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: MBA in Health Informatics
Program description:The MBA in Health Informatics at New England College is an online program that targets professionals with varying levels of experience who are working in health informatics in healthcare institutions. While most of these professionals come from an IT or other technical background, the program also enrolls many with a clinical background in nursing or pharmacy who have become increasingly involved in managing the health informatics area. Students' work background may also include jobs in healthcare administration, clinical practice, information technology, and at vendors of healthcare services. This program makes the cut not only because of its nod to healthcare professionals, but because it focuses on preparing students to address the major challenges healthcare organizations face in regard to selecting, adopting, and implementing programs that can be integrated and "speak" to each other.
Location: New England College is based in Henniker, NH, but the program is offered online.
Term: 18 months, 40 credits online
Job placement possibilities: New England College says, "Individuals with expertise in health informatics can expect to provide resources to both private and not-for-profit companies in research, data analysis, and data management. Specializations in data integration from portable devices are also becoming more prevalent. Jobs in this field may carry the title of Director of Medical Informatics, Director of Clinical Informatics, Director of Health Informatics, and Systems Director for Clinical Support and Informatics. Individuals may also consider consulting services in the healthcare field."