The Health Informatics program of Drexel University is perfect for information technology specialists who want to pursue careers within biomedical and health organizations. It is also ideal for current healthcare professionals who want to use electronic health data to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
What is a Master's in Health Informatics?
A master’s in health informatics is a professional graduate degree. It is for bachelor’s educated students who want to study at the crossroads of healthcare, business intelligence (BI), information technology (IT)/ information systems (IS), and data analytics. At its core, health informatics (also Health Information Systems) uses IT to organize and analyze electronic health records (EHRs) to improve healthcare outcomes.
The MSHI program at the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. While housed in the College of Computing and Informatics, the program receives curricular support from the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dornsife School of Public Health, and LeBow College of Business.
To earn your degree, you’ll need to complete 45 quarter credits. Some of these are required courses. They cover topics from databases and human-computer interaction to software engineering economics and web systems and architecture. In your three approved electives, you’ll be able to select courses that reflect your interests and goals, such as cybersecurity, epidemiology, health research, or any other approved area. You’ll also have one free elective.
What can you do with a Master's in Health Informatics?
The demand for workers who understand healthcare IT systems is growing rapidly given the widespread use and broad streams of EHRs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 20% rise in demand for educated medical and health services managers from 2016 through 2026. That’s much faster than the average for other occupations. Twenty-three percent of workers in Health and Medical Administrative Services hold a master’s degree.
This outlook favors master’s prepared students with knowledge of health care IT. Apart from understanding theory, such professionals will have the technical skills needed to organize, manage, and integrate electronic data into many sectors of the healthcare industry. These sectors include major employers like hospitals, physicians’ offices, nursing and residential care, government, outpatient centers, public health, consumer health, and medical research.
Here are five job titles that people with a master’s degree in health informatics may hold:
- Informatics Nurse Specialist
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Chief Medical Information Officer
- Healthcare IT Project Manager
- Medical Records Coordinator
More informationVisit official programme website
- Perspectives on Information Systems
- Web Systems & Architecture
- Database Management Systems
- Information Systems Analysis and Design
- Healthcare Informatics
- Information Assurance
- 12 months
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- A four-year bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher, in a completed degree program, bachelors or above
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
- Scores from the General Aptitude Test of the GRE
- One letter of recommendation, two suggested (academic, professional, or both)
- Essay/Statement of Purpose
- If you've previously attended college outside of the United States, an official course-by-course transcript evaluation may be required
- International Applicants whose first or native language is not English must take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE (Pearsons)
International1342 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1342 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
National1342 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 1342 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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