As the information systems within the health and medical industry grow more complex, organizations need leaders who can manage healthcare delivery with new information technology standards in mind. These individuals must possess a deep knowledge of regulations around medical data; the capacity to use information systems to support strategic decision making; and the ability to develop and implement efficient IT solutions to improve patient care.
The online Master of Science in Health and Medical Informatics degree is designed for professionals who possess the analytical skills, organizational leadership abilities and the knowledge of health information management systems required for improving healthcare delivery. Students will learn IT standards in the health industry, examine emerging technologies for their capacity to improve healthcare delivery, and learn to interface between data systems developers and healthcare practitioners.
Graduates of the program are prepared to:
- Facilitate the development and advancement of emerging information technologies to improve healthcare delivery and cost efficiencies.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of new and existing health information management systems within the context of the U.S. healthcare system.
- Become proficient in the "language" of healthcare, navigate the rules around using medical data, and obtain relevant information to assess changes to the healthcare system.
- Participate in the development, implementation, evaluation and management of information technology solutions to improve patient care and the healthcare delivery process.
- Utilize health information technology for decision support, knowledge management, strategic planning, and outcomes assessment to optimize cost efficiencies in the healthcare system.
- Effectively interface between the data systems developers and the user community.
The 30-credit program consists of six required courses and four electives.