Welcome to Marshall University Health Informatics!

The utilization of information technologies was adapted by most industries beginning in the mid-1990s. However, one area that has lagged behind is the utilization of technology in the health care arena. Now, all that is starting to change due to developments in an exciting new field called Health Informatics.

What is Health Informatics?

Health Informatics is a multidisciplinary profession on the cutting edge which utilizes Information Technologies and Information Management techniques; and integrates them into the health care arena.

The ultimate goals are to:

  • Improve the quality of health care
  • Reduce costs
  • Increase efficiencies and productivity in all areas of health care

Why Choose Health Informatics?

Career Outlook

Careers in Health informatics all have a common goal of applying health informatics to improve patient outcomes and population health. This ambitious goal requires people from many facets to come together; providing a wide range of employment opportunities within the health professions field, and business and management sectors. But each of these subsets requires an understanding of the whole to work together, which is where health informatics comes in. Employment opportunities in Health Informatics are vast. There are opportunities in, but not limited to:

Potential Employers:

  • Hospitals/clinics
  • Information System Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Managed Care
  • Mental & Behavioral Health Facilities
  • Health care Consulting
  • Health Related Software Companies
  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech Companies
  • Public Health Agencies

Potential Job Opportunities:

  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Chief Privacy Officers
  • Corporate Health Information Officer
  • Project Managers
  • System Analysts
  • System Engineers
  • Product Developers
  • Consultants
  • Applied Health Informatics’ researchers/Research associate
  • Data Analytics/Data Mining Engineers, Data sets/Nomenclature and Classification Stands developers
  • Health Information Applications Developers

Growing Demand

There is a huge 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 health care services, making it an ideal career field for people who are looking for a growth opportunity 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. Marshall University’s Health Informatics is designed to prepare leaders in this fascinating new field that is introducing a vast array of new and exciting career opportunities in the health care industry. (www.bls.gov)

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, together with the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) via the associated Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, 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.

This means new graduates with a M.S. in Health Informatics degree are in high demand and can expect a relatively short job hunt after receiving their degree.

Salary Outlook

Data collected by the job-search site Simply Hired puts average salaries for the profession at $69,000, though average health informatics salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits. This graph shows a spread of job salaries that identified themselves as health informatics related in their job posting.

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What are the advantages of the Health Informatics program at Marshall University?

The Health Informatics program at Marshall University is ranked #1 in masters in Healthcare Informatics degrees ranked by affordability in the United States that meet high standards of overall quality. For more info, see 25 Master’s in Healthcare Informatics Degrees Ranked by Affordability 2014. It is one of first three nationally accredited programs by the Commission on Accreditation for Health informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) in the United States, and it is renowned for being the only graduate level Health Informatics program in the entire state of West Virginia.

Marshall University’s Health Informatics program is a highly integrated academic initiative comprising three colleges:

  • The College of Health Professions (COHP)
  • The College of Business (COB)
  • College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE)

The combination of skills and knowledge acquired through coursework in these three colleges, 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 the emerging field of Health Informatics.

For more program details and requirements, visit our Program page here.