MS in Nursing Informatics

Nursing Informatics (NI) is a dynamic interdisciplinary field that leverages a nurse’s invaluable clinical and analytic skills and knowledge to improve the development and delivery of healthcare information and support clinical decision making. MS trained nurses often bridge technology and patient care, and take on increasing leadership roles that influence systems of care. Since both healthcare and technology constantly evolving, there is no end to new opportunities and challenges.

Nurse informaticists practice in any setting. Our graduates work for hospitals, clinics, public health, EHR or decision support vendors, software and analytic companies…anywhere there is health information.

Program Information

The NI program offers both online and on-campus programs of study and a part-time option. The faculty are nationally-known nursing informatics leaders with practical and research experience at the University of Utah, Intermountain Healthcare, and the VA. The faculty will work with you to identify experiences to match your interests.


The NI curriculum is interdisciplinary and a mix of informatics and other courses to build your informatics and leadership skills and systems-level thinking. Informatics-related courses range from systems analysis, programming, clinical decision support, standards and terminology for interoperability, and more. Most of the informatics courses are co-offered with the Biomedical Informatics Department allowing you to build interdisciplinary skills and broaden your horizon.

Programs of study

Click here to see the current and previous programs of study

Nursing Informatics Conference Engagement Scholarship

Through a generous alumni donation, a scholarship is available to support College of Nursing students’ engagement in the Informatics community and covers up to $1,000 for expenses to attend and present at a conference. To be eligible, applicants must be a currently enrolled nursing student (either full-time or part-time) with an informatics focus, including (but not limited to) students in the MS Nursing Informatics program, Informatics certificate program, or the PhD program. Other eligibility criteria and details about the scholarship are available here. For more information, please contact Catherine Staes ( or Jia-Wen Guo (

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Office of Student Services
Phone: 801-587-3194

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Program Manager
Ashley Cadiz

Specialty Track Director
Catherine Staes, PhD, MPH RN


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