Welcome to Marshall University Health Informatics!

The utilization of information technologies was adapted by most industries beginning in the mid-1990s. However, one industry that has lagged behind in the utilization of technology in healthcare. Now, given the transformation from a volume-based to a value-based environment, the utilization of technology in healthcare has become critical for the success of the health industry.

What is Health Informatics?

Health Informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services, delivery, management and planning. Health Informatics is a unique academic model of collaboration involving three colleges— College of Health Professions (COHP), College of Business (COB) and College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE). Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), Marshall University’s Health Informatics program is the only of its kind in West Virginia.

Why Choose Health Informatics?

Students enter the field of Health Informatics for a number of reasons. A combination of healthcare and technology, Health Informatics appeals to clinicians and technicians interested in the intersections of healthcare and technology. Further, Health Informatics is part of the burgeoning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field, appealing to students wishing to work in value-based environments. Employment opportunities in Health Informatics are vast, with Marshall University’s Master of Science in Health Informatics program having a 100% job placement rate.

Career Opportunities

Potential Employers Potential Job Opportunities
Hospitals/clinics Chief Information Officers
Information System Companies Chief Executive Officers
Government Agencies Data Analytics/Data Mining Engineers
Insurance Companies Health Information Applications Developers
Managed Care Corporate Health Information Officers
Mental & Behavioral Health Facilities Project Managers
Healthcare Consulting System Analysts
Health-related Software Companies System Engineers
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Companies Product Developers
Public Health Agencies Consultants

Growing Demand

There is large demand for Health Informatics professionals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the country are concentrated in healthcare services, making it an ideal career field for people who are looking for growth opportunities and enjoy helping people. 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 Health Informatics field is becoming increasingly crucial for helping healthcare organizations store, retrieve and process medical data in today’s digital age. With the 2010 enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Federal Government mandate that every U.S. citizen have an electronic health record (EHR) by 2015 and the requirement by the federal government that each state develop a Health Information Exchange in order to become part of a vast electronic national health information infrastructure, the Health Informatics job growth rate will undoubtedly only continue to increase.

Salary Outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), health information managers fall into the larger employment category known as health services and medical managers. Employment for these professionals will be expected to grow by 23% from 2012 to 2022, and the BLS suggests that the median average salary is $92,810. However, the truth is that the salary graduates can expect to earn will generally depend on the job they get with their Master of Science in Health Informatics degree.

Click on the graph below to learn more about the average salary for a health informaticist!

Advantages of Health Informatics

Renowned for its affordability and overall quality, MBA Healthcare Management notes that Marshall University’s Health Informatics program “[is] the nation’s #1 most affordable Master’s in Health Informatics degree” and  “blends the didactic and experiential learning needed to prepare valuable professionals for leading today’s data and information-driven healthcare industry.” It is renowned for being the only graduate level Health Informatics program in the state of West Virginia.

Marshall University’s Health Informatics program is a unique academic model initiative of three colleges including the College of Health Professions, Lewis College of Business, and the College of Information Technology and Engineering.

The combination of skills and knowledge acquired through coursework in this unique academic model, together with the internships in the Health Informatics field at the academic, government or industry levels, will prepare students with the education and real-world experiences necessary to succeed as a leader in this emerging field.