Health informatics program offers new accelerated master’s degree


The health informatics program now offers a new accelerated master’s degree (AMD) which began this semester. Health informatics, an evolving specialization that links information technology, communication and healthcare, seeks to improve the quality and safety of patient care, according to the program’s director, Dr. Girmay Berhie.

“We have partnered with the department of integrated science and technology (IST) to offer our accelerated master’s degree in health informatics,” Berhie said. “This new degree will provide these students the opportunity to graduate faster and earn a degree that can help them to get a job with a salary range from $60,000 to $125,000 a year.”

Brian Morgan, chairman of the integrated science and technology department, said the partnership between the IST department and health informatics is the perfect collaboration for students who want to turn their skills into something marketable upon graduation.

“Our department prides itself on being an applied program and the hands-on nature in which we structure our classes,” Morgan said. “This was a way to give students the same skills in five years instead of six years, which saves time and money. The AMD program is a win-win situation for everyone involved and we are happy to be a part of it.”

To learn more about the programs and services offered through the IST department, visit www.marshall.edu/isat. For more information on the health informatics AMD program, contact Berhie at berhie@marshall.edu or visit www.marshall.edu/cohp.