Enter the rapidly expanding field of health informatics and position yourself at the forefront of efforts to improve the nation’s healthcare system.

With recent legislation authorizing an unprecedented investment in the nation’s health information technology infrastructure,* the demand for health informatics professionals is predicted to grow by 20% through 2018, a much higher growth rate than that of many traditional fields. A master's in health informatics can help prepare you for a career in this exciting field.

When you earn your M.S. in Health Informatics online at Walden, you will explore how to effectively use electronic data to improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare services. Build on your current healthcare experience or develop the skills you need to move into healthcare informatics management or leadership. Through our master's in health informatics online program, you can gain critical competencies that help:

  • Reduce healthcare costs.
  • Increase patient access to care.
  • Improve the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of disease.

*Department of Health and Human Services, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: Health Information Technology. On the Internet at 
www.hhs.gov/recovery/reports/plans/onc_hit.pdf (viewed online Dec. 21, 2011).

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010–11 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians," on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oco/ocos103.htm#outlook (viewed online Nov. 22, 2010). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

 

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Completion Requirements

  • 33–36 total semester credits
    • Courses (30 sem. cr.)
    • Scholarly project (3 sem. cr.)  
    • Optional practicum (3 sem. cr.) (Students may elect to earn a practicum experience by adding an additional course to their program of study.)

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Courses

The program’s courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Students in the M.S. in Health Informatics program may elect to earn a practicum experience by adding an additional course, HINF 6950, to their program of study:

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Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Courses 33-36 total semester credit hours $760 per semester credit hour
Technology Fee per semester $160

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You can pursue a range of career options in the emerging field of health informatics. Evidence of this field’s high rate of growth includes the following:

  • The job site CareerBuilder.com has named health informatics the number-one emerging job opportunity in the healthcare industry.*
  • Estimates based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education predict a significant shortfall over the next 5 years of the qualified health information technology workers that will be required to meet the needs of hospitals and physicians as they adopt new electronic healthcare systems.
  • According to the American Medical Informatics Association, some 70,000 health information professionals will be needed to reach the goals outlined in the HITECH Act.

Gain the knowledge and skills to work with professionals who manage information technology at the place where healthcare and technology converge. Make significant contributions to improving the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and accessibility of healthcare. Depending on experience, your career options may include:

  • Systems analyst
  • Implementation specialist
  • Consultant
  • Trainer
  • Project manager
  • Researcher
  • Academician
  • Application specialist
  • Chief medical information officer

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

*Peter Yellowlees, “Jobs in Health Informatics Are Becoming Plentiful,” on the Internet at http://ezinearticles.com/?Jobs-in-Health-Informatics-Are-Becoming-Plentiful&id=3046329 (viewed online Nov. 22, 2010).

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, HITECH Priority Grants Program: Health IT Workforce Development Program, on the Internet at http://healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt?open=512&objlD=1432&mmode=2 (viewed online Nov. 22, 2010).

Peter Yellowlees, “Health Informatics Specialists Are Key to the Obama Health Information Technology Policy,” on the Internet at http://ezinearticles.com/?Health-Informatics-Specialists-Are-Key-to-the-Obama-Health-Information-Technology-Policy&id=2228317 (viewed online Nov. 22, 2010).

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Through Walden’s M.S. in Health Informatics degree program, you can benefit from:

  • Dynamic coursework that reflects current industry standards and principles.
  • Opportunities to apply health informatics principles and policies in a variety of real-world settings.
  • Valuable input from industry leaders, health informatics experts, national policymakers, and researchers.
  • In-depth knowledge of health information systems management; quality assessment and improvement; and the business and financial aspects of health information.

As a student in Walden’s health informatics degree program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

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Meet Students and Faculty

Students and faculty members in Walden’s M.S. in Health Informatics program have a unique perspective on the program. Read this insider’s view, which includes insights into the learning experience, how to apply a health informatics education in the real world, and information about professional opportunities in the field.

Student Views

“Constant changes in technology coupled with the continuous changes in the healthcare industry make health informatics a very fast-paced and ever-evolving career. I have already been able to immediately implement what I’ve learned at Walden on the job. I often have the feeling that once I read information for class or learn something in a lecture, I end up using that knowledge the very next day at work! I can really appreciate how cutting-edge this program actually is!”

Elizabeth Johns
M.S. in Health Informatics Student

Faculty Member Views

“I offer my students the link between academia and the working application of what we are learning. Usually, I achieve this by providing them with real-life examples, applications, and current news in the field. I make a special effort to offer encouragement to all of my students by showing them how many challenges they will be able to face and conquer after they complete their studies.”

German Gonzalez, M.D., M.P.H.
School of Health Sciences Faculty Member

Why Health Informatics?

Health information technology enables healthcare providers to better manage patient care by securely using and sharing health information through the use of electronic health records (EHRs). A career in health informatics can help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to work where healthcare and technology converge. Professionals in this field are managing information technology while improving the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and accessibility of healthcare.

Federal Commitment

The federal government is committed to expanding the use of health informatics:

  • The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently announced it would provide nearly $20 million in new technical support assistance to help critical access and rural hospital facilities convert from paper-based medical records to certified EHR technology.*
  • The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is providing incentive payments that could total up to $27.4 billion over the next decade to eligible professionals and hospitals that adopt and demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. The HITECH Act also provides $2 billion to support technical assistance, training, and demonstration projects to assist in the nation’s transition to EHRs.

Improve Patient Care

Information technology can help healthcare professionals to:

  • Record accurate and complete information about a patient’s health across the continuum of care, from routine to emergency room visits.
  • Coordinate care for all patients, particularly those with serious medical conditions.
  • Securely share information online with patients and caregivers, allowing patients and their families to more fully participate in key healthcare decisions.  
  • Access relevant information to diagnose health problems sooner, reduce medical errors, and provide safer care at lower costs.

Build a Healthier Future

The widespread use of health information technology will have long-term benefits for the nation’s healthcare system. Experts believe it will:

  • Make our healthcare system more efficient and reduce paperwork for patients and doctors.
  • Expand patient access to affordable care.
  • Build a healthier future for our nation.

*U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “New Funds Support Rural Hospitals’ Switch to Electronic Health Records,” on the Internet at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/09/20100910a.html (viewed online Nov. 22, 2010).

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “New funds support rural hospitals’ switch to electronic health records.” On the internet at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/09/20100910a.html (viewed online Nov. 23, 2010)

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Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Develop skills necessary to utilize health information technology for knowledge management.
  2. Identify issues related to the implementation of the electronic health record.
  3. Apply the systems development life cycle (SDLC) approach to the utilization of health information systems.
  4. Describe key legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to the utilization of health information technology.
  5. Apply information technology to improve healthcare quality.
  6. Acquire the skills necessary to contribute to strategic and tactical planning in utilizing health information systems.
  7. Articulate the organizational needs and readiness for adoption of health information technology solutions.
  8. Apply concepts of leadership in managing organizational change.
  9. Describe key financial indicators related to the utilization of health information technology in an organization.
  10. Recognize the language, terminology, ontology, acronyms, coding, and classification systems of healthcare and health informatics.
  11. Identify the applications of statistical software to support evidence-based research and evaluation.

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