Break Into Health IT: 9 Master's Degree Programs
April 05, 2012 11:50 AM Having trouble landing a health IT job because you're not a clinician, or your IT experience lies outside healthcare? These master's degree and health informatics programs can help bridge the gap.
Degree: MS Health Informatics
Program description: The online Health Informatics Graduate Program at Northeastern University was chosen because it's designed both for healthcare professionals who need the technical knowledge to take on new responsibilities and computing, and for IT professionals who need to understand how to apply technology in a healthcare environment. The program also actively courts career changers who have a bachelor's degree but no prior experience in health informatics.
The program is offered online or on the Boston campus. It won our vote because it is truly an interdisciplinary program and draws on both the College of Computer and Information Science and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences.
In addition to the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree, Northeastern University offers graduate certificates in health informatics management and exchange, health informatics privacy and security, and health informatics software engineering.
Location: Boston, Massachusetts campus or online
Term: Master's program requires 33 credits; study can be full- or part-time.
Job placement possibilities: Northeastern says some of its students enter the program already in leadership positions in health informatics. Other students are preparing to enter or move up in the field of health informatics. Entry positions can include clinical analysts, who work with clinicians to analyze workflows and collect user needs; and application analysts, who work with development groups to develop and select technology to fill the user needs.
Cost: $1100 per credit