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Master of Information Systems in Health Management

Master of Information Systems in Health Management

Master of Information Systems in Health Management

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

The Master of Information Systems in Health Management (MISHM) is a unique program designed to prepare students for professional roles in the design and management of information systems and services in healthcare organizations. 

Against the backdrop of a growing demand for better and modernized healthcare systems worldwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job outlook for Computer and Information Systems Managers jobs will grow 15% from 2014 to 2024 – much higher than the average across occupations. 

While Qatar has already started digitization of health records and implementation of digital-based data collection and storage systems, there is limited access to expertise in implementation and management of such health information systems. The MISHM addresses the shortage in skilled resources with expertise in health information systems, which is urgently required as highlighted in a report on National E-Health and Data management strategy commissioned by the Ministry of Public Health in 2015.

Graduates of this program will be able to pursue a variety of career paths in different healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, primary care facilities, national health services, physician offices, insurance providers, long-term care organizations, pharmacies, IT companies, industries linked to health information and management functions, health information and research centers.

Program Focus

Delivered by the Information and Computing Technology (ICT) Division, the program emphasizes on teaching principles and methodologies of information system management, health informatics, health record systems, and health data management. The program  develops students’ technical and managerial skills to organize and implement information-based healthcare systems. Through active collaboration with healthcare sectors and government ministries in Qatar, the program will provide industry-based projects and internships to students.

Practical skills gained by students:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the technological infrastructure needed to deploy healthcare solutions including quality of services, privacy, and security aspects.
  • Assess the information technology resources needed to deploy healthcare solutions that meet the needs of the local community. 
  • Analyze, design, implement, and test technical solutions that include database and data communication components.
  • Evaluate the performance of technical solutions to guarantee the delivery of services over time.
  • Manage technical solutions given local constraints, organizational context, and policies relating to health.


A 33-credit program, taught in English over two years, that includes

  • Core courses (12 credits)

    • Information Technology Project Management
    • Information Systems Analysis and Design 
    • Information Systems Management 
    • Healthcare Information Systems 
  • Elective courses (15 credits)

    • Covering the fundamentals of storing, accessing, processing and protecting health information that will help students to apply effective data integration and implementation – such as advanced data management systems, security risk analysis, biostatistics and bioinformatics, principles of health informatics, data science tools and applications, interaction design for healthcare, computer and network security, network forensics, data warehousing, security of clinical information systems, enterprise systems, and decision analysis and decision support systems.
  • Industrial Project (6 credits)

    • Offers a route for students to further develop real-world, practical problem-solving experience.
  • Graduate research seminars

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