What is a Master's in Health Informatics?
The Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Informatics is designed for BSN-prepared nurses who want to better understand and apply the data involved in healthcare to make better decisions through evidenced-based practices.
Earn an Online MSN Health Informatics Degree at GCU
The MSN informatics program from the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions culminates in a capstone course and a 16-week practicum. This provides an opportunity for you to develop an evidence-based practice project in which you:
- Identify a problem amenable to research-based intervention
- Search literature
- Propose a solution
- Develop a plan to implement the solution, evaluate its outcomes and disseminate the findings
The final practicum integrates nursing knowledge, leadership and advanced critical thinking in the development of a comprehensive and professional project plan. In addition to a masters in nursing informatics capstone and practicum project, you will take courses that help you develop the skills necessary to improve patient care through the use of technology and data analysis.
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Why Study Health Informatics?
A masters degree in health informatics teaches you how to optimize the use of patient and health data to achieve better patient outcomes, reduce costs and augment operational efficiency. You are equipped to help organizations adapt to the integration of technology and the continuous changes in patient-care systems.
You also have the opportunity to learn how to automate clinical care, build new operational data systems, train healthcare workers in the use of computer systems and analyze data to improve patient care.
In the MSN informatics online degree program, course study includes:
- Healthcare research analysis
- Ethics, policy and finance
- Healthcare information systems
- Project evaluation and development
- Healthcare innovation
- Healthcare data management
- Electronic health records
- Research and population health management
- Leadership and informatics
What is a Job in Health Informatics?
As a graduate of the masters in nursing informatics program, various roles are available, including:
- Project manager
- System analyst
- Data analyst
These roles may include automating clinical care, building new operational data systems, training healthcare workers in the use of computer systems or collecting and analyzing data to improve patient care.
You may choose to work in a variety of settings, including:
- Primary care facility
- Doctor's office
- Insurance company
- Technology supplier
- Consulting firm
- Government agency
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.