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Online Master's in Health Administration: Informatics Concentration

It takes more than technical skills and an understanding of health care to succeed as a health informatics specialist. Diplomacy skills are crucial in connecting two potentially contentious groups: health care practitioners and programmers. With an online MS in Health Administration concentrating in informatics, you will gain expertise in information resources management, clinical nursing care and programming, enabling you to become the communications conduit linking diverse health care professionals.

You will learn critical skills in areas such as computer-based patient record (CPR), which provides an in-depth analysis of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) standards, requirements, attributes, and benefits of the CPR and its use in the healthcare delivery enterprise. The use of data warehouses, data repositories, and integration technology will be explored relevant to CPR development along with the various issues and strategies for implementation.

Additional coursework focuses on health information management systems data and infrastructure, providing the case study of IT networks, internets, data interchange, data access, and data management. You will also use the case study approach to health information management systems applications, which examines the foundation and incorporation of the critical IT applications in the modern healthcare delivery enterprise. Specific applications will be explored with an emphasis placed on the practice of Managed Care.

After earning an online Master's degree from Saint Joseph's University in Health Administration with a Concentration in Informatics, you may advance your career into midlevel or senior positions at hospitals, doctor's offices, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies or other organizations concerned with health data.

Job Profile – Health Informatics Specialist

To better exemplify the types of health informatics careers graduates of this program can open themselves up to, we’ve put together a job profile on the role of a Healthcare Informatics Specialist. What follows is a brief description of the role, expected salary and job growth, as well as the top cities for those looking for employment in the capacity of Healthcare Informatics Specialist.

Description: A Healthcare Informatics Specialist’s primary responsibility involves the establishment and maintenance of the information technology systems within an organization. This involves making sure that the systems comply not only with company policies and regulations, but with the law as well.

In addition to the above, a Healthcare Informatics Specialist can reasonably be expected to be involved in the research of technology systems in an effort to develop plans for the implementation of the chosen system.

Median Annual Salary: $61,015*

Job Growth: According to O*NET**, the occupation of “Informatics Nurse Specialists” -- an occupation whose job description and education requirements align most closely to that of a healthcare informatics specialist -- is a “Bright Outlook” occupation.

O*NET defines “Bright Outlook” occupations as occupations which are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.

Top Cities***:

  • Hershey, PA
  • Washington, DC
  • Langhorn, PA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Baltimore, MD

Learn more about the online Master's in Health Administration- Informatics curriculum

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