Although health informatics professionals are not always on the front lines of healthcare, they play a crucial role in the care we receive from hospitals, doctors’ offices, and even insurance companies. Earning a Master of Science in Health Informatics & Analytics degree gives you the capability to:
- Address the complexities of a successful health IT strategy and its execution;
- Manage health information data (medical history, symptoms, exam results, treatments, etc.) and ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security;
- Analyze data to improve healthcare decision-making, outcomes, and delivery while also reducing medical costs;
- Develop, implement, or improve electronic health records systems;
- Train employees in different software and implement processes that streamline reporting;
- Ensure your organization follows all federal regulations;
- Conduct research and report findings to stakeholders.
Do I need healthcare or IT experience to pursue a career in health informatics & analytics?
No! In fact, those who pursue a health informatics degree come from a variety of backgrounds. An M.S. in Health Informatics & Analytics will teach you all the basic medical terminology, metrics, and clinical coding needed. You will also learn how to analyze data and to leverage technology. Depending on your individual areas of expertise and training your job title, role, and responsibilities will differ once you enter the workforce.
To learn more you can read, “ Is Pursuing a Career in Health Informatics Right for Me?”
Jobs to Pursue in Health Informatics and Average Salary
With the shift to electronic record keeping, health informatics has become one of the most in-demand branches of the healthcare management industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this industry is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
A degree in Health Informatics & Analytics launches you into IT and healthcare related positions, including:
- Chief Medical Information Officer;
- Director of Medical Informatics/Records;
- Health Information Management (HIM) Director/Supervisor;
- Director of Clinical Services;
- Nursing Informatics Director/Specialist;
- Health Informatics Director/Consultant/Analyst/Specialist/Technician;
- Clinical Data Manager/Analyst/Specialist;
- Clinical Informatics Manager/Analyst/Specialist;
- Information Technology (IT) Manager;
- Healthcare IT Project Manager;
- Applications System Analyst;
- Clinical Research Data Analyst;
- Performance Improvement Analyst;
- Health/Medical Data Analyst;
- Senior Applications Specialist;
- And more
In this rapidly growing industry, you can have a successful career no matter what field you begin in. If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Health Informatics & Analytics, sign up for an info session or to speak with an advisor .