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 MS 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.

Highlights

Through Walden’s MS 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

*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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Being a student at Walden University is one of the best things that has happened to me in my life. As a father, husband, and worker, I was able to navigate this triangular responsibility alongside my academic challenges.
Pursuing a degree from Walden is a commitment to efficiency and quality in healthcare.
I continue to find the academic legitimacy at Walden to be far superior to other online institutions.
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