Limestone University To Launch New Master's Program In Health Informatics

Charles Wyatt
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Limestone University’s growing list of graduate programs will increase this fall as the Gaffney-based institution plans to add a Master of Science in Health Informatics.

Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the completely online program will welcome its first cohort in August of this year when courses for the program begin.

“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,” said program Director Dr. Jane Watkins, professor of Computer Science who also serves as the department chair for Computer Science. “Our program will support that mission by offering a multidisciplinary curriculum that encourages both research-based and experiential learning. We’re extremely excited to offer this brand-new graduate program at Limestone.”

Some of the employment opportunities for graduates of the Master of Science in Health Informatics include: 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, and Information Technology Consultant.

“Part of Limestone’s strategic plan is supporting new and growing healthcare professions to provide our students with pathways to meaningful careers,” said the University’s President Dr. Darrell Parker. “The Master of Health Informatics, which applies computer science solutions to healthcare problems, is a big step in that direction.”

Candidates for admission to Limestone’s Master of Science in Health Informatics Program are evaluated based on ability and achievement. The program’s committee will consider all components of the application in its admission decision.

For complete information on admission into the program, click HERE

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 the 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.

The curriculum for Limestone’s Master of Science in Health Informatics consists of 10 online courses totaling 30 graduate hours.