Marshall’s Health Informatics program ranked No. 1 most affordable in the nation

The Marshall University Health Informatics graduate program has been ranked the No. 1 most affordable program in the U.S. according to MBA Healthcare Management. The program was ranked first among 25 other universities in the nation based on criteria determining the overall quality, flexibility and research trends within each program.

Dr. Girmay Berhie, program director for health informatics, said Marshall” program is a prime example of how both affordability and quality can go together.

“This news should be important to students because of the growing debt ratio concern. Students will spend less money on tuition and after graduation will have a better chance of finding good-paying jobs to repay any loans,” Berhie said. “Students graduating with a master’s degree in health informatics can typically get jobs as CIOs, program managers, data analysts, consultants, professors or security officers.  The salary range for most of our graduates is from $60,000 to $125,000 a year.”

Berhie said the program consists of a partnership between three of Marshall University’s colleges including the College of Health Professions, the College of Business and the College of Information Technology and Engineering.  Berhie said he believes it is the combined knowledge, expertise and skills from the three colleges that make the health informatics program unique.

“This is the only health informatics program in the state of West Virginia, and one of three programs in the United States to be accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM),” Berhie said. “In addition, the fact that the program was accredited within its first three years only speaks to its quality.”

Chief Information Officer for the West Virginia Health Information Network David M. Partsch serves on the advisory committee for the program. Partsch said students should take advantage of this opportunity to get quality education at an affordable cost.

“In this day and age of soaring tuitions and shrinking career opportunities, it is imperative to offer the best education at the lowest cost,” Partsch said. “Marshall University has clearly accomplished both of those goals and set itself as a visionary in the field of health informatics.”

Michael Jones, a 2014 graduate of the program, said it wasn’t until receiving his degree at Marshall that he found the career where he could truly succeed.

“As a nurse with a background in neuroscience, health research and data analysis, I had been seeking the right graduate program that could combine the kind of education and experience with today’s cutting-edge health information sciences,” Jones said. “I found my answer at Marshall University’s health informatics program.  As a recent graduate, I now have an exciting and rewarding career as a health informatics specialist working in the area of informatics and health data analytics.”

For more information about the program’s No.1 ranking, visit the MBA Healthcare Management web article here: For more information on Marshall’s master’s program in health informatics, visit online.