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Health informatics careers cover a wide and overarching discipline mainly pertaining to the implementation of technology to all areas of health care, from education and research studies to administrative duties. Once health care organizations made the shift toward electronic health records (EHRs), this field's growth rate began to explode. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the health informatics job outlook shows that the field will "grow much faster than the average for all occupations.”1

Learn from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) award-winning professors with diverse professional backgrounds who will expand your knowledge and viewpoints, challenging you to search for solutions to contemporary issues that exist in areas such as biomedical science, public health and patient care. Our renowned faculty will expand your understanding of how health informatics jobs function across different sectors and help you develop the confidence to make solid, well-informed decisions as you further your career.

Health Informatics Careers By the Numbers

Earning a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics or an advanced degree such as a Master of Science in Health Informatics will set you apart in a field that is expected to grow by 32 percent by 2029.2 With faculty and peers from a broad range of occupational backgrounds helping to expand your knowledge and viewpoints, and challenging your understanding of how healthcare and technology merge and function across different sectors, you’ll build a strong professional network and develop the confidence to make solid, well-informed decisions as you further your own career.

Since master’s degree holders earn average salaries nearly 20 percent higher than those with only a bachelor’s degree3, a Master of Science in Health Informatics could help you achieve salary outcomes at or above those figures.

Average Master’s in Health Informatics salary outcomes for key positions

$135,000
Director of Analytics4
$117,000
Clinical Informatics Manager5
$156,250
Data Scientist6
$88,000
Clinical Informatics Specialist7
$80,000
Health Information Manager8
$71,000
Clinical Applications Specialist (Diagnostics)9

Professional Fields for Online Master’s in HI Students*

Pie chart displaying breakdown of professional fields for online master’s in HI students: 81% healthcare, 6% educational services, 6% scientific/other professional services, 6% technology

*Based on data reported by Kent State students and graduates in September 2018.

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Where Can Careers in Health Informatics Take You?

Popular cities for healthcare jobs:10

  • Cleveland/Elyria, Ohio
  • Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Detroit/Dearborn/Livonia, Michigan
  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Birmingham/Hoover, Alabama
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Lexington/Fayette, Kentucky
  • Tuscon, Arizona

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October 05, 2021
The scope and importance of patient advocacy have expanded in recent years to become an integral component in many healthcare settings. Instead of being something that doctors or nurses would do for their patients when they can set aside a few minutes, patient advocacy has evolved into a career that many pursue today.
September 13, 2021
ROI, or, return on investment, is a basic calculation used by organizations or individuals to determine the value gained from a certain effort. You may be familiar with the term as something relating to the world of business more than healthcare.
June 21, 2021
The healthcare industry is evolving quickly in response to heightened expectations for improved accessibility and greater security. At the same time, the demand for health informatics specialists has grown, too, as meticulous minds are needed to gather, analyze, catalogue and qualify patient and provider data. For graduates of our online health informatics programs, the field of opportunity is vast, and considerable job growth is projected across the next decade.
June 03, 2021
With new technologies and improved business models, healthcare organizations can focus on a patient-centered approach to care. However, each improvement requires data to ensure consistent experiences and calculated actions.
May 27, 2021
The paradigm of patient care is changing. A wealth of technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), three-dimensional printing, precision medicine, augmented and virtual reality, telemedicine and genomics can now be integrated into care delivery, leading to reduced costs and increased precision and efficiency.
May 25, 2021
Population Health is a relatively new term in the healthcare industry, and depending on who you speak to; it has different definitions. Dr. Larry Mullins, President and CEO of Samaritan Health Services, sums it up nicely in this quote: "Some would define it as determining the health of a defined group or population using health care modifiers to help make that determination. An easier answer might be just taking care of our family, friends and neighbors on a larger scale.”1
April 28, 2021
As the field of technology and our ability to gather information have grown, healthcare experts have come to depend more and more on data and technology as they treat patients. The quantity of information and the means of collecting it continue to expand, and the crucial tasks of interpreting, analyzing and implementing information in treatment plans falls to clinical informaticists.
March 03, 2021
Healthcare informatics is a burgeoning industry in the U.S. and around the world, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.8% over the next seven years. This will bring the overall industry valuation to $511.06 billion by 2027, driven by strong competition and innovation amongst health informatics companies.1
February 18, 2021
Catch up with Assistant Professor Rebecca Meehan. Her diverse interests—in gerontology and technology, among other fields—have combined to make her an expert in health information technology and a rich asset to the Kent State faculty. Here, she speaks about her background and current research, her favorite parts of teaching and life away from classes, and her encouragement for students to go beyond classes in the iSchool.
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1. Retrieved on March 13, 2019, from www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-6
2. Retrieved on March 13, 2019, from resourceconnect.ahima.org/uploads/assets/3838/document/0003-USDGuideHealthCareFinal.pdf
3. Retrieved on March 13, 2019, from www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/data-on-display/education-pays.htm
4. Retrieved on March 13, 2019, from forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2017/02/24/the-best-cities-for-health-
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5. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Science_(MS)%2C_Health_Informatics/Salary/Page-3
6. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Data_Scientist/Salary
7. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Science_(MS)%2C_Health_Informatics/Salary
8. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Science_(MS)%2C_Health_Informatics/Salary/Page-15
9. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Science_(MS)%2C_Health_Informatics/Salary/Page-11
10. Retrieved on October 30, 2020 from forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2017/02/24/the-best-cities-for-health-care-jobs/#7c3a96e655bf

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