Master of Science in Health Informatics: Career Outlook
Push the patient experience forward.
Combine your passions for technology and healthcare into one career path with the online Master of Science in Health Informatics.
You’ll prepare to work side-by-side with nurses, doctors, and other clinicians to improve patient care by turning the power of data and technology into information that can be used for making decisions using electronic health records and new technology tools and techniques.
- Healthcare is the fastest-growing field in the U.S., with 1.9 million new jobs projected from 2018 to 20281
- 20.5% projected growth through 2029 for health information managers and directors2
- In 2017, U.S. healthcare spending on electronic medical records topped $7.1 billion, more than 3x spending than in 20133
Health informatics experts are urgently needed wherever patients are, from hospitals and biomedical research labs to health insurance companies and physician practices.
Plus, tap into Scranton’s wide-ranging professional network, including students in the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and the American Health Informatics Association (AHIMA).
As a clinical informaticist, you’d pair daily patient care with responsibilities such as evaluating health data and communication systems. You’d most likely transition into this role from a purely clinical one, such as nurse, doctor, or pharmacist.4
Health Informatics Consultant:
As a health informatics consultant, you’d oversee your organization’s EMR systems, training staff to use the system and ensuring it meets federal standards. You’d also stay up-to-date on health informatics trends and keep your systems current.5
Medical Informatics Analyst:
As a medical informatics analyst, you might work in a hospital, clinic, nursing home, or even an insurance company to design and improve clinical information systems. You’d also work to ensure your company meets current federal regulations.6
As a nursing informaticist, you’d work with clinicians to integrate technology into daily care. You would design and implement new EMR systems, develop data policies and standards, and train staff in best practices.7
Additional roles for health informatics graduates include:
- Insurance analyst
- Home health specialist
- Informatics specialist
- Director of clinical informatics
- Clinical documentation manager
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Program Outcomes: Collaborate With Care
After you complete the Master of Science in Health Informatics, you will be able to:
- Address the data and information needs of healthcare systems in diverse settings through the application of theoretical knowledge of health, informatics, and computational thinking, and an intellectual curiosity and investigation of new informatics tools and technologies.
- Integrate theories, models and tools from business, social, behavioral and information sciences, and user experience for informatics solutions such as for the generation, storage, retrieval, sharing, analysis and use of health data.
- Analyze the legal, risk management, and ethical implications of health informatics issues related to the use of health data, information and knowledge.
- Employ analytic and problem-solving skills to plan for and address healthcare information needs.
- Mitigate safety, confidentiality, and privacy issues pertaining to health information policies, and government regulations and requirements.
- Evaluate the use of existing and emerging health information technologies to support healthcare systems.
Paired with three years of professional experience, including two in the healthcare field, you’ll complete this program ready to take the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information Systems (CPHIMS) Certification exam.
These are just a sampling of the program outcomes for our health informatics master’s program. Learn more about the full range of skills you’ll gain on our curriculum page.
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- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Healthcare Occupations. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved December 9, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm
- Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
- Healthcare Growth Partners (2018 January 24). Semi-Annual Health IT Market Review. (Rep.) Retrieved December 9, 2019, from http://hgp.com/research-and-news/2018/01/24/hgp-semi-annual-health-it-market-review/
- Payscale (2019 November 12). Clinical Informatics Specialist Salary. Retrieved December 9, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Informatics_Specialist/Salary
- ZipRecruiter (2019 December 2). Healthcare Informatics Consultant Annual Salary. Retrieved December 9, 2019, from https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Healthcare-Informatics-Consultant-Salary
- Glassdoor (2019 November 26). Salary: Informatics Analyst. Retrieved on December 9, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/informatics-analyst-salary-SRCH_KO0,19.htm
- Payscale (2019 November 13). Informatics Nurse Salary. Retrieved November 27, 2019, from https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Informatics_Nurse/Salary