Health Informatics Careers and Opportunity

Blend healthcare, IT, and leadership skills into a powerful health informatics career

UNE Online is uniquely positioned to offer advanced degrees in health informatics due to our long-established leadership in the health and medicine fields, as well as our rich history of delivering robust online health science education programs. Our programs, at both the master’s and graduate certificate level, prepare students with the skills they need for successful health informatics careers.

The intersection between computer science, healthcare, and entrepreneurship

You will be able to gain a competitive edge in the rapidly changing healthcare environment with an advanced degree in health informatics. You will gain the skills to make an immediate impact within your organization and play a vital role in the evolution of the healthcare industry as a whole, setting you up for a successful health informatics career.

Growing demand for highly trained health informatics career professionals

There has been a recent boom in health informatics career opportunities due to Meaningful Use initiatives of the 2009 HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act causing the increase in implementations of EHR (Electronic Health Records) systems. This strong job category growth is predicted to continue as employers are expected to demonstrate “Meaningful Use.”1

Geared toward working professionals – increase your earning power

A 2012 study by AHIMA3 found that the average salary for a health informatics professional with a Master’s degree was $20,000 more annually than those with a Bachelor’s.

 Who should enroll?

  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • HIM Professionals
  • IT Professionals
  • Medical students

Where do graduates go from here?

Here are some possible job titles to look out for:
Director of Risk ManagementChief Medical Information Officer (CMIO)
Director of HIMChief Clinical Informatics Officer (CCIO)
Clinical InformatacistVice President of Coding
Healthcare Data AnalystClinical Systems Application Specialist
Healthcare Data ScientistInformatics Specialist
Clinical Informatics SpecialistSenior Epidemiology Informatics professional
Clinical AnalystProgram Analyst
Clinical Systems AnalystDatabase Administrator
Senior Health Services AnalystRN Informatics
Information Technology OfficerSystems Analyst
Additional health informatics job titles and search terms to keep an eye out for:
Informatics ConsultantClinical Integration Information Technology Program Analyst
Chief Information OfficerChief Nursing Information Officer
Chief Medical Information OfficerVice President of Information Technology
Audit Manager Information TechnologyHealth Systems Analyst
EMR Clinical AnalystApplications Systems Analyst
Compliance AnalystApplication Programmer Analyst
Privacy/Security AnalystDirector of Clinical Integration
Informatics ManagerManager, Clinical Informatics
Manager, Clinical ApplicationsNursing Informatics Manager
Director of Analytics InformaticsDirector, Healthcare Analytics

Health informatics is growing ten times faster than healthcare jobs overall, according to a study done by Burning Glass in June 2012.4 The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) estimates a current shortage of roughly 50,000 health information technology professionals. As a high-growth market, there is abundant opportunity for advancement.

The future of healthcare is here!

References:

  1. https://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/ehr-incentives-certification
  2. https://www.himss.org/
  3. https://www.ahima.org/
  4. hi.uncc.edu/sites/hi.uncc.edu/files/media/CTW_burning_glass_publication_052912.pdf

 

How to Apply to our Health Informatics Master’s Program

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, with three start dates dates each year (summer, fall and spring semesters). For more detailed information, please contact an enrollment counselor at the email or phone number below.