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Is MSHCA Right For Me?

The Master of Science in Health Care Analytics & Information Technology (MSHCA) program takes the analytical and technology expertise of Heinz College and targets problems facing the health care field.

Technology and data have transformed the health care sector, and that transformation is accelerating. In all aspects of the field and at all points of care, advanced technologies are causing us to rethink what's possible. 

The MSHCA program will prepare you to drive change in the industry immediately upon graduation. We will prepare you to understand the complexity of today's health care environment and we will unlock your ability to create new models and products powered by technology and analytics. But not only will you have the ability to innovate, you will be equipped to translate those innovations into maximum impact. As the industry evolves in the digital age, the MSHCA program will prepare you to adapt, using analytics to make a difference at health organizations of all kinds.

This program is ideal for students with a technical background but is suitable for students from non-technical areas who possess strong quantitative skills. Overall, MSHCA is for individuals who have a passion for health care and want to create urgently needed changes that will shape the health industry in the 21st century.

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MSHCA Curriculum

For detailed curriculum information, please visit the MSHCA Student Handbook.


Below is one possible schedule for the two-year MSHCA program. Actual schedules will vary depending on location and electives.

Class titles in bold are core courses. Heinz College offers a mix of full-semester (14 weeks) and half-semester courses (7 weeks) for core and elective courses.

Year 1 - Fall SEMESTER
  • Health Systems*
  • Database Management
  • Statistics*
  • Python Programming*
  • Exploratory Data Analysis*
  • Writing*
  • Presentation Skills*

Year 1 - Spring SEMESTER
  • Health Care Information Systems
  • Foundations of Machine Learning
  • Optimization*
  • Decision and Risk Modeling*
  • Econometrics*
  • Health Policy*


Year 2 - Fall SEMESTER
  • Health Economics
  • Financial Analysis*
  • Financial Applications in Health Care*
  • Decision Analytics for Business and Policy
  • Organizational Design*
  • Data Science and Big Data

Year 2 - Spring SEMESTER
  • Health Analytics Capstone Project
  • Practical Unstructured Data Analytics*
  • IT Project Management*
  • Organizational Change*
  • Health Care Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

*Half-semester courses


The average MSHCA class is diverse, both in terms of demographics and experience/education. Data shown reflects the last three years for MSHCA and MSHCPM programs.

See the Admissions page for detailed admissions requirements for the MSHCA program.

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