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.
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Degree: Master of Science in Health Informatics
Program description: This online Master of Science in Health Informatics program aims for students to "gain the knowledge and skills to work with professionals who manage information technology at the place where healthcare and technology converge." The program enables students to learn about how advanced digital technologies integrate into the field of healthcare, and how the use of electronic data can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare delivery. Students also learn about new technologies that can improve the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of disease and reduce medical errors.
With increased attention on reducing healthcare costs, expanding access to quality care, and improving the quality of services, the role of health informatics is recognized as a critical component of healthcare reform.
Term: 2-year program, 36 credits
Job placement possibilities: Walden says career options for its degree graduates include (but are not limited to) nursing information officer, chief information officer, medical informatics specialist, clinical informaticist, project manager in health information, healthcare administrator, and medical and health services manager.