The mission of the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program is to provide students with a graduate education that will further their careers as leaders and innovators in health informatics. The program supports its mission by offering a multidisciplinary curriculum that encourages both research-based and experiential learning.
Health informatics is defined as the knowledge, skills, and tools that enable information to be collected, managed, used, and shared for supporting the delivery of healthcare services and promoting health. Health informatics is one of the fastest-growing segments of information technology and computer science. It is an application of information technology and computing disciplines for solving problems in the field of healthcare. The need to reduce cost and increase efficiency within healthcare sectors is leading to the development of new healthcare concepts like managed care. Recent development in healthcare sector creates the need for data collation and analysis, thereby strengthening the need for adequate information systems. Although the role of information technology within the healthcare sector is gaining importance, understanding of its potential still remains fragmented.
- Chief Information Officer
- Chief Medical Information Officer
- Clinical Analyst
- Health Cybersecurity Analyst
- Health Data/Information Resource Manager
- Health Information Management Director
- Health Information System Application Designer
- Healthcare Programmer/Systems Analyst
- Information Technology Consultant
Combine computer science and healthcare and choose one of these four careers in healthcare informatics.
Program Goal 1: Students will evaluate the interrelationships between information technology and healthcare services, and the ways these two areas influence and transform each other.
- Objective 1: Apply systems analysis and design theory to health informatics problems.
- Objective 2: Generalize the digital transformation of healthcare.
- Objective 3: Summarize the evolution of health informatics.
Program Goal 2: Students will demonstrate the technical, management, and quantitative skillset necessary to succeed as health informatics professionals.
- Objective 1: Synthesize database and data analytics theory with health informatics.
- Objective 2: Apply project management concepts to health informatics issues.
- Objective 3: Employ methods for quantitative analysis and decision making to health informatics problems.
Program Goal 3: Students will incorporate ethical principles and values into their professional practices.
- Objective 1: Analyze the United States healthcare system and how it functions.
- Objective 2: Explore how ethical and legal issues impact decision-making in the healthcare industry.
Program Goal 4: Students will model effective leadership strategies in a variety of settings.
- Objective 1: Examine the formulation, adoption, and implementation of public policy and its effects on healthcare delivery.
- Objective 2: Develop strategies, based on leadership theories, for sustaining change in the healthcare industry.