Care Informatics
NURS6289: Information Systems Life Cycle
NURS6293: Database Management Systems
NURS6794: Decision Support
NURS6759: Advanced Nursing Practicum: Healthcare Informatics