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: Of all the programs we've chosen, the University of Findlay's Master of Science in Health Informatics seems like the one that leans most strongly toward the tech side, with an emphasis on AHIMA codes. However, the coursework is designed to provide a foundation and entry into many related fields, including health information technology/management, medical library science; various clinical disciplines; public health; and biomedical engineering.
Location: The University of Findlay is based in Findlay, OH, but most of the program is offered online.
Term: 33 semester hours, completion typically takes 2 years. Online courses include a mix of synchronous and asynchronous classes. However, students are required to attend the last session of each class in person.
Job placement possibilities: Prepares graduates for jobs in health informatics specialties, including nursing informatics, physician clinical informatics, clinical research informatics, pharmacy informatics, consumer health informatics, dental informatics, public health/population informatics , mental health informatics, primary care informatics, veterinary informatics, and telemedicine and mobile computing informatics.
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