RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Nonprofit Colleges Online, a website dedicated to helping students find the best offerings in affordable online degree programs, has published a ranking of 15 Best Master's of Health Informatics Master's Degree Programs ( http://www.nonprofitcollegesonline.com/best-online-masters-health-informatics/). Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota, came first in this ranking, offering students the best value with an estimated tuition cost of $14,587. University of Massachusetts Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts, placed second with an estimated tuition of $20,520, and National University located in La Jolla, California, came in third with an estimated tuition of $22,464. All of the schools in this ranking are nonprofit institutions, accredited by a trusted accreditation board, and offer their degree programs online with minimal or no required campus visits. Their affordability was ranked based on their current out-of-state tuition rates. Other colleges and universities in this ranking are as follows in alphabetical order: Drexel University - Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaLouisiana Tech University - Ruston, LouisianaMichigan Technological University - Houghton, MichiganNorthwestern University - Evanston, IllinoisNova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale, FloridaSouthern New Hampshire University - Manchester, New HampshireStevens-Henager College - Ogden, UtahTroy University - Troy, AlabamaUniversity of Maryland University College - Upper Marlboro, MarylandUniversity of Missouri - Columbia, Missouri University of New England - Biddeford, Maine University of Tennessee Health Science Center - Memphis, Tennessee Health informatics is the interdisciplinary study and application of information technologies in the field of healthcare and medicine. Health informatics specialists are tasked with the delivery, management, and security of highly sensitive and important medical records-- whether the implementation and maintenance of a record-keeping system for a dental office, or the operation and security of an entire hospital system's patient records and catalog. IT specialists and medical information officers are a few of the positions for which one might apply after obtaining this degree.