What Careers Are Associated with Health Informatics?

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Health informatics is a vast and rapidly growing field that encompasses many areas of the healthcare industry.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that health occupations should experience job growth of 18% from 2016-2026. About 2.4 million new jobs will be created by 2026, making this a great field to pursue with Kent State University.1

What is Health Informatics?

Health informatics is a science that defines how health information is technically captured, transmitted, and utilized.

Health informatics focuses on information systems, informatics principles, and information technology as it is applied to the continuum of healthcare delivery. It is an integrated discipline with specialty domains that include management science, management engineering principles, healthcare delivery, public health, patient safety, information science, and computer technology. Health informatics programs demonstrate uniqueness by offering varied options for practice or research focus.2

Why study Health Informatics at Kent State University?

Kent State University’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics program is designed to fit your busy schedule by being 100 percent online. As part of our program, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into an innovative, technology-driven field that’s reshaping the healthcare industry. Much of the work in health informatics is focused on using the advancements of modern technology to find new solutions for existing problems in areas like biomedical science, public health, and patient care.

  • Graduate in as little as two years
  • No GRE is required for admission

Practitioner faculty integrate real-world experiences and case studies from the field, blending theory and practice within the program’s curriculum.

What can you do with a degree in Health Informatics?

Possible careers include:3

Computer and information research scientists

  • 15.4% faster than the average
  • 32,700 jobs
  • $126,830 potential earnings

Database administrators and architects

  • 9.7% faster than the average
  • 132,500 jobs
  • $98,860 potential earnings

Computer and information systems managers

  • 10.4% faster than the average
  • 461,000 jobs
  • $151,150 potential earnings

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

  • 20.5% faster than the average
  • 254,000 jobs
  • $99,090 potential earnings

Kent State University’s Online Master of Health Informatics

Kent State’s Online Master of Health Informatics is designed to fit your busy schedule. As part of our program, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into an innovative, technology-driven field that’s reshaping the healthcare industry. Much of the work in health informatics is focused on using the advancements of modern technology to find new solutions for existing problems in areas like biomedical science, public health, and patient care.

Our practitioner faculty integrate real-world experiences and case studies from the field, blending theory and practice within the program’s curriculum. In this program, you’ll also be able to intern at a healthcare facility of your choice and network with health informatics experts, forming relationships that can help you in your job search after graduation.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Master of Health Informatics, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/ischool/health-informatics/overview.

Kent State University’s Online Health Informatics Graduate Certificate

Kent State’s Online Health Informatics Graduate Certificate is designed to increase your professional knowledge while helping you enter the field quickly. In as little as one year, you’ll be ready to manage healthcare records, support clinical decisions and carry out clinical analytics.

For more information on Kent State’s Online Health Informatics Graduate Certificate, visit https://onlinedegrees.kent.edu/ischool/health-informatics/certificate.



1 Retrieved on August 1, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm

2Retrieved on August 1, 2022, from http://northernohio.himsschapter.org/

3Retrieved on August 1, 2022, from http://catalog.kent.edu/colleges/ci/info/health-informatics-ms

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