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.
University of Illinois at Chicago
Degree: Master of Science in Health Informatics
Program description: This online Master of Science Degree in Health Informatics emphasizes technical knowledge for developing new software applications or analyzing data output, but it also combines clinical and health-related content with social sciences. Because of this range, students come from a diverse range of backgrounds and include doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical and lab technicians as well as IT professionals, systems analysts, and database and networking administrators. The program is one of the nation's oldest and most highly respected health informatics programs. Built on the university's MBA/business school model, the informatics program aims to provide real-world experience and practical skill application.
Term: UIC’s online MS in Health Informatics degree is 45 credit hours and can be completed in as few as 14 courses, depending on the track. A post-Master’s Certificate in Health Informatics requires only 7 courses.
Job placement possibilities: UIC says depending on their work experience, MSHI graduates are prepared for a wide range of mid- to high-level management positions in the health care information setting.
Cost: $762 per credit hour