Saint Joseph's University

MS in Health Administration: Informatics Concentration

It takes more than technical skills to succeed as a health informatics specialist. Health informaticists need a strategic understanding of how to apply technology to fit user and organizational needs within the health care context. It is an increasingly crucial skill set highly sought after by employers: the efficient collection, maintenance, and analysis of data through information technology can directly contribute to better patient outcomes and increased quality of care.

The health informatics degree concentration shows you how to design, implement, and evaluate technology to support clinical, financial, and administrative systems. You will learn how to communicate with health care practitioners and other support staff to ensure successful training, adoption and understanding of new technologies and systems among all users. By integrating technology that meets the needs of specific healthcare users, you can contribute to lower costs, improved communication among healthcare professionals, and improved patient outcomes.

Course topics include:

  • The benefits of computer-based patient records (CPR)
  • The use of data warehouses, data repositories and integration technology relevant to CPR development along with various strategies for implementation
  • Health information management systems data and infrastructure

The curriculum’s health informatics classes use a case study approach to health information management, so you can examine the foundation and incorporation of critical IT applications in the planning and delivery of care. Specific applications are explored with an emphasis placed on the practice of managed care.

The MS in Health Administration with the Informatics concentration consists of 14 classes totaling 42 credit hours, including 12 credits of concentration courses.

Career Outlook with a Health Informatics Degree

Much of the growth in health informatics is due to the increasing adoption of electronic health records across the industry. As implementation, upgrades, and maintenance of these systems continue, technology is making inroads in other areas of healthcare and health administration as well. Job settings for graduates with a health informatics degree can include:

  • Hospitals and physician offices
  • Insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Health information systems vendors
  • Consulting groups
  • Government agencies

Job Titles for Health Informatics Degree Graduates

Graduates with a health informatics degree concentration can qualify for an array of specialized jobs, which include but are not limited to the following.

  1. Health informatics specialists implement technology, train staff, and create educational materials for training. They may also perform troubleshooting and ensure that systems meet legal and regulatory standards.
    1. Average salary: $61,050
  2. Clinical analysts monitor usage and assess information to improve workflow and the interaction between health care practitioners and information systems.
    1. Average salary: $63,823
  3. Clinical informatics managers supervise teams of staff members to handle day-to-day operations of clinical information systems.
    1. Average salary: $92,819

Learn more about the online Health Informatics -- Master's Degree in Health Administration Curriculum.

For more information about how you can advance your career in health administration and informatics, call us at (866) 758-7670 to speak with a program manager or request more information below.

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