Master of Science in Health Informatics
Health Informatics is the science that defines how health information is technically captured, transmitted, and utilized.
Health Informatics consists of three major facets or domains: Information Systems, Informatics, and Information Technology.
- Information Systems curriculum components focus on such issues as information systems analysis, design, implementation, management and leadership.
- Informatics curriculum components are concerned with the study of structure, function and transfer of information, socio-technical aspects of health computing, and human-computer interaction.
- Information Technology curriculum components focus on computer networks, database and systems administration, security, and programming.
There is a huge demand for Health Informatics professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that Health Information Management and Health Informatics employment will grow nearly 18% by 2016; they further project a need of more than 6,000 new professionals each year through 2014 alone. It is expected that as the field develops due to health-related initiatives and mandates that the federal government established in 2009, the need for Health Informatics professionals will continue to grow at an even faster rate.
The Master of Science in Health Informatics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Currently, it is one of three nationally accredited programs in the United States. It is also the only accredited, graduate-level program in Health Informatics within the state of West Virginia.