Online Master’s Degrees in Healthcare Informatics

An online master’s degree in healthcare informatics may provide students with training and expertise required to manage and operate healthcare technological systems. In this one to two-year program, students may learn how to use electronic data in order to improve the efficiency and growth of healthcare programs and services. Program coursework may include core courses including healthcare operations, biostatistics, and decision support systems.

Graduates may either seek employment or enroll in a doctoral degree program. Master’s level graduates may gain employment in hospitals, hospice centers, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 21% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

Curriculum for master’s-level healthcare informatics programs may include core courses as well as a thesis project and capstone course. These classes may teach students how to apply the systems development life cycle approach to healthcare information systems, use healthcare information technology to improve quality, and implement concepts of organizational change. Core healthcare informatics courses may include the following:

  • Healthcare Operations
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Biostatistics
  • Acquisition and Assessment
  • Leadership
  • Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues
  • Introduction to Medical Informatics

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may explore career opportunities in hospitals, emergency clinics, home health facilities, outpatient center, and medical laboratories. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities in medical records and health information technology are projected to increase by 21% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Decision Support Analyst
  • Clinical Analyst
  • Cancer Registrar
  • Systems Analyst
  • Data Processing Manager

Continuing Education

Those who successfully complete a master’s degree program may have the opportunity to further their education by enrolling in a doctoral degree program in the same or related field. A doctoral degree program may provide students with the skills needed to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, research, and education. Employers may require a master’s degree to qualify for upper-level healthcare informatics positions.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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