Health informatics is the science that defines how health information is captured, analyzed, transmitted and managed. It focuses on information systems, informatics principles and information technology as it is applied to the continuum of healthcare delivery. This integrated discipline can lead to positions in a variety of different fields, including management science, systems analysis, healthcare delivery, public health, patient safety, information science, computer technology and more.
As the medical industry continues to evolve, new jobs are constantly emerging that require a unique and specific set of skills.1 Health informatics professionals are in great demand across the country and will continue to be needed as federal mandates for electronic health information networks are implemented. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment opportunities for health information professionals will increase by 15 percent between 2014 and 2024, much faster than other occupations.2 Studying health informatics at Kent State University is your ticket to an advanced degree in an exciting and expanding field.
"As a project/portfolio and operations manager for the Information Technology Division of a major health system, I have a passion for technology ...with the ultimate goal to provide the best care options and outcomes for the patients, and Health Informatics plays a key role to realizing that goal. Kent State's Health Informatics program is an excellent blend of core competencies and knowledge areas that are in demand in the healthcare space today and forward-thinking toward the future." — Jacquelynn Seymour, Alumni
*For applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
Kent State University’s online Master of Science in Health Informatics (HI) helps prepare you for a meaningful career that can impact the lives of patients, healthcare providers and administrators within this growing field. The increased demand for workers with comprehensive HI knowledge favorably positions professionals with a master’s degree in this field for success in the current job market.4
Physicians and other healthcare professionals are increasingly reliant on the use of data and the technologies that transform it. This has led to the emergence of new learning and career opportunities to support this expanding field.4 If you’re looking for a shorter-term commitment than a full master’s degree, the online Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Health Informatics is your opportunity to become a part of this new and exciting field. This flexible program is designed for those who are interested in pursuing a role in healthcare and health tech, as well as those who are currently employed in this field.
Our HI certificate program aims to expand your knowledge and skill set in health information systems, health information technologies, clinical decision support systems and other areas relevant to helping develop and refine your competencies in the field of health informatics.
1 Powell, C. (November 2013). New job opportunities exist in health-case industry. Retrieved on April 11, 2017, from ohio.com/news/top-stories/new-job-opportunities-exist-in-health-care-industry-1.446050
2 Retrieved on April 11, 2017, from www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm#tab-6
3 Retrieved on April 13, 2017, from my.clevelandclinic.org/about/us-news-rankings
4 Weintraub, A. (March 2014). Consider Pursuing a Career in Health Informatics. Retrieved on April 13, 2017, from usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/2014/03/26/consider-pursuing-a-career-in-health-informatics