Health Care Informatics is a rapidly emerging discipline that offers new frontiers requiring innovative leadership. Emerging technology provides an understanding of the value of health informatics, how it can reduce health care costs, increase access, and improve the quality of health care services. The master‛s degree in health care informatics is designed for those interested in using information technology, both hardware and software, for better decision making and better patient outcomes. Graduates of this program will be prepared to integrate information technology with health care to support the continuous improvement in patient-care systems, project management, decision making, quality assessment and health care system operations.This health care informatics program involves courses that focus on topics such as: health care politics and economics, legal and ethical principles in health care, and health care research and application. Students will also critically analyze health care research, health care information systems and technology, data management, and the use of health data for process improvement, cost containment, and effective health care delivery. The history, application, impact, and future need for informatics in health care will also be examined.
Graduates may perform a variety of functions for the organization, such as automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training health care workers in the use of computer systems, and collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care. Depending on their areas of strength and focus, graduates may serve as project managers, project designers, researchers, systems analysts, or administrators and executives at all levels of the organization. Graduates may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, primary care facilities, doctors‛ offices, insurance companies, pharmacies, technology suppliers, consulting firms, and more.Organizations of potential employment include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institutes of Health; clinical data exchange insurance sites; the government's Military Health System; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; state health care; and informational technology vendors.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.