Would you like to pursue a career that has high demand for professionals? Do you want to achieve advanced knowledge and training in your field?

The MS in health informatics and information management is an interdisciplinary program designed to train professionals on how to acquire, store, and use information in a healthcare setting. You will learn to work with clinicians and health services administrators as a team to develop clear and effective health information strategies for a healthcare organization. As a graduate of this program, you will be eligible to compete for the following positions in health care, among others:

*Health information managers, Quality improvement specialists
*Designers and planners for enterprise health information systems
* Health information security and privacy officers
*Chief information officers for health-care enterprises
*Other managerial positions in a health-care organization.

It is expected that students who enter the program will have completed an undergraduate degree in a health sciences or computer and information sciences related field, with at least one programming course and at least one statistics course in the previous five years. The program can be taken completely on-line, on campus or as a hybrid combining the two modes of learning. You should choose the format that fits your schedule best. The health-care environment and the management of health care data have been greatly influenced by the field of informatics and technologic advancements, such as the Electronic Health Record (EHR). As a result, federal, state, and regional projections show a real need for professionals with advanced knowledge and training in the principles of health informatics and information management.

ECU Advantage

The College of Allied Health Sciences is the largest university-based allied-health provider in the state of North Carolina. The college has eight departments: Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, Biostatistics, Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Health Services and Information Management, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies, and offers degrees on the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

Delivering a comprehensive professional education that will prepare allied-health graduates to make a difference in the health of the region, state, and nation was the primary reason for the creation of the College of Allied Health Sciences and its departments. Fueled by the growth and aging of our population, the demand for these highly skilled specialists is expected to greatly increase as health care continues to be a priority for our citizens.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Robert Campbell (4340-M Health Sciences Building; 252-744-6183; campbellr@ecu.edu)

The Department of Health Services and Information Management offers the master of science in health informatics and information management degree. The degree requires 39 s.h. of course work, including a 3 s.h. internship/capstone. Students without health care related professional work experience will be required to take COHE 6000. It can be taken concurrently while in the master's degree program.

Admission Requirements

Application for admission to the graduate program in health informatics and information management must be initiated through the Graduate School. (See Admission and Readmission.) The department requires that the applicant meet the following minimum admission requirements: a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and acceptable TOEFL score for non-English foreign students. At the time of application, the applicant must submit three letters of reference, a resume, and a completed statement of purpose as specified in the Graduate School application.

Applicants must present evidence of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution and completion of the following prerequisite courses within the last 5 years: computer programming (3 s.h. minimum) and statistics (3 s.h. minimum). Completed applications should be received no later than March 15th for enrollment in the fall semester. Applicants may be interviewed as part of the admission process. Applications for full-time study beginning in either the spring or summer semesters will be considered only under special circumstances because of the sequential nature of the program of study.

    Degree Requirements

    The degree requires a minimum of 39 s.h. as follows:

    • COHE 6410 - Electronic Health Records
    • COHE 6420 - Evaluation Methods in Health Informatics
    • COHE 6430 - Database Systems in Health Care
    • COHE 6440 - E-Health Care Information Systems
    • COHE 6450 - Decision Support in Health Care
    • COHE 6470 - Health Information Privacy and Security
    • COHE 6480 - Health Data Structures
    • COHE 6490 - Foundations of Health Information Technologies
    • COHE 6510 - Social and Organizational Issues of Health Information Technologies
    • COHE 6550 - Health Informatics Project Design and Management
    • COHE 6630 - Quality Management in Health Care
    • HIMA 6060 - Health Informatics
    • Select one of the following options:

      (Each of the below options count 3 s.h. toward the minimum degree requirement.)

      • COHE 6803 - Internship in Health Informatics and Information Management
      • or
      • COHE 7000 - Thesis *
      • Note:

        * May be repeated with approval from the program director.

      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • Medical Informatics
      • Medical Informatics
      • Scientific and Technical Services
      • Computer and Information Scientists, Research
      • Computer Programmers
      • Computer Software Engineers

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.