As defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, "health informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management, and planning." The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) is an intensive, fast-paced program for anyone interested in working in the exciting field of health care with an interest in technology. Our program offers a unique and comprehensive curriculum that prepares students to take on leadership and technology roles in the design, development and management of enterprise level health information systems. Being at the crossroads of information technology and health care, you will position yourself to be a part of the digital revolution transforming the health care industry.
The Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
With health informatics being an interdisciplinary field, you will find yourself among students with very diverse skills and backgrounds, including allied health, nursing, business, human ecology, health and human performance, engineering, technology and computer science. This creates for a stimulating learning environment, allowing for the formulation and exchange of new ideas. The MS HIIM program caters to all: health care professionals wanting to make a transition to health informatics and information management, as well as those already working in the area of health informatics and information management, wishing to further advance their careers by honing their skills and earning a master's degree. Our program especially appeals to:
The comprehensive and unique MS HIIM curriculum does not only cover vital concepts and technical skills that define health informatics, but also includes an internship that cultivates a skill set aligned to prepare you to be a dynamic, successful leader and decision-maker as you advance in your career. The internship is a valuable component of the program, where students get hands-on training, skills and real-world experience to be successful in the workplace.
The projected demand for Health Informatics and Information Management professionals is more than twice the national average (17% compared to 7%).1,2 Employers are struggling to fill open positions as there is a shortage of qualified personnel.2 According to Burning Glass, the average Health Informatics job posting stays open for 35 days (6% longer than the national average).2 Looking at positions typically filled by those with advanced degrees and certifications, this number increases to 40 days (21% above the national average). Additionally, positions such as medical record clerk and health information technician, are expected to be replaced by higher-skilled roles necessitating additional degree work and credentials. This, in turn, is expected to increase the level of knowledge and skill at higher organizational ranks. Study.com provides interesting insights into this phenomenon by stating career paths once dominated by Associate degree holding employees are being replaced by those with Baccalaureate degrees and for those with Baccalaureate degrees, Master's degrees.3
The completion of the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management will provide new graduates with the knowledge and skills employers are demanding with increased frequency including (but not limited to):
1Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical and Health Services Managers. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm. Accessed May 17, 2016.
2Buring Glass. Missed Opportunities? The Labor Market in Health Informatics, 2014. http://burning-glass.com/wp-content/uploads/BG-Health_Informatics_2014.pdf. Accessed May 17, 2016.
3Study.com. Salary and Career Info for a Masters in Health Informatics. http://study.com/articles/Salary_and_Career_Info_for_a_Masters_in_Health_Informatics.html. Accessed May 17, 2016.