Healthcare Informatics

Healthcare Informatics is defined as “the integration of health-care sciences, computer science, information science, and cognitive science to assist in the management of healthcare information. It involves the methodical application of information, technology and computer science to healthcare with the ultimate goal of improving patient care by increasing the effectiveness of treatment and the efficiency of its delivery. Health Informatics Specialists work with other healthcare professionals to design, develop and assess ways to collect, share, standardize and integrate health data and the information systems used to manage it.

About the Profession

CareerBuilder.com ranks health informatics as the No. 1 job opportunity in an emerging industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent through 2024, which is more than double the average growth for all occupations in the U.S. Job titles in this industry include:
  • Nurse Informaticists
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
  • Clinical Data Analyst
  • Health IT Consultants Healthcare Informatics Field
You may learn more about the field of informatics by visiting the professional organization site for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Medical Informatics Association.

 

There are two tracks for this major:

1)    Healthcare Informatics: Information Management track
Students from the Information Management track will focus on analysis, interpretation and dissemination of data. Students in this track will require strong communication and leadership skills which allow them to work across the organization with variety of people including systems designers, programmers on one side and clinicians and healthcare providers on the other side.
2)    Healthcare Informatics: Information Technology track
The Information Technology track focuses on information technology and systems, preparing students to build and use software and hardware systems to manage, retrieve, and analyze data to will drive improvements in patient care. Students from the Information Technology track will be predominantly technologists who have an understanding of the healthcare information systems and will help in designing and managing them

B.S. with Major in Healthcare Informatics (121 hours)

1. 48 hours of General Education Requirements for a Bachelor of Science
2. 16 hours of Introductory Health Care and Information Science courses
3. 39 hours of Healthcare Informatics Core Courses
4. 18 hours of Electives based on the track in Information Management or Information Technology