Nursing Informatics

Where data and automation add up to better patient outcomes.

With our focus on compassionate care, it normally runs against our grain to treat any patient like a number. However, numbers do have a place in healthcare, and one such place is informatics. Nursing informatics is poised at the dynamic intersection of computer science, health care delivery, human systems integration, knowledge management and the health industry. It attracts students who aspire to make an impact solving healthcare problems and even evolving healthcare itself—achieving results from the desktop to the bedside.

Our informatics program offers two pathways for nurses. We offer the MSN in Nursing Informatics and the BSN to DNP in Nursing Informatics and Data Science. Both programs offer a hands-on approach to learning with clinical practicum.

Drawing experts from business, engineering, computer science and healthcare, our faculty prepare students with the technical, analytical and innovation skills they need to become clinical informaticists—future leaders who manage impersonal data to deliver efficient, effective and personal care to patients.

The University of San Diego's MSN Nursing Informatics program is recognized as an approved educational partner by the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS). Graduates are prepared for certification through HIMSS and are eligible to seek board certification as Nursing Informaticists through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

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Alumni Spotlight

"The Nursing/Health Care Informatics program at USD challenged me to grow in ways that I had not previously considered, and the outstanding residency program provided exemplary opportunities to engage with senior and executive leaders across multiple health systems.  As a health IT leader, the program further developed my hard skills while providing a platform to grow the soft skills vital to success in operational and strategic leadership. My experience in the program was also enhanced through engagement with a dynamic, innovative and accomplished graduate student community. Without a doubt, the program has contributed to my success, and I am sure this will be the case even as I look to the future."

–Josh Wymer, CPHIMS, RN-BC, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, MSN-HCI ’19  

Program Outcomes

  • Provide leadership in integrating research into practice.
  • Utilize research-based evidence as a foundation for practice.
  • Apply information technology to enhance health care education, practice, and research.
  • Engage in multi-sectoral collaboration to improve health care delivery, assuming responsibility as deemed appropriate.
  • Provide leadership in formulating and implementing policy that contributes to ongoing improvement of health care delivery.
  • Practice from an ethical and legal perspective that acknowledges conflicting values and rights as they affect health care decisions.
  • Assume and develop advanced roles to meet societal needs in a rapidly changing national and global health care arena.
  • Provide innovative services that promote health and quality of life for culturally diverse individuals, families and populations. Analyze emerging issues in health care, technologies and society as a basis for enacting social change in ways that foster health.
  • Analyze emerging issues in health care, technologies and society as a basis for enacting social change in ways that foster health.
HIMSS approved education partner