Health Informatics

Undergraduate Programs


The Health Informatics programs prepares students to use Information Systems and Health Information Technology to design, evaluate, adopt, and apply technology-based innovations in healthcare delivery, management, and research.

The program’s mission is to prepare students to effectively use health informatics and analytics to impact health, health promotion, healthcare delivery, and healthcare decision making by preparing professionals, analysts, and visionary future leaders who maximize inter-professional collaborations through data analysis, knowledge discovery, and dissemination of cutting edge innovations for the benefit of the individual, family, and business while promoting societal health outcomes.  In support of this mission, the program is designed so that each student will be prepared to:

  • Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of healthcare information and management systems and services within and across various healthcare organizations. 
  • Integrate professional leadership traits and communication techniques that foster collaborative discovery of advances in population health, experience of care, and cost management.
  • Articulate roles of governmental, regulatory, professional, and accreditation agencies related to healthcare and their impact on clinical outcomes, and financial performance.
  • Design structure for data capture and establish retrieval methods to create targeted results that can be applied to health-related questions.
  • Interpret data related to health concerns, population health, and business metrics to retrieve results for targeted purposes that lead to cutting edge, real time information.
  • Understand business needs, analyze opportunities for improvement, manage the selection and implementation of a project, review and assess the results.
  • Evaluate impact on issues related to healthcare systems including satisfaction, engagement, quality of care, economics, access to care, business process improvement, predictability, process mapping, flow diagramming, and gap analysis.


Program Locations Major / Total Credits
Health Informatics BS BS - Bachelor of Science
  • Mankato
76 / 120


Program Locations Total Credits
Health Informatics CERT
  • Mankato

Policies & Faculty


GPA Policy. The completion of any major, minor, or certificate in the Department of Computer Information Science requires both:

  1. a GPA of 2.5 or higher for all departmental courses, or their substitutions, used to complete the major, minor, or certificate, and
  2. a GPA of 2.5 or higher for all courses, or their substitutions, used to complete the major or minor. This includes all departmental courses, supporting courses, and General Education courses required for the major, minor, or certificate.

It is recommended students who cannot maintain a GPA of 3.0 in required 100 and 200 level courses see their advisor for a program review.

Grade Policy. All coursework used to complete a departmental major, minor, or certificate, including required courses, required supporting courses, and required General Education courses, must be taken for a letter grade except for courses offered only as P/N.

No course completed with a grade of “D” can be used to complete a departmental major or minor program, or to meet a departmental prerequisite.

Registration Hold Policy. The department will place a registration hold on any student who earns a “D” or “F” in any of its courses. The department will also place such a hold on any student who drops any of its courses after the first two weeks of the semester. A student with a registration hold cannot register for courses until the hold is released, which requires filling out an appeal form and taking it to the student’s advisor for discussion. Appeal forms are available from the departmental office. This hold policy does NOT apply to students who are taking 100-level courses.

Incomplete Policy. The department gives incomplete grades for only two conditions. The first condition is illness, which requires a doctor’s written recommendation. The second condition arises when a death in the student’s family has caused the student to be away from the campus for an extended period. The student must have a satisfactory grade (“C” or better) in the course at the time of the onset of the condition.

Internship Policy. The Department of Computer Information Science continuously strives for improvements in the academic program. Coursework, coupled with extensive laboratory experience, play an important part in the student's educational program. However, application of the concepts discussed in class to the on-the-job situations is equally important. As a result, the department requires an internship or a capstone experience for all majors.

Residency Policy. Students must earn at least 50 percent of the credits required for a departmental major, minor, or certificate at Minnesota State Mankato. 

Contact Information

273 Wissink Hall

(507) 389-1412


  • Sarah Kruse, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
  • Sarah Kruse, Ph.D.